Restaurants in Florence

Andrea Fazzari

With white tile walls, cured hams strung from the ceiling, and marble-topped wooden tables shared with other diners, Alla Vecchia Bettola is a classic... Read More

For a unique Florentine experience, book a table on Alle Murate's mezzanine beneath the earliest known frescoed portraits of writers Dante and Boccaccio... Read More

Try to bag one of only four tables on the tiny terrace of this elegant restaurant: set right on the Arno, it offers in-your-face views of the Ponte... Read More

This intimate restaurant is helmed by Giordano Monni, who selects ingredients at the nearby San Lorenzo market. Try the chittarini, angel-hair pasta... Read More

The restaurant is part of the Marchesi Antinori winery, which is located in Palazzo Antinori, the Renaissance palace that has been the winery's home... Read More

Just a 10-minute walk from the Duomo, Caffé Cibrèo is situated outside the small, semi—open air market of Sant' Ambrogio. A casual... Read More

With a history dating back to 1733, Caffé Gilli is one of the oldest continuously operating cafés in the city. Located in Piazza della... Read More

Located in the famed wine-producing family’s historic palazzo off the north end of Via Tornabuoni, this wine bar offers upscale dinners in... Read More

Owned by a Sicilian who learned the art of ice cream–making from his grandfather, this small gelato parlor is considered the city’s best by... Read More

For gelato cognoscenti, some of the best ice cream in town is served up in this brightly lit, modern space close to the Palazzo Vecchio. Carapina... Read More

The simply furnished restaurant (ivory tablecloths, black-and-white photos) in the San Frediano quarter is a favorite among locals, who come for... Read More

The posh Cibreino ranks as one of the city's most famous dining destinations. A few doors away, at its sister location, you can share communal wooden... Read More

In a humble kitchen outfitted with a century-old wood burning stove, Gianlfranco Paoli served traditional Tuscan dishes such a ribollita and rabbit in... Read More

Set in an ancient building that was once a chapel (the wine cellar is housed in the frescoed apse) and, more recently, a nightclub owned by Roberto... Read More

At this Florentine institution near Santa Croce, sit in the rose-colored, gilt-laden dining room and sample Tuscan staples like chickpea soup with pasta... Read More

An elegant (if somewhat nondescript) white tablecloth restaurant in the Oltrarno, Fuor d'Acqua ("out of the water") specializes in seafood trucked in... Read More

Fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, one of Florence's most famous sons (in modern times, at least) took it upon himself to revive one of the city's... Read More

Although Grom has now expanded to include shops all over the globe (Jakarta, Dubai, New York, Osaka, and Paris, to name but a few), it is still one of... Read More

Of the many recent restaurant openings in Florence, Gurdulù (named after one of the characters in Italo Calvino's The Nonexistent Knight) stands out for... Read More

A literal hole-in-the-wall in the centro storico (historic district), I Fratellini is a tiny fiaschetteria (wine tavern) that sells affordable wines by... Read More

Off-radar Guscio lies south of the river in the backwoods of the Oltrarno, and is popular both for lunch and dinner with the locals. It has been run by... Read More

The locals flock to this rustic osteria to tuck into tripe (cow's stomach), lampredotto (intestines), and other offal; it's one of the best places to... Read More

The Michelin-starred restaurant at the Four Seasons Florence is one of the city's gastronomic hot tickets, thanks to chef Vito Mollica's highly... Read More

Still one of Florence's most popular restaurants even after more than a decade, Il Santo Bevitore has a buzzy, casual vibe, and an imaginative menu that... Read More

Named after Sir Rocco Forte's mother, Irene is the newly restyled restaurant of the Savoy hotel; its prime position overlooking Piazza della Repubblica,... Read More

If you really want to blend with the natives, head to this cart resembling a hot dog kiosk in a tiny piazza just south of the Duomo. Locals swear L... Read More

You won’t find bow-tied waiters or elaborate gourmet dishes at La Casalinga (“The Housewife”). Instead, Florentines—and the... Read More

