The name Pampaloni is synonymous with intricate and one-of-a-kind silver pieces created by a Florentine foundry established in 1902. Admired by some of the world's most illustrious personalities (including Jacqueline Kennedy), the Pampaloni family continues to create museum-quality decorative and dining pieces. Aside from their beautiful shop in the historic Florence city center (Via Porta Rossa, 99R), foodies looking for a unique restaurant idea can book a table for dinner at the Pampaloni factory itself, just a few minutes south of Oltrarno... And what an experience it is!
The setting for dinner at Pampaloni's "In Fabbrica" is truly magical. Diners first enter the space through the factory's showroom, which is filled with precious objects created right there, including an hourglass commissioned by the Oscars as gifts for nominees, to objects created for New York's MoMA. After a pre-dinner cocktail in the showroom, guests are guided through the working silver foundry allowing for an amazing glimpse into the world of silver-making, and led upstairs to the workers' actual lunchroom, which is transformed into a chic dining venue a few nights a week.
Inspired by an imperial theme, antique wooden tables and mix-matched chairs are complimented by the most sumptuous silver place settings, cups, saucers and enormous candelabras... All recreations of a 16th century design from a noble family. The staff serves with elegant white gloves, but simultaneously and paradoxically sporting military uniforms under the soft light of an enormous hammer and sickle light fixture, all of which reminds diners of of the roots of the space: a place for the common worker.
The seasonal Sicilian menu is delectable, with dishes like oven-roasted eggplant and mozzarella, ravioli with pistacchio sauce, and crusted pork chops. Dining at Pampaloni's In Fabbrica is a truly unique dining experience in Florence, perfect for a special occasion, or to simply delight guests from out of town.
Open from Thursday - Saturday nights, reservations are mandatory for In Fabbrica. We recommend calling weeks ahead to score your preferred night.
In Fabbrica, Via del Gelsomino, 99, Tel. +39 347 5145468.