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“Quality tuscan kitchen”

Ristorante Rafanelli
Ranked #12 of 396 Restaurants in Pistoia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 41 - US$ 47
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: 1927 / Today.... Alberto, the grandfather, in 1927, opened the Rafanelli family restaurant, a trattoria that was open from 17:30 until 20:00 serving rich snack and dinner which soon built a loyal clientele. After the 2nd World War, in 1946, Alberto began with the first course and the famous fried : "Arno fish and frogs" among the specialties of the earth was in great demand pork loin oil (still on the menu), salami farmers and charcoal-grilled meat. The restaurant was run by Alberto Rafanelli and 3 daughters, Tina, Rita and Laura, full-time moms of the new generation who managed the place with their husbands in the past 50 years. "The 50s were tough times", says Ms Rita, "but my father Albert was enterprising . He bought a small truck "station wagon" used to buy bread at a bakery in town - Barba - and we wound up over the bread for himself and for others, including his brother in law who had a small grocery store (in those days we helped each other). Money were few and also the small truck was doing his best. With its platform and smashed father Alberto driving, every puddle of water on the road he met the risk of getting their feet wet with the sketches was a certainty. Today these things are unthinkable but in those days, since the money for all needs were not there, it was a virtue of necessity". The focus for the raw material was a prerogative of Alberto and this heritage is not lost. It was the Accademia della Cucina, in 1955, that took notice the quality of our food and gave him the first official recognition. These were the years of the economic boom, people had a desire to have fun and go out, began to manifest the desire to have lunch and dinner outside their home. The change of mentality also produced the transformation of the room, which was completely renovated in 1962: vintage photos are shown in a hall of the restaurant. The continuous increase in new customers (who were no longer enough fried fish, cold cuts and roast ribs) led to a change in the style of the restaurant. Care service, customer focus, rigor in the choice of the raw material became our credo. The year 1962 is considered the turning point, the "hardiness" to the "classic" look without affecting the philosophy by which we are born: genuine kitchen + selected raw materials = guaranteed quality. After 50 years, we analysed ourselves on our work and we realized that we have never abandoned the original "rustic cuisine" that naturally evolved over time into "classical" and today, simply, "tradition". A homely and warm greeting, while respecting the traditions and habits, reflects the character of house Rafanelli. A special thought and a thank you to all the staff who over the years have shared with us this long and challenging journey and those who still work with us to continue to offer to our friends/customers the best of "Tuscany" real culinary traditions. Thank you all..
Reviewed 31 December 2017

We was there for a business lunch, however, having some time before the meeting we also had the opportunity to taste some very good wine. The food can be defined high quality genuine tuscan food. The "Fiorentina" is one on the best (we ate one in four because of the size), the plates are well-prepared from "antipasti" to sweets, the attention is kind and discrete. A real positive discovery.

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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is located in the industrial area of Pistoia. In the past was in the middle of the fields but today is in the border of industrial area. The food is fantastic. You can choose typical Pistoia dish like tonno di Coniglio or Arista sott’olio. The Fiorentina steak is amazing. You must eat it. That’s it.They have a very good cantine for the wines. Reds wines. The owners cure you like s baby. My friends that come from outside of Tuscany, they call this restaurant “La spa del cibo”.
They accept credit cards.

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Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

We had an ceremony lunch with friends, the restaurant is amazing, top fiorentina grill, great pasta and cakes; big choose of great wine. Beautiful atmosphere, very professional, great food.

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Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

We followed the reviews and chose this place for lunch. It isn't an obvious location, rather residential and with lots of garages but don't be put off! Food is great - veal with porcini sauce, spinach and chard, roasted potatoes... and the staff is super nice as well. Well worth a visit!

Thank Dorota S
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Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

In my opinion the best steaks in all Tuscany plus an excellent wine list. Not cheap but well worth the extra cost.

Thank Kevin K
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