Established more than three decades ago by Florentine chef Guiliano Garga and his Canadian-born wife Sharon Oddson, Trattoria Garga is known as a... Read More

The restaurant, so named because the long, vaulted space once housed a carousel, is a perfectly straightforward restaurant owned and run by Prince... Read More

La Ménagère is a café, cocktail bar, flower shop, homewares emporium, and restaurant all under the same soaring, vaulted roof. All un-plastered pillars,... Read More

When Florence’s top sommeliers want to learn about wine trends, they claim a stool behind the horseshoe-shaped counter at this enoteca between the... Read More

Located at the heart of medieval Florence in an imposing palazzo dating from the 12th century (once part of the court of Grand Duke Cosimo I de' Medici)... Read More

Imagine yourself sitting on the terrace of the 14th-century Palazzo Capponi delle Rovinate, watching the sleepy crawl of the Arno as you savor a plate... Read More

Much more than just a restaurant, the second floor of Florence's 19th-century glass and steel central market building was converted into an Italian... Read More

A café with delicious small plates, located on the ground floor of a palazzo in Santa Croce. Read More

With the goal of serving up "the soul of Tuscany" on a plate, former Bulgari executive Silvio Ursini (also the creator of the Obika mozzarella bars in... Read More

A large, bustling fish restaurant with a retro vibe, the San Pietro is located near the Santa Maria Novella train station. But don't let that put you... Read More

The hottest pizza ticket in town lies in an off-radar location east of Santa Croce. Be prepared to wait in line to sample masterful pizzaiuolo Giovanni... Read More

Opened in December 2006, PORTOfino is rapidly becoming the Florentine’s favorite seafood restaurant. Although it’s ten minutes by cab from... Read More

Part bistro and part wine bar, Q.B. Quantobasta is a multipurpose venue owned by sisters Elisa and Alessandra Ruggi. The industrial-style dining room is... Read More

One of Florence’s first wine bars, Pane e Vino (Bread and Wine) is just a 10-minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge). The spacious, barn... Read More

The city's best kosher option serves a mean lox, couscous, and falafel. Read More

On an unassuming street near Santo Spirito in the Oltrarno, this contemporary trattoria offers stylish decor, a hip atmosphere, and tasty,... Read More

Quite aside from its superlative views over the whole city, sixth-floor Se.sto also serves up some of the best gourmet food in Florence, thanks to... Read More

Blink and you'll miss it: flanking the colorful Sant'Ambrogio market, this tiny squeeze of a sandwich bar is always packed with a good mix of locals and... Read More

Named for a Genovese doge (who was also the subject of a Verdi opera), Simon Boccanegra occupies the ground floor of 16th-century Palazzo Salviati in... Read More

Owned by eccentric restaurateur Fabio Picchi of Cibreino, Teatro del Sale is a members-only restaurant/theater/social club. Starting at 7pm, Tuesday... Read More

Situated atop La Rinascente, a four-story department store on the edge of Piazza della Repubblica, Terrazza is a small, open-air rooftop café... Read More

Located near Palazzo Pitti, Trattoria 4 Leoni (the Four Lions) has two dining rooms, a casual one closer to the street and one a little more elegant... Read More

Just a little off the beaten path on Borgo Ognissanti near the Communal Theater, the family-run Trattoria Armando offers cucina casaligna (homemade food... Read More

With his mass of snowy white hair and beard, it’s hard to miss restaurateur Fabio Picchi as he flits between the four establishments that make up... Read More

Lauded for its simple, no-frills Tuscan fare, Sostanza is also known as Il Troia (the trough) because its long, wooden communal tables are always packed... Read More

At this lively pizzeria in the Oltrarno, Neapolitan-style pies are served in a setting designed to resemble a vico (side street) in Naples, with... Read More

Once a traditional mom-and-pop neighborhood deli, Zeb is now a hip lunch spot in the charming San Niccolò area south of the Arno. Mom Giuseppina is... Read More

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