Eat, Drink, & Be Merry: Tips From a Local

“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” – Paul Prudhomme

Of course if you haven’t already guessed, I am a glutton for great food and good drinks. Enjoy!

Here you will find my best lists on restaurants, aperitivo, coffee, pizza, fine-dining, options for big groups, budget spots in FlorenceTuscany and or/Italy. Also if you are looking for great places near the Santa Maria Novella train station, read this first. I change these often, typically a few times a week depending on my personal experience at places. Consider this a forever project that means me eating a ton, and telling you about it.

Remember that often places are closed on Monday’s so I recommend you check out this list of where you can eat & drink that are always open on this day. Looking for a new, exciting place to eat in Florence, try this list! 

This is a list that I am constantly working on, as you know a place could be good one minute – change management – and than everything goes a bit sour so this is something I take into consideration when I visit a restaurant. And if I am missing something, let me know! I’ll try it and if it’s good – it will make this list and I’ll credit you :).

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New & Noteworthy 2017

In order to spotlight the newest places open in Florence that I adore, I created this section to celebration innovative new cuisine in the city.

“Ristomacelleria” Terrazza MenoniSant’Ambrogio steps it up a notch. Historic butcher shop Luca Menoni (opened in 1921 by Guido Fanfani) in the enclosed market of Sant’Ambrogio has newly inaugurated a self-service terrace restaurant serving up traditional Tuscan meat dishes you with a one-of-a-kind view of our beloved local shopping haunt. Anyone can order from downstairs and enjoy an affordable lunch on the terrace while the market is open from around 11-2:30pm. On the menu are items such as Luca’s famous veal & prosciutto polpette, a delicious “dolceforte” stew, lampredotto on friselle and not only. address: Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti. 

Pint of View | Craft beer, cocktails and Korean Bites make their home in the Santo Spirito neighborhood in a new gastropub that I already love. Chef Yejin Ha is responsible for the seriously delicious pork raviolini I went to town on and possibly the best fried chicken “seul” style that this girl has ever eaten. The coleslaw was a slightly questionable (too much like an insalate russa) but everything else was on point, including the craft beer by Archea Brewey selection, unique cocktails and general ambiance (pub-like, casual, good for couples or small groups of friends). Price: moderate (6-7€ for craft beer), main dishes around 14€. address: Borgo Tegolaio 17r

Osteria del Pavone | Upmarket Italian food with an in-house cocktail bar. This place has just opened in the Oltrarno under the same owners as Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco. They offer a small, but curated menu featuring seasonal fare like truffles and fennel creme. Extremely good fritto platter. I loved their cocktail menu (not cheap at 13€ a pop) which lends to a very elegant evening, starting at the ornate bar, before moving to your table in the elegantly-outfitted dining tables. Exceptional service. Via del Pavone (off of Via dello Sprone).

Trattoria Moderna | A fresh take on Tuscan favorites that isn’t annoying. Finally, a place near Piazza Beccaria that isn’t “bleh.” I was super impressed with Trattoria Moderna and Chef Riccardo Serni’s simple and short curated menu. Expect to see delights such as panzanella with marinated anchovies, a cacio e pepe poached egg, fresh seafood ravioli, delicious slow-cooked galette livornese and that’s not all. Go for the tasting menu which is a steal at 37 euros. Also impressed by the tisane and tea table that they literally roll out for you after dessert. Address:  Lungarno del Tempio, 52 (open lunch and dinner). 

Osteria dell’Enoteca | Bring the countryside Osteria into the city walls. I am hugely excited about this new opening on Via Romana. This new restaurant focuses on Tuscan food with a little flair and a special exclusive grilled meats and steak menu. The owners are from Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina just down the road and this place is set to be one of my favorite go-to Italian restaurants on the other side of the writer. Excellent fresh pasta as well, try the fave bean and pecorino cheese tortelli, baccala on polenta, and of course their signature steak. address: Via Romana, 70/r, 50125 Firenze.

Tamero Pizzeria | The perfect neighborhood pizzeria. I’m a girl who loves her pizza and I’m absolutely delighted about Santo Spirito’s Tamerò pizzeria (you’ve probably heard of fresh pasta hotspot Tamerò PastaBar Restaurant, this has a separate entrance on borgo tegolaio). Our pizzas were perfectly cooked (no raw dough middle) and I loved the “flauto” special that was a flute-shaped pizza with Napoli-style fillings. On offer also is a decent selection of craft beer. All in all, a welcome addition to this side of the river. address: borgo tegolaio 18r. Open 12:30-3pm, 6:30-11:45pm. 

Momio Firenze | English Cafe meets International Flair. After hearing about this place from my friend Emiko, I had to go check it out for myself, an adorable retro cafe on Via Pisana, 9C. (Borgo San Frediano neighborhood). This new restaurant/cafe is opened by two natives of Orvieto who sought to bring our Renaissance city a bit of International flair from their time abroad (Nadia used to work in London’s Nobu). The menu changes heavily from day to night. Their cafeteria day menu focuses on brunch staples: eggs benedict, eggs royale, English breakfast thrown, while also throwing in delicious items such as pizza fritta with high-quality mortadella and not only. My meal was memorable, most places in Florence serve a mediocre brunch at best and here quality is everything (they make their own English muffins etc). Downstairs is the restaurant portion, which I certainly will be back to try, already I can see this being a popular spot for those in the know. 

Sott’Arno | The neighborhood cafe that everyone has always wanted. If you don’t yet know Betty Soldi and her partner Matteo, it’s about time to get your head out of the sand. They are the brilliant minds behind Ad Astra Hotel & SoprArno suites, and Betty has one of my favorite souvenir shops in the city And Company right next door to this cafe. Sott’Arno is Matteo’s baby, one that is lovingly run by Fratelli Lunardi. The cafe itself is a small space with a few tables offering up a late breakfast or quick lunch in the form of gourmet panini. Try the Florentine favorites (get the ciccioli! and peperoni sotto’olio) and sweets while my all-time favorite sandwich is the one that Matteo himself coined “oooh,” kept simple with pan di ramerino (rosemary bread) and excellent prosciutto.  The walls are lined with menus from restaurants that Matteo and his friends have collected over the years. address: Via Maggio, 53r, 50125 Firenze. Open 10am-6pm. Closed Sundays.

KotoLab | Koto Ramen opens up a laboratory of goodness in Prato! Consider this new spot the new Ramen headquarters of #Prato, showcasing new clever dishes (Ramen with porchetta, tofu with black sesame) by Chef Shoji Minamihara with plenty of sake to wash it all down. Heavenly doesn’t even begin to explain how good this place is and it’s an easy 25 minute drive from Florence.  address: via Valentini, 102, Prato. 

Buonerìa | Napoletano pizza in Cascine Park. I’m really intrigued by this new opening which has pizza lovers of Florence incredibly excited and I recently got to try it out myself recently at a special event. My verdict? Very good. The dough especially stood out (pizza fritta) and I’m waiting to go back to see how they are on a non-event basis. Their claim to fame is a using an ancient method of kneading the dough, letting it rest from 24 to 36 hours. address via del fosso macinante 4

Oliviero | A new old opening :). While this historical wood-paneled fancy restaurant not far from the Ponte Vecchio was previously closed, it has now been reopened by a new brigade of chefs who are eager to bring the good name back. The menu will have a fancy flair on  fish and meat, while expert cocktails will be served at the American bar. Can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeve. address: via delle Terme, 51/r

La Cova | Tapas Bar Just Steps from Pitti. This popular location in Prato now comes to Florence as of December of last year, the trend of “tapas” has hit Florence especially in the Oltrarno area. What makes this place different is that it exactly showcases Spanish tapas done right, I loved my grilled peppers stuffed with cod and quest, plus try their prosciutto and you won’t be sorry. As for the drinks, I adore their cava by the glass and interesting wine selections. This place is winning. address: Sdrucciolo de’ Pitti, 19. Open 7:30-10:30pm.

Ristorante Tehran | A Taste of Persia in the historical center. Only open since two months, this tiny colorful and cozy space on Via dei Cecchi 25r is already gaining a fast following for those who are looking for an exotic escape. While I am no expert in Iranian food, my lunch here with friends recently was delicious. We got a medley of beef and chicken kebabs, fragrant citrus-infused rice with berries, yogurt and veggie starters and ended with tea (served with saffron rock sugar) done right. Highly recommend.

Cibleo | Japanese & Tuscan Fusion in Sant’Ambrosio | Fabio Picchi is it again, after his continued success at Cibreo he decided to take his passion for Asian cuisine in a new venture combining Tuscan food with Japanese and Korean flair. The new space only has 20 covers so reservations are a must. I went recently and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, ravioli (Japanese style) made with Mugello chicken, pickled greens and so much more, the plates seem endless and you end with a sake finale. Menu 40-50€ a person w/out drinks.   (More on GamberoRosso) address: via Andrea del Verrocchio, 2r |  tel. +39 055 2341100

Gosh* | New All-Day Cafe in the Oltrarno | I just happened to walk by this doorway the other day but it looks very design-friendly decorated with colorful wallpaper and an all-day menu from breakfast to dinner (with free WiFI). Open 8:30am-12am. address: Via di Santo Spirito, 46R, 50125 Firenze.

Marina di Santospirito | A new spot on the backstreets in the Oltrarno known for the crudo (raw fish platters) and quality fish and fresh pasta , they also offer live music concerts with dinner. I’ve peeked in and the place looks absolutely beautiful. address: Via Maffia, 1/C, 50125 Firenz

Kawaii | The first sake bar in Italy? Kind of random but with all of these new openings lately, I’m not surprised and this sounds exciting. I am very intrigued to try a place based around Japanese sake or izakaya. They are under the Momoyama umbrella and will be serving typical Japanese dishes along with their creative drinks. I can’t wait to try it! address: via Borgo San Frediano 8/r

Essenziale | Contemporary flavors in Piazza Cestello. The hottest new opening in Florence is without a doubt this restaurant headed by popular chef Simone Cipriani, formally of Santo Graal. Inside, you’ll find a contemporary, intimate atmosphere. With a small drawer at every table with your “tools” (forks, knives and spoons) to help you along what will certainly be an interesting gastronomic affair. I went with Nico for his birthday dinner and we opted for the five-course tasting menu (55€) which was absolutely phenomenal. The cuisine is inventive and creative, imagine a take on Tuscany’s classic “pappa al pomodoro” called “papa Mary” with bloody mary elements of horseradish gelato and a spritz of vodka.  Address: Piazza di Cestello, 3, 50124 Firenze

Santa Rosa Bistro | Lunch in a secret garden. I am really excited about this new spot hidden behind the walls close to Borgo San Frediano on via pisana (along the lungarno). It’s a new place that has just opened and wants to “cover all basis” as far as aesthetically cool Florentine spots go. Think coffee in the morning, easy lunches and of course the omnipresent aperitivo tucked away in one of my favorite areas of town, hidden but definitely walkable from the center of Florence. The wine list is curated by the fab Enoteca Pitti Gola which already elevates its status in my eyes. address:Lungarno Santa Rosa, Florence, +39 055 2309057

Fulin | A gourmet Chinese dining experience that even made it in Italy’s foodie magazine, Gambero Rosso. Fulin is out to make quality Chinese cuisine the way you would find in Hong Kong, Beijing in a beautiful ambiance in a suburban (and easy to get to) neighborhood. This will no doubt impress even the Florentines. I had the chance to lunch there recently and wow, just wow. This is top notch on every level. Antipasti range around 7-8€ while larger courses 12-15€. I highly recommend sharing a variety of dim sum like dishes, especially the bamboo carrot involtini, a variety of freshly-made dumplings, rice noodles with chinese mushrooms, and cantonese pork, twice-fried with an orange sauce. Don’t skip dessert either! address: via Giampaolo Orsini, 113. tel. 055 684931. Reservations highly recommended. 

Ristorante Vivo | Seafood in a contemporary ambiance that won’t break the bank. Located in the ever-growing-in-gourmet-popularity piazza annonini is the lovely Vivo, a new addition into the seafood in Florence scene, they have an original location in Capalbio. I have yet to try it myself but I have read a ton about it and I am definitely going to plan a personal visit soon. I like the fact that from antipasti to second courses, the price ranges around 8€-10€ and the menu changes daily based on the fish caught. A definite refreshing trend from articles like this, which have scared me from eating seafood in the USA: My friends who HAVE visited, assured me that it’s worth checking out, though they point out that the open plan seating doesn’t truly allow for a romantic evening. For an honest review (in Italian) check out this post by La Forchiettiere. address: Largo Annigoni 9 A/B – zona sant’Ambrogio – Firenze. Reservations highly recommended. +39 333 1824183.

Il Carduccio | Your new ‘organic’ living room just steps from Palazzo Pitti. New spot Carduccio is located just steps from Palazzo Pitti in a charming space that offers Oltrarno patrons a fresher farm-to-table experience. Open 8-8pm M-Sat (reduced on Sunday) I can already tell this will be my go-to spot for great salads and cold-pressed juices. address: Sdrucciolo dei Pitti, 10, 50125 Florence FI, Italy

Raw! | Via Sant’Agostino, This place just opened a few days ago and is a raw vegan tiny caffe just behind Santo Spirito on via sant’agostino. Owned by a young couple, one half Swedish, one half Florentine on a quest to provide people on a raw diet with options. They offer vegan panini and their own gelato made with coconut water. They also sell whole coconuts to drink and are working on infused juices. I’m intrigued but if you’re still hungry there’s S.Forno nearby ;-).

