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Il Rifugio

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Via Vincenzo Salaiola 305, 50053 Empoli, Italy
+39 0571 589451
Tue - Sun 19:30 - 23:30
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2015

It's not so easy to find, but worth searching for. Friendly staff, stunning view and great food made by cooks that love their job. And soooo cheap. Also good to visit a second time. :)

Thank Koen T
Empoli, Italy
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2014

cè soltanto una cosa negativo del rifugio !!!!! bisogno pronotare con una settimane di anticipo, non cè mai posto..... buon segno però. There is only one thing negative about this resurant !!!!! you have to book a table about a week before because it is always full .... that must be a good sign.

Thank diadi56
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2014

This is a very popular place so it's a good idea to book-you can sit either outside or inside . We booked too late to get a table outdoors. The restaurant is on the "main" road" in a very small village in the countryside about 15-20 minutes from Empoli and is run by a very young enthusiastic and competent team... More 

Thank S H
Dublin, Ireland
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2014

Decided to make an adventure of finding a restaurant and came upon this after travelling on the byroads of Tuscany. When we arrived at this un-presuming venue we where shocked to see the car park stuffed and no space, same as for the restaurant. So, we booked for the following night. What a treat! The food was magnificent, simple, tasteful... More 

Thank Oliver848
Odessa, Ukraine
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733 reviews
474 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2013

Got there thanks to TA, 15 mins drive from Empoli, Garmin overshoots for 100 ms - its on yellow house beside the road with Casa del Popolo sign. Week-days open at evenings only. Excellent choice of pizzas, which re very good, and meat we ordered was also superb! Best food we had in Italy.Fantastic view on Tuscany countryside

1 Thank AndersUA
Heraklion, Greece
1 review
Reviewed 15 April 2013

The best food i ate in my entire life!! best starters, best pasta, best pizza, best desserts best coffee!and best value for money (all these 50 euro two people but i think we ate for four!! )!great staff And Mandalena (our waitress) was so helpful and so friendly with the best smile! I loved her...we lived in Empoli and some... More 

Thank Katerina_Dandali
Moscow, Russia
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2012

We went there several times. Great and fresh food (try their starters!!), home wine, you can take away the pizza, English-speaking personnel. It's so fantastic that pre-booking of the table is highly recommended. And when you find the house, drive downstairs, the restaurant's entrance is there. The best place we've been in Italy in terms of value for money (circa... More 

Thank KlaraRomanova
Salisbury, England, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 30 August 2012

With charming views from a Tuscan hillside, a simple menu cooked fabulously well and incredibly friendly staff this is an ideal evening out whilst on holiday with one's family or a deux. The restaurant is small and well off the beaten track and it is tough to get a table on the terrace as it is usually booked well ahead... More 

Thank Paul C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 16 - USD 27
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Kids
Open Hours
19:30 - 23:30
19:30 - 23:30
19:30 - 23:30
19:30 - 23:30
19:30 - 23:30
19:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Vincenzo Salaiola 305, 50053 Empoli, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Empoli
  • Phone Number: +39 0571 589451

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?