Overlooking the River Arno or in the heart of the historic centre, it is impossible to resist the food of Florence. If you are planning your next trip to this Italian city, we provide you with the places to eat delicacies and get lost among the unique snacks.
Tuscany causes a lot of sighing. Who wouldn’t be willing to take a flight right now to get lost in its idyllic landscapes? Florence , the pearl of the region, is a charm without limits. How not to fall in love with the elegance of this Italian city that fuses culture, history, art, landscapes and a surprising gastronomy.
Even the 40 degrees that they have suffered this summer have not been enough to make it lose its charm: hordes of tourists crowded the streets from early morning until late at night, eager to see, meet and soak up Florence.
September, with its slightly warmer temperatures, makes it the perfect escape.
- BOTTEGA CONVIVIALE (via Ghibellina, 134)
- VINOTECA FIRENZE (via Giuseppe Giusti, 2)
- GOLDEN VIEW OPEN BAR (via de’ Bardi, 58/r)
- VINI E VECCHI SAPORI (via dei Magazzini, 3)
- ADAGIO (via dei Macci, 79 rosso)
- LA PROSCIUTTERIA FIRENZE (via dei Neri, 54)
- EATALY (via de’ Martelli, 22R)
- LA GIOSTRA (Borgo Pinti, 10/18 Rosso)
- Unmissable Places
BOTTEGA CONVIVIALE (via Ghibellina, 134)
Leaving the city without setting foot in this restaurant is very similar to visiting Florence without crossing the historic Ponte Vecchio or immersing yourself in the Uffizi Gallery.
Considered one of the best restaurants and an outstanding pizzeria, it has a gastronomic offer that enhances local traditions and is a cult of homemade pasta.
Napoletana Classica, Pizza Gourmanda, Romana or Margarita. Their pizzas made in a wood-fired oven are not shared. As soon as you sit down you will be served a tapa with a frizzante and courtesy wine at the end of the dinner, a lemoncello or perhaps also a meloncello.
We must emphasize the price-quality ratio, very good and they also have a menu of the day. It’s advisable to book in advance… Although if you get there early, you might get lucky.
VINOTECA FIRENZE (via Giuseppe Giusti, 2)
Vinoteca Firenze is located in the historical centre, in a modern and quiet atmosphere.
With a vast selection of wines – both local and national – and products such as sausage boards, Iberian ham, Tuscan prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella, among the recommended dishes are risotto, carpaccio, salads and tarts.
Don’t leave without trying the Sicilian cannoli.
Once again the prices are in line with what is on offer, it has vegan options and stands out for its excellent treatment of diners.
GOLDEN VIEW OPEN BAR (via de’ Bardi, 58/r)
We often go to certain places for their views and Golden View Open Bar is, in this case, a clear example of this. From there you can admire the Uffizi Gallery, the Vasari Corridor, the Arno River and even the Ponte Vecchio itself.
The menu is varied: meats, fish, pizzas, salads and Mediterranean specialties, with well elaborated products. Try the risotto. The prices are high, but the views are worth it.
VINI E VECCHI SAPORI (via dei Magazzini, 3)
It’s not the most elegant, nor will it win a prize for its modernity, and perhaps you won’t be as fascinated by the presentation as you would be elsewhere, but that’s not what’s relevant here.
What really deserves attention is the home-cooked meal, the one that will remind you of family lunches on Sundays.
Immersed in a warm and friendly atmosphere, the must-haves are sausages, bruschettas, ravioli, papadelle and tiramisu. To drink? One beer. It is advisable to book before you go.
We recommend bruschettas, ravioli and tiramisu.
ADAGIO (via dei Macci, 79 rosso)
Halfway between tradition and innovation is this restaurant that will not disappoint you at all. It will conquer you with the proposal of a modern Italian gastronomy, a warm attention and exquisite food.
If you opt for the aesthetics of the presentations, then you will like it from the start. Homemade bread and pasta with authentic flavours, gnocchi, risotto with marinated tuna, sirloin and, to finish, the chocolate cake or the cheesecake. It is open every day until 11pm, except Sunday.
LA PROSCIUTTERIA FIRENZE (via dei Neri, 54)
In the heart of Florence and about 100 meters from the Uffizi Gallery is this site defined by the owners as small, chaotic and somewhat uncomfortable. With this description you’re probably crossing it off the list. Don’t do it because you’ll be surprised.
A tavern like those of yesteryear with its own products, more than considerable prices, a fun and family atmosphere. It’s definitely everything we’d expect in a winery and more. The boards are to die for, with wine or beer. You don’t want to leave there.
EATALY (via de’ Martelli, 22R)
Why is it that when we visit New York, we dedicate one of our lunches or dinners to the famous restaurant and market EATALY, but not in Italy? A few meters from the Duomo is this elegant place, which has gained its reputation for the quality of its products.
With an offer focused on the best of local and national cuisine. Pizzas, pastas, meats, ice cream, cannoli… The options are endless at the Pizza & Cucina restaurant. They have a market where you can get fascinating products from Tuscany, including organic ones, such as olive oil, bread, meat and homemade pasta.
Take a spritz on the terrace, from where you will have a view of the magnificent city monument. Attention, prices are similar to New York.
LA GIOSTRA (Borgo Pinti, 10/18 Rosso)
Those places with a family heritage behind them are even more seductive. More than 25 years ago La Giostra opened its doors, located between the Duomo and Piazza Santa Croce, a place where in 1700 the famous carousel in Piazza dei Compi was kept.
The place is small, cozy, decorated with candles and little lights on the ceiling. You may not be able to read the menu very well, so chef Ubaldo Tornarelli’s most outstanding options include the pastas -Tortelloni and raviolis-, the seafood and the osso buco.
It has an extensive and delicious wine list. Be careful: they don’t sell glasses, but bottles! If you’re a tiramisu fan, it’s definitely your place.
This famous site in the Florence gastronomic guide requires almost mandatory reservations. David Beckham, Elton John or Darren Criss have eaten there too. Their prices are a bit above average, so keep that in mind and if you hear the name Soldano, you’ll be about to meet its owner. Get ready, it’s a lot of fun.
In our list of gastronomic places in a city, you can’t miss one or two of them. Those you need when you’re a little tired from walking or to cool off during the intense sunshine hour.
In the heart of the historic centre is the Caffè Astra al Duomo , a small café attached to the Hotel Laurus al Duomo, but open to all.
Simple options, sandwiches, and delicious pastries, ideal for breakfast or afternoon snack. It is open every day from 7.30 a.m., except Sundays – from 8 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Visiting Florence and not tasting at least one gelato a day is not worthy of a typical Italian experience. The recommended ones? Gelateria dei Neri, Vivoli, La Carraia and Venchi. The variety of tastes is infinite and chocolate lovers will go crazy in these lands.
Looking for breweries? Archea Brewery and Pint of View will become your favorite places in town. Don’t deprive yourself, eat, enjoy and fall in love more, and more with Florence!