Bistecca Florentine at Osteria del Cinghiale BiancoBistecca Florentine at Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco

There are endless amazing restaurants in Florence, but our favourite dining experience on our last trip to Italy was at Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco. Dinner was perfectly complemented by post-dinner drinks at the restaurant’s sister spot, Osteria del Pavone.

From 1.8kg steaks to run ins with Michael Bublé, it was certainly a night to remember!  

The Cinghiale Bianco Experience

Marco Masselili, owner of Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco and Osteria del PavoneMarco Masselli, owner of Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco and Osteria del Pavone

We had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Marco Masselli, who has recently taken over the restaurant from his father. Cinghiale Bianco has been around for 35 years, but the building has been around for hundreds.

Serving truffle pasta

Situated on the south side of the river in Palazzo Pitti, this restaurant is in a 12th-century medieval tower, boasting exposed stone and historic details. The environment is warm and welcoming, and so are the staff. It’s the kind of place you feel like you’ve been going to forever.

Alana drinking wine at the restaurant

Marco took excellent care of us, guiding us down a path of delicious Florentine cuisine. Dinner was highlighted by a quick run-in with fellow Canadian Michael Bublé, who had also chosen this cozy spot for a bite to eat.

On the Menu

It should go without saying that the food was incredible. Simple ingredients prepared to perfection. Here’s what we had the pleasure of eating.

Tuscan salami, pecorino, and wild boar ham:

Serving tray with Tuscan salami, pecorino, and wild boar ham

Burratina con tartufo (Burrata with truffle), bruschetta and liver pate:

Burratina con tartufo (Burrata with truffle), bruschetta and liver pate

Tagliolini al Tartufo (Pasta in a truffle butter sauce):

Tagliolini al Tartufo (Pasta in a truffle butter sauce)

Spaghetti with tomato sauce:

Spaghetti with tomato sauce

A 1.8 kilo Bistecca Florentine:

A 1.8 kilo Bistecca Florentine

Caprese salad:

Caprese salad in florence

Tiramisu to finish (which was devoured before we could take a photo):Empty tiramisu plate

Of course, we also enjoyed a glass or two of wine:

Wine being poured into the glass

A fine end to the night: Cocktails at Osteria del Pavone

Cocktails at Osteria del Pavone

After dinner, Marco led us through the kitchen and past a small door to reveal an intimate lounge, which he just opened up 1.5 years ago. Called Osteria Del Pavone, the bar and restaurant feature similar historical flourishes to Cinghaile Bianco.

Everything in the building is original, from the beams to the windows. It started originally as a stable for horses, then it turned into a pharmacy, and then finally a book repair shop before Marco took the space over.

Negronis at Osteria del Pavone

We sipped cocktails expertly crafted by Philipe, relishing in the stunning decor and getting caught up in great conversation. The ideal end to an already excellent evening.

Thanks for the hospitality, Marco!

Shereen, Marco, and Alana

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