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The possibilities seem endless in a city like Florence; from true Sicilian recipes that delight the palate and bring the sea to land to deep red Bistecca Fiorentina, Florence offers any lover of Italian food as many options as you can imagine.

We have traveled across Italy for over forty years. Some of our old favorites in the city have gone, and many new exceptional restaurants and trattorias have opened.

Get off the beaten path and enjoy some of these, our first ‘go-to’ places for a fairly priced, well served meal.

Salute!

Ristorante Ara: e Sud

A new comer to Florence. Go!

Chef Carmello Pennachietti brought with him his great success (including Michelin stars) from Sicily to Florence. His preparations, especially the fresh sea food, invoke views of the Ionian coast, of verdant hillsides and of the unique Sicilian culture. His incredible recipes astound with their bursts of flavor, their savory after-bite and their luscious freshness.

Reservations strongly recommended.

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The Dining Room, Ara e Sud

Via della Vigna Vecchia, 4, 50122 Firenze FI,

 

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HOURS:

Closed Tuesday

Monday – Sunday: 12:00 Noon – 11:00PM

Tel: +39. 331.21.70.926

 

 

Trattoria Anita

Trattoria Anita

Located directly behind the Palazzo Vecchio (the city “hall” of Florence), and down a narrow medieval alleyway, this lovely and simple trattoria serves very good food, traditionally Tuscan, at an incredible price (good, that is!). If there are more than four together for dinner, I would call ahead for reservations.

Via del Parlascio, 2

50122 Firenze, Italy

Phone: +39.055.218.8698

Hours:

Monday-Saturday 12:00PM – 2:30PM, 7:00PM – 10:15PM

Sunday                      Closed

  

Il Latini

If there is any restaurant in Florence that personifies the insane cacophonous atmosphere of the true Italian trattoria, Il Latini is it. GO EARLY at opening to get in, otherwise you will have to wait, sometimes for more than an hour. You can call ahead for reservations. You often sit at long tables with other diners. The ceiling is covered in hanging prosciutto hams. This place is great fun and has great food. A Florentine tradition.

Via dei Palchetti, 6R

50123 Firenze, Italy

Phone: +39.055.210.916

Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday  12:30PM – 2:30PM, 7:30PM – 10:30PM

Monday                    Closed

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Il Latini, Firenze

 

Trattoria San Gallo

Trattoria San Gallo

Trattoria San Gallo

Located just off the intersection of Via San Gallo and Via Guelfa, this small and unassuming trattoria offers good meals at reasonable prices. Don’t expect fancy or superb levels of service. This is a place where the locals dine, so you know it is consistent and fairly priced.

 

Via San Gallo, 4

50122 Firenze, Italy

Phone: +39.055.239.9893

Hours

Monday – Friday    12:00PM – 3:00PM, 7:00PM – 11:30PM

Saturday                     7:00PM – 11:30PM (no Lunch)

Sunday                      12:00PM – 3:00PM, 7:00PM – 11:30PM

 

Trattoria Bibe

This is a wonderful place with exceptional food and service. If you wish to get out of the city and into a nearby suburb (Galluzzo) you can take a taxi for about € 20.00 each way and have a memorable meal with some of the best food in Tuscany.

Trattoria Bibe Garden Terrace

Trattoria Bibe, Garden Terrace

 

The family that owns the trattoria is in their fifth generation of ownership. Families from the Frescobaldi’s to the Antinori’s to the common folks of Florence love this place. In summer, reserve on the lovely garden terrace and in cooler days, the interior offers the kind of warmth only an Italian home can offer.

Via delle Bagnese, 1

50124 Firenze, Italy

Phone: +39.055.204.9085

Hours:

Mon-Friday              Dinner only 7:30PM –9:30PM

Saturday/Sunday   12:30PM – 2:30PPM, 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Wednesday              Closed

 

La Ménagére

A newcomer to the Florence dining scene, this is a trendy and fun place to enjoy very good food in a modern/quirky atmosphere. Love the design of this place and the food offers unique twists on Tuscan traditional recipes.

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La Ménagére , Florence

 

You will find good service, fair prices and a welcoming comfortable atmosphere. If you are interested, they often have jazz in the evenings in the lower cantina. You can check at the restaurant welcome desk about time and performers.