My Favorite Lunch Spots in Florence

  • Best Lunch Deal | The menu at Trattoria Giovanni at Via Sant’Agostino, 38 is impressively affordable and changes seasonally, for around 11 euros (though they may have raised their prices for 2017). Mon-Saturday (really) you can get this menu which includes a first course, second course, side and water in a pretty ambiance. Also on via del orto you will find two of my personal favorite lunch spots, Il Guscio (the winner) makes wonderful pasta prime and cheese tarts, It’s also a nice little sit-down place so you won’t feel rushed to leave. Trattoria Orto is also a close third for the lunch deals that feature a delicious and traditional Tuscan menu.
  • Best Bakery | Light lunch, S.Forno, Via S. Monaca 3r, 50i24 Florence, Italy. Open 7:30-7:30pm. They are by far the best stop for bread, panini, cakes in a very interestedly high-vaulted ceiling bistro, by the visionaries of Il Santo Bevitore.
  • Best Panino | Semel in Sant’ Ambrogio is an quintessential Florentine spot. Think cubby holes for your tiny wine glasses and small sandwiches with high-quality ingredients like anchovies, fennel and orange eaten standing up. You have to go here. Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti 44/r.

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  • In San Lorenzo, Trattoria Sergio Gozzi (also known as ‘da sergio’)  is one of the best local options serving traditional Tuscan fare since 1915 , as reminded to me by my friend Coral of Curious Appetite. address: Piazza di San Lorenzo, 8R, 50123 Firenze
    Phone: +39 055 281941
  • Teatro del Sale, is where it’s AT! Love this place for a variety of reason including the casual atmosphere served buffet style, abundance of (fantastic food). Cheap and wonderful, just go! address: Via dè Macci, 118.
  • Refined Tuscan cuisine in a cozy, yet contemporary ambiance. There is a lot to love about family-run Zeb in San Niccolo, the seasonal menu, fresh pastas, and great people-watching from the bar, just make sure you make a reservation first. address: Via S. Miniato, 2/r, 50125 Firenze
  • Casa del Vino, light lunch in the san lorenzo neighborhood. highly recommend if you enjoy tasty bruschetta and a cool wine list. Via dell’Ariento, 16/R, 50123 Firenze.
  • Libreria Brac is a local favorite and my go-to for avocado salads and nice wine. Via dei Vagellai, 18, 50122 Firenze make a reservation, they are always full. +39 055 094 4877
  • Irene, retro bistro in piazza della repubblica, may be located in the fancy Savoy hotel but they have a wonderful lunch menu featuring creative takes on Tuscan favorites that won’t break the bank. The cool ambiance can’t be beat.
  • Quelo Bar, Via Borgo Santa Croce, 15r, 50122 Firenze, +39 055 1999 1474. Very chill place with great salads, fresh juices and coffee. You won’t find anything truly gourmet but it hits the spot.
  • Gluten-Free | Quinoa in  Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore, 1 is a great spot for those who want to eat in a pretty little courtyard and are looking for a healthier option.
  • Gilda’s Bistro in Sant’ambrogio is cozy and cool, with excellent quirky and classy down-home Italian food eatery in an area of town where you can be sure you’ll eat better. address: Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti, 50122 Florence, Italy.
  • For organic and local products, try Ristorante San Michele all’Arco for lunch on Via dell’Oriuolo, 3/red, 50122 Firenze. It’s close to ‘Lion’s Fountain’ and Ebys bar under an ancient arch not far from Santa Croce and Sant’Ambrogio. I love sitting here and watching the world go by, I recommend trying the ‘cinta senese’ if you are into pork products, it’s excellent here.

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  • A Crudo is a new spot in the oltrarno serving up tartare (and many different kinds), Tuscan crostini, cured meats and cheeses and nice salads. I have a wonderful experience there recently and would recommend to anyone looking for a light lunch. address: Via Mazzetta, 5A
  • Sexy Bistro | Irene at the Hotel Savoy is not only sexy in its design but also has some interesting and affordable lunch menus. Highly recommend, you can read my write-up here.
  • Hosteria Il Desco, Via delle Terme, 23/ r. Cheap & Traditional, try their daily lunch menu (great for sit down, peaceful lunch). Tuscan Food.
  • Cheap & traditional lunch in one of my favorite trattorias, Osteria il Buongustai in Florence (close to piazza della signoria). Lunch is less crowded than dinner and they offer a decently priced menu for locals during the week.
  • Trattoria ‘Da Mario‘,  Via Rosina, 2, 50123 (san lorenzo neighborhood) famous and very crowded. Budget!
  • The New ‘Fancy Food Court’ with Tuscan specialties like lampredotto and fresh pasta, Mercato Centrale
  • Ete bistro & Ditta Artigianale are great light lunches with a cool, contemporary vibe.
  • Vegetarian restaurants in Florence – updated!
  • Cheap eats in Florence, guest post at Budget Traveller.
  • Trattoria Il Giova (for lunch or dinner) is awesome, fresh food and fun ambiance near one of my favorite piazzas in town.
  • Trattoria Anita – set menu, decent local dishes (great if you are on a budget).
  • Without a doubt one of my favorite places for lunch – locals agree! Oltrarno area of town. Chicco di Caffe! 
  • For great local food – I really like this restaurant in Piazza Tasso – Al Tranvai (cute & tiny interior but very yummy traditional dishes). http://www.altranvai.it/home_inglese.html

Florence Street Food ‘Eat Like a Local’ 

Eating street food is a local pastime with dishes like ‘lampredotto’ and trippa’ being the stars of the show, don’t be squeamish, it’s good! I recommend trying these tasty panini at least once, don’t forget the ‘green sauce!’ you will thank me later. The best ones are Nerbone located in the ground floor of the central market in San Lorenzo.

Next up is the famous ‘trippaio del porcellino’ by owner Orazio, who owns a stand in Piazza del Mercato Nuovo. I also like the Sergio Pollini Lampredotto truck on via dei macci (sant’ambrogio neighborhood), plus one  located in the San Frediano neighborhood and Aurelio I’ Re Del Lampredotto further down.

Ps. In 2014, they just opened a Food Truck serving gourmet burgers along the river, La Toraia, Lungarno Cristoforo Colombo, 11 (Via del Campofiore), 50126 Florence Tuscany. Link here. 

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Where To Go For Dinner in Florence

  • Osteria dell’Enoteca | Bring the countryside Osteria into the city walls. I am hugely excited about this new opening on Via Romana. This new restaurant focuses on Tuscan food with a little flair and a special exclusive grilled meats and steak menu. The owners are from Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina just down the road and this place is set to be one of my favorite go-to Italian restaurants on the other side of the writer. Excellent fresh pasta as well, try the fave bean and pecorino cheese tortelli, baccala on polenta, and of course their signature steak. address: Via Romana, 70/r, 50125 Firenze. Best all around for food and ambiance. 
  • My go-to local lately is Il Guscio on via dell’orto on the other side of the river which has been around since 1986. They see Tuscan food, with interesting fish platters as well. I think the ambiance vs. quality is one of the best on this side of the river. When we have out-of-town visitors, we always take them here. Open Mon-Fri 12:30-2pm, 7:30-11pm. Only dinners on Saturday, address: Via dell’Orto, 49a.
  • Thanks to Coral who arranged this place for my bachlorette party, I have discovered the lovely Club Culinario Toscano da Osvaldo located near piazza santa croce, which serves some of the best Italian food I’ve had in a long time. address: Piazza dei Peruzzi, 3R, 50122 Firenze, call for reservations: +39 055 217919.
  • Osteria delle Tre Panche is a warm, inviting restaurant in the Campo di Marte Stadium area (an easy taxi ride from the center or longer walk for those who like to hoof it) known for great wines and and a special section dedicated to truffle-dishes with tubers from San Miniato. Try the fried mozzarella with truffles and truffle tagliolini, I loved my experience there. You’ll find it listed in this updated (2017) guide of the 38 best restaurants in the city according to Eater and vetted by my friend Coral of Curious Appetite.
  • For good, hearty Tuscan food, I love taking people to Del Fagioli which is near piazza santa croce. The ambiance is quite typically Italian with lights that shine too bright but they have an excellent Florentine steak and nice wines. Get the steak. address:  Corso dei Tintori, 47-r, 50122 Firenze. 
  • Il Santo Bevitore, Via di Santo Spirito, 64/66, Firenze. Despite the crowded wait, they provide a creative and interesting menu with, I rate this as quite good when it comes to consistently good food and ambiance. Head next door Il Santino for aperitivo before dinner which is almost even better..
  • Slow Food | Culinaria Bistro is run by an association of people that promote slow food in Florence. You’ll find charcuterie platters and tajines. Piazza Tasso, 13R Florence, Italy (near Santo Spirito) CLOSED TUESDAYS.
  • Refined Tuscan cuisine in a cozy, yet contemporary ambiance. There is a lot to love about family-run Zeb in San Niccolo, the seasonal menu and great people-watching from the bar, just make sure you make a reservation first. address: Via S. Miniato, 2/r, 50125 Firenze
  • If I am looking for a nice steak in the center, I typically head to Buca Lapi. Quite literally ‘down below’ it serves up Tuscan food and its considered to be a real find but it is quite expensive. address: Via del Trebbio, 1r, 50123 Firenze
  • One of the most fun places for Tuscan food without a doubt is I’Brindellone (a true no-frills experience), Piazza Piattellina (piazza carmine) – I adore this place for the rustic atmosphere and hearty food, think fried coccoli (dough), truffle pasta, fried artichokes, traditional platters such as ribollita, ravioli and pappa al pomodoro and of course steak. It’s always full of locals. Call for reservations +39 055 217879.
  • Consider taking a taxi to Trattoria da Burde, one of my favorite places for true Tuscan food in Florence.  Go for the cheese platter and Florentine steak. The Gori brothers are well known around town and always offer a fun, satisfying experience. address: Via Pistoiese, 6/R, 50145 Firenze
  • Teatro del Sale, address: Via dè Macci, 118 is an institution in Florence. Food is served buffet style, screamed from the kitchen as dishes are brought out as soon as the chefs can cook them. Romantic? Probably not. But it is most definitely fun and Florentine, check out what dinner shows they host every week.  see the program and more here.
  • Just steps from the Uffizi is Buca dell’Orafo, which literally translates to “Goldsmith’s cave” which is what dining their sort of feels like. They serve up hearty Tuscan fare, homemade pasta, you know the drill. Reservations recommended. address: Volta dei Girolami 28Florence, Italy. 
  • Arà è Sud | Sicily meets Florence in this restaurant located on via della vigna vecchia. Here you can gorge on a myriad of Southern dishes from Italy’s biggest island which means plenty of fish, cannoli, and yes your arancini. It’s fantastic! — GO!
  • Cocktails at Locale, the hottest new spot on via delle seggiole, is a cocktail-connoisseurs dream! I had an excellent dark & stormy (made with Ginger beer) there recently. Naturally they don’t have a website or contact number, but I recommend just going. facebook. 
  • For a nice dinner in a romantic ambiance, try Enoteca Le Barrique on via del leone (oltrarno). Great food, great wine, great service and a good price!
  • Trattoria Giovanni is my go-to lunch spot near our house in the oltrarno. Their lunch menu is very affordable but so is dinner, they have a wonderful variety of fresh pasta dishes and Tuscan favorites like bistecca. Via Sant’Agostino, 38, Firenze, reservation recommended. +39 328 072 8028.
  • Il Magazzino (for traditional Tuscan fare) in my beloved local piazza della passera and everything around this square is great!
  • Irene is a sexy bistro that would make for the perfect girl’s night out in piazza della repubblica. The food is Tuscan with a fresher, healthy twist, great drinks.
  • Ristorante Pane e Vino,  Piazza di Cestello, 3R, Firenze is one of my new favorites. Located in the oltrarno side of the city, the menu is creative and distinctive, oh and they make their pasta fresh in-house. I highly recommend getting a wine pairing, as their impressive wine list is fabulous, you can’t get wrong with this place!
  • Il Gecko is the place to go for a nice drink or bbq ribs, aka when you are tired of Italian food or need a huge ice coffee. Great burger in the san niccolo neighborhood. contemporary nice decor and the right price/quality ratio. Via Dei Renai 11/R
  • La Menagere, is the hottest new restaurant in Florence, on via de’ginori in the san lorenzo neighborhood. Go there for lunch, dinner, coffee, pick up flowers, it’s all concept and cool. I’ve tried both their aperitivo & tapas plus lunch and loved it all all! Read more here. 
  • The La Bottega Del Buon Caffe’ is ‘five stars all of the way’ in my opinion and just received a Michelin star, worth every penny. address:  Via Antonio Pacinotti, 44, Firenze FI
  • Not exactly in the center but a former grocers turned restaurant I really enjoy is Trattoria du Burde on Via Pistoiese, 6/R, 50145 Firenze.
  • Il Guscio is away from tourist crowds and serves some really fabulous Tuscan dishes in a cozy ambiance. Open for both lunch and dinner, this is a local favorite! via dell’orto 49, Florence. San Frediano neighborhood.
  • La Bocca di Leone on via pisana 39 is trendy, hip and serves a damn good truffle dish that will have you coming back for more. A real find!
  • A nice place for dinner (with cool art)  in the city is La Cucina del Garga, Via San Zanobi, 33, 50129.
  • Wonderful small restaurant for lunch or dinner near the Accademia della Galleria (which houses Michelangelo’s David) Osteria de l’Ortolano.
  • Great seafood with a view – It may be expensive but my guilty secret is Golden View Open bar, right by the Ponte Vecchio. Super awesome spaghetti alle vongole veraci and great wine list.
  • Santo Graal (The Holy Grail) on via romana is simply divine. They offer a menu with traditional & innovative dishes. On the pricier side.
  • One of my top spots for Bistecca alla Fiorentina – Florentine steak. Trattoria Osvaldo. 
  • Fun place in the center for local dishes, while it IS touristy – the food is very good! Il Latini. 
  • One of my new favorite restaurants in Florence – awesome outdoor garde, – awesome cheese & cured meat boards, you should try this restaurant. Beppe Fioraia Firenze.
  • Want to try local dishes like trippa & lampredotto? I tried a few dishes at Osteria di Giovanni and loved it (plus they also serve lots of other really delicious food like Bistecca Fiorentina).
  • Trattoria Sostanza is a historical restaurant in the city serving up simple, delicious food like chicken infused with butter – yum!
  • Cibreo trattoria and Teatro del Sale, very very good! Fabio is owner of all three of the Cibreo enterprises and runs it all extremely well, I prefer the trattoria (price wise) and Teatro del Sale is a lot of fun! Think awesome buffet with entertainment.
Pasta art from Villa Campestri

