No two ways about it, pizza comes from Naples and points south. So when you're in Florence and have an uncontrollable hankering for the world's most perfect food, what do you do? You head for Il Pizzaiuolo! Owners Angelo (from Calabria) and Paikos (from Florence) have one of the most popular, fun and delicious little eateries in town.
The wood burning oven is in the main room for all to see. Just as in any good neapolitan pizzeria, there's a huge mirror hanging just over the oven door, behind the pizzaiuolo, angled in a way that everyone can watch him work. No cheating, no short cuts - simply the best pizza made with the best ingredients! Other stellar dishes on the menu are the very abundant antipasto of pizza fritta, arancini di riso and burrata, the friarielli (mouthwateringly scrumptious bitter broccoli rabe brought up especially for Angelo from Calabria) and the frittura di gamberi e calamari.
If you want a table on a Friday or Saturday night... make a reservation or you won't get in!
Favorite Dish: Pizza margherita with mushrooms, onions and Angelo's own hot peppers.
We're regulars at Bracerie Mangiafuoco, eat there at least twice a month. Owned by sisters Daniela and Rosita Sorice, this is a warm, welcoming, cozy little spot only minutes from the Accademia where you're likely to strike up a conversation with whoever's sitting at the next table. Frequented by locals yet attractive to visitors because of its' good food, reasonable prices and really friendly atmosphere, you just can't go wrong!
Favorite Dish: Rosita's "pici all'aglione" is my idea of what they serve in the dining hall on Cloud 9. Spicy, garlicky, with delicious home-made pici (the thick, hand-rolled spaghetti typical of Tuscany), it satisfies all my senses.
This is a great Italian restaurant situated in the historic centre of Florence in a part of a building that used to be a residence of the late-Renaissance noble family of Pope Clement VIII Aldobrandini. The venue has a small summer terrace in front which is always crowded when is opened during the warm months of the year and two floors - the "Renaissance Room" on the first floor was painted by the artist Francesco Meucci in Italian Neoclassical style of the 18th century, on the second floor there are the so-called "Lounge Room" and the "Wine Cellar". The restaurant is run by a family and most of them are actually working there (the father is a chef, two brothers - waiters, etc.) - you can see the photos of all the family members on the walls of the stairs when you going to the second floor. The food they offer is delicious and covering all typical Italian dishes plus some fantastic desserts (you can get there also gluten-free food), they offer also a nice list of Italian wines (including their own label Ciro&Sons), different kinds of liquor (including some types of grappa) and Krombacher on tap, the staff is very kind and the service is good, the prices are average for Florence - we paid 290 EUR for a company of 8 people including two bottles of wine and the 15% service fee so I would recommend this pizzeria to all the guests of Florence who would like to enjoy the tasty Italian cuisine. You have to keep in mind though that it's working only around lunchtime and from 18:00 on, so if you want to get a reservation for a table outside you better plan it for early evening since they don't accept such for later on. The parking is an issue since the restaurant is on a small narrow street, you can pay in cash or by all most often used credit/debit cards.
Favorite Dish: The Insalata Italia and the Caprese salads, the 4 Cheeses and their Vesuvio pizzas, the Soufflè Cioccolato con Gelato Nocciola for dessert is a must!
This little artisinal biscotti baker has become a highlight of our trips to Florence. It is owned and run by a woman that is committed ti creative and quality work. The ingredients are the finest and the workmanship is excellent.
The cost is very reasonable and the selection is wide.
We have started to carry a few of these in our day bag and they really hit the spot when you want a little lift. Be careful once our friends see that we have them they disapear
Favorite Dish: There is a flavor for everyone. I like everything I have had from this shop!
Well after all my talk about chains. Beware of rules. There are other good gelato shops in Firenze. I just have to plug this one. Putting the chain thing aside.
The staff was very attentive and took the gelato seriously. The quality was high and the ingredients the highest quality. So they have earned a recommendation.
It is right near the Duomo so a convenient stop as you get tired of looking up.
If their web site is not just green washing ( hard to know anymore) they seem to care about small farms. Being a farmer that is a plus for me.
Favorite Dish: The flavors are well based on natural flavors. Our favorites were pistachio and nicholla.
This little cozy cafe is a great stop in the morning and they are great for lunch. It is allways well staffed. Most mornings the owner is there sporting his remarkable moustach.
They have good coffee and pastries. They will also throw together what they call an American breakfast. (eggs,ham, toast that kind of thing)
They also put out a great spread of sandwiches for lunch.
Like I said these people are really friendly and do great work. This cafe has been run by the owner's family for 100 years. So do yourself a favor and stop by for a bite.