 

Via de’Ginori, 8

Firenze, Italy

Phone: +39.055.075.0600

Hours:

Monday – Sunday              12:00PM – 11:00PM

 

Ristorante Cafaggi

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The entire family works together at Cafaggi!

This fourth generation family run restaurant attracts local Florentines, as well as the knowledgeable visitor. You may see the occasional large group here, but the main dining room is reserved for tables of from two to six diners.

I recommend calling for a reservation for dinner. Famous for Beefsteak Florentine…and it is GOOD!

Via Guelfa, 35/R

50129 Firenze, Italy

Phone: +39.055.294.989

Hours:

Monday – Saturday    12:30PM – 3:00PM, 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Sunday                           Closed

 

Osteria Santo Spirito

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Interior of Osteria Santo Spirito

Located directly on the Piazza that fronts the church of Santo Spirito in the Oltrarno, the south side of the Arno River, this place is relaxing, fun, flavorful and memorable. You should make reservations for dinner.

 

Depending on weather, you can sit outside on the raised wooden platform. Clear “plastic” walls help keep the weather out. I recommend upstairs inside for a quieter table and, if you are fortunate, a view of the Piazza.

Piazza Santo Spirito, 16/R

50125 Firenze, Italy

Phone: +39.055.238.2383

Hours:

Monday – Sunday              12:00PM – 11:30PM

 

Cibreo

 

A word of explanation: Cibreo and the Teatro del Sale, across from each other in the Sant’Ambrogio neighborhood of Florence, are owned by the same family – the Picchi’s. The chef’s wife at Cibreo opened the Teatro del Sale as a dinner/performance venue several years ago. These two restaurants are listed separately so that you can consider options about style of meal, type of atmosphere, etc. Either way, you will not be disappointed with either place.

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Cibreo, Main Dining Room

 

Much has been written about the amazing food prepared here by Chef and owner Fabio Picchi. A Florentine attraction in and of himself, the restaurant is rated one of the very best in Italy. Yes, it is pricey, yet you will never regret your meal if you dine here. Call for reservations.

Via Andrea del Verrocchio, 8/R

50128 Firenze, Italy

Phone: +39.055.234.1100

Hours:

Tuesday –Sunday   12:50PM – 2:30PM, 7:00PM – 11:15PM

Monday                    Closed

 

Teatro del Sale

Florentine Chef Fabio Picchi is one of Florence’s living treasures who steals the Sant’Ambrogio show with this eccentric, good value members-only club located inside an old theater. (Everyone welcome, annual membership € 7.00 per person at entrance.) He cooks up weekend brunch, lunch and dinner, culminating at 9:30PM in a live performance of drama, music or comedy arranged by his wife, artistic director and comic actress Maria Cassi. Dinners are hectic: grab a chair, serve yourself water, wine and antipasti and wait for the chef to yell out what’s about to be served. You line up at the open kitchen’s counter for your first and second course. Dessert and coffee are laid out buffet-style just prior to the performance. FUN!

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Dinner hour at Teatro del Sale

Via de` Macci, 118

50122 Firenze, Italy

Phone: +39.055.200.1492

Hours:

Tuesday – Friday                12:00PM – 2:30PM (Brunch)

7:30PM – 11:00PM

Saturday                               11:30AM – 3:00PM

7:30PM – 11:00PM

Sunday                                  11:30AM – 3:00PM (Brunch Only)

Monday                                Closed

 

Mercato Nuovo (San Lorenzo Food Market)

 

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A typical summer crowd at the Mercato

 

The ground floor of this building is where the locals shop for the best of Tuscan and Italian goods; from meats to cheeses to vegetables and seasonings this is the place for best prices on fresh products.

In April 2014, the second floor became a kind of open Tuscan food ‘court’ where only the finest Tuscan items are prepared. There is a high degree of attention paid to the quality and preparation of dishes available. Open daily for a unique experience, offering leisure, authenticity, spontaneity and tradition.

Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 26

Firenze, Italy

Hours:

Monday – Sunday              11:00AM – 11:00PM

Phone: +39.055.239.9798

Hours:

Monday – Sunday                                      10:00AM – 12:01AM

 

Trattoria Za Za

Since 1977 this delightful little trattoria, steps from the Mercato Nuovo (see #10), has been serving excellent food with good service and fair prices. Inside is cozy, with warm colors and multi-faceted artwork.