Pasta art from Villa Campestri

 

Traditional Tuscan

  • Best Typical Spot (Lunch) In San Lorenzo | Sergio Gozzi, no frills Tuscan food at its best. Go with any daily special you see on the menu and get the polpette (they have meat in them) which will blow your mind, they are that good. Highly recommend if you are in the San lorenzo neighborhood. Open ONLY for lunch: 12:00-3:45pm. Piazza San Lorenzo, 8r, Firenze, Italia.
  • Always a top spot, Del Fagioli is a favorite for both locals and visitors from abroad. Historical and family run, I go for the bistecca alla fiorentina (Florentine t-bone steak) and lardo crostini. Also ask about their daily desserts which are heaven. Book ahead as they tend to get popular. address: Corso dei Tintori, 47-r, 50122 Firenze
  • Trattoria La Casalinga is a true Tuscan institution and one of my favorite places to bring people in the city. It’s not longer as cheap as it used to be (2017) however it is on the more affordable side with a vast menu of local favorites. I like their penne all’arrabiata (spicy tomato pasta), fettunta appetizers and ribollita. Pasta starts around 7€. address: Via dei Michelozzi, 9/R, 50125 Firenze FI. 
  • Hands down favorite close to my house is Trattoria L’Brindellone, Piazza Piattellina 10-11/r, 50124 Florence, Italy. +39 055 21 78 79. Make reservations, great Tuscan food and steak, no need to dress up here, it’s a locals joint
  • Tucked away in the Oltrarno is the lovely family-run Trattoria I’Raddi where you can eat Tuscan in a place that doesn’t break the bank. address:  Via D’Ardiglione, 47/r, 50124 Firenze. 
  • If you don’t mind a 25-30 minute walk from Ponte Vecchio, I highly recommend lunch or dinner at Traditional Tuscan and family run “Da Ruggero” on Via Senese 89/r. Here you’ll find local Italian staples like ribollita, pappa al pomodoro, ossobuco, pollo fritto, and delicious pasta dishes (I love the pici) Open Thurs-Mon 12:30-2:30pm, 7:30-10pm.
  • Near piazza della signoria? Try Vini e Vecchi Sapore, Via dei Magazzini, 3, Firenze. Authentic and really good Tuscan food (I love their beans cooked in a flask) You can’t find better in this area. Make reservations beforehand as this place is popular and in all of the guide books: +39 055 293045.
  • In the Oltrarno, a classy white-tablecloth restaurant thatI’ve been recently is Trattoria Camillo, well known among Italian friends of mine as a local institution. It’s a wonderful place to tuck into well-known dishes such as Florentine steak, sautéed greens and porcini pasta. Expect prices to be a little higher and reservations are highly recommended. address: Borgo S. Jacopo, 57/r.
  • Consider taking a taxi to Trattoria da Burde, one of my favorite places for true Tuscan food in Florence.  Go for the cheese platter and Florentine steak. The Gori brothers are well known around town and always offer a fun, satisfying experience. address: Via Pistoiese, 6/R, 50145 Firenze
  • Another place to get great steak in the Oltrarno neighborhood is Antico Ristoro di’ Cambi, address: Via Sant’Onofrio 1R, 50124 Florence Italy.
  • Gilda Bistro, down-home cooking in an elegant spot in the heart of Sant’ambrogio, love the peposo (slow-cooked spicy beef) and their dishes of the day. address: Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti, 40-red, 50122 Firenze.
  • Alla Vecchia Bettola, traditional Tuscan in a pretty spot near piazza tasso, AddressVia Vasco Pratolini, 3, Firenze, Phone055 224158. 
  • A find near the Ponte Vecchio is Buca dell’Orafo. No frills Tuscan cuisine in a rustic ambiance, people come for the food NOT for the amazing service. address: Via dei Girolami, 28, Firenze. Open Tuesday-Saturday lunch and dinner 12-2:30, 7:30-10pm. and Monday 7:30-10pm.
  • Da Ruggero is a local Tuscan favorite among friends, it is located a little further out but it is worth the taxi ride or longer walk. Here you will get the non-nonsense, authentic local experience run by a local family. The dish to order here? Bollito or boiled Tuscan meats (tasted better than it sounds) served with salsa verde.  address:  Via Senese, 89/red, 50124 Firenze. 
  • Another simple Tuscan spot that deserves praise is Trattoria Enzo e Piero on Via Faenza. The service can be a little iffy but the price/quality ratio is pretty legit. 105r, 50123 Firenze.
  • One favorite among us and many locals is Trattoria dell’Orto, Via dell’Orto, 35, 50124 Firenze, 055 224148. On the ‘other side of the river’ this is where you want to go to eat traditional Tuscan food in a rustic ambiance. Really fantastic steak!
  • Buca Lapi, is an awesome place for steak and Tuscan food and its considered to be a real find. address: Via del Trebbio, 1r, 50123 Firenze
  • Trattoria Sostanza is always a sure bet for great food ‘bistecca alla fiorentina’ (Florentine steal) and my favorite, the butter chicken.  The desserts are also superb, but share as portions are abundant. One of those places that I adore taking out of towners for the simple, wonderful ambiance. Via della Porcellana 25. Reservations recommended. It’s not cheap (sides are 9 euros) but it is a nice splurge.
  • Lunch, Osteria Il Buongustai (near piazza signoria)  Via dei Cerchi, 50122 Firenze. Lunch spot I adore.
  • Trattoria Da Mario, Via Rosina, 2, 50123 Firenze. (San Lorenzo neighborhood). Casual.
  • Ristorante Il Tranvai,  Piazza Torquato Tasso, 14r, 50124 Firenze. A little further out there but I adore it! Casual.
  • Accademia Restaurant,  Piazza San Marco 7R – 50129 Firenze. Hearty Tuscan fare.
  • Alla Vecchia Bettola, Via Vasco Pratolini, 3, 50124 Firenze
  • Trattoria Osvaldo for steak, Tuscan cuisine and a nice ambiance a little outside of the city center. It looks like your grandmother’s kitchen but here, that’s a great thing. You won’t leave full here. address: Via Gabriele D’Annunzio, 51R
  • Il Sabatino, via Pisana 2, This is a true Florentine bare bones institution. The menu is cheap and simple and you can be assured of the fact of its authenticity. I especially adore their pasta e fagioli soup. +39 55 225955.. Awesome & cheap!
  • Looking for a wonderful steak? Try Trattoria 13 Gobbi, it’s near the train station and they have some of the best steak in the city. Address: Via del Porcellana, 9R, Firenze.
  • Trattoria Camillo is a popular mainstay with white tablecloths and somewhat haphazard service on borgo san jacopo. While it is on the pricey side, the food here is great. I like the fried sage and veal scappoline with lemon. address: Borgo S. Jacopo, 57/r, Firenze.

Seafood in Florence

Florence is nowhere the sea, but luckily it is possible to find decent places here. If you can’t make it to the Tuscan coast (and Livorno for the famous fish stew ‘cacciucco’ try these spots.

  • Ristorante Vivo | Seafood in a contemporary ambiance that won’t break the bank. Located in the ever-growing-in-gourmet-popularity piazza annonini is the lovely Vivo, a new addition into the seafood in Florence scene, they have an original location in Capalbio. I have yet to try it myself but I have read a ton about it and I am definitely going to plan a personal visit soon. I like the fact that from antipasti to second courses, the price ranges around 8€-10€ and the menu changes daily based on the fish caught. A definite refreshing trend from articles like this, which have scared me from eating seafood in the USA: My friends who HAVE visited, assured me that it’s worth checking out, though they point out that the open plan seating doesn’t truly allow for a romantic evening. For an honest review (in Italian) check out this post by La Forchiettiere. address: Largo Annigoni 9 A/B – zona sant’Ambrogio – Firenze. Reservations highly recommended. +39 333 1824183.
  • Burro e Acciughe | one of the newest fish spots in Florence is nestled in the ever-more-trendy Oltrarno neighborhood of town and is already gaining a loyal following. I recently had a date night there with Nico and was super impressed with my “millefoglie of fish with a delicate pure side”, also nice choice of wine, go for the Sicilian Etna Bianco, 22€ a bottle.. address: Via dell’Orto 35, Florence 50124
  • Marina di Santospirito | A new spot on the backstreets in the Oltrarno known for the crude (raw fish platters) and quality ingredients, they also offer live music concerts with dinner. I’ve peeked in and the place looks absolutely beautiful. address: Via Maffia, 1/C, 50125 Firenze
  • a Cucina di Pescepane | Affordable fish dishes in Sant’Ambrogio! I recently tried the newest endeavor of popular street food Pescepane (literally means bread & fish) who just opened a small restaurant in one of the best neighborhoods in town. It’s bright, blue, simple and quite honestly, perfect – they even took the time to incorporate details such as handmade fisherman’s baskets turned lamps to keep with the seafood theme. The menu is small and features fish-based dishes (ranging from 7-€-13) with Tuscan twists (think a fresh panzanella bread salad with calamari, or pappa al pomodoro with fish), I really enjoyed my fish & chips with house-made tartare sauce. Wine is sfuso from the Chianti countryside and their vegetables hail from the farmer’s market nearby. Good job guys! Open for lunch & dinner daily excluding Mondays. address: Via G. Carducci, 15R
  • Fishing Lab Murate is the hottest new street food fish place smack dab in an amazing palazzo with 14th century frescoes and Roman ruins with actually affordable prices.  While I don’t think their food is the best in town when it comes to fish (they have continuous hours and the place is fun). Ask to see the oldest portrait of Dante. Via del Proconsolo, 16R – +39 055 240618
  • Seafood: Tuscan Food | Borderline, near the Santa Maria Novella Train Station, Corso Italia 35, 50123 Florence, Italy. This new bistro continues the excellent move of restaurants worth drooling over near the central train station. The food here is elevated seafood and Tuscan fare, think tuna tartare, taglioni with swordfish and mint. The ownership is the same from ‘da tito’ another great local restaurant. Prices are medium $$$ but I doubt you would be disappointed!
  • Baccalunch | Bringing a simple Tuscan fish back into the limelight. I love how Florence has seemed to embrace a vibrant love affair with seafood. This new spot on Via del Leone (Oltrarno), offers “cod” (baccala) as the fresh protagonist to every dish on the seasonal menu. Chef Francesca Niccolini impressed me with her baccala involtini in a bed of coconut milk though I wouldn’t say this is my top spot for seafood. Open only for lunch Tuesday-Sunday 12:30-2:30pm and dinner on Saturday, closed Mondays. Expect to spend between 15-30€ per person. 
    Via del Leone 24 R, Firenze
  • Fiaschetteria di pesce, where the locals go near the ponte alle vittorio roundabout. Get there early as it gets crowded. The menu of primi (first courses) changes daily and you can pick your fish directly from the glass display in the front. Interesting wine list. Service is questionable at best, you tend to get that ‘Florentine’ stink-eye but go anyway, it’s good. address:Piazza Taddeo Gaddi 5/r, Firenze, Italia, open 7:30am-9pm (you can also buy fish here).
  • Il Guscio, neighborhood: san frediano, Via dell’Orto, 49. Good home-cooking and excellent fish dishes. Open Monday-Friday 12-2:30pm, 7:30pm – 11pm, Saturday 7:30am – 11pm, closed Sunday.
  • Pasticceria Giorgio, neighborhood: soffiano, address:  Via Duccio di Boninsegna, 36. Known for the excellent pastries but the surprise is that they also have great fish dishes. Go for lunch. Tuesday-Saturday 7:00am-8pm, Sunday 7am-1pm, closed Monday.

