There are many reasons why Florence is a city on every traveler’s list, and food is a Key 1. So, when you decide to go, food will play important role in your visit.
There is an endless choice of really good food in Florence. So, if you are wondering what to do in Florence after the museums, galleries, and churches, eat at one of the city’s best restaurants.
Ditta Artigianale – For Coffee Lovers
Coffee lovers fancy this place for its award winning baristas and excellent coffee roasts which are shipped internationally and can be purchased prepackaged. Real coffee enthusiasts can take a barista courses and learn how to make a cappuccino like a professional.
All’ Antico Vinaio – The Best Italian Panini
Locals and tourists agree that All’ Antico Vinaio has probably “the best panini” in the whole of Florence and people especially love it for the portions and value for money. With their popular Italian sandwiches (panini) make for a very satisfying lunch
Located in the center of the old town close to the Uffizi Museum, this take-away place is the perfect stop for a hungry explorer. Vegans and vegetarians will be happy to hear that ingredients can be chosen individually, as there is a panini for everyone!
Zeb – Have Lunch with a Tuscan Family
This family run restaurant used to be a grocery store until owners Alberto and his mother Giuseppina transformed it into a place where tradition and lovely cooked meals bring people together. All meals are made with local Tuscan ingredients and according to memory based recipes of the family.
Zeb stands for their most popular and traditional Tuscan dish, a delicious soup with soft-boiled meat. Their selection of local wines is also impressive and you cannot go wrong when asking the owners for a recommendation like the superb Taglierini with fresh Black Truffles.
Se-sto on Arno – A Sun-Down with Panoramic Views
This high-end restaurant is 1 of the more expensive places in Florence, but the views from their roof top terrace are worth it. Looking out over the renaissance city and gorgeous river, while enjoying an Italian aperitivo, will have you travelling back in time. So, it is easy to picture some members of the Medici Family proudly overlooking the beauty of their countryside.
Pizza Napoli 1955 – Now for Pizza
As the name gives away, Pizza Napoli is 1 of the older, rustic pizzerias with a long tradition in Florence. Some visitors would avoid it due to its popularity among tourist, but the food is excellent and the staff friendly and patient with non Italian-speaking visitors. The restaurant serves authentic Neapolitan Pizza perfectly oven baked with a thick and crunchy crust. Also very recommendable are the gorgonzola ravioli and the creamy Italian tiramisu, so stay for dessert.
Trattoria Zà Zà – Now for Pasta
Within walking distance of the main train station and next to the market, this restaurant is often crowded with people, locals and tourists. However, their delicious pasta dishes, like the ravioli fettuccine with truffles and gnocchi with Gorgonzola cheese, are definitely worth the sometimes long wait for a table.
Le Volpi e L’Uva – A Taste of Tuscan Wines
Situated in the romantic countryside of the Tuscan hills, Florence is home to the popular grape of Chianti wines, which is enjoyed by wine lovers all around the world. The Le Volpi e L’Uva wine bar is situated on the other side of the river and offers their guests a comprehensive introduction to Tuscan Wines. You can go for a glass or book a fully guided wine tasting that includes 4 half-glasses with a selection of cheeses and cured meats. The staff speaks several languages, English being one of them.
Gelateria la Carraia – Ice Cream Heaven
This hidden ice cream gem close to the old town across the 2nd oldest bridge of Florence, la Ponte alla Carraia. The ice cream is creamy, cold, sweet and delicious. The Gelateria has home made gelato in all flavors, from fruity mango to the flavor-intense pistachio with real nuts in it. The Delizia Carraia flavor is a special creation of this place and consists of a soft tiramisu base with white chocolate chunks, topped with liquid pistachio sauce. This is Ice Cream Heaven.
Vivoli – Gelato in Florence
Italians been making gelato for decades. Vivoli is the oldest gelateria in the city opened in Y 1929. Vivoli offers traditional flavors next to a variety of intense and exotic flavors like Fantasia or Rice Flavor. Should you still be able to eat more sweets after that, the old café also has good coffee, cakes, and pastries.
There are many, many more to choose from, my list above is a good place to start.
Sofia Loren once said, “I would rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size Zero.”
Enjoy your travels and the foods and wines of Tuscany.
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