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A welcoming evening view at Osteria Santo Spirito

Depending on weather, you can sit outside on their covered wooden deck. Well worth the trip for a good meal.

If you plan on dinner, I recommend called for a reservation.

 

Piazza Santo Spirito, 16/R, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Hours:
Monday – Friday: 12:00PM – 11:30PM Continuous
Saturday and Sunday: 6:30PM – 11:30PM
Tel: +39 055 238 2383

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Several of our readers and travelers have asked about Michelin rated restaurants in Florence. There are forty-four restaurants in the city’s 2016 Michelin Restaurant Guide. Of those, our list represents only those who have achieved at least one star by Michelin.

All of these establishments are more than worth making a reservation, even if it is months in advance!

As always, buon appetito!

***Enoteca Pinchiorri

Enoteca Pinchiorri

Via Ghibellina 87, Florence

+39 055 242757

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Closed Sunday and Monday

Tuesday – Saturday 7:30PM – 10:00PM

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*Winter Garden By Caino

Piazza Ognissanti 1, 50123 Florence

+39 055 2716

http://www.stregisflorence.com

 

Daily 7:30PM – 10:00PM

Terrace 11:00AM – 1:30AM

*Borgo San Jacopo

Borgo San Jacopo 62R, 50125 Florence

+39 055 281661

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Daily 7:00PM – 10:00PM

 

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*Il Palagio, Four Seasons Hotel

Borgo Pinti 88, 50121 Florence

+39 055 2626450

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Breakfast Daily 7:00AM – 11:00AM

Brunch Sunday: (October to June Only): 12:30PM – 3:00PM

Dinner Daily: 7:00PM – 11:00PM

*Ora d’aria

Ora d’ariaVia dei Georgofili 11R, 50122 Florence

+39 055 2001699

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Closed Sunday

Monday: 7:30PM – 10:00PM

Tuesday – Saturday: 12:30PM – 2:30PM

7:30PM – 10:00PM

*La Bottega del Buon Caffè

La Bottega del Buon Caffè

Lungarno Cellini 69R, 50122 Florence

+39 055 5535677

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Closed Sunday

Monday: 7:30PM – 10:00PM

Tuesday – Saturday: 12:30PM – 2:30PM

7:30PM – 10:00PM

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Many readers have requested information about restaurants that are a consistent favorite in the city. Below is a list of three and, well, one that is more a theater for food and performance. It is true that my tastes tend toward the traditional Tuscan dinner, served by family who have a great deal of ownership in a diner’s satisfaction, care deeply about the freshness and authenticity of their recipes and want you (us) to come back for more.

Hope that you will give these a try next time you are in Florence!

Il Latini

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Il Latini – Always busy

If there is any restaurant in Florence that personifies the insane cacophonous atmosphere of the true Italian trattoria, Il Latini is it. GO EARLY at opening to get in, otherwise you will have to wait, sometimes for more than an hour. You can call ahead for reservations. You often sit at long tables with other diners. The ceiling is covered in hanging prosciutto hams. This place is great fun and has great food. A Florentine tradition.

Via dei Palchetti, 6R
50123 Firenze, Italy

Phone: +39.055.210.916

Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday 12:30PM – 2:30PM, 7:30PM – 10:30PM
Monday Closed

Trattoria Bibe

Bibe

One of the dining rooms at Trattoria Bibe

This is a wonderful place with exceptional food. The Baudone family, fifth generation owners, were recently awarded the Foreign Press Association’s recognition as the “Best Restaurant in the city keeping an authentic Italian Tradition.”

Only restaurants in Italy with more than 100 years of hospitality service are eligible so this is truly an honor for the Baudone family. In the over fifteen years that I have dined at Bibe, never has there been a disappointment. Truly a Tuscan – a Florentine – treasure!

Your trip into the into the nearby Florentine suburb of Galluzzo, by taxi, will cost you about €20.00 each way and you will have a memorable meal, perfectly prepared and graciously served.

