Hand-made pasta isn’t unusual in Florence. Many of the city's finest eateries pride themselves on their fatti a mano (handmade) dishes.  But what makes Tamerò worth a visit is its combination of contemporary décor with an adventurous menu. Walk through the front door and gaze into the busy kitchen, the working hub of the venue. Pasta is made fresh daily by resident chef, Gianmarco Desole, and is also available to take away for locals or those lucky enough to have access to a kitchen. Beyond fresh pasta, enjoy oven-baked bread (also made daily on-site) and dishes showcasing a wide range of meats and fish. Save some room for the unforgettable dolce - the Fondente al cioccolato has a special ingredient which the waitstaff will divulge if you ask sweetly.

Occupying a building once home to a mechanic’s workshop, Tamerò's interior retains much of the gritty feel of its previous guise with textured walls, exposed air-conditioning ducts, bespoke graffiti, shelves of books from Edison’s along with metal parts from the old car workshop hanging gracefully on the walls as art. Could we be in New York? Possibly. Are we in Florence? Oh yes.

Hosting live music Thursday to Saturday plus daily aperitivo from 7pm, there are plans for cooking lessons and other regular events in the future. Florence is increasingly playing host to new modern spaces to enjoy food and drink and Tamerò is right on trend. With an edgy venue and menu to match, it’s a vibrant spot for both locals and visitors, for good food and a memorable night out.

Photo credit: Beatrice Mancini