La Bambola: "Perfectly good cafe/bar" Il Bambola Tip by leics

Il Bambola, Florence: 1 reviews and 5 photos

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  • Piazza di SM Novella - Florence
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We came across this place after our arrival, exhausted after a series of delays (traffic jams on the way to the airport, flight delay, train delay). We just wanted a beer but, as it was early evening, they were only serving meals. Too tired to go any further we decided to eat there too, and it was fine.

Piazza di Santa Maria Novella is a pleasant open space near the railway station, fronted by the wonderful ancient church of SM Novella. I've noticed over several visits that it has its own regular group of streetpeople, but they are harmless enough and in the daytime and evening the piazza is a nice place to sit, people-watch and while away an hour or so.

La Bambola offered all the standards one might expect. My friend chose a basic pizza, I chose a large salad with pecorino and pear, with a garlic-and-oil bruschetta as a starter. Portions were large, quality was good and the price was very reasonable for a tourist-popular city.

Service was pleasant and efficient, with sufficient English spoken to make life easy for two tired travellers.

A perfectly good place to have a basic, reasonably-priced leam at lunchtime or in the evening.

Favorite Dish: I really enjoyed the garlic-and-oil bruschetta. It wasn't in the least bit fancy, and tasted all the better (imo) for being so down-to-earth and 'ordinary'.

Address: Piazza di S M Novella
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: On the left-hand side about halfway down the piazza as you stand with your back to the church and SMN station. Tables outside and inside.
Rating: 4
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 25, 2011
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