14 Best Restaurants in San Lorenzo, Florence

Casa del Vino

$ | San Lorenzo Fodor's choice

Come here for creative panini, such as sgrombri e carciofini sott'olio (mackerel and marinated baby artichokes), and an ever-changing list of significant wines by the glass. It also has a good selection of bottles to go.

da Nerbone

$ Fodor's choice

This tavola calda (cafeteria) in the middle of the covered Mercato Centrale has been serving Florentines since 1872. Tasty primi and secondi are always available, as are bollitos (boiled beef sandwiches), but the cognoscenti come for the panino con il lampredotto (tripe sandwich)—best when it's prepared bagnato (with the bread quickly dipped in the tripe cooking liquid) and served slathered with the green and/or spicier red sauce.

Mercato San Lorenzo, Florence, 50123, Italy
Known For
  • Tripe sandwich
  • Frequented by locals (and everyone else)
  • Favorite dishes sell out fast
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No dinner

da Sergio

$ | San Lorenzo Fodor's choice

This restaurant just across the way from the Basilica of San Lorenzo and run by the Gozzi family since 1915 serves food that's as delicious as it is affordable. The menu short menu changes daily, though the lombatina alla griglia (grilled veal T-bone steak) is almost always available, and meat eaters should not miss it. Pastas are equally terrific. Dessert, in true Florentine fashion, is usually limited to biscotti with vin santo. Reservations are absolutely essential—even in low season.

Piazza San Lorenzo 8/r, Florence, 50100, Italy
055-281941
Known For
  • Local favorite
  • Ever-changing menu
  • Terrific pastas
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No dinner Mon.–Thurs., Reservations are essential.

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Mario

$ | San Lorenzo Fodor's choice

Florentines flock to this narrow, family-run trattoria near San Lorenzo to feast on Tuscan favorites served at simple tables under a wooden ceiling dating from 1536. A distinct cafeteria feel and genuine Florentine hospitality prevail: you'll be seated wherever there's room, which often means with strangers. Yes, there's a bit of extra oil in most dishes, which imparts calories as well as taste, but aren't you on vacation in Italy? Worth the caloric splurge is riso al ragù (rice with ground beef and tomatoes).

Via Rosina 2/r, Florence, 50123, Italy
055-218550
Known For
  • Grilled meats
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Festive atmosphere
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Aug. No dinner, Reservations not accepted

Taverna del Bronzino

$$ | San Marco Fodor's choice

Located in the former studio of Santi di Tito, a student of Bronzino's, Taverna has a simple, formal decor, with white tablecloths and place settings. The classic, elegantly presented Tuscan food is superb, and the solid, affordable wine list rounds out the menu—especially because Stefano, the sommelier, really knows his stuff. Desserts shine at this place, so remember to save room, and conclude with a limoncello or mirtillo postprandial drink. Both are made in-house, and provide a perfect conclusion to the meal. Outstanding service makes a meal here heavenly. Reservations are advised, especially for eating at the wine cellar's only table.

Via delle Ruote 25/r, Florence, 50129, Italy
055-495220
Known For
  • <PRO>creative menu</PRO>
  • <PRO>lots of fish</PRO>
  • <PRO>wonderful sommelier</PRO>
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No lunch Fri. or Sat., Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential

Alfio e Beppe

$ | San Marco

Watch chickens roast over high flames as you decide which of the other delightful things you're going to eat with it. The beauty of this place is that it's open on Sunday when most things are not.

Via Cavour 118–120/r, Florence, 50129, Italy
055-214108
Known For
  • Roasted dishes
  • Open Sunday
  • Grilled vegetables
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sat.

Alfio e Beppe

$ | San Marco

Watch chickens roast over high flames while you decide which of the delightful side dishes you'd like to enjoy as well. Although this place is strictly takeout (there are no tables), it's open on Sunday when most places are not.

Via Cavour 118–120/r, Florence, 50129, Italy
055-214108
Known For
  • Roast chicken to go
  • Delicious roasted potatoes
  • Good ribs
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sat.

Dolci e Dolcezze

$$ | Sant'Ambrogio

The pasticceria (bakery) Dolci e Dolcezze, just off colorful Borgo La Croce, has the prettiest and tastiest cakes, sweets, and tarts in town.

Piazza C. Beccaria 8/r, Florence, 50122, Italy
055-2345458
Known For
  • Chocolate delicacies
  • Fine savory breakfast treats
  • Frequented by locals
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon., No credit cards

Gelateria La Carraia

$ | Lungarno South

Those in the know contend that this might be the best gelateria show in town. The limone ai biscotti (a delicate lemon sorbet dotted with crumbled cookie) might well illustrate the point.

I Dolci di Patrizio Corsiits

$ | Santa Croce

Florentines with serious sweet tooths come to I Dolci di Patrizio Corsi, which has a deliciously bewildering selection of chocolate- and cream-filled pastries.

Borgo Albizi 15/r, Florence, 50122, Italy
055-2480367
Known For
  • Walnut-stuffed pastries
  • Cream-stuffed pastries
  • Excellent coffee
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. afternoon

La Mescita

$

Come early (or late) to grab a seat at this tiny spot frequented by Florentine university students and businesspeople, who come to enjoy the day's primi (the lasagna is terrific), perhaps followed by the polpettone (meat loaf) and tomato sauce. Though seats are cramped, and the wine is no great shakes, the service is friendly, and the food hits the spot.

Via degli Alfani 70/r, Florence, 50121, Italy
347-795–1604
Known For
  • Its longevity (it's been around since the 1920s)
  • Delicious pastas at rock-bottom prices
  • Jovial staff
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed. No dinner

Pugi

$ | San Marco

Conveniently across the piazza from San Marco, Pugi sells the popular pizza a taglio (by the slice) as well as delicious focaccie. It's a great place to grab a quick lunch or snack.

Shake

$ | San Lorenzo

Handily located between Piazza San Marco and Piazza San Lorenzo, Shake serves up creative juices, tasty baked goods, wonderful salads, and great bowls. It's committed to sustainability and to keeping its carbon footprint small.

Vestri

$ | Santa Croce

This shop is devoted to chocolate in all its guises. The small but sublime selection of chocolate-based gelati includes one with hot peppers.

Borgo Albizi 11/r, Florence, 50122, Italy
055-2340374
Known For
  • Chocolate gelato
  • Chocolates
  • Hot chocolate with whipped cream
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No credit cards