Best Places To Get a Pizza in Florence

  • When Santarpia opened (near sant’ambrogio) you can better believe that there was a line of hungry Florentines out the door, Giovanni Santarpia is a legendary pizzaiuolo who was once in San Donato at Palazzo Pretorio, a place that Nico and I had no problem driving 40 minutes for a truly supreme pizza pie. Now open in Florence  in a pretty simple ambiance, the only problem is getting a reservation before 10pm. Call ahead, but seriously ahead! From the classic margherita to pizza topped with lampredotto. Address: Largo Pietro Annigoni, 9, 50122 Firenze, Phone:055 245829
  • La Divina Pizza is an unassuming spot for flatbread pizza by the slice and artisan craft beer near Santa Croce and Sant’Ambrogio. It’s great for a quick bite (small space inside) or I have often taken a few slices to go for a gluttonous feast at my house. Highly recommend. address. Borgo Allegri, 50/red. 
  • On Borgo San Frediano, Fermento 1889 is impressing locals with their Napoletana style pizzas and in fact you’ll need to call ahead to nab a spot. Also impressive is the rum Baba. Borgo S. Frediano, 16. Open evenings at 7pm, also great for take-out.
  • Tamero Pizzeria is one of my (new) stop choices for pizza in Florence. Affordable, great ingredients and I like the service too. Get any pie with San Marzano tomatoes and you will be a happy customer.
  • Da Gherardo is in the san frediano neighborhood and roughly the size of a postage stamp, however, I really like the unique, very tight, ambiance and the pizza is really good, Neapolitan style. on Borgo S. Frediano, 57/R, 50124 Firenze. Reservations highly recommended, best for groups of 2-4 people max. +39 055 282 921, open daily 7:30pm-1pm.
  • BiancaZeroZero | The first “pinzeria” in Florence. It is a type of antique Roman rectangular pizza made from a dough mix of soy flour, wheat and rice (really nice and crispy without leaving you feeling heavy). They also have a selection of beers from Birra Amarcord which pair nicely with the pinseria. I’m a fan! address: Piazza della Passera
  • Mangia Pizza | A casual lunch spot offering gourmet pizzas in the center of town, following the original popular location based in Prato. It’s already highly popular and definitely worth trying. Closes at 7pm.  address: Via Lambertesca, 24/26/R, 50122 Firenze.
  • My favorite to-go pizza in Florence is Pizzeria O Scugnizzo (Napoli style pizza) on Via Dell’orto, 25/R, Firenze. Honest good pizza, honest good people. Open nightly 6:30-11:30pm
  • Pizzeria Torcicoda is one of the best places in town for pizza, near santa croce. quality ingredients and excellent craft beer. address: Via Torta, 5, Firenze. Open daily, 12pm-12am. +39 055 265 4329
  • Yummy Napolotano pizza’s on via dei macci, make sure to make reservations, very rustic in the sant’ambrogio neighborhood.
  • One of the best pizzas can be found in the new ‘primo piano’ above the central market in san lorenzo, mercato centrale. The pizza is out of this world.
  •  Berbere in piazza nerli (oltrarno ), brand new quality pizza & craft beer, I LOVED the pumpkin, ricotta and spicy mostarda version. Facebook page. Go for the daily pizza, always. Open 7 days a week, 12.00 – 15.00 / 19.00 – 23.00.
  • New spot Briscola, from Milan, is a tasty pick near the train station on Via del Campidoglio 8R – Firenze.
  • Near the Campo di Marte Area is a fantastic new spot for artisan pizzas and craft beers, Don Fefe, Via Giuseppe la Farina, 29, Firenze.
  • For a NYC Bistro type place that makes fabulous pizza, head to La Bussola, Via Porta Rossa, 58r, 50123 Firenze.
  • A real ‘find’ in Florence, wonderful pizza & pasta,  Cucineria La Mattonaia, Via della Mattonaia, 19R, 50121 Firenze FI.
  • Caffe Italiano (the pizzeria not the Osteria). This is the local favorite pick if you ask any of my Italian friends. They only have three choices – Margarita, Napoli or Marinara. Show up around 7pm to get a spot in this tiny location near S.Croce.
  • You may be surprised but one of the best pizzas in Florence is definitely at the Mozzarella bar on via tornabuoni! 
  • A local favorite is Pizzeria Spera,Via della Cernaia, 9, Firenze near the Cure district of Florence, it gets packed quickly so making reservations would be wise!

pizza in florence

Coffee, Tea and Relaxing in Florence

  • Coffee & More | Ditta Artigianale: The Oltrarno edition. To my utter delight, contemporary coffee bar Ditta Artigianale has just opened a second location on via dello sprone 5r. With 220 square meters of cool design space, this Ditta will keep its coffee tradition while also adding a full restaurant and bustling craft cocktail bar once the clock hits 6:30pm. I’ve already been way too many times and love it. You can read my post about it here.
  • Caffetteria Piansa is a fairly new addition to to the popular Gioberti stretch (just beyond Piazza Beccaria) and they serve one of the best flat whites I’ve had in the city (maybe even better than Ditta, the coffee is less harsh). My advice? Go discover Beccaria and Gilbert and spend a lingering late morning sipping coffee at Piansa. address: Via Vincenzo Gioberti, 51/red
  • La Ménagére, address: Via de’ Ginori, 8, also a restaurant, the coffee bar area is quite nice and they don’t mind if you pull out a laptop. Open daily 7am-2am. The coffee is from Ditta Artigianale.
  • Caffe Pasticceria Serafini is right in Piazza Beccaria where I used to live on the tiny road of Via Luna. This is the place for locals to grab a coffee and join a conversation. They also make lovely pastries and light lunch options. address: : Via Gioberti, 168/red
  • Caffè Cibrèo is an institution in Florence, with a classic style in the heart of piazza Sant’Ambrogio. The perfect spot to bring a guest and have an espresso or three before hitting up the local market. address: Via Andrea del Verrocchio, 5r, 50122 Firenze.
Chilling at Cibreo, on a sunny day, the outside terrace is a popular meeting point. Photo credit: Christine Juette Photography

Chilling at Cibreo, on a sunny day, the outside terrace is a popular meeting point. Photo credit: Christine Juette Photography

  • San Tea House is a new place that has just opened up on the ‘oltrarno’ side of the Ponte Vecchio. The exact address is: Via Dè Barbadori, 21. Very cute little space on an otherwise pretty quiet street, here you can get your fix of tea (bubble tea included) fresh fruit juices and more. Closed all of August.
  • One local find is the Le Murate Caffè Letterario Firenze which despite being in the center of Florence, seems to attract mostly locals. Come for a cappuccino in the courtyard of an ex-prison. address: Piazza delle Murate, 50122 Firenze
Relaxing at Murate on a sunny day, Photo Credit: Christine Juette Photography

Relaxing at Murate on a sunny day, Photo Credit: Christine Juette Photography

  • My ‘local’ is Cafe degli Artigiani in piazza della passera, no-nonsense and you can sit outside and eat a light lunch.
  • What about just coffee and tea but you don’t feel getting overcharged? Here are my local spots of trendy & comfy coffee & tea bars. I always add to my list when I discover new ones.
  • Where can you go for cappuccino art in Florence, the photo below was taken at News Cafe in the San Lorenzo neighborhood, Via del Giglio, 59, Firenze.
  • Best places for ice coffee and WIFI browsing 
  • Dolce Lab on via dei macci, really really great muffins!
  • Via del te, tea room  (two locations Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti, 22/23r and via di santo spirito)
  • Red, library & bookshop,  Piazza della Repubblica, 26
  • Todo Modo, Bookshop, library and free WIFI, this is a wonderful place to immerse yourself with the culture of books and lots and lots of coffee. Via dei Fossi 15 rosso 50123.
  • La Cite,  Borgo San Frediano, 20, 50124 Firenze. A lovely shabby-chic cafe library with plenty of room to hide and work for a few hours, Free WiFi.
  • Quelo bar (santa croce), Via Borgo Santa Croce, 15r.
Where can you get a Duomo on your cappuccino: News Caffe!

Where can you get a Duomo on your cappuccino: News Caffe!

Where to get the best gelato in Florence

  • Top Choice, Gelateria My Sugar, Via de’ Ginori 49r (San Lorenzo neighborhood). Brand-new artisan joint owned by two passionate people, try their pistachio & yogurt! Highly recommend. Open daily from noon until 11pm. website.
gelateria firenze

Photo: My Sugar Gelateria & Yogurt

  • Carabe (Sicilian), Via Ricasoli 60/r close to the Duomo. Really awesome fruit gelato. This place just ROCKS
  • Geleteria dei Neri, Via dei Neri 20/22R. Better than Vivoli, just sayin. 
  • Geleteria della Passera, Piazza della Passera 15 (close to Palazzo Pitti). Don’t think about the awkward name of the Piazza but they make great sorbet and caffe gelato.
  • Geleteria dei Medici, via dello Statuto, 3. Well worth the trek and famous among locals. I used to live in this area and this was my happy place for their ricotta and pear version. Buonissimo! 
  • Gelateria Edoardo, piazza del duomo, makes their own cones and has cinnamon gelato, overpriced but decent considering the area.
  • La Sorbettiera, Piazza Torquato Tasso, 11. Well worth the walk, plus this piazza is full of hidden foodie gems! This is one of the best in town and I always go for their salted caramel.
  • Near the Duomo, Ara: E Sicilia is a real winner in my book and they don’t just serve gelato, but Sicilian popular street snacks as well. address: via degli Alfani, 127R.
  • In Sant’Ambrogio, stop by Gelateria Il Procopio, Via Pietrapiana 62r (Piazza Dei Ciompi), they also have great options for those who are gluten-free & dairy-free. I love their coffee gelato with nuts and dark chocolate. Oh yeah, don’t get me started on the “Cassata” flavor, that needs a blog post on its own.
  • Find yourself in Campo di Marte? I highly recommend Badiani Gelateria on Viale dei Mille, 20r. They are known to have coined the “Buontalenti” flavor which is a type of crema with a touch of liquor.

Get Out Of Town (Great Restaurants)

Because what really compares to a lunch in the countryside, get outta town is my motto when the Ponte Vecchio starts to look like a heaving mass of people that never ends. We love the below places and can vouch for them all.

  • BAGNO A RIPOLI | Just outside of Florence is Trattoria La Gargotta, offering Tuscan home-cooking with a beautiful outside terrace with a far-off view of the Duomo. Dinner around 40 euros per person (with wine).  Via Vicchio e Paterno, 19, 50012 Bagno A Ripoli FI. + 39 055 631444.
  • Settignano | Caffe Desiderio is a really adorable restaurant in Settignano, a classy little suburb above Florence which is easily reachable by bus. This recommendation is courtesy of my friend Emiko Davies who lives in the area (and happens to be a kickass food writer so you know this is a legit recommendation). address: Piazza Niccolò Tommaseo, 5r, 50135 Settignano FI
  • PRATOVECCHIO (AREZZO) | Ristorante La Tana Degli Orsi. I will probably get killed by my Italian friends for sharing this extreme gem of a restaurant but let’s just say it is so good that you need to book a month ahead of time to get a spot. address: Via Roma, 1, 52015 Pratovecchio AR. Phone: +39 0575 583377
  • Just outside of Florence is the lovely Trattoria Omero, on Via del Pian dei Giullari, 47. Pappardelle with duck and other delights await you along with the beautiful terrace.
  • CHIANTI | Mac Dario in Panzano-Chianti (Tuscany). Easy, fun, in the heart of Chianti.
  • SAN VICENZO | Il Sale at Poggio ai Santi is a dream restaurant. Nestled in one beautiful boutique hotel, this location overlooks the sea and on a clear day you can spot Elba island and Corsica. Il Sale is the restaurant and they adhere to s strict-Tuscan only philosophy. This is hands down one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to in one of the most charming locations. Romantic, special occasions, friends, it’s perfect for everything. address: via San Bartolo, 100 I-57027 San Vincenzo (LI) – tel +39 0565 798032.
  • BAGNO A RIPOLI: Ristorante 588 at Borgo i Vicelli, one of my newest finds is a 25 minute drive from Florence in the bagno a ripoli hills, chef Andrea whips up a variety of creative cuisine taking inspiration from their abundant vegetable garden. address: VIA ROMA N. 588 50012 BAGNO A RIPOLI (FIRENZE), TEL. +39 055 699003
  • EMILIA-ROMAGNA | La Tana di Charly (best restaurant in Emilia-Romagna), no really!
  • VALDARNO | One of my top restaurant recommendations in Tuscany is Il Canto del Maggio, a 40 minute drive from Florence in the Valdarno area of the region. Read my review and details how to get there here. This place rocks my WORLD!!!
  • PONTASSIEVE | Fattoria LaVacchio near Pontassieve. Amazing food, amazing views & locally produced wine – all at a fabulous price! This is a place you want to go.
  • MUGELLO | Restaurant L’Olivaia at Villa Campestri – open during the summer months and creative menu based around their excellent EVOO. address: Via di Campestri, 19/22, 50039 Vicchio di Mugello FI. +39 055 849 0107
  • AREZZO | Ristorante Il Goccino, address: Via Giacomo Matteotti, 90, 52046 Lucignano Arezzo. One of the best restaurants in Tuscany, under the watchful eye of Chef Susanna.
  • VAL DI PESA | Palazzo Pretorio, Via del Giglio, 26, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa FI. Best pizza EVER!
  • BAGNO A RIPOLI | A ‘Casa del Popolo’ in the Florentine fraction of Bagno a Ripoli, Osteria Nuova is a hit with locals looking for al-fresco dining with affordable prices. Highly recommend the daily menu & pizzas. address: via roma 448, facebook.

