Located inside the Four Seasons Hotel, a setting abounding in history and art, and composed of two Renaissance buildings, the Il Palagio restaurant is an oasis of peace and good taste. Here, amid the centuries-old trees and sculptures of the Giardino della Gherardesca the largest private garden in the city’s historic centre, you can soak up the serene, hospitable atmosphere of a grand Tuscan noble house.
Leading the team in the kitchen is chef Vito Mollica, who earned Il Palagio a Michelin star in 2011, thanks to a menu focusing on fine Italian and Tuscan cuisine, created on a seasonal basis with ingredients provided by local producers. Among chef Mollica’s ‘must haves’ is “cheese and pepper cavatelli with red shrimps and baby squid”, which was given the award of the dish of the year by Espresso magazine’s Guide to Italian Restaurants 2013.
The menu occasionally ventures beyond the confines of Tuscany, offering truffle-based dishes, wagyu meat, Iberian pork or three kinds of caviar, or desserts with exotic flavours such as “frozen mango Daiquiri”, yet they all harmonise perfectly with the ingredients of the local cuisine. The wine list includes more than 400 labels, 50 of which are also served by the glass.
Il Palagio – c/o Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
Borgo Pinti, 99
T: +39 055 2626450
Mon-Sun 7pm – 11pm
Closed Sunday evening from November to April
Seasonal closure in 2018: from January 28 to February 13