Restaurant / Nightlife

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

Posts about restaurants/aperitivo/coffee/pizza/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.

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.

My Favorite Lunch Spots in Florence

  • Cheap & traditional lunch in my favorite trattoria in Florence. Highly recommend
  • For one of the best panini in the city, stop by Ino, Via Georgofili 3. This place is one of the best for stuffed foccaccie and wine, also try their cantucci and vin santo.
  • Casa del Vino, light lunch in the san lorenzo neighborhood. highly recommend. Via dell’Ariento, 16/R, 50123 Firenze.
  • Hosteria Il Desco, Via delle Terme, 23/ r. Cheap & Traditional, try their daily lunch menu (great for sit down, peaceful lunch).
  • 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.
  • Hosteria il Desco is a wonderful place for lunch in the center. Cheap, local & delicious!
  • 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, very good 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. Check out this video by the Tuscany region on street food.

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. 

Photo via FourSquare

Where To Go For Dinner in Florence

  • One of my personal favorite places for dinner {in my opinion} is Enoteca Le Barrique on via del leone (oltrarno). Great food, great wine, great service and a good price!
  • Il Magazzino (for traditional Tuscan fare) in my beloved local piazza della passera and everything around this square is great!
  • One of the best places for authentic Tuscan food without a doubt is I’Brindellone (not fancy), Piazza Piattellina (piazza carmine) – I adore this place (truffle pasta and wonderful bistecca!) and it’s always full of locals. Call for reservations =39 055 217879.
  • Il Santo Bevitore, Via di Santo Spirito, 64/66, Firenze. They make a wonderful pork filet with apple. I adore this place and the next door Il Santino for aperitivo.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Fancy but incredible gastronomy is the famous, La Pentola dell’Oro, Via di Mezzo 24r | angolo via dei Pepi. You will be impressed.
  • A nice place for dinner (with cool art)  in the city is La Cucina del Garga, Via San Zanobi, 33, 50129.
  • Tamero Pasta bar in Piazza Santo Spirito – Fresh pasta and great cheese plates.
  • good lunch/dinner place in the oltrarno combining 1960’s contemporary German furniture with fresh pasta
  • Wonderful small restaurant for lunch or dinner near the Accademia della Galleria (which houses Michelangelo’s David) Osteria de l’Ortolano.
  • French restaurant La Brasserie in Florence.
  • My favorite seafood restaurant in Florence, Italy.
  • 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.
  • Acqua al Due in the Santa Croce area. make reservations, great pasta and steak sampler dishes (try the bistecca with blueberry sauce!)
  • Fruit-based fusion meals in Piazza Santo Croce – Tato restaurant
  • Touch Florence – awesome local food with a technological twist!
  • 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!


Traditional Tuscan

  • Hands down favorite 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.
  • 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.
  • La Pentola del Oro, Via di Mezzo, 24 – 50121 Firenze. (You can even try Medieval or Renaissance dishes here). A real find.
  • Accademia Restaurant,  Piazza San Marco 7R – 50129 Firenze. Hearty Tuscan fare.
  • Alla Vecchia Bettola, Via Vasco Pratolini, 3, 50124 Firenze
  • Il Sabatino, via Pisana 2, +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.

Best Places To Get a Pizza in Florence

  • Yummy Napolotano pizza’s on via dei macci, make sure to make reservations! One of my faves!
  • 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.
  • New place, Berbere in piazza nerli (oltrarno ), brand new quality pizza & craft beer, I LOVED the pumpkin, ricotta and spicy mostarda version. Facebook page
  • 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). They only have three choices – Margarita, Napoli or Marinara. Show up around 7pm to get a spot in this tiny location near S.Croce.
  • Vico del carmine, Via Pisana, 40/r, 50100 Firenze is one of my favorite spots for pizza, it’s lively and fun and can fit bigger groups, reservations recommended. 055 233 6862.
  • 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!
  • Pizzeria Orto del Cigno (along the river). This is a place where many locals go for pizza. It’s a little bit our of the center but you can get there in 15 minutes by bus (14) and you can eat outside.
  • Gusta Pizza in Piazza Santo Spirito.via maggio is a local favorite. Tiny interior or  you can bring your pizza outside on the church steps to eat – cheap & yummy.
  • The best pizza I have ever had was actually outside of Florence in San Donato in Poggio at a place called Palazzo Pretorio (about a 35 minute drive from Florence). You have to get the stuffed with ricotta-crust ‘sorriso’ pizza which will blow your pizza expectations out of the water!

Coffee, Tea and chillaxing in Florence

  • The hippest new coffee joint in town is owned by a world famous barista, Ditta Artigianale on via dei neri!
  • 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.
  • Best places for ice coffee and WIFI browsing 
  • Dolce Lab on via dei macci, really really great muffins!
  • Hemingway’s, piazza piattellina (near piazza della carmine)
  • 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, Via dei Fossi 15 rosso 50123.
  • Mug, Via Borgo Santa Croce, 21, 50122 Firenze. Free Wifi (and it works).
  • La Cite,  Borgo San Frediano, 20, 50124 Firenze. Awesome place in the oltrarno, Free WiFi.

Where to get the best gelato in Florence

  • Geleteria Carapina, Via Lambertesca 18 (close to the ponte vecchio), probably one of the best in Italy (my opinion).
  • 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.
  • Geleteria dei Medici, via dello statuto. Well worth the trek!
  • Gelateria Edoardo, piazza del duomo, makes their own cones and has cinnamon gelato, I love this place!
  • La Sorbettiera, Piazza Torquato Tasso, 11. Well worth the walk, plus this piazza is full of hidden foodie gems!

Great Restaurants out of town

Ethnic Fare in Florence, Italy

Brunch in Florence

  • Le Vespe Cafe’, Via Ghibellina 76R. hands down best brunch spot in Florence.
  • Brunch at The Diner in Florence , guest post at Curry Strumpet.
  • 1950’s American Diner, via del moro 85r, this is brand new and not far from the train station.

Aperitivo in Florence

  • Il Santino, via di santo spirito, part of my ‘must-try’ five minutes from the Ponte Vecchio. Small space so come early.
  • Uscio e Bottega, Via Sant’Elisabetta, 9-red, Florence (Duomo area) 055 267 0452. Badass wine bar with free WIFI and great cheese and cured meat plates.
  • 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’.
  • 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

Food Tours worth trying

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! 

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