Ethnic Fare in Florence, Italy

  • Brunch | The best brunch in Florence is definitely at the Le Vespe Cafe, Via Ghibellina 76R (near piazza santa croce)
  • Ramen | Koto Ramen. Yes a new place has opened near the Santa Croce neighborhood that will be serving the ramen needs (and Japanese tapas) of locals and foreigners alike. No longer is ‘Banki Ramen’ the only spot in Florence. It looks cool and I am sure this will be quite a hit and I might wait for the fan-fare to die down before trying it myself to avoid crazy crowds. Address: Via verdi 42r
  • Greek: Mame is THE greek street food in the Oltrarno which has gained a true loyal following. address: Via dei Serragli, 114
  • Pine&Apple | Chinese Food in the San Lorenzo neighborhood in an ambiance that I can only describe as ‘Nordic.’ While I haven’t yet eaten here, (I’m going this Friday). I felt it worth adding because Nico and I were very impressed with both the short menu offering up dishes like ‘hand made dumplings with beef and chives’ and the smart interior, which is a step up from the anything-but-cute Chinese options nearby. address: via san zanobi 44r, Facebook page. Open lunch and dinner (12-3pm, 7:30-11pm).
  • For Thai & Sushi fusion and one of my local favorites for truly dependable Japanese fusion, try Niwa, address: Via del Ponte alle Mosse
  • Zushi is open on the viale near Porta al Prato serving up sushi and Japanese bites in a very hip ambiance. Call ahead and ask to sit in the tables in the “grass” area. Cocktails are decent too. address: Viale Belfiore, 6/A, 50144 Firenze
  • Gnam Firenze is a hip new burger & natural soup joint in the oltrarno, it has rave reviews by my friends who have tried it. website. 0 Km and organic products.
  • Japanese Buffet | Minokichi, Fortezza di Basso neighborhood. Via dello Statuto 21 AB. All you can eat Sushi and more from  22.90 euros and has already gained popularity with locals. (lunch is 12 euros).
  • Thai Street Food | Icchethai StreetFood Firenze, I haven’t tried it yet but as soon as I saw ‘thai street food’ I had to add this here so at least you guys could know about it. It just opened, address: Lungarno cellini 25c (not far from the San Niccolo tower).
  • American | Hard Rock Cafe in Florence, Italy.
  • German/Bavarian | Bavarian in Florence, fried bread & garlicky cheese galore!.
  • Taste Festival in Florence, once a year foodies invade the city.
  • Sushi | New Sushi place Iyo Iyo, is in the historical center and has an actual Japanese Chef.  Borgo Pinti, 25, 50100 Firenze. One to watch.
  • Sushi | Yaguri sushi in Florence, Italy. Very good!
  • Lebanese | I really like this Lebanese joint in the Santa Croce neighborhood, Valle Dei Cedri, you can also order take-out from them via the website thefood.it. address: Via Borgo Santa Croce, 11, 50122 Firenze.
  • Ramen| Real Ramen in Florence, fantastic little place near Piazza Santa Maria Novella. They even do cold, summer versions.
  • Chinese | Love Dim Sum? This is THE place to go in Florence.
  • American | American bakery serving up delicious bagels, sandwiches & desserts.
  • Jewish | Looking for kosher? rest assured there is a great vegetarian kosher restaurant in Florence. Falafal!
  • Cuban | La Bodeguita Del Medio, Via Ponte Rosso 57r, 50129 Florence.
  • Indian/Chinese/ & More. Takeout – Food delivery, around the city. List here.
  • Il Gesto,  oltrarno neighborhood, is a brand new spot in my neighborhood that offers an eco-friendly way to dine. Managed by an under-30 crowd, here you order small portions of interesting dishes like ‘sushi taco’, ‘mini burger’ falafel’, make your own bombolone, all using little chalkboards that are also used to serve the dishes. The inner decor is also quite awesome. address. Borgo San Frediano 27/r. website. open for dinner 6pm-2am.

Brunch in Florence

  • For a fancypants brunch without a suffocating price, try new spot Momio on Via Pisana. Here you can get a full English breakfast, eggs Benedict and a whole lot more in a very cool, retro ambiance. I also might have had the best chocolate chip cookie of my life here. Via Pisano 9c.

  • Le Vespe Cafe’, Via Ghibellina 76R. hands down best brunch spot in Florence for any budget! They have pancakes, quesadillas, sandwiches named after local streets. You cannot go wrong with this place.
  • For my top ‘Italian’ brunch, go to Teatro del Sale, Via dè Macci, 118. Casual atmosphere, buffet style & truly excellent. More info on the adjoining shows here.
  • Brunch at The Diner in Florence , guest post at Curry Strumpet.
  • Healthy but awesome: Il Carduccio is a delicious option for those looking for an organic Italian brunch that you’ll remember. address:  Sdrucciolo de’ Pitti, 10/R, 50125 Firenze
  • Another hotel brunch that proves to be in impressive can be found at Hotel Helvetia & Bristol. You can discover Tuscan creations under the helm of Chef Samuele Melani.  address: Via dei Pescioni, 2, 50123 Firenze. Every Sunday from 12.30 to 3.30pm. Adults 60€ per person (Children from 5 to 16 years 30€ per person; Children from 0 to 4 years free). Taxes and drinks included
  • 1950’s American Diner, via del moro 85r, this is brand new and not far from the train station.
  • Libreria Brac does a late Sunday brunch: 12-4pm and is perfect for vegetarians and vegans plus people who enjoy a bohemian ambiance. address:
    via dei vagellai 18r – ph. 055.094487
  • Fancy! The Four Seasons in Florence offers up a gorgeous brunch (think 75 euros a person and up!) but they are pricey! Four Seasons is 12-3pm (weekends) Borgo Pinti, 99 – ph. + 39 055.2626450. Another option is to try their fabulous ‘high tea.’
  • Fancy! JK Place in piazza santa maria novella has an awesome Sunday brunch, 12:30 – 3pm. Ask for a seat on the terrace. ph. 055.2645181 www.jkplace.com/indexBrunch.php
  • Fancy! Also Villa Cora has a gorgeous Sunday brunch sourcing local ingredients. Villa Cora: Viale Machiavelli 18 – Florence ph.055 228790 – info@villacora.it

Best Restaurants For Special Occasions

A bit more on the formal side, if you’re looking for a fine-dining experience or something with an extra edge, I highly recommend the following.  

  • Ora d’Aria, when it comes to gourmet eats in the city of Florence, we don’t have a ton of options but we sure do have passion. Ora d’Aria is definitely one of the top spots for Michelin-star dining near the Ponte Vecchio. The decor is modern/classy and the dining rooms take up two different floors, you can order from their a la carte menu or a variety of tasting menus. address: Via dei Georgofili, 11, 50122 Firenze, Phone055 200 1699. Expect to pay around €180-200 a person. cocktails before? Try Fusion bar. 
  • La Leggenda dei Frati is a personal favorite because of its supreme location overlooking the gardens at Villa Bardini and the outstanding prowess of chefs Ombretta and Filippo Saporito. Appetizers start at around 22€ and they offer tasting menus from 80€. address: Costa S. Giorgio, 6/a, 50100 Firenze FI. They also have a great lunch menu which will help you not break the bank. 
  • La Bottega del Buon Caffè. Head chef Antonello Sardi elevates “farm to plate” Italian cuisine in this fabulous restaurant near San Niccolo’s tower. address: Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini, 69/R. Prices range around 38€ for an appetizer and around 145-245€ for a tasting menu and wine pairing. 

Best Restaurants For Big Groups

Just because you are in a big group, doesn’t mean you should have to eat crap. Here is my top list on where to eat in Florence for 10+ people. Feel free to add any suggestions in the comments below.

  • Cucineria La Mattonaia. In the Sant’ Ambrogio neighborhood, this is a top pick and where I took a huge group of friends for Nico’s birthday last year. Beautiful ambiance and really fabulous Italian food, the menu specializes in seafood and pizza, there is something for everyone here. Highly recommend. address: Via della Mattonaia, 19R, 50121 Firenze FI. Phone:+ 39 055 386 056
  • La Pentola dell’Oro. Near Santa Croce and Sant’Ambrogio. Going back in time to eat Mideval (yes) food in a wonderful restaurant. I have taken a few people here and they have all been very happy with the creative and interesting menu. Great for groups! address: Via di Mezzo 24. Phone: (+39) 055 241808.
  • La Beppe Fioraia. In the San Niccolo neighborhood towards Piazzale Michelangelo. I like this place because it is fun, and kind of hidden on a street next to a park in Florence. They have really awesome ‘tagliere’ or cured meat and cheese boards. Great for groups! address: Via dell’Erta Canina, 6r, 50125 Firenze. +39 055 234 7681
  • Ristorante ‘Il Latini’. Near Piazza Repubblica. I recently went back to this place after 4+ years and was delighted that the food was (good) and the service was (great). Often hailed as a ‘tourist trap’ by locals, I saw screw it and go there anyway, I had fun and they can host big groups. address:  Via dei Palchetti, 6R, 50123 Firenze, +39 055 210916.

Family-Friendly Restaurants/Bars

  • Fosso Bandito, located in Florence’s big green space, Cascine park, this is a great spot to come with your family. address: Via Fosso Macinante, 4, , you can get there with the tram from the station. The restaurant and pizzeria is pretty ok!

Aperitivo in Florence/ Wine Bars

  • Uva Nera is a wine bar that looks straight out of a time-warp, in a good way. Think vintage cinema seating and 1940’s music, the wines on selection + cheese and meat platters are top. Highly recommend. address: borgo ognissanti 25.
  • Langolino Gastrobar Firenze, just steps from Piazza Santo Spirito and a tiny but very cool place. Great quality organic wines, Tuscan cured meats, cheeses and mostarda, salads and crostini. Highly recommend. address: Via delle Caldaie, 8r, Florence, Italy.
  • Il Santino, via di santo spirito, part of my ‘must-try’ five minutes from the Ponte Vecchio. Small space so come early.
  • Pitti Gola e Cantina is a classy wine bar specializing in wines from Piemonte and is known to have one of the best wine lists in the city. Located directly in front of Palazzo Pitti, this is the perfect little spot for a glass of wine before dinner (they do have food here) but reserve ahead or come early as spots fill up fast. address:  Piazza de Pitti, 16. +39 055 212704.
  • Hemingway, a local secret, they make fantastic aperitivo and wonderful cocktails. Plus the ambiance looks like Ernest would like to call home: Address: (on the other side of the river’) Piazza Piattellina, 9, +39 055 284781
  • Gecko Bar & Grill, brand new hip little bar on Via dei Renai 11, they have cocktails, wine and a pretty fab ambiance. Highly recommend.
  • Un Caffe, Via Cesare Battisti | 2/R, Florence, Italy. I love this place, rustic, cool, cheap and wonderful fun ambiance.
  • Imagine happy hour with one of the best views in town – on top of the terrace on Hotel Minerva! 
  • Another aperitivo favorite (a real find) is Libreria Brac on a hidden street near via dei benci! **** make a reservation or they may kill you.
  • Volume, Piazza Santo Spirito 5R, 50125 Florence, Italy. Where the hipsters go.
  • Se’Sto on Arno, Piazza Ognissanti, 3, 50123 Firenze. Rooftop bar on the Westin Excelsiore has a great aperitivo and an ever better view.
  • Le Volpi e l’Uva, piazza dei rossi 1r, cute little wine bar, Call to ensure that you get a spot on the outside terrace.
  • Pitti Gola & Cantina, Piazza de Pitti, 16, 50125 Firenze FI, 055 212704. Fancy place for a (traditional aka you mainly drink) aperitivo. Truly great wines.
  • Another gorgeous terrace that you can have aperitivo – Hotel Baglioni, terrazza brunelleschi has a gorgeous veggie buffet and some of the best Duomo views in town.
  • Rifrullo, Via di San Niccolò, 55r, 50125 Firenze. Where the Italians go for aperitivo. Room for large groups, call ahead.
  • Rivalta, Lungarno Corsini, 12/14 R. Expensive but quality drinks, ski[ teh spritz and go for the cocktail ‘grandma’s roastbeef’ or my favorite ‘moscow mule’.
  • Sweet wine bar is a little out of the center but quite cool and has a nice wine selection and nightly aperitivo. Open address: Via di Ripoli, 8
  • A secret haunt that many don’t know about is the very cool private bar, L’appartamento which in on Via dei Giraldi 11. Here you must sign up to be part of their association (which costs 10 euros for an entire year) and you can come for aperitivo, drinks, coffee, at a really cool location in the center of Florence. It’s like being in someone’s cool apartment, with a small terrace and full of locals in the know.
  • Rari bar, I love this place and there aperitivo is pretty good! Lungarno Francesco Ferrucci, 24.
  • Forte Belvedere, beautiful place for aperitivo overlooking Florence (summer months)

