- Piazza Pitti, 16
- 50125 Firenze, Italia
- tel. +39 055 212 704
Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina was born in 2008 on New Year’s Eve. As previous employees Edoardo, Manuele and Zeno purchased the Enoteca from its owners and began to mold it into a thing of their dreams. The Enoteca is fueled by the devotion and passion to wine of these three unique men. Assisted by Lorenzo, Emanuele and Shannon the team of Pitti Gola e Cantina is honored to share with you their love for Italian wines.
The bookshelves are lined with small production, high-end wines that they hand select according to their rigid standards. Including the best Italian producers, often unknown and family owned wineries, essentially only what they themselves would drink.
In an effort to create a true Tuscan experience for every guest many of the wines are served by the glass and all are accompanied by the extensive knowledge of the team.
The Wine List by the Bottle features selections from our private cellar. Highlighting over 3,000 bottles of Chianti Classico from the turn of the century to today from the most prestigious Tuscan wineries.
Edoardo is a born and raised Florentine with a palate to follow. He is at heart a purist with a traditional Tuscan taste for one hundred percent single varietals, only in big, aged barrels and generally Sangiovese.
He lives with a drive to teach those who think they don’t like wine that they have never really tried it until they have experienced Italian wines… even though they may not know it yet.
Edoardo feels lucky everyday that he has chosen a career path that allows him to meet the people, see the places and do the work he truly has a passion for.
He hopes that with every glass of wine and with each moment taking in the atmosphere of Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina clients will feel all that is his dream and passion for wine and therefore his life.
After several years of work experience in prestegious restaurants and hotels in Florence, Manuele is finally realizing his dream of owning his own enoteca. With the opening of Pitti Gola e Cantina he delves into the world of wine.
His enthusiasm for his profession stems from his desire to profoundly understand everything about the world of wine, from the earth that nourishes the vines to the wine that fills your glass. The Sangiovese grape is his passion; a grape that continues to move him more every day. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise as this is the grape of the famous Chianti Classico.
Organization, courtesy and eagerness make Manuele a person who caters to his clients curiosities and questions about anything that has to do with wine. He truly enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for wine with his customers. Furthermore, he takes great pride in the operations of the wine bar and is committed to not only serving his clients amazing wines, but also imparting his vast knowledge of the world of wine in a humble and meaningful way.
“To work with sincerity and joy you need to share a sense of team spirit with your colleagues and co-workers, which brings respect and attention to your clients. It’s the little things that can amply repay the physical fatigue and constant preoccupation with my business, such as when I help a client to gain a deeper understanding of wine and see that they are able to better appreciate and enjoy the wine I have poured for them or when a client understands the real significance of our enoteca – it’s not just for the sake of tourists but for the love of wine.”
Zeno is the youngest member of the Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina family but is by no means to be underestimated. He was born and raised here in Florence and is proud to be able to offer through the enoteca a higher level of knowledge and quality to the winebars of his hometown.
He particularly enjoys sangiovese and nebbiolo, only those traditionally produced in big barrel. He is drawn by the quality that these wines hold and the way that when you drink either you can truly taste the essence of Italy in your glass.
Zeno loves an evening when he can host clients as he would guests in his own home. When he can let them relax and offer samples of dishes that he enjoys to eat and wines that are truly his passion. He takes pride in offering information not only about the taste of the wines to clients but about the story of the winery and the people who have created its history.
Zeno is known for creating a comradery with his clients, drinking along with them, as it is a pleasure for him. He often keeps in touch with clients over the years, with many of which he has developed a continued friendship based on a shared love of the great wines of Italy. He considers his to be the greatest job in the world, one where he can share his knowledge and enjoy the wines he loves daily.
Lorenzo Ricci is a Florentine who has a history with wine. As a youth he went to university to study wine making. He decided that he preferred to continue his study of wine from the aspect of the glass as opposed to the vineyard or the cellars. He came to work with us in The Enoteca in 2012. Becoming a sommelier and spending countless hours tasting and tasting he has a memory of wines that is priceless. His incredible palate and in depth knowledge of the wine making process gives him a unique view of wine. It also makes his explanations of why a wine has a certain quality incredibly informative and precise. He greatly enjoys spending time with his clients sharing that knowledge. In 2017 Lorenzo became an owner of our newest project Osteria dell’Enoteca. We are truly honored to call him a partner and part of the team.
Shannon Fioravanti came to Italy in 2009 and fell in love with the culture, the cusine, the wine and Edoardo. Originally from Southern California her experience in restaurants and hotels helped her to find a place within this world of wine. In 2011 Shannon became part of the Team at The Enoteca and launched The Wine Club. Her organizational skills and desire to give clients what they wanted were a natural fit for the creating of The Wine Club. Her knowledge of Italian wines has grown over the years immensely from her time spent in The Enoteca and becoming a sommelier. Shannon is director of The Wine Club and proudly writes the description packets that accompany every shipment. She greatly believes that every wine has a fantastic story behind it. Knowing who makes these wines, why they make them, how they make them and what drives them makes every bottle a window into the Producer’s world. Wine is a time capsule of that year it was created and that is magic in a bottle. She is honored to be part of the Team at Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina.