Florentini City Cafe
ул. Старая Басманная 9/1, Москва, 105064
Prices: 400 rubles +
If you are studying at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) and need a break from the food at the stolovayas, try some of the cafes located nearby. Florentini City Cafe is located on Staraya Basmannaya Street, which is on the left side of the street as you’re walking to the HSE classroom building nearby. In the summer, they have a nice outdoor patio on the left hand side.
The food is a little on the pricey side, especially when compared to the stolovayas by HSE. But then again, anything will after eating there a few times. However, you’re going to be spending just a few more dollars for a nice atmosphere and pretty good Italian food. My lunchmate and I ordered a Margarita Pizza and Four Cheese Ravioli. The pizzas start at around 400 rubles, and pastas start at around 450 rubles. During lunch hour, they give a 20% discount.
The service took a little while, but we made sure to let our waiter know we had to go back to class in an hour. The food came out about 15 minutes later, and was pretty good. Not amazing, but I did enjoy the atmosphere.
Florentini seemed to have a good amount of seafood dishes, so I might give that a try next time. There’s also a “Top 5 Summer Dishes” menu that offers gazpacho soup for 500 rubles and seafood salad with eggplant for about 780 rubles. Again, on the pricey side, but I might consider going again since I liked the patio.
For groups and faculty-led tours, this is restaurant may not provide a cultural experience. It is large enough to host 20 people, though it may take some time for the food to be served.