On an unassuming street near Santo Spirito in the Oltrarno, this contemporary trattoria offers stylish decor, a hip atmosphere, and tasty, inventive dishes ranging from salt cod carpaccio to the house-speciality breaded 'elephant ear' pork chop, even a cheeseburger and house-made chips. Vegetarians are not forgotten on the menu. There's a sense that the owners and chef care about the food, but aren't as deadly serious about it as some Florentine restaurants are apt to be. With affordable selections in food and wine, Sant'Agostino 23 draws a youthful crowd of locals and expats.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.