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Just off Via de' Serragli, this trattoria serves traditional Florentine meals in an intimate and quiet location. Generous slabs of meat in the form of bistecca (steak) or hashed up as peposo lead the way in this carnivore's paradise.

Luccio's trattoria, hidden in the heart of the Oltrarno, is a true find -- excellent cooking at reasonable prices, which is unusual now in Florence. The beamed ceiling and Tuscan standbys on the menu give it a grounding in tradition while the young staff and light touch in the kitchen lend a fresh bohemian air. The specialty is tagliolini ardiglione (with sausage and aromatic herbs), but they also make a mean crespelle alla fiorentina (pasta crepes layered with cheese). They do a fine cibrèo, a tasty peposo alla fornacina con spinaci (beef baked in wine with lots of pepperoncino and served with spinach), and a spicy fagioli all'uccelletto con salsiccia.