Sabatini Restaurant has now passed the century of life. The restaurant opened in 1914 in via Valfonda, near the current station that was built during the fascist period. With the inauguration of the new bigger station, the restaurant moved to the current premises of via Panzani, the artery that connects the station of Santa Maria Novella to the Duomo.
The profound transformation of the premises dates back to 1955, with the roof of the winter garden on the back and the new staging in the classical style, by the architect Stigler, who used the furniture taken from a deconsecrated church dating back to XVI century. Inside the hall - arranged in a workmanlike manner - the Pulpit is clearly visible, all the benches re-adapted as sofas and the supporting columns with the relative beams that formed the nave of the church.
For this reason, for years now it has been the only restaurant in Italy completely bound and protected by the Fine Arts Department.
The legacy of this institution in Florence is now in the hands of a team of young entrepreneurs who have accepted the challenge of bringing this icon of the Florentine cuisine into the future.
Entering Sabatini is equivalent to crossing more than a century of international history. Artists, politicians, actors have discussed, were inspired, have loved within the walls of this place. Here are some prestigious names that have "trodden the boards" of the legendary Sabatini of those years: the master Arthur Rubinstein (famous classical pianist of the Teatro Comunale who always wanted the table in the middle of the hall), the poet Eugenio Montale (who took refuge there every time he visited the city of Dante), Luigi Einaudi, second President of the Italian Republic (but also producer of fine wines, who always chose this restaurant as his oasis in the city).
And again Fred Astaire, President Nixon (before the Watergate!), up to the recent Maestros Riccardo Muti and Zubin Metha, pop stars like Madonna and Sting, actors like Juliette Greco, Paul Newman, Alain Delon, Denzel Washington ... the list is very long, flipping through the album of presences is like navigating through time.
Generations of Florentines have eaten, drank, discussed, toasted and celebrated among these walls, so that Sabatini has become a proverbial place in the city: often, when there is a diatribe between friends, they say "I bet a dinner at Sabatini!"(Which in a sense gave the restaurant fame to be very expensive, when in reality the prices are affordable, especially considering the charm of the place and the quality of the food).
Sabatini with its more than one hundred years of history has always been in the ancient heart of the city, a few steps from the Duomo of Florence. Our restaurant, thanks to the vision of the new management, returns to be that small treasure chest full of history, beauty and flavors where culture mixes with pappardelle, steak and flambé desserts…
Entering the restaurant in via Panzani it is difficult not to be struck by the added value of that savoir faire typically "made in Sabatini" and it is difficult to remain indifferent to the charm of a unique environment characterized by antique wooden furniture, the originality of the winter garden and the stage presence of so many international personalities of the past who have chosen Sabatini to experience a special evening in the heart of the Renaissance.
Today Sabatini offers good Tuscan cuisine with recipes well anchored in tradition but revisited with a light touch of modernity and internationality to win the bet to bring the Sabatini star to shine for another 100 years. Patè de foje gras, spinach flan with fondue flavored with white truffle with crispy vegetables, Sabatini panzerotti, tagliolini with porcini mushrooms, maltagliati prawns and black truffle, the flambé Sabatini spaghetti (professionally prepared in front of your eyes - absolutely not to be missed!), scampi alla pescatora, sliced beef with aromatised Brunello, fillet with tartare prepared in front of the customer.
The Desserts are all home made by the Sabatini staff, not to be missed the “Zuppa Inglese”, the Alkermes marinated oranges or the crepes suzettes...
The restaurant is the only restaurant in the world specializing in flame cooking with many specialties that allow you to make a flambè dinner from appetizers to desserts. A unique experience.