This weekend I had the pleasure to babysit for an amazing family that I am lucky to know. They are genuinely nice people that understand I have a day job(s) and their kids just happen to be super awesome. So much so that even t-man comes along for the ride and is happy to do it.
This time for dinner after putting the kids to bed, we wanted to order take-out and for some reason I had it in my mind that the only options we had were the crappy pizza take-out that advertise like a taxi stand – and taste like cardboard. Harsh, I know. It’s just that with all the great pizza that exists in Florence, I seriously could buy frozen pizza and make my own toppings that are better than certain ahem pizza delivery companies in Firenze.
So what is a lazy girl to do ? To suddenly go on a barrage of research into what delivery food service actually exists in Florence, Italy. These are all tried and tested by moi and friends. Without further ado- Here are my conclusions:
CHINESE | Xing Wang chinese take out,
A friend tried this one first and raved about it so of course after craving Chinese food but never actually finding anything I liked in Florence , we stopped by one day and wow – surprisingly, it was really good. So I picked up a menu to take home and have been ordering happily ever since. You should go by at least once to pick up a menu for your house and I guarantee (like a car commercial) you will be glad you did!
address: 26/R, VIA DEGLI ALFANI ( near the synagogue in the historical center )
phone number 055 2639182, open every day.
**super super cheap, as in spring rolls for 1.50 and soy rice noodles with veggies for 2 or 3 euros.. try the “fried nutella” , its a bomb but I love it 😉 , delivery costs next to nothing.
CHINESE | Gallo Bianco ( also chinese , menu in english )
I have actually never tried it but if the italians give it good reviews, I am am apt to trust them! plus their website is really good and translated which is a plus.. will be ordering soon!
located at Via Antonio Scialoia, 4/r – 50136 FIRENZE, website here
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN | Il panino tondo
A food delivery service that serves up brunch items like bagels and lox, bagels with bacon eggs and cheese, fresh burgers , fries, tator tots, onion rings, greek salad , fresh muffins.. the list goes on. I personally had the pleasure of trying this recently and LOVED it, the burger was warm, the fries were good, and t-man liked his bagel. Next time I would like to try a salad and brunch bagel yum! depending on what “zone” of florence your in , the delivery costs are cheap and service took about 40 minutes. You can actually reserve ONLINE and they will call or email confirm you. must try when you have had too many negronis the night before . website here
EVERYTHING | Roomservice.it
this is something that I have wanted to try for awhile, basically its a food delivery service that lets you pick the restaurant ( options include turkish food, chinese, italian, gelato, mini-market, japanese and pizzeria ) and they will deliver the food to your door. Not only do they offer food, but DVD’s as well, helloooo date night!
when is it available? Mon-Fri lunchtime 12-1:30pm , and Tues-Sunday 18:30-22:00, number is 055 680 0460. If you order from just one restaurant the delivery fee on top of food costs ranges from about 5 euros to 7.50 , and if you choose two or more restaurants, it will be 4 euros each restaurant, no matter what area you live in.
*** make sure to check out the sconti aka deals section of the site as they do offer some good ones from time to time..
Finally, I will periodically update this list whenever I see some good places from time to time.. other mentionables are..
EVERYTHING | “The Food”
Another service that lets you pick the restaurant around town and lets you know if they deliver according to your address. So easy it almost seems like a fairy-tale. I recently used them to get pizza from my favorite spot Torcicoda by Santa Croce and it worked like a flash. You can pay by credit card/debit via paypal or their own online system. Very efficient for Italy, you might not be able to track your order step-by-step like you can in the states but I approve ( open every day from 10am- 23:00) phone number 055.68.12.477
EVERYTHING | Sgnam
Another one that essentially compiles a bunch of places together and lets you choose according to your address. Sgnam seems easy enough and effective, I haven’t yet used them but I am currently having a ball saying ‘sgnam’ over and over again to the annoyance of my boyfriend. I typed in our address in the oltrarno and it seems like they have a fair amount of choices (though not as good as The Food – most are pizza joints) and include reviews.
INDIAN | Al Noor, Indian rosticceria
located near Piazza Beccaria. This is a new find due to a friend’s recent discovery and it is the only Indian place I know that delivers. They have samosas, tikka masala, butter chicken, veggie dishes, desserts, flavored basmati rice, different naans and the cost of delivery is only 1.50. Minimum order must be 10 euros. I highly recommend the samosas, butter chicken & chickpeas.. this place is awesome and I order from them all of the time.
Via Borgo La Croce 20R
Tel: 055/0516183. Open Mon-Sun 12-3:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm. Website here.
WINE | Wine at your door (Florence south area)
This fantastic vino sfuso ” Da Andrea” delivers wine and very soon you can also put in your order online to then pick-up at his location. I love his wine, particularly his sfuso rosso from Montalcino and lately his fizzy Rose wine which everyone I bring it to loves. Check out his fb page here
da Andrea –Vino Sfuso e Prodotti Tipici
Piazza di Badia a Ripoli, 1/R
PIZZA | Pizzabike!
I have heard good things about this pizza delivery (must be a first) and I am willing to add them to my list and try it soon. They are open every day and have a pretty decent menu, not only pizza. Delivery times are for lunch and dinner, roughly from around 11am-2:30pm and 6pm-11pm. I am not sure of the delivery areas but if you live in the center or near Firenze Rifredi, that’s where they are.
BIKE AND FOOD
V. DONI 73/R
T 055 364834
AMERICAN/ENGLISH/ITALIAN | Bocca Bocca.
This is a new food delivery service that will bring you food in the historical center/gavinana etc. that I haven’t personally tried myself. Apparently they offer a range of dishes for the anglofoni including hamburgers, chicken ceasar salads, fried chicken, eggplant parmesan, cheesecake, cupcakes, carrot cake and more. I might have to try their club sandwich since I still haven’t found the ‘best’ in Florence.
Bocca Bocca – english menu ,email: email@example.com, phone number. Tel: 055 22 69 404.
Update** since I wrote this post, I wrote an article in the local paper and added some supermarket food delivery options as well as options for 0km produce delivery directly from local farmers to your door. So for those who really want fresh food, you have to try it and then let me know what you think. Check out the article here http://www.theflorentine.net/articles/article-view.asp?issuetocId=7646. The produce delivery I use personally happens to a fantastic veggie-delivery service from Fattoria di Corrazano.
DRINKS TO YOUR DOOR. Melebevo
A brand-new company in Florence delivering snacks and drinks to your door. Why are they unique? Who else is going to deliver a cocktail party (including ice cubes!) with mixers, alcohol juice and more. I scouted out their site and they seem to have all sorts of wine, beer, cocktails, small snacks & paninos. They also have plastic cups, straws, swizzle sticks, shaker, cocktail strainer and more. It looks like you have to get a minimum order of 20 euros, and the cost of delivery is 5. If you order more than 35 euros worth of goodies, delivery is free. Fair enough! I need to try this soon, what a dangerously awesome idea! Site is NOT in english. tel. 055 0502606 > firstname.lastname@example.org