Florence Restaurants

Florence's popularity with tourists means that, unfortunately, there's a higher percentage of mediocre restaurants here than you'll find in most Italian towns (Venice, perhaps, might win the prize). Some restaurant owners cut corners and let standards slip, knowing that a customer today is unlikely to return tomorrow, regardless
Florence's popularity with tourists means that, unfortunately, there's a higher percentage of mediocre restaurants here than you'll find in most Italian towns (Venice, perhaps, might win the prize). Some restaurant owners cut corners and let standards slip, knowing that
Florence's popularity with tourists means that, unfortunately, there's a higher percentage of mediocre restaurants here

Florence's popularity with tourists means that, unfortunately, there's a higher percentage of mediocre restaurants here than you'll find in most Italian towns (Venice, perhaps, might win the prize). Some restaurant owners cut corners and let standards slip, knowing that a customer today is unlikely to return tomorrow, regardless of the quality of the meal. So, if you're looking to eat well, it pays to do some research, starting with the recommendations here. Dining hours start at around 1 for lunch and 8 for dinner. Many of Florence's restaurants are small, so reservations are a must. You can sample such specialties as creamy fegatini (a chicken-liver spread) and ribollita (minestrone thickened with bread and beans and swirled with extra-virgin olive oil) in a bustling, convivial trattoria, where you share long wooden tables set with paper place mats, or in an upscale ristorante with linen tablecloths and napkins.

Those with a sense of culinary adventure should not miss the tripe sandwich, served from stands throughout town. This Florentine favorite comes with a fragrant salsa verde (green sauce) or a piquant red hot sauce—or both. Follow the Florentines' lead and take a break at an enoteca (wine bar) during the day and discover some excellent Chiantis and Super Tuscans from small producers who rarely export.

International cuisine in Florence is a hit-or-miss affair. Although numerous Asian restaurants have sprung up since the 1990s, only a select few are worth a visit. Still, if you need a break from Italian, some relief is available.

Pizzas in Florence can't compete with their counterparts in Rome or Naples, but you can sample a few good approximations.

Cafés in Italy serve not only coffee concoctions and pastries but also sweets, drinks, and panini, and some have hot pasta and lunch dishes. They usually open from early in the morning to late at night, and are often closed Sunday.

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  • 1. 'ino

    $ | Piazza della Signoria | Italian

    Serving arguably the best panini in town, proprietor Alessandro sources only the very best ingredients. Located right behind the Uffizi, 'ino...Read More

  • 2. Baroni

    $ | San Lorenzo | International

    The cheese collection at Baroni may be the most comprehensive in Florence. They also have high-quality truffle products, vinegars, and other...Read More

  • 3. Ciblèo

    $$$$ | Fusion

    This tiny eatery, which seats just about 20 people, brilliantly blends the cuisine of Tuscany with that of Korea and Japan. Here you'll find...Read More

  • 4. Cibrèo

    $$$$ | Santa Croce | Italian

    This upscale trattoria serves sumptuous options like the creamy crostini di fegatini (a savory chicken-liver spread) and melt-in-your-mouth...Read More

  • 5. da Nerbone

    $ | Italian

    This tavola calda in the middle of the covered Mercato Centrale has been serving up food to Florentines who like their tripe since 1872. Tasty...Read More

  • 6. da Sergio

    $ | San Lorenzo | Italian

    Run by the Gozzi family for just over a hundred years, the food here is delicious, affordable, and just across the way from the basilica of...Read More

  • 7. Fuori Porta

    $ | San Niccolò | Wine Bar

    Perhaps the oldest and best wine bar in Florence, this place serves cured meats and cheeses, as well as daily specials. Crostini and crostoni...Read More

  • 8. Gucci OsteriaChef

    $$ | Piazza della Signoria | Fusion

    Chef/artist/visionary Massimo Bottura has joined forces with creative folk at Gucci to make a marvelous menu that is both classic and innovative...Read More

  • 9. La Casalinga

    $ | Santo Spirito | Italian

    Casalinga means "housewife," and this place, which has been around since 1963, has the nostalgic charm of a mid-century kitchen with Tuscan...Read More

  • 10. La Giostra

    $$$ | Santa Croce | Italian

    This clubby spot, whose name means "carousel" in Italian, was created by the late Prince Dimitri Kunz d'Asburgo Lorena, and is now expertly...Read More

  • 11. La Trippaia

    $ | Santa Maria Novella | Italian

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  • 12. Mangiafoco

    $$ | Santa Maria Novella | Italian

    Created by Francesco and Elisa in 2001, this small, brightly painted spot in the heart of the centro storico on a romantic medieval side street...Read More

  • 13. Mario

    $ | San Lorenzo | Italian

    Florentines flock to this narrow family-run trattoria near San Lorenzo to feast on Tuscan favorites served at simple tables under a wooden ceiling...Read More

  • 14. Nerbone

    $ | Santa Maria Novella | Italian

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  • 15. Osteria de'Benci

    $$ | Santa Croce | Italian

    A few minutes from Santa Croce, this charming osteria serves some of the most eclectic food in Florence. Try the spaghetti degli eretici ...Read More

  • 16. Pegna

    $$ | Duomo | Italian

    Looking for some cheddar cheese to pile in your panino? Pegna has been selling both Italian and non-Italian food since 1860. ...Read More

  • 17. Perché No!

    $ | Santa Croce | Café

    They've been making ice cream at this much-loved-by-Florentines place since 1939. Such continuity is the reason why this might be the best gelateria...Read More

  • 18. Perini

    $$ | San Lorenzo | Italian

    It's possible to break the bank here, as this might be the best salumeria in Florence. Perini sells prosciutto, mixed meats, sauces for pasta...Read More

  • 19. Procacci

    $$ | Santa Maria Novella | Italian

    At this classy Florentine institution dating to 1885, try one of the panini tartufati and swish it down with a glass of prosecco. ...Read More

  • 20. Rivoire

    $$ | Piazza della Signoria | Italian

    One of the best spots in Florence for people-watching offers stellar service, light snacks, and terrific aperitivi. It's been around since the...Read More

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