Bellevue >Food & Dining > Firenze
15600 NE Eighth St, Bellevue, WA | Directions 9800847.620107 -122.130685
Lunch: Mon - Fri, 11:30am - 2pm; Sat - Sun, closed for lunch; Dinner: Daily, 5pm - 10:30pm
Overcharged Italian Food – The food was ok, but as the other reviewers have mentioned, we were overcharged for the dinner. What we thought was going to be a $70 meal came up to a whopping $110 excluding tips. It's the last time we're ever going there for an Italian dinner.
Surley wait staff, and over-priced – We have been to this restaurant twice. The 1st time was a delightful experience with excellent food and attentive service. I believe the owner or manager (who is from Florence, Italy) was there and very charming and friendly. Thinking this was a nice Italian restaurant to bring the Italian family visiting from NJ, we returned. The food was again excellent however, the service was very surley, bordering on rude and then they overcharged us on the final bill. We brought this to the waiter's attention and the young manager's attention and they snickered and laughed and refused to adjust the bill. May I add that the charming owner/manager from our 1st visit was not there that evening. Needless to say, due to the poor service, we will never return nor would I recommend to any friends.
Rampant overcharging by waiters. – Let me start by saying I actually like the food, the ambiance and the service. Unfortunately the waiters seem to be overcharging on food items to give themselves a bigger tip. Of the last 2 times I've been there, I noticed that many items were being charged $1-$3 more then the menu price. When you multiply that by 2-3 items per person, it really adds up! The last time I was there for lunch I had the Tortellini Alla Panna (menu price $11.95) and a side caesar the size of a bread plate (menu price $2.50). The lunch was delicious, service was adequate and expeditious, but when the waiter brought the check he had charged me $13.50 for the pasta and $5.50 for the side caesar. When you factor in the tax, he had charged me an extra $5 or 31%!!! Unless you're willing to pay a premium, it's simply not worth the hassle.
WAS our fallback "nice dinner" place – UPDATE: Last two times we went here for dinner we left unsatisfied with both the food and service. It basically felt like we paid too much for for not very good food or service. Granted, it's been a year and half since we came here, so hopefully it's turned back to as good as it was before, but I even passed up a Living Social/Groupon special for this place because I didn't feel like spending the money and risking another bad experience. So sad.
This is where we typically go for a nice dinner. My boyfriend is picky about his Italian food (he grew up with Northern Italian cooking) and this has been his favorite Italian restaurant in this area for years. As another reviewer mentioned, you might not expect much from this place considering it's almost right next to a movie theater and a part of a mall, but the inside decor is definitely meant for couples looking for fine dining.
The food has always been great - if they have steak on special those typically tend to be very good. Prices are very reasonable for the regular pasta dishes (or even the specials) especially when you compare their prices to that of places like Olive Garden. Only difference is here you get more authentic Italian fare. If you go in simply for a pasta dish and a drink, you'll get out with a reasonable bill, or if you're like us and go in for a special occasion, you'll get out with a slightly larger bill but also enjoy the meal so much more as we typically start wtih a salad and end with tiramisu and a couple glasses of port.
If you plan on going here for a special holiday (i.e. Valentine's Day) I can guarantee you won't get in without a reservation. If it's a normal weekday (or even sometimes weekend) night, reservations shouldn't be necessary. Service has always been good, of course on those special busy nights, it may take a bit of time, but then again, it'll be the same anywhere else you go on nights like that.
I really do not know if my review can do this place justice. All I can say is, if you enjoy northern Italian cusine and have the mindset of a European (where they don't "rush, rush, rush" like us) you'll more than likely find a new favorite place here.
A great find in Bellevue – I just happened on this place by accident and was very pleasantly surprised. Having just gotten back from a trip to Italy, I was not expecting much from this unassuming place in a strip mall. The food was top notch...one caveat is that I've only been there once, and have only tried one dish (beef tortellini with proscuitto) and ceasar salad. I tried a couple bites of the chicken w/ gorgonzola sauce. Both were so good, that I will be coming back very soon. Also, this place is NOT EXPENSIVE. I don't understand the $$$$. Everything was reasonably priced (pastas ~$13, meat ~$16-$25)
Charm your honey with delectable Italian at this Eastside date haven. – The Scene
This place has romance written all over it: An old chandelier bathes casually dressed couples in soft light as they lean in, sharing intimate conversations enhanced by red wine, opera and the clattering of silverware.
As often happens, the simplest dishes are best. The classic caprese salad--a row of ripe tomatoes punctuated with mozzarella rounds and fresh basil--is an elegant start. But with the exception of salads, be wary of anything dressed in olive oil, which is used with a heavy hand: The spaghetti with sun-dried tomatoes is particularly slick. Best are the classic red sauces, deepened with wine. Desserts are a perfect end: From refreshing sorbets served in hollowed lemons or oranges, to the exceptionally good tiramisu with rich custard and liquor soaked cake, it's difficult to go wrong.
Quality has gone down considerably – Though the ambience is still there, the food is not. I was almost dismayed enough to have them send back the calamari spaghetti, it was al dente but the sauce was obviously burned (tomato sauce does not taste so good blackened) and the calamari had freezer burn. My prawns were a little on the small side for prawns in an unlively sauce... and all this for the low price of $40.00! (overpriced). Firenze, which should be called, Sicily, maybe, offers Sicilian food - which is different from Tuscan cooking. Unfortunately the quality has gone down hill dramatically. They should spend some time refocusing on their cooking efforts.
Not worth the money – The food wasn't bad - but it wasn't particularly good either. $14 for decent spaghetti with weak meat sauce and another $19 for a half breast of chicken gorgonzola. Neither tasted like they were worth half the price.
I assume folks go here for the wine selection or ambiance. I tend to pick restaurants for their food. If you're like me, find another Italian restaurant. Sadly there aren't too many - perhaps Vincent's in Federal Way.
Waiter sucks – The waiter took away my dish even there are 3 clams left. Might be he want to try some !!!
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