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Mercato Centrale

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Piazza del Mercato Centrale, Florence, , Italy
Mercato Centrale Market in Florence
Andrea Wyner
Price range
$
Cuisine
Vegetarian or vegan, Eclectic, Seafood, Italian
Features
Great design, Great value, Casual, Good breakfast spot

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-style food hall in 2014. The huge, open-plan space (open from 10 a.m. until 1 a.m.) is filled with food stalls preparing and serving everything from freshly made mozzarella and pizza, to fried fish and truffle pasta. You'll find barbecued ribs, wood-grilled steak, and spicy Tuscan sausages, breads and baked goods straight out of the oven, veggie burgers, healthy soups and salads, handmade pasta, and cold cuts and cheeses from all over Italy. The Caffetteria makes a great cappuccino for breakfast and morphs into a cocktail bar at night; there's a stall selling craft beers; and a wine bar showcasing the best vintages Tuscany has to offer. You can take cooking lessons, sign up for a wine tasting, and shop for gifts to take home, and there's even a program of regular live music events in the evening.

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