Restaurants in Florence

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Florence is the regional capital of Tuscany, one of Italy’s most celebrated culinary destinations. The city has authentic, family-run trattorias; hip... Read More

Florence is the regional capital of Tuscany, one of Italy’s most celebrated culinary destinations. The city has authentic, family-run trattorias; hip places offering a new take on local dishes; and Michelin-starred restaurants that come with all the bells and whistles. Traditional food here is based on simple, seasonal produce, lavishly laced with extra virgin olive oil and accompanied by one of the robust red wines for which the region is so famous. Rich, creamy sauces play no part in the rustic, hearty cucina fiorentina, so the menu in a typical trattoria will feature robust bread and bean-based soups such as ribollita and pappa al pomodoro; grilled meats and poultry; and fresh, seasonal vegetables. The coolest spots for a buzzy eating and drinking scene are the Sant’Ambrogio and San Lorenzo neighborhoods and the boho-chic Oltrarno. But do your research carefully: this is above all a tourist city, and it is easy to spend far more than necessary for mediocre food and wine.

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  • Borgo San Jacopo

    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

  • Carapina

    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

  • Da' Pescatore

    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

  • Grom

    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

  • Gurdulù

    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

  • Il Guscio

    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

  • Il Magazzino

    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

  • Il Palagio

    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

  • Il Santo Bevitore

    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

  • Irene

    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

  • la Ménagère

    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

  • Mercato Centrale

    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

  • Pescheria San Pietro

    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

  • Pizzeria Santarpia

    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

  • Se.sto on Arno

    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

  • Semel

    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

  • Zeb

    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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