Italians take their food very seriously and when in Tuscany, the wine is a way of life, so there’s no better place to enjoy a great meal than right here. From fine dining to the best quick bites, here are our top ten places to dine.
1. La Bottega del Buon Caffe
Close to Piazza Michelangelo, this fine dining hot spot is Michelin starred and ideal for a romantic or special occasion dinner. Offering an Italian wine list from all over the country, you’ll experience the best local produce paired with remarkable wines.
There are sandwiches, and then there’s Sandwichic. This local eatery serves up some of the best focaccia sandwiches in Florence. Since they’re reasonably low priced, it’s perfect for grabbing a quick lunch or light dinner while exploring the city. If there’s a queue, line up!
3. Ora D’Aria
Although Michelin starred, it’s the history behind Ora D’Aria that’s rather intriguing. For years it was located opposite historic women’s prison, Le Murate. The name means ‘hour of air’ referring to the required hour of exercise. Now located near Uffizi Gallery, it continues to impress.
4. Il Bufalo Trippone
This is antipasti heaven. Tucked away from the tourist crowd and rather small inside, this place is for those who relish in cured meats, cheeses, foccacias, and local wines too. The best part is that it’s one of the least expensive places to dine in Florence.
5. Marco Ottaviano Il Gelato Gourmet
No trip to Italy is complete without gelato and this is where the locals go as it’s authentic, tasty and offers tasting of the many flavours they have on offer. They’re located smack in the epicentre of the tourist area in Duomo.
6. Aurelio I Re del Lampredotto
Lampredotto sandwiches were once considered a peasants dish, but are now a popular ‘street-eat’ everywhere in Florence. Made from tripe and cooked with tomato, onion and celery, the best place to try one is this food stall at Piazza Bernardo Tanucci.
7. Mercato Centrale
Downstairs, this market has everything a foodie could want and more, but before you fill up and stock up on treats, go upstairs. Here you’ll find an always buzzing food court where you can try a bit of everything with local beers and wine too.
8. La Reggia degli Etruschi
It’s a little out of town in Fiesole, but worth the trip, guests ascend a steep cobblestone path to reach this tasty destination serving traditional Florentine cuisine. Perfect for wine lovers with its extensive cellar, it’s exclusive, romantic and the panoramic view is certainly memorable.
9. I'Tuscani 2
Located in Duomo, this is rumoured to be the best place in the city for steak lovers. Portions here are generous and with its casual atmosphere, it’s an ideal dinner spot during your stay. Make sure to sample the local wines and grappa on offer.
10. Trattoria Mario
Get in when they open for lunch as this place fills with locals and tourists alike quickly. The menu offers some great local dishes including fresh pastas, tripe as well as ribollita, a thick and hearty soup made of cannellini beans and naturally, local house wines.