Best Pasticceria in Florence

  • Bottega di Pasticceria – opened in 2016, while it might a newbie in town, this is already a personal favorite. A huge, elegant space near Piazza Ferrucci, they open from 6:30am-Midnight and serve freshly-made pastries, cakes (try the mini raspberry and chocolate bites) as well as great aperitivo and dinner options. address: lungarno ferrucci 9c
  • Pasticceria Giorgio (famous in Florence, amazing pastries but what they are truly well-known for is their schiacciata alla fiorentina cake during Carnival season!) Via Duccio di Boninsegna, 36, 50143 Firenze
    055 710849.
  • Vecchio Forno on Via Guelfa, 32 is a prime spot near the San Lorenzo neighborhood for all baked goods (breads, cantucci (amazing fig version), and seasonal treats like frittelle and schiacciata alla fiorentine (during Carnivale). Great prices too.
  • Pasticceria Nencioni. This historical spot is located in Florence’s Sant-Ambrogio neighborhood and is one of the best local places in the center. address: Via Pietrapiana, 24, Firenze FI.
  • Dolce & Dolcezze in Piazza Cesare Beccaria, 8r, Firenze is always a true favorite. These women are godsends when it comes to that perfect chocolate cake or interesting pastries.
  • Pasticceria Buonamici, via dell’orto 12r. Another historical pasticceria in the oltrarno that is well known for their beautifully made almond biscotti
  • Cafe Neri close to the Ponte Vecchio, Via dei Guicciardini 3/5 rosso. Excellent pastries next to one of the most visited spots in Florence, the ‘old bridge’ or Ponte Vecchio.
  • Cantinetta da Verrazzano,  via dei Tavolini, a historical bakery in the heart of the historical center, I typically stop here for focaccia on the go.
  • Pasticceria Marino is a decent spot in the Oltrarno for breakfast and a hot coffee. Piazza Nazario Sauro, 19/red, 50124 Firenze
  • S.Forno, located in the san frediano/santo spirito area. Via S. Monaca 3r, 50124 Florence, Italy.
  • Robiglio, Via dei Tosinghi, 11/R. Hot chocolate, good coffee, pastries to die for, and close to the Duomo.
  • La Pasticceria (Bread & Pastries) in the new floor on top of the fresh fruit & veg market in San Lorenzo. I love love love the eclairs!

Gastronomic Recommendations

  • Meat | Macelleria Mignani, one of the most well-respected butchers in the Oltrarno, for anything meat related (including amazing cured salumi) this is your spot, don’t be scared to ask for advice, every butcher is a home cook.
  • Civaie Mechini – via delle Spade 52/Ra speciality food store near Sant Maria Novella where you can pick up quality faro from Garfagnana, chickpeas, beans and other various Italian elements.
  • Tea & Chocolate |  Oronero, Piazza de’ Pitti, 1r. This is my go-to spot for loose-leaf teas and lovely chocolates, both for gifts and lets be honest, your own personal #treatyourself moments. 
  • Tea | Tealicious, Via Romana, 26. Another wonderful tea spot in the oltrarno, the Brazilian owner is super passionate about her blends and will certainly guide to the best brew.
  • Cheese | Alimentari Sandro, via de’serragli 39r. This is my ‘secret’ go to place for cheddar cheese and well all cheese close to piazza santo spirito and carmine. Wonderful Tuscan options and gourmet French cheeses as well. Worth a stop.

Food Tours in Florence/Tuscany worth trying

KM Zero Tours is company operating out of Montrogoli, Chianti — about 25 minutes from Florence and whose aim it is to take you around small and local producers (cheese, wine and more) and tell you more of the behind-the-scenes story. They also have a beautiful villa to rent (also in sections) where they whip up meals and give you recommendations. They are incredible, and I have found a renewed love of the Chianti area because of them. Website.

Food Tours in Florence –Curious Appetite. Food Blogger in Florence leads various food and wine tours by foot in Florence and wine tours in the Tuscan countryside. Tours are organized by themes (market, food and wine pairing, aperitivo, dinner crawl, artisan workshops, craft beer and more) and location (wine tours in Montalcino and Chianti Classico). I personally had a wonderful experience with Coral aka Curious Appetite Travel on a number of different tours, you can’t go wrong with a person who loves food, is knowledgeable and makes you laugh, check out their tours here.

My top restaurant lists that you can check out on YELP. 

** Or if you are craving a lazy-night at home but don’t feel like cooking, I have compiled a great list of places that deliver food. Enjoy! 

Cooking Classes in Florence I Recommend

  • My favorite place to send people is to the cooking class of Giulia aka ‘Jul’s Kitchen,’ a lovely girl who is based out of her house in the Tuscan countryside (a 40 minute bus ride from Florence – so easy!). She makes traditional Tuscan food in an ambiance that I can only describe as dreamy. You can read more about my experience with her here.
  • Pizza-making in Florence with Curious Appetite. She is my foodie go-to gal in the city, and for those who want to learn how to make pizza, I recommend her class  in Florence which she does together with a  Gambero Rosso awarded chef, you will make your own pizza dough from scratch with artisan gourmet ingredients. Afterwards she will take you wine tasting or on a gelato tour, post-pizza making. Sounds like heaven!
  • DESINARE Cooking school & shop @ Riccardo Barthel is a good choice as well (in the oltrarno too!). They are not the cheapest option but I’ve heard good things. Via dei Serragli, 234, Firenze, Phone:055 221118. The location I should mention is absolutely beautiful. website.

Nightlife in Florence:

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96 Comment

  1. Reply
    iida
    15.08.2013 at 16:33

    Love your blog! Going to Florence at the end of August so will read through all these clever tips, thanks for posting! iida

    1. Reply
      ggnitaly84
      18.08.2013 at 21:38

      thank you so much iida! I really appreciate the support

  2. Reply
    Keith B
    03.10.2013 at 12:52

    Santo Graal was excellent, I’d never have found it without your tips.
    Thanks

    1. Reply
      ggnitaly84
      03.10.2013 at 15:20

      thanks Keith

  3. Reply
    Lucia
    29.10.2013 at 17:35

    I have just started to learn italian at my home country and want to go to Florence next year for some course. I just found your blog and it is just perfect! I cannot find better word, but can also say much more than perfect!Thank you

    1. Reply
      ggnitaly84
      30.10.2013 at 1:02

      Thank you do much Lucia! Where are you from?

  4. Reply
    Lucia
    30.10.2013 at 7:57

    I am from Slovakia, I have just started to learn italian and want to go next year in may to Florence and hope one day I will live there:) this blog helps me a lot before my journey

  5. Reply
    tewie
    06.06.2014 at 1:09

    Best meal ever at enoteca la barrique. Thanks girl in Florence!

    1. Reply
      GirlinFlorence
      06.06.2014 at 9:43

      YOu have no idea how happy that makes me, seriously my favorite place ever!

  6. Reply
    Earl Owens
    10.10.2014 at 17:53

    No Gelateria la Carraia! (Piazza Nazario Sauro [near Ponte alla Carraia], 25r). Gelateria la Carraia was recently voted best in Florence!

    I frequent Gelateria Cillo, via dei Neri 51, near Piazza della Signoria because the sister-owners are so nice and the portions are generous. It’s just up the street from Gelateria dei Neri.
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187895-d2342634-Reviews-Gelateria_Cillo-Florence_Tuscany.html

  7. Reply
    Chelsey
    04.04.2015 at 18:15

    THANK GOODNESS FOR THIS BLOG! Wow. We would be friends if I lived there. Heading there for a few weeks in July with a bunch of girlfriends and this blog is going to save us from too much of the “tourist” stuff. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Now to book a place to stay! 🙂

  8. Reply
    susan
    17.04.2015 at 22:35

    We are leaving for a 3 week trip to Italy and a week of that in Florence. I have taken many notes from your blog. Thank you for your ideas. I will report back after we have tried your suggestions.

  9. Reply
    Jasmin
    25.05.2015 at 3:04

    I’m planning to go solo trip in Florence this August. Your blog is soo informative and helpful 🙂 Could i ask more questions? Would it be safe to go out at night alone? Or go to the bars alone? 🙂

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      25.05.2015 at 9:23

      Hello Jasmin, you are more than welcome to ask whatever questions you please, go right ahead! It is completely safe to go out alone in Florence, you just want to be self-aware like in any other city. While it is less common here to go to a bar alone, head to one like Fusion or Slowly and I think you will really like it, I feel like there you can feel comfortable and probably chat with someone, even at a place like Sabor Cubano in the san lorenzo area )

      1. Reply
        Jasmin
        25.05.2015 at 9:49

        Thanks so much for the tips 🙂 for hotel or boutique, where would u suggest a good area to stay at? Which is near the places to go to and near a train stn or easy access to transportation? 🙂

  10. Reply
    Alberto Navari
    26.05.2015 at 14:40

    We are a mother and son owned Bistro who specialize in home cooking and seasonal cuisine. Have you ever dined at us? We are located in San Nicolo. Let us know if you are interested.
    A presto!! Alberto Navari, owner

  11. Reply
    evipolan
    29.05.2015 at 12:08

    Dear Georgette
    I visited Florence with my husband a month I go and really enjoyed it. As we like to follow the local vibe, wherever we travel , we wanted to try bisteca fiorentina. So, we followed your tip (“Hands down favorite is Trattoria L’Brindellone”) and went there to try the bisteca. (And before and after that to Hemingway’s for aperitivo!).
    Well, I would like to let you know that it was a great and authentic experience for us : the food, the place, the service…. it is what we look for when we travel!
    We also found Hemingway’s bar unique.
    Your tips have made precious memories of our trip
    Thank you very much and hope some time it founds …next door, to Greece.

    Evi from Athens, Greece

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      01.06.2015 at 17:00

      Hello Evi, thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy that you guys went to my local favorite, Brindellone. While fancy it is NOT, this is true ‘Tuscan’ food and somewhere an Italian would actually pay to eat food he could technically get from mamma at home. Hemingways is a real find, not only is it famous for hot chocolate, the drinks are really well done and the place itself is very cute. I hope you make it back here again!

  12. Reply
    Priyanka
    02.06.2015 at 21:51

    Hey! Just wanted to know the opening and closing hours of Osteria Il Buongustai 🙂 Thanks in advance!

  13. Reply
    Lorri
    16.06.2015 at 0:46

    Love your blog!!!
    Would love your opinion:
    Dinner in Florence on a Tuesday night and reservations are available at 7:30 or 9:00.
    Which is better? At home in Chicago, 9:00 seems later than we would normally prefer but
    when in Rome (or Florence)……

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      16.06.2015 at 0:49

      I think 7:30 is a little early, but I get that is a little late. Why not go for a drink at Fusion bar first 😉 while you wait!

      1. Reply
        Lorri
        16.06.2015 at 3:38

        Great plan… thank you!!!

  14. Reply
    Concetta
    02.07.2015 at 22:43

    Hi Georgette! Thank you for your blog!!! Im planning to have an october destination wedding in tuscany so im taking notes 😉

    Im thinking of reserving a friday night for a fun welcome dinner in the city …. 50-60 pp

    Any great spots that i should absolutely consider? Hopefully i will be out there bext weekend..

    Crowd is Mixed: maknly italian and us families/friends…

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

  15. Reply
    rebecca.thoren@hotmail.com
    05.07.2015 at 12:52

    Hi!
    Going to Florence come this August and your blog is as sent from heaven! Just wondering – the top picture on this page (one large lemonade-like drink and several tiny cups of proscioutto, cantaloupe and other deliciously looking nibbles), where is it from? Think we are going to pay it a visit….

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      06.07.2015 at 12:50

      Hell Rebecca, thank you! The photo from the top is from an aperitivo on the rooftop of Hotel Bagliono/terrazza brunelleschi close to the station. Very beautiful vantage point from which to see Florence!

  16. Reply
    Gil
    15.07.2015 at 0:06

    Great post! How did I miss it when you posted it? Your food posts make me hungry. Time for another caffe and some cheese!!!

  17. Reply
    Shara
    21.07.2015 at 5:49

    Our family of 4 will be traveling to Florence soon and my older daughter will celebrate her 14th birthday the day after we arrive. Any good suggestions for where to take her for a birthday dinner?

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      24.07.2015 at 16:13

      Hello Shara, there are so many nice places in town. Why not go with something like Cucina del Garga?

