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Best Traditional Japanese Kaiseki Dinner: Matsuya Japanese

If you’re looking for a multi-course Japanese dinner, look no further than Matsuya Japanese in Florence (you may have to look a little harder than expected; the hidden gem is truly tucked away in a nondescript strip mall). The restaurant offers a traditional kaiseki menu with zensai (three small appetizers), sunomono (cucumber and seaweed salad), nimono (simmered roots and veggies), takimono (grilled meat or fish), tempura (shrimp and vegetables) and sushi or sashimi. You can also order yasai iaiseki, which is a fully vegetarian meal. If you have a large group, ask to book the tatami room.