Ora d'Aria Restaurant, Florence
Having recently moved to its new location in Via dei Georgofili, the Ora d’Aria Restaurant in Florence is run by its young chef, Marco Stabile, regarded as one of the greatest talents of Italian nouvelle cuisine.
The setting is elegant but subtle, with many mirrors to enhance the bright room, making it appear larger than it is, with an open kitchen behind a large, full-length window. In the basement are a cellar and a small, intimate dining room.
The walls display contemporary paintings from one of the most prestigious art galleries in Florence that organises rotating exhibits here all year round.
The chef proposes a modern, creative, and researched cuisine with almost obsessive focus on presentation. The menu varies depending on the season, but the great Marco Stabile’s signature dishes are almost always included: Foie gras with salmon and Piquillo peppers, mint air and Sorrento lemon; Pappardella pasta filled with smoked rabbit sauce with pea puré and roasted garlic chips and Pigeon cooked in three ways with tomato flan, potatoes and cibreo (Florentine stew made from unlaid chicken eggs, chicken livers, cockscomb and wattles).
Point of interest: dishes are also available in a “tapas” version or in mini-portions that allow diners to experience a true gourmet feast.