  18. Reply
    Kristin
    08.09.2015 at 16:09

    As a fellow american living in Florence I love your posts on food, and new restaurants! Can’t wait to try some of the new places you have found!
    Ps. If you haven’t tried it yet Pasticceria Gualtieri in Porta Romana could be on the list, it is my favorite place for a cappucino and a pastry in Florence. They even have vegan and gluten free options!

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      09.09.2015 at 9:49

      Ciao Kristin. Thank you so so much. I love to write about food because well, I pretty much live to eat. I will definitely checking out the pasticceria in porta romana, I live nearby and I always need a good excuse to run out for a sweet ;-).

  19. Reply
    Judit
    15.10.2015 at 11:46

    Dear Georgette,

    Can you please highlight me a place to eat, best for a family with three children, having lunch, and spending only one day in Florence?

    Many thanks in advance! 🙂

  20. Reply
    Baljit
    02.11.2015 at 18:48

    Hi, I love your blog!
    I will be travelling to Florence in November with my 8 month old and husband. During our trip it will be my husbands birthday. Can you recommend a place with great food and also special (that will accommodate a baby?) for either lunch or dinner?
    Many thanks!!

  21. Reply
    Julie Syl Kalungi
    18.11.2015 at 23:47

    Wow Georgette,

    I can safely say This is the ULTIMATE MONSTER GUIDE Eating, drinking and making merry I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The Gastronomic Pleasures and cuisine in Florence!

    I was researching a trip to Florence this weekend and I wanted to know where we could eat. Not worried anymore…Will definitely check out the Street foods as I am not squeamish at all…

    Also I would be honoured to add your website as a resource for eating out in Florence, if its okay with you 🙂 Thank you for this awesome blog. Love it

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      18.11.2015 at 23:51

      Thank you for the kind words and of course you can link it, I appreciate it! There are so many good places to eat in Florence that to not share would be a worse crime 😉

  22. Reply
    Dessy
    25.11.2015 at 22:43

    Heyy, what an amazing blog!! :)) Please, can you recomend me romantic bar or restaurant terrace, with beautiful view to the Cathedral or other central place in Florence for enjoying a glass of wine?

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      26.11.2015 at 10:06

      I would opt for the S.ESTO rooftop bar in piazza ognissanti on the Westin hotel, it is open in both winter and summer and the view is amazing. Also Oblate cafeteria is a local choice!

  23. Reply
    Jessica C
    04.01.2016 at 20:48

    I love this! I am going to Italy in May and feel lost when it comes to where to go to eat! we are actually staying in the Westin Europa. I noticed a lot of the places you mentioned were across the “Fiume Arno” and we are probably going to want to keep to walking distance. I am going with my husband and are looking for the romantic ambiance. I actually see you commented that this hotel actually has a nice romantic ambiance for dinner. Is there anywhere else around this hotel that are authentic romantic and less touristy? We want the real deal 🙂 I am going to be printing this blog as a guide when we go! thank you!!
    Jessica

  24. Reply
    Betsy
    05.02.2016 at 19:19

    Hi Georgette,
    I was thrilled to find your blog…so many great things! My husband and I are coming to florence for 10 weeks in March and will be living in your neighborhood! I want to take cooking and painting classes. Your cooking class recommendations are perfect but do you know of painting classes too?
    Thank you so much and if I see you on the street I’ll say hi!
    Warmly,
    Betsy

  25. Reply
    Susan
    22.02.2016 at 18:48

    Hi Georgette – We will be visiting Florence for Easter with friends. I have been combing over your recommendations in and around the city. We are planning to attend the festivities at the Duomo Easter Sunday and would love a recommendation or two for brunch/lunch afterwards. Looking for traditional Italian fare. We will have a group of 7.

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      22.02.2016 at 18:58

      Hello Susan! How wonderful that you will be in town for Easter. My advice is to get to the Duomo early to see the cart explode (you can always get a coffee at Scuderie before). My favorite Easter recommendation is actually outside of the center (Fattoria LaVacchio) but in the center you can always trust Trattoria Brindellone and Trattoria del Orto for traditional cuisine :). I still haven’t gotten notice of more specific Easter lunches in the center (it’s still a little early for Italy).

  26. Reply
    Amanda
    08.03.2016 at 11:27

    Hi Georgette
    Wonderful post with great information. Your life in Florence sounds very exciting. Well done you! We will be staying at the Hotel Golf which I believe is near the historic centre. We will be there for 3 nights at the start of May. Could you recommend some of your favourite restaurants or places to eat. I am a bit of a foodie and believe good food contributes to a good holiday.

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      GirlInFlorence
      15.03.2016 at 16:57

      Thank you Amanda, can you give me an idea of what range of places? For example, for no-frills Tuscan food, I always go to Brindellone, otherwise for something a bit more contemporary, I’m loving the new Gurdulu restaurant on via delle caldaie, there are so many awesome options!

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        Amanda
        16.03.2016 at 10:38

        I’m not fussy, just good food & service so happy to go with your suggestions Georgette. Anything near our accomodation would be preferable. Happy to go anywhere for lunch.

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    Ben Stewart
    08.03.2016 at 23:46

    Hi Georgette!

    I am coming to Florence March 18th to propose to my girlfriend.

    Where would be an incredible restaurant to dine at afterwards? Great wine is a must!

    I love the blog!

    Ben

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    Laurel
    21.04.2016 at 10:24

    Thank you for your blog! I’m in Florence currently, for 9 days visiting a friend, and we’ve been trying quite a few of your recommendations! Most have been great and my friend is happy to find out about more great dinner places as she has only lived here a few months.

    I’m staying in an Airbnb in the Santo Spirito area and loving the neighborhood!

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    Ingrid Sylvia
    04.05.2016 at 10:14

    What an inspiring blogg you have!!!! We’re staying in Florence 5-9 May 2016 and we would like to have a dinner surrounded by the beautiful tuscan landscape but without going on a wine tour (we dont want the crowdy busses and stressing schedules). It may be at a winery though or at a local Tuscan villa/restaurant. Any ideas? I also plan to surprise my husband with a picnic outside Florence, and I was thinking about taking the bus to Fiesole to find a private spot to have a romantic picnic. Any other/better ideas? Do you know if it is easy to buy picninc food at restaurants or other places?

    🙂 -Ingrid from Norway

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      GirlInFlorence
      04.05.2016 at 10:53

      Hello Ingrid, thank you! There is a lovely restaurant close to Florence with a nice view outside that you can arrive by bus or taxi, at Fattoria Maiano, I would try that. Just look up Ristorante Lo Spaccio in Florence and make a reservation. Fiesole is a wonderful place for a picnic, I would stop at the conad in piazza san marco and perhaps osteria ortolano nearby to get some goodies to take with you before hopping on the number 7 bus.

      Hope that helps!

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    Natasha
    11.05.2016 at 11:55

    I LOVE your blog so much, its like a mini-encylopedia on Florence. So helpful since I am visiting in 2 weeeks.

    Thanks for putting it together.

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      12.05.2016 at 9:22

      Ciao Natasha, thank you so much for your kind words, I very much appreciate that!

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    sandra
    15.06.2016 at 16:41

    This list is FANTASTIC THANK YOU!! I need a favor!

    Can you send me TOP place for each of the below:

    Pizza:
    Panini:
    Lunch: ok maybe top two here lol
    Wine bar / Apperitivo
    Desert:

    Its so hard to pick from your amazing long lists so I need HELP 😀

    Thanks

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    sandra
    15.06.2016 at 16:42

    Oh and one more:

    Top english cooking class:

    THANKSS XXX

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    Julia
    21.06.2016 at 22:09

    Whaaaaa, so many things to trrrrrrrry! I’m super exited to try some of these spots! Hopefully, my travel partners can keep pace with my want to try as much food as possible, lol.

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    kirsten ritchie
    14.08.2016 at 9:58

    Hey! I am from New Zealand and am traveling through Europe for must time with my husband on our honeymoon. We have just finished going through Florence (which was the prettiest place we have been to throughout Europe). We had the best time there but I really think you deserved an email to tell you that it was thanks to your great guidance and tips. Unfortunately, some of the places were closed given it is August but osteria il buongustai was amazing as a first stop. We had come from Venice and cinque terre were food was over priced and we struggled to find a traditional meal at low cost. This place was perfect. It met all our expectations of Italy – cheap but delicious Chianti, the carbonara !!!! And that beans and truffle butter on toast was fantastic. We also loved that the whole family from young kids to grandparents were bustling around cooking and serving people. We hadn’t had a proper gelato until we went to carapina. We also had great gelato at geleteria del neri. We went to your go-to spot for pizza il scugnizzo bit it was shut and ended up at neromo and were so happy in pizza heaven! We defintaely didn’t have long enough there and will be coming back! We also did the belloaguardo hill wall because we like to avoid hordes of people experiencing the same thing. I’m so glad we did. Walking those streets of Florence and seeing those houses, the olive groves and then finally the view over Florence was one of the most beautiful things my eyes ever set eyes on. That is how I had imagined Florence to be and I never would have experienced that if it wasn’t for your recommendation. We got to hotel belloaguardo and they actually let us in to take photos of their view 🎉. Anyway – thanks so much for your blog. It made our short time in Florence the best we have experienced in the 8 weeks of traveling. 🙂 thanks!!!!! Kirsten

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    Suzie
    23.08.2016 at 3:47

    Fantastic blog – so much great insider information..
    I have a tough brief for a restaurant. It’s my 40th birthday when we ill be in Florence and we are looking for a great restaurant for lunch – preferably outside and that has great food and atmosphere. We are travelling with our 2 kid (5 and 8 years) so nothing too formal and small
    Any recommendations would be great !
    Thanks

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      24.08.2016 at 12:52

      Hello Suzie, thank you for the kind words and the support, I appreciate it :). I really like Fattoria LaVacchio which is about a 40 minute drive outside the center towards Pontassieve, it has a nice terrace where you can eat and all of the food is really awesome organic Tuscan fare, they make their own olive oil and wine too. Otherwise look into Borgo i Vicelli’s 588 restaurant in Bagno a Ripoli (this is a new fabulous find with a great young chef) and Osteria il Canto del Maggio which I also adore, close to the city of Arezzo. Hope that helps!

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    Natalie Burns
    02.09.2016 at 23:16

    Tried couple of your recommended restaurants and loved them! Thanks so much! We are 3 generations meeting in Florence from all over the world 🙂

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      05.09.2016 at 7:50

      Three generations, that is wonderful! Happy to know you guys enjoyed the recommendations 🙂

  37. Reply
    Karine
    05.09.2016 at 11:15

    Hey there,
    Thanks for the awesome suggestions! It was our third visit in Florence and we wanted to enjoy it without the tourist visiting everything feel to it.

    We had a blast, purchased some cool jewelry from Nora and leather from la escuola del cuoio, and hung out in seriously cool cafes.

    We did a bisteca fiorentina competition while we were here: Cipolla Rossa took the crown! And what can I say about My Sugar beyond oh.my.god. ?

    I wish there was an blog like yours every city we visit!

  38. Reply
    AG
    19.10.2016 at 16:54

    Hi! I went to Florence a few days ago with my partner and this post literally saved us. This list and your recommendations helped us to choose where to eat. We had an amazing experience thanks to you!

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      20.10.2016 at 9:45

      Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know, really!

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    mahlon rhoades
    21.10.2016 at 19:17

    Hi. Thanks for all the effort put into this – I can imagine the ‘hard work’ put into the research! We plan to make use of the suggestions tonight. I hope you add some notes to the listing for La Leggenda dei Frati though – we ate there a couple of nights ago as my wife had been taken there a couple of years ago. The food is exquisite, staff are very professional while being warm and helpful and the view out over the city is worth the trip up the hill. It’s not cheap eats but I thought that it was actually good value for a special night out.

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    Franco Rizzo
    24.10.2016 at 15:35

    Ciao Gerogette ! Grazie Mille for your recommended places in Firenze where once many decades ago I lived.
    3 eateries each one very different are actually excellent in my opinion a must if you are in Firenze.
    ! Buca dell’Orafo is a small excellent trattoria for a nice Lunch after a long morning at L’Uffizi, the menu is written only in Italian an that’s great, crostini fiorentina, fiori di zucca fritti, stracotto, bistecca fiorentina are to die for even the “house wine”is excellent, resonable priced. 2. Trufle Restaurants inside the Hotel Porta Rossa is a must for a true gourmand, every dish is so specially designed and prepared to enhance the sublime flavor of truffle specially the White Truffle, excellent wines and service make reservation or go for early dinner, worth every penney! 3. Burro & acciuge, if you like seafood this is a small heaven, japanese that love fish should lined up. From the appetizers actually burro e acciuge, to acciughe fritte, baked tomato with wedges of salmon, crudo fish, cozze e vongole with steamed fish in brodo, excellent white wines from Sicily, excellent service with true knowledge of each dish preparation, they are willing to do something special to your likeness. reasonable priced, memorable dinner !
    Museo degli Innocenti a hidden jewel away from crowds of chinese tourist . . . the modern design of the Museum as well the Art works is excellent, on the Terrace Restaurant I had a perfect “negroni” followed by a wonderful ” Picci Siena style” fresh made pasta. One of the best Tiramisu’, expresso and Grappino! What more you can ask! The Fiorentini truly know how to satisfy the most demanding palate with great flavors. Thank you very much for your recommendations and tips, it is obvious that you not only know Firenze but you “love Firenze” brava bimba ! Francaccio

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    Filippo
    10.11.2016 at 15:56

    Wow!

