Sprone is tucked in an corner on piazza della passera, recognizable by the bicycle-taxi that’s been converted into a table, placed right outside of the restaurant. It’s their only outdoor seating.
The place in undeniably tiny—housing another 7 or 8 tables inside. If you’ve read some of my other recommendations, you’ll know that this is a quality I love. Of course, this may mean that you’ll want to reserve ahead of time, or just plan to sit in the piazza while you wait for a table. In either case, it will be worth it.
The food is Tuscan primi, and if you’ve spent any time in Italy, you’ll know that primi can mean a lot of things. You can expect to find the likes of sides like Tuscan white-beans, grilled vegetables, sautéed locals greens, cod cooked in bianco (with olive oil and lemon) or alla livornese (in tomato sauce), fresh pastas, salads, and crostini.
If you’re someone who likes to try various places in a night, you could easily come here for a first course and head somewhere else for a secondo. However, its also a nice place to get a few dishes to share among friends. I tend to go for the latter, since the dishes are quite good and it’s hard to conceive of leaving once you’re there.