Favorite Dish: We often make this our morning stop in Florence. We pick up sandwiches for day trips here also. Other people I have met there loved the full more American style breakfast.
As you stroll through Florence you find very fine fresh fruit shops. There is a great abundance of fresh localy grown fruit. It is inexpensive and delicious. What better way to remember Italy than to eat food close to the soil of Italy.
Favorite Dish: I look for things I cannot have at home. The fresh muscat grapes were unbelivable. My companions would not leave me alone when I had some.
We picked this one for our ‘big night out’ in Florence and couldn't have been happier. Online reviews I’d scanned had been consistently positive, and the meal, service and ambiance lived up to the rosy reports. The restaurant is housed in a Renaissance-era palace, just around the corner from the Medici Chapels, on a pleasant little hub of streets and has a narrow sidewalk terrace that is nicely glassed-in from passing pedestrians and traffic - which was mostly bicycles and motorbikes.
Not being big on reservations ( highly recommended for later-evening dining) we arrived at the opening hour to grab a table outside and watch the activity in the piazza. Dinner was a fresh and tasty salad apiece, an earthy funghi risotto for me, sweet pear and Pecorino ravioli with a drizzle of balsamic for the husband, 2 desserts plus a few glasses of wine: deliziosissima! This was our most expensive meal in Florence (about €70 ) but only because we did so many courses: prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food.
We tried to go back on our last night (Sunday) to try their wood-fired pizza - rumored to be amazing - but they’re closed on the Sabbath so no pie for us. :O( But coeliacs, this is a gold mine for you as, with 24-hr notice (call or email) they will cheerfully provide gluten-free pizza, and there are GF pastas, desserts and bread on the menu as well - all getting rave reviews from tender-tummied diners.
Lovely dining room with patches of 18th-century frescoes, casual terrace, additional dining upstairs, credit cards (Visa/Mastercard when we were there) accepted.
Open Hours: Monday from 06:00 PM to 10:30 PM, Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM, Tuesday to Saturday from 06:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Once caution: restrooms are upstairs and I didn’t see an elevator so if you have mobility challenges, ‘go’ before you arrive.
It's been a long time since I lived in Florence, but when I did I loved this restaurant. It was beautiful with lots of atmosphere and the food was good with a twist. I am sad to say that it is closed, but the son of the owners has opened up another restaurant called La Cucina del Garga and I am sure that it will be equally as good and every bit as fun. See the blog, Over a Tuscan Stove, for an update.
I went to Harry's last night. Had two delicious Bellinis at 9E a piece and the gnocci with salmon which was delicious, even if not the most tender gnocci that I have ever eaten. The chocolate cake was not my style. More of a mousse cake which I don't like. The bill was about 50E which I consider expensive.
This is a very elegant bar and restaurant and the regulars, who knew each other, were obviously from among the wealthy Florentines. Even in their casual attire they were expensively dressed.
I was sorry that Leo, the owner from 10 years ago, had retired. I did recognize the bartender from that era, but not the maitre d' who has been there for 20 years. I believe all the others were relatively new.
It was still a real pleasure being there and brought back wonderful memories.
Ties are not necessarily required, but dress is still very nice, even if casual.
If you are dying for a real Martini (if you ask for a Martini in an Italian bar you will get a glass of Martini Rossi) or a Brandy Alexander, this is the place to go. Leo knows how to make them. He also makes an excellent Bellini.
This is a very sophisticated place much like Harry's in other cities, although, I believe they are each owned by different people. The drinks and food are excellent.
Since I was alone, I often went there for lunch, rather than dinner, although, I have seen women dining alone at dinner. The wait staff is very nice and they didn't treat me any differently than people who were with someone else.
I would suggest that you dress nicely-probably would not wear jeans nor shorts. They might require a tie. I don't remember.
Favorite Dish: Anything you order here will be good.
One of the best palce to go where ususally locals go is Buca San Giovanni, close to Duomo. All Fiorentina soccer player go there and even famous actor. You can spens around 40 or 50 euro per person. If you want something different but nice I always suggest Cantina Barbagianni ten minutes far from duomo. Or another good restaurant is Baccarossa close to Santa Croce. Even Da Mimmo is a nice restaurant pretty close to Duomo but far enough for tourists.
Favorite Dish: Fiorentina, tagliata, onion soup, and of course a Farra Chianti
This little gem was just down the street from our hotel and a wonderful place for a quick authentic lunch. The hand written menu changes daily but includes salads and pasta dishes. We both got a pasta dish that was really tasty! The service was very fast and the food was delicious! It got rather crowded and it seemed to be mostly locals eating there – always a sign of a good place to go! The prices were cheap – my meal was less than €5 – cheaper than the pizza down the street!