Via delle Bagnese, 1
50124 Firenze, Italy

Phone: +39.055.204.9085

Hours:

Mon-Friday Dinner only 7:30PM –9:30PM
Saturday/Sunday 12:30PM – 2:30PPM, 7:30PM – 9:30PM
Wednesday Closed

Ristorante Cafaggi

This fourth generation family run restaurant attracts local Florentines as well as the knowledgeable visitor. You may see an occasional large group here, but the main dining room is always reserved for tables of from two to six diners.

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Nonna preparing to set a table at her family restaurant, Cafaggi

I recommend calling for a reservation for dinner. Famous for Beefsteak Florentine…and it is GOOD!

Via Guelfa, 35/R
50129 Firenze, Italy

Phone: +39.055.294.989

Hours:

Monday – Saturday 12:30PM – 3:00PM, 7:00PM – 10:00PM
Sunday Closed

Teatro del Sale

Florentine Chef Fabio Picchi is one of Florence’s living treasures who steals the Sant’Ambrogio show with this eccentric, good value members-only club located inside an old theater. (Everyone welcome, annual membership € 7.00 per person at entrance.)

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Fabio in the kitchen at Teatro del Sale

He cooks up weekend brunch, lunch and dinner, culminating at 9:30PM in a live performance of drama, music or comedy arranged by his wife, artistic director and comic actress Maria Cassi. Dinners are hectic: grab a chair, serve yourself water, wine and antipasti and wait for the chef to yell out what’s about to be served. You line up at the open kitchen’s counter for your first and second course. Dessert and coffee are laid out buffet-style just prior to the performance. FUN!

Befrore the performance Teatro del Sale

Guests lining up for dinner before the performance – Teatro del Sale

Via de` Macci, 118
50122 Firenze, Italy

Phone: +39.055.200.1492

Hours:

Tuesday – Friday  12:00PM – 2:30PM (Brunch)
7:30PM – 11:00PM
Saturday                11:30 – 3:00PM, 7:30 – 11:00PM
Sunday                  11:30AM – 3:00PM (Brunch Only)
Monday Closed

 

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Angelo Cavalieri-General Manager at Le Menagere

Not far from the famous San Lorenzo Market (Mercato Nuovo) which recently opened a huge space offering the best of Tuscan food products, La Ménagére offers a warm and sincere welcome.

During a recent trip to Florence I had the great good fortune of meeting Angelo Cavalieri, the General Manager at this gorgeous new Florentine restaurant. His welcome and the food (!) will bring me back every trip from now on.

Once home to a famous Florentine housewares store, this creative new space incorporates a tribute to the origins by offering beautifully designed Italian housewares and flowers…but the real draw here is the food and atmosphere. And did I fail to mention the wine list?

In the spirit of training the next generation of Italian restaurateurs, the owner partners with a local hospitality school in providing internships for students who wish to learn the real world of running a restaurant. Your servers will, most likely, be participating in this unique program. Angelo and the other staff keep a close, trained, eye on each and every one.

Dinner, culled from their incredible winter seasonal menu, was Orecchiette with broccoli and clams followed by Maialino, mela arrostita, topinambur e salsa arancione (Pugliese special pasta with broccoli and clams followed by a perfectly prepared pork cutlet served with roasted apples, Jerusalem artichokes-a first for me-and orange sauce). Eat your heart out!:) For dessert? A unique twist on a traditional dolce: White chocolate mousse with Shezuan pepper and apple sorbet. Incredible.

Here are links to the Winter Menu (in English and Italian) along with their Wine List.

Winter Menu La Ménagére

Wine List – La Ménagére

 

During the restoration, the owners made the wise decision to keep the space bright. Daylight enters the back of the space through skylights and stunning Italian lighting adds to the creative design of the place.

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The Bistro, right, offers flavorful pastries and panini throughout the day and well into the night. The large ‘farm to table’ inspired dining table welcomes foodies and passionate wine enthusiasts alike to enjoy meals together.

There are two separate areas off of the dining space, one with small tables and, for those truly passionate about Italian food, chef’s tables.

After Hours? How about live jazz in the cantina restored below the main dining and bistro levels of the restaurant. A marvelous and unique corner of bella Firenze.

The meals enjoyed in this space, the warm welcome by staff and the creative, modernist concept of the space, makes it all more than well worth the trip for lunch, an aperativo, dinner or late night.

In a word? GO! Enjoy! Buon Appetito!

 

 

 

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