    Grazie mille
    😀

  42. Reply
    Georgette
    17.11.2016 at 14:35

    Nice to meet another “Georgette” (under the age of 70) and enjoying living in Italy as much as I am! Love your blog, very informative. I am always looking for new, and inexpensive places to dine in Florence and Bologna, my other fave city.

    Keep me posted on restaurants offering buffet brunches in Florence, my fave place to go on lazy Sundays…we have a few here in Rome worth checking out (The Perfect Bun!) if you decide to pass through the Eternal city on a weekend. 🙂
    Keep up the good work!!

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    Georgette
    17.11.2016 at 14:35

    Nice to meet another “Georgette” (under the age of 70) and enjoying living in Italy as much as I am! Love your blog, very informative. I am always looking for new, and inexpensive places to dine in Florence and Bologna, my other fave city.

    Keep me posted on restaurants offering buffet brunches in Florence, my fave place to go on lazy Sundays…we have a few here in Rome worth checking out (The Perfect Bun!) if you decide to pass through the Eternal city on a weekend. 🙂
    Keep up the good work!!

  44. Reply
    shazia
    23.12.2016 at 12:50

    Hey! love your blog

    i am going very soon to florence and your blog is sooo better that tripadvisor advices and picture are so great haha

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      24.12.2016 at 9:17

      Thank you so much Shazia, your words made my day

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    Vedant Dalmia
    24.12.2016 at 21:52

    Hello, what do you think are the best options for vegetarians in the city ? Also are there two Gucci cafes in the city, one you mentioned and one at The Mall, Thanks

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      26.12.2016 at 10:41

      Hello Vedant, I actually have a post of places that cater to vegetarians which you should check out, I would also add the first floor at the central market to this list as it also has plenty of veggie options. Regarding the gucci cafe I am referring to that one in piazza della signoria. Have a great day! http://girlinflorence.com/2015/05/10/who-needs-meat-vegetarian-restaurants-in-florence/

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    Jenn
    31.01.2017 at 20:51

    My fiancé & I are going to Italy for our Honeymoon next year in January. When my girlfriends and I vacationed in London we were made fun of by the locals on the train for the shameful tourist traps we had eaten at. I told myself “Not this time!” LOL Your blog looks legit and I can’t wait to try some of these restaurants! Thanks for the info!

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    Julia
    27.02.2017 at 21:02

    what a wonderful blog, so delighted to have stumbled upon it and so much choice – where to start! We’re in Florence for only one day on 1st April – it is our cherished daughter’s 17th birthday and we want to take her for a special lunch! We’re on the train from Bologna, so probably not too far from the centre – doesn’t need to be flashy – we’re just looking for a memorable day with spectacular food … any thoughts or suggestions much appreciated!

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    Jeffrey severa
    10.03.2017 at 19:07

    Hi ,have you ever tried I I lantini ? I have a coworker that said it was the best steak ever,any suggestions for my wife and I for floreneti steak? Thanks,jeff

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    charline babu
    15.03.2017 at 23:04

    Hi Georgette, I love your blog it has so much useful information. Question for you, what are your 5 favorite restaurants? Also in the above list are any of the restaurants located by the airport?

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    Carli Gordon
    13.04.2017 at 20:02

    Hello! My friend and I are going to be in Florence from Saturday afternoon until Monday Afternoon next weekend and would love to find the most authentic, local, and reasonable restaurants for fresh pasta and pizza. I have been going through your list but would love if you could narrow down your favorites for two dinners and two lunches. Thank you so much! We love your blog!

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      GirlInFlorence
      14.04.2017 at 12:12

      Sure! Lunch: Sergio Gozzi & Osteria della Enoteca. Dinner: Trattoria Il Guscio & Santo Bevitore (Pizza: Santarpia).

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    Andreas
    17.04.2017 at 23:06

    Hi girl in Florence!

    I’m ending my Tuscany Easter week in Florence tomorrow with my girlfriend.
    Do you know any romantic and affordable-ish restaurant with tasting menu where I could take her tomorrow?
    Sorry for short notice, just discovered the blog(thanks to her!)
    Also, do you think it’s a good idea to visit the rose garden?
    Think I might avoid the most touristy apota for the visit 🙂
    Thanks!

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    Sadhvi
    19.04.2017 at 17:35

    Hi Georgette,

    I love your bIog! My husband and I went to Florence last year (and I researched your blog then, too!) and are going back again for a wedding in June. We are spending 4 full days there so I was thinking of maybe taking a cooking class time. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for where we can take one?

    Thanks!

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      20.04.2017 at 9:02

      Hello Sadhvi! Thank you for enjoying the blog and taking the time to comment. That’s wonderful that you are coming back in June. In regards to cooking classes, my favorite is a bus ride away in Tuscany, with the lovely Giulia of Jul’s Kitchen otherwise I am sure the Curious Appetite can arrange something fabulous locally too!

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    Emily
    20.04.2017 at 23:33

    Hi I was wondering if Italy has an app or website that rates restaurants? I am traveling to several cities and would love to avoid anything not worth my time. In the USA we have yelp, is that something you have there?

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      GirlInFlorence
      21.04.2017 at 9:00

      There is Yelp here and you can check it out or trip advisor but I wouldn’t necessarily use to rate places. I use personal blogs by locals to choose my spots or food writers and then I usually leave a rating on their FB page :). Hope that helps!

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    Amalia
    28.04.2017 at 20:54

    Hello,
    Thank’s for your tips, we were looking for a place to have dinner in Florence and this blog was really helpful. We had to call a lot of them because they were all full…
    It feels there’s still so much to see in this city… We were there only two days…
    I mentioned you on my blog, hope you like it, check:
    https://walkersperspective.com/
    Thank you

    Greetings

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    Catherine
    03.05.2017 at 5:02

    Hi Georgette!

    I’m heading to Florence in just a few weeks for my first trip back since I studied abroad (in 2010), for a 3 day trip, so am trying to assign/rank all of my meals (priorities!). I’ve kept my list of favorite restaurants from when I lived there, but sadly I didn’t spot any of them on your list! Do you have thoughts on: Quattro Leoni, Gusta Pizza, Il Gatto e La Volpe, I Due Fratellini … were these just good because I didn’t know better at that age, or do you still recommend any of these during my very limited time? I feel like I’m starting from scratch now, and your list is so thorough I don’t know where to begin prioritizing!

    Hoping you can help! Thanks so much!!

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      GirlInFlorence
      03.05.2017 at 16:19

      Hello Catherine, that’s great that you are coming back! Regarding your list, honestly it’s really based on personal tastes and of course things change over the years. I really like I due Fratellini, in fact I should add that back to this list. The rest are nice but I don’t personally go to them that often because I just prefer other places. I would mix and match, perhaps stick to some of your old favorites but add a few news ones to that list (Zeb, Osteria del Enoteca, Fagioli) . Hope that helped!

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    Charlie
    06.05.2017 at 18:50

    Awesome blog! Finally stayed in Florence last year around Italian Independence Day! Going back again fro New Year’s Eve next year..can’t wait!
    I’d definitely recommend All Antico Vinaio! Awesome food and the best calzone I’ve ever eaten!

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    Kelli
    11.05.2017 at 5:01

    So glad I stumbled on your blog! I am getting ready to go to Florence in two weeks for just 3 days. Could you rate top lunch/dinner/coffee places that aren’t crazy expensive? And maybe one nicer place we can treat ourselves to one day? My sister is gluten-free, so I’m having to keep that in mind too! Thank you so much!

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    Sheila
    26.06.2017 at 23:28

    I wholeheartedly recommend TEHRAN in Florence! It was hands-down the greatest Persian restaurant experience I have ever had, from the food, to the company, to the atmosphere, I recommend it on all aspects! As an Iranian coming from Los Angeles (the highest Iranian population outside of Iran), filled with Persian restaurants, during our time in Florence, we decided to check out Tehran (we heard great things about it). We were recommended to make reservations, which we later learned was an absolute must – the place was PACKED! The atmosphere when you walk in was so beautiful, with so much love, time, and energy put in to make the space beautiful – with gorgeous one-of-a-kind Persian art pieces. The entire staff was beyond hospitable, making sure every customer felt happy, welcomed, and excited! They shared stories, music, books and wine with their customers, sharing the Iranian culture in the most beautiful way I have ever seen. They made excellent recommendations – and when the food came out – it was PHENOMENAL! From presentation to taste – everything was above and beyond! The dishes were artfully crafted (both the actual dish and the food on it)! The taste was amazing! Our group ordered various dishes, which included Koobideh, 2 Jujeh kabobs, ghormeh sabzi, and a soltani – and every dish was made to perfection! And the owner, the husband and wife, I dont know them too well aside from that one night me and my family joined them for dinner, but that one night was our favorite night in Florence, since we truly felt like we were amongst true friends enjoying great dinner and wine, with what was not only the greatest dining experience at an Iranian restaurant for us, but easily the best dining experience ever for us. Again, although we do not know the owners aside from that one beautiful evening we spent at their restaurant, my family and I truly felt like we were welcomed into the owners home, and we truly felt like we loved the owners from the bottom of our hearts – and the experience they provided us in Florence was our absolute favorite experience of our trip (even though we love Florence)! We wish this couple the best of luck, all though they do not need luck, since they have such great passion for their business, passion for Florence, passion for Persian culture and food, and passion for each other and their customers, we know their passion has and will continue to bless them. In short, you have to check out Tehran (but dont forget to make reservations)!

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      Anna
      02.07.2017 at 16:45

      Hi !!!! I reccomend “Penelope contemporary food ” in Florence via dei Vespucci n. 21 Peretola near airport !!!…. Great !!!
      I recommend it on all aspects!!!!

      1. Reply
        GirlInFlorence
        03.07.2017 at 11:20

        What did you particularly like about it? Actually knowing a decent place near the airport would be quite nice. I’ll look it up!

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    Anna
    04.07.2017 at 22:38

    Young and informal restaurant. 50’s style.
    Family atmosphere.
    Tuscan food revisited in a modern style.
    Fair prices.
    A real nice surprise!

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    Jenae Wahlberg
    23.08.2017 at 18:09

    thanks so much for all of the details you have put into this! we are heading there next week and can’t wait to check out some of these spots.

    I wanted to see if you had all of these on a map? So then i can see where they are in relation to our locations.

    Thanks again!

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      28.08.2017 at 9:33

      Hello Janea, I will definitely work on that and add it to the bottom of the post. Thank you for the idea and stay tuned 🙂

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    Simone Groter
    04.09.2017 at 21:45

    Hi Girl on Florence

    Your blog is fab ! Thank you

    We’ll be in Florence for 2 nights and staying in the pizza San Elizatta area
    We are looking for a restaurant within 2 Kms or for the 2 evenings

    We’d like to try typical Italian food and I am a vegetarian we want a cozy ambiance may be with local entertainement (music ) during dinner perhaps someone singing or playing accordeon
    Reasonable price
    Would be very pleased if you could recommend something , thank you so much

    1. Reply
      GirlInFlorence
      05.09.2017 at 12:58

      Hello Simone, thank you for your kind words about the blog! Regarding someone playing music, you might consider a piano bar. Gilo is cozy and has music nightly from 9:30. I love their drinks http://www.gilopianobar.com otherwise you might want to pick a place to eat that’s traditional (like Da Fagioli or Trattoria Sabino) and go somewhere for music after.

  62. Reply
    Kevin Bridgham
    19.10.2017 at 20:40

    Hey Georgette! I am headed your way in three days (Oct22 to Oct28) to visit my son attending university in Florence. I have been trying to figure out what to do and what to see and what to eat and on and on. Then I came across you on line. I like your advice on quality time and not necessarily quantity. Your GIF Blog is amazing. You obviously love what you do and put a ton of work into it. Maybe a little overwhelming but the incredible amount of things to do in Florence dictate that I think. We wont have a lack of things to do. The issue will be choosing. I wrote down a bunch of ideas from your writings but in the end I may just end up throwing a dart and seeing what comes up. lol Relative to excitement, if you happen to know of any outfits that provide a cool Ferrari experience (30 minute drive in the country) and don’t want to charge the same price as my flight over there, please let me know. Ok, keep up the amazing work. It’s an incredible service you provide. Thank you!

    Kevin

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    Rupee
    05.11.2017 at 4:57

    Hello,

    Thank you for the informative blog post. I can’t wait for my upcoming trip to Italy next year! I am a huge pasta fan, and am wondering if you can recommend me the BEST PASTA DISH you’ve had in italy. I’m sure theres great pasta at every corner, but what is your/local favourite?

    Let me know! Thanks!

  64. Reply
    Kathryn Occhipinti
    06.11.2017 at 18:31

    Hi Georgette! What an exhaustive list! Thank you for taking the time to write down all of your recommendations. Have shared with my Facebook group Conversational Italian! https://www.facebook.com/groups/conversationalitalian/ and also my Facebook Pages Stella Lucente Italian and Chicago Gourmets.

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