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Piazza della Repubblica 7, Florence, | +39 055 2735891, Italy
Irene Restaurant in Florence
Courtesy of Irene Firenze/Alessandro Moggi
Price range
Great design, Great views, Notable chef, Casual, Perfect for a special occasion, Hotel restaurant

Named after Sir Rocco Forte's mother, Irene is the newly restyled restaurant of the Savoy hotel; its prime position overlooking Piazza della Repubblica, stylish retro décor, easy vibe, and excellent food makes for a great night out in the city center. Revered chef Fulvio Pierangelini oversees the kitchen, but rather than opting for the sort of overblown, rather pompous menus that tend to be a feature of hotel restaurants, his dishes are fresh, seasonal, and straightforward—giving equal billing to fish and seafood, meat, and vegetarian options. After a cocktail at the bar, an autumn dinner might include octopus salad with radicchio and beetroot, risotto of saffron and turnip greens, sea bass with olive oil mash, and sauteed artichokes and milk-fed lamb. Lunch is more casual (and affordable), and is particularly pleasant if you manage to book a table on the terrace that overlooks the square.

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