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THE BORGO SAN JACOPO RESTAURANT

Starred Dishes and a Unique View of the Ponte Vecchio

The Borgo San Jacopo restaurant, with stunning views over the Arno River, is a voyage to elite Italian and Tuscan cuisine, with over 1000 labels of the region’s best and international wine cellars. Opened in 2004, BSJ is one of the most renowned addresses in Florence, accumulating numerous awards including L’Espresso Guide, Gambero Rosso, and the highly coveted Michelin Star, awarded in December 2015 and 2016. The environment, warm and intimate, Is divided into two levels and interacts with the river and the beauty of Florence through an lavish window.

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There are a variety of unique tasting menus on offer: one is inspired by the classic Tuscan flavors – “My Tuscany” – interpreted with flair by the chef, another dedicated to the beauty of the potato – “Variations of the Potato” – which in the hands of Peter Brunel transforms to stone, spaghetti and even ice cream. The new “Ortaggi” is not a simple vegetarian menu but an intricate way to highlight some of the most popular vegetable in a dish through roots, bulbs, tubers, leaves, flowers, stems and fruits. The à la carte seasonal menu is served daily with a choice of 2 appetizers, 2 first courses and 2 second courses. Finally, it would be impossible to ignore the 8 signature desserts, 4 by Loretta Fanella and 4 by Peter Brunel, 3 of which are part of the tasting menu.

Peter Brunel is the Executive Chef of the Lungarno Collection. In the spring of 2015, the young internationally renowned Chef Pasticcera Loretta Fanella was invited by Peter Brunel to sign the sweets card at the Borgo San Jacopo restaurant. It is in the kitchen of the restaurant where Loretta creates a seasonal card of 5 desserts, talking about her style, her visions and inspirations. The result: sculptures that amaze both the eyes and palate. Under the guidance of expert sommelier Salvatore Biscotti, the wine cellar of Borgo San Jacopo can count more than 1000 wine labels.

Design – The décor by architect Michele Bönan was inspired by the energetic and sophisticated ‘glam’ of the 50’s – the Italian “new deal” and the birth of “Made in Italy”. An era also closely tied to the extraordinary creativity of Salvatore Ferragamo, the “shoemaker of dreams”. To aid this interpretation, the walls are graced with re-produced designs, sketches and images of this magical fashion epoch. Enjoy two levels of dining with an arch shaped window on the river and an elongated architectural prospective. The concept and refurbishment follow the contemporary design evolution of the Hotel Lungarno, with whom it shares a lounge.

The custom-made lighting reflects the atmosphere of a 50’s film and was designed to guarantee intimacy while focusing on the centre of the table and its décor, without obscuring the view of the other guests. Two grand mirrors, positioned opposite one another in front of the mezzanine area, generate an infinite space, which transports the magical evening river view to the guests’ tables. The soft linen and cotton furnishings in varying tones of white with mineral grey notes complement both the oak floors and the and the black/brown details, confirming a fresh yet classic character. The table décor boasts crystal glassware and fine porcelain that recall any fine dresser. The platter service discreetly underlines the home-style feeling.

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Spoon – Chef Peter Brunel also welcomes this year’s top chefs and well renowned food and wine journalists for the star-studded SPOON dinners, demonstrating their creativity at the stove and the stunning multi-faceted menus. Since its inception, the kermesse brought to Borgo San Jacopo more than 60 Michelin stars, 1200 sealed bottles and more than 1120 guests.

 

Clientele – Il Borgo San Jacopo is the ideal mix for a romantic dinner or special occasion where service and atmosphere effortlessly generate an ultimate personal rapport, never invasive or pretentious, and where one can experience gourmet cuisine. 

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LUNGARNO COLLECTION

Established in 1995, Lungarno Collection is the hotel management company owned by the Ferragamo family, with President Leonardo Ferragamo, who has transferred to the hospitality industry the same principles of style and consistency that have distinguished the Salvatore Ferragamo fashion house to the world. Lungarno Collection consists of luxury hotels, residences and villas, restaurants and lounge bars. In Tuscany you can count on 4 hotels in Florence, unique places in a privileged position around Ponte Vecchio and with panoramic city views (Hotel Lungarno, Gallery Hotel Art, Hotel Continentale and Portrait Florence), a 16th century villa nestled in the green a few kilometers from Florence (Villa Le Rose) and 32 exclusive apartments on one of the most beautiful and unspoiled coastline of the maremma (Resort Baia Scarlino). Also in Florence: three restaurants (Borgo San Jacopo Restaurant, The Fusion Bar & Restaurant and Caffè dell’Oro Bistro) and 2 lounge bars (Picteau Lounge at Hotel Lungarno and La Terrazza Hotel Continentale). In Rome a boutique hotel of only 14 suites in the heart of Via Condotti, a few meters from the Spanish Steps (Portrait Roma). In the Mediterranean and Caribbean Sea: Swan boats, truly luxurious floating residences.

 

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