Archive for the ‘Restaurants Florence’ Category

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


Closed Sunday and Monday

Tuesday – Saturday 7:30PM – 10:00PM


*Winter Garden By Caino

Piazza Ognissanti 1, 50123 Florence

+39 055 2716



Daily 7:30PM – 10:00PM

Terrace 11:00AM – 1:30AM

*Borgo San Jacopo

Borgo San Jacopo 62R, 50125 Florence

+39 055 281661


Daily 7:00PM – 10:00PM



*Il Palagio, Four Seasons Hotel

Borgo Pinti 88, 50121 Florence

+39 055 2626450


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


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


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


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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Travelers always ask about the best places to enjoy a great meal in cities across Italy. In Florence, my list of those still owned by the same family for more than three generations is very short. There are plenty of other great restaurants in the city, yet these three are special. Many families who have worked for generations are beginning to sell out under pressures of the economy. These will, I believe, continue to contribute their small share of making true Tuscany remain true.

If you do visit Florence, these are three you should be certain not to miss. I continue to take every opportunity to enjoy meals at these wonderful places!

Garden Dining Terrace Trattora da Bibe Galuzzo

Garden Dining Terrace
Trattora da Bibe

Trattoria da Bibe

Five generations ago, Signore Baudone established the Trattoria da Bibe (in honor of his wife, whose nickname was Bibe) along a small stream in the village of Galuzzo just outside of the ancient Roman gate of Florence. Since then, the family has dedicated themselves to a tradition of fabulous food, well prepared, fairly priced and presented with excellent service.

Tables on the garden terrace – left – are wonderful in season and the homey interior is reminiscent of many family villas across Tuscany.


Trattoria Anita

Tucked into a small corner on a little walked street directly behind the Palazzo Vecchio, this place is one of the best places for lunch in the city. The staff is energetic, the food is fabulous and very very affordable (lunch of three courses is often less than 11 Euros!) and the location makes it a perfect stopping place between the Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and the wonders of Santa Croce’s neighborhood. GO!

Ristorante Cafaggi

For all the details about my favorite restaurant in Florence, please click on the link below to my March 2012 article about this fabulous, family owned and operated restaurant near Piazza San Marco and the Accademia in Florence.

Ristorante Cafaggi

For an unforgettable meal in a lovely, simply atmosphere with great food and service – and very fair prices – enjoy.

Trattoria da Bibe

Bibe website

Via delle Bagnese, 1/r

Ponte all’Asse, Galluzzo


Tel: (+39) 055 20 49 085

Trattoria Anita

Via del Parlascio, 2

50122 Florence, Italy

Tel:+39 055 218698

Ristorante Cafaggi

Web Site, Ristorante Cafaggi

Via Guelfa, 35

50125 Firenze

Tel: 055 295 989

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