It is on the street across from San Lorenzo and behind the vendor stalls. It is rather obscure and hard to find if you don’t know it is there. I walked past it several times until a friend told me about it and we went together. Too bad I learned of it towards the end of my week in Florence because I would definitely have liked to go again.
After this wonderful lunch it was time for me to head back home. What a wonderful time I had in Florence. I learned so much about art, history, and the Renaissance during my week here. I hope you have enjoyed touring Florence virtually with me. My final link on this tour will return you to my weekends in Florence homepage where I hope you will leave me a note about your vitual tour. Ciao!
We had a group dinner at this wonderful restaurant – there were about 25 of us so we had a back room of this very busy restaurant. As a group, we had limited selections since we were trying to streamline our orders – so we went with an assorted pasta selection and an optional steak selection. The pasta, which was a sampling of five different kinds of pastas and sauces, was €12. Those that added the steak to their meal – a sampling for three kinds of steaks (enough for two people to share) – the total bill was €25 for both meat and pasta. The wine was very good and the service was great.
The restaurant has a lot of plates on the walls that have been decorated by famous people in the entertainment industry – and the room we were in was also decorated with trashcans from “Stomp”, a piano, and other paraphernalia from theatre productions. The owner brought out a plate and let our group design one of our own – not for the wall (since we weren’t famous enough, I guess) but he let us keep the plate as a souvenir of our meal and week in Florence.
One thing I found interesting that I hadn’t seen before is the television that allows you to watch the cooks in the kitchen while they work! I saw our food being prepared and then given to our waiter who appeared in seconds at our table after seeing him on the tv!
Doing some research for this tip, I learned that the restaurant has three locations – Florence, Washington, DC, and San Diego, CA. It was on the bottom of the placemat all this time and I just noticed it!
As we left for the evening, we walked back through the rest of the restaurant and it was crowded. Looks like a place you need to go early or make reservations. I would return again since the food was delicious and the service very good.
After a wonderful meal, we headed back to our hotel for some last minute studying. In the morning we would have our final exam and head on home. But before leaving Florence, I had one last delicious meal with a friend at a very local restaurant, Trattoria Gozzi Sergio that was just a few doors down from our hotel.
I know lots of people that are Hard Rock enthusiasts; I’m not one of them, although I don’t mind eating at one when I’m with a group. The food is good and the atmosphere is fun. I went to the Florence Hard Rock with some friends on one of the days we had an extended lunch break – it is not the place to go for a quick meal. We all had a good time and our server was lots of fun.
The menu was the standard Hard Rock menu – lots of burgers and other standard fare at what I think are expensive prices. I got the classic burger that comes with fries for €15, drinks were extra. It’s a lot of food so if you are a light eater, you could easily share with a friend.
The restaurant is pretty new – our server said it has only been in the city for about 6 months. As with all Hard Rock Cafés, they decorate with band memorabilia and have a pair of Michael Jackson’s pants, a shirt worn by Elvis, and a card signed by all four Beatles, plus lots of other things.
They have a restaurant and bar area with different opening times. The bar has bands that play at night – a list is on the door and on their website. As with all Hard Rocks, they have a shop that sells t-shirts, hats, and pins.
Centrally located near the Piazza della Repubblica, not far from the Cathedral.
Sunday - Thursday 12.00 - 24.00
Friday and Saturday 12.00 - 1.00
Sunday -Thursday 8.30 - 1.00
Friday and Saturday 8.30 - 2.00
COFFEE BAR & ROCK SHOP:
Mon-Sun 8.30 - 24.00
After a full lunch that took longer than we expected, we hurried to meet our instructor at the museum. Inside the Uffizi, we’ll see several works by Sandro Botticelli so let’s look at this artist before we go inside.
A group of us had dinner here on one of our nights in Florence. Our server was a super friendly young guy that was funny and quick to take care of anything we needed. The food was delicious and the service fast.
I had the Ribollita soup – a thick vegetable and bread soup that came with a side of bread. It was delicious and exactly what I was looking for. Others with me had pizza, calzone, bruschetta, tortellini, and salads. No one complained about their food, in fact, all reviews were very favorable!
As with most Florence restaurants, they do charge a cover, which was €1 in addition to your meal and tip. But it advertised in the front of the restaurant and on the menu. But the overall menu prices were very reasonable (my soup was 7.50, pizzas started at 6.50, large bottle of water 2.50).
It was a busy restaurant but one that several members of our party returned to again and again during our stay in Florence. The restaurant is about a block from the Baptistry and near the San Lorenzo Church. Highly recommend!
After a good meal, we walked over to the Palazzo Strozzi to go to an exhibit of Banking and Medici Money. While the exhibit was temporary, look for temporary exhibitions here and in other places around Florence.