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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


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: +


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

Trattoria 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: +


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.


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: +


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.)


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: +


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.


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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