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A Michelin Star at the Ristorante Santa Elisabetta

Jan. 2nd, 2020

A Michelin star shines on the Byzantine tower of Pagliazza, the oldest building in Florence that houses the intimate Ristorante Santa Elisabetta, on the first floor of the tower, led by Executive Chef Rocco De Santis.

“It is with great pride that we receive this important recognition, which is the greatest reward for the efforts of our whole team, and an enormous satisfaction for the property that has always firmly supported the project of a quality catering for the Brunelleschi Hotel. With gratitude I address to our Guests, who have honored us with their preference over the years and they are the fundamental protagonists of this journey” Claudio Catani – General Manager at the Brunelleschi Hotel

The star in the Michelin Guide 2020 confirms the partnership and synergy among the Executive Chef, the Sous Chef Fabio Silla, the Restaurant Manager Domenico Napolitano, the Maître Alessandro Fé, the Hotel Management and the all staff.

For the occasion, we invite you to discover the current Chef De Santis autumn menu at the Santa Elisabetta. In it, there is so much of his homeland, the Campania, and so much tradition of memory. Childhood dishes that lighten up, modernized in an encounter with Tuscan cuisine. A tribute from Rocco De Santis to Florence, his adopted city, a recognizable style between tradition and innovation.

The signature dish on the menu are the “Cappelletti pasta” …. I remember the Sunday: Cappelletti of buffalo ricotta cheese, intensity with Neapolitan ragout. An example-dish of what led the work of Rocco De Santis. The traditional Neapolitan ragout is emulsified, concentrated, and presented at the base of the dish as a mirror on which the pasta filled with ricotta cream cheese is placed, with a light basil pesto.

In the autumn menu of the Santa Elisabetta Restaurant, the dishes are a natural consequence of seasonality: it is the triumph of mushrooms, white truffle, hazelnuts, Jerusalem artichokes, pumpkin, broccoli, cabbage, game, sweetbreads, lamb, and pork. In addition to the ingredients, the consistencies and the concept of comfort also change in autumn the desire for hot, hearty and rich dishes increases. More meat dishes make their entry than fish dishes.

You can choose, as you like from the autumn menu “à la carte” or three tasting routes with the possibility of wine pairings:
Tasting menu with 9 courses (Chef Experience, at the Chef’s discretion, 179 Euro),
7 courses (Contaminations, 149 Euro),
5 courses (Traces of Innovation, 124 Euro).

The Brunelleschi Hotel
The doorway opens onto a cozy square in the heart of Florence, a few steps from the Duomo, Palazzo della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery: the hotel is surrounded by the shopping streets and the most famous museums of the city. The building includes a Byzantine tower dating from the 6th century and a medieval church, completely renovated yet respecting its original features. Inside, a private museum displays exhibits found during the tower restoration and a bath of Roman origin, now set in the foundations. The Brunelleschi Hotel is part of the Florentine Historical Businesses. The hotel has been renovated in a very elegant contemporary yet classic style, where soft shades and the gray color of the typical local stone predominate.

The Santa Elisabetta Restaurant (www.ristorantesantaelisabetta.it) is the hotel's fine dining restaurant and one of the finest gastronomic addresses in Florence. It was awarded one star in the Michelin Guide 2020; in the Gambero Rosso Guide 2020 with the rating of 2 “forks” and in the L'Espresso 2020 with one “hat”. Located in an intimate dining room with only 7 tables on the first floor of the Byzantine tower that is part of the hotel, it boasts an enviable location, a sophisticated atmosphere and a refined cuisine. It is open Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Every Friday and Saturday it hosts food and wine events.
Since 2017 the menu is signed by Chef Rocco De Santis. The team is completed by Restaurant Manager Domenico Napolitano and Alessandro Fè Santa Elisabetta Outlet Manager.

The more informal "Osteria della Pagliazza" opens every day from 12:30 to 2:30 pm and from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. Located on the ground floor of the hotel, during the summer it also has outdoor tables in the charming square in front of the hotel and offers a delicious menu of dishes based on local ingredients.

More information:
Brunelleschi Hotel
Via de’ Calzaiuoli – Piazza Santa Elisabetta 3 – 50122 Firenze
Tel. 055/27370 – Fax 055/219653

A Michelin Star at the Ristorante Santa Elisabetta