During our Sep 2007 visit to Florence we had lunch at Da Garibardi, which is located on Piazza del Mercato Centrale. Initially we tried to get a table at neighbouring Trattoria Za-Za, where we had eaten previously, but they were full. However, Da Garibardi looked good, and most importantly they had a table for four available on the shaded terrace at the front.
Da Garibardi turned out to be a great choice - we had a very enjoyable meal and friendly service, not to mention a very tasty bottle of vino.
Favorite Dish: To start, we shared an Antipasti platter which was a delicious appetiser. For main course, Mum and I couldn’t resist the Bistecca Fiorentina, which is a local speciality - basically a big t-bone steak. Dad also really enjoyed his steak with blue cheese sauce.
During our brief visit to Florence in Sep 2007 we wanted somewhere to have a drink and a light dinner, as we had had a big lunch that day. We also didn't want to venture too far from our hotel, and just down the road we came across a good option - La Cantinetta Wine Bar.
La Cantinetta has a few tables out the front, but these were full when we arrived, so we ventured into the (too) brightly lit interior and chose a table near the bar. We were the only ones sitting inside at that stage, but plenty more people arrived throughout the evening.
Favorite Dish: We ordered a bottle of wine and started snacking on a few of the complimentary bar snacks. These whet our appetite, so we ordered a plate of prosciutto and cheese to share - the perfect accompaniments to a couple of glasses of red wine.
After this, the boys couldn't resist a glass of Vin Santo with cantucci biscuits for dipping. Thankfully there were enough biscuits for us all to have some.
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!
I read about this place in the Lonely Planet guide and circled it many times so that I couldn't possible forget to try it!
The panini are about 2.50 euro each and the selection is great! I tried a couple different but am sure you can't go wrong. This is an amazing price for the city center and it's no wonder that people line up for the sandwiches. The warm bread and fresh fillings are turned into a sandwich in front of you and it's clear this is a family business.
Service can be a bit brisk and the men working didn't have much patience for tourists - but, it was the high season. Don't be put off by the attitude - persevere for the best sandwich you'll eat in the city!
Favorite Dish: The website below is simply a link to a review. Scroll down for the info.
THIS PLACE IS A FAMILY RUN BUSINESS POPULAR WITH THE LOCALS AND INFORMED STUDENTS / TOURISTS. THE FOOD IS AUTHENTIC NORTH ITALIAN FARE WITH A PIZZA NO WHERE TO BE SEEN !!
THE FOOD IS SOURCED FROM LOCAL PRODUCE AND FRESHLY PREPARED BY COOKS, WHO DESPITE THEIR SENIOR YEARS, PREPARE GORGEOUS FOOD IN KEEPING WITH LOCAL CUSTOM.IF THE LOCALS EAT IN SOMETHING MUST BE RIGHT ?? THE CLIENTELLE COVERED ALL AGE GROUPS.
WE HAD A SUBSTANTIAL 4 COURSE MEAL & DRINKS FOR LESS THAN 50 EUROS - BARGAIN !!
IF YOU WANT FANCY EXPENSIVE FOOD WITH OPULENT CORPORATE SURROUNDINGS AND SLICK SERVICE THEN THIS IS NOT FOR YOU,IF LIKE ME HOWEVER YOU WANT THE REAL FEEL / TASTE OF ITALY; GREAT FOOD,ATMOSPHERE,FRIENDSHIP AND GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU....A GOLD MINE
(I USED TO LIVE IN ITALY FOR 3 YEARS SO I THINK I HAVE SOME KNOWLEDGE OF ITALIAN FOOD)
BE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT !!
Favorite Dish: MY FAVOURITE DISH ,WHOSE NAME ESCAPES ME RIGHT NOW (I AM AT WORK !! ) WAS THE GRILLED PORK CHOP SERVED WITH SAUTEED POTATOES & MIXED SALAD...FRANKLY I COULD PRETTY MUCH EAT EVERYTHING ON THE MENU EXCEPT THE TRIPE (UGH!!!)
OTHER FAVOURITES ARE MOZZERALLA WITH PROSECUTTO HAM, TOMATOE BRUSCHETTA & SOMETHING I BELIEVE (LOOKED BAD TASTED GOOD) WAS LIVER PATE ON TOAST....AND THE RAVIOLI,CANNELONI,ETC ETC
A charming, medium sized restaurant next to the Della Nazione hotel and on the south side of the Stazione. I was directed to this restaurant by a fellow resident at the Della Nazione who had eaten there every evening of their stay in Florence. After, our first meal there, we at there every evening. The menu is varied (from pizza to Florentine steak to pastas to the best gnocchi I have ever eaten). The only difficulty with the menu is one doesn't know what to choose, it is all so good. In fact, during our fourth evening there, we recognized many of the diners (both tourists & locals) who were also there on our previous nights. All pricing is most reasonable including the house wine which are also quite good. This was the best price I encountered for steak Florentine and it was superb. The steak for two costs more than two-steaks for one, but is larger than two steaks for one person. The filet is also superb. As mentioned, the gnocci were better than my mother made and hers were the previous champion gnocci. While we did not have the pizza, many of our acquaintences did and were highly satisfied. The prices vary according to what you order (obviously the Florentine steak for two (30 euros) was more than a pizza. The gnocchi were 61/2 euros. If I lived in Florence, I would certainly dine at Il Portale no less than once a week.
Favorite Dish: As described above, I can enthusiastically recommend the gnocci, Forentine steak for one or for two and the filet. I consider it my misfortune that i did not have the opportunity to eat my way through the entire menu. The staff is most accomodating and will make adjustments. Be aware (probably due to the american tourist clientle) that they will ask if you wish your steak, well, medium, or rare. Florentine steak is normally "very rare". I suggest you say that you wish your steak cooked as if for a native Florentine (which will be most rare).
Trattoria Al Trebbio is the best where to eat the most delicious Italian lunch or dinner! It's very difficult in Italy to choose the best because the choice is too vast! :))) It offers the best on Italian typical food and everything is homemade! My friend and I had two different type of pasta so that we could taste both! :) Mine was Tagliatellini al Asparagus and Tagliatelle di verdura was my friend's choice. We couldn't decide which was the most delicious! The photos can help you to understand! :) Then the director of the Trattoria (Signor Antonio) who was so gentle and handsome with us suggested to take the 'Polpetti Fatti a Casa' and suggested us the desert as well. MMMMMMMMMMMHHHHHHH....SUPER!!!! My suggestion to you is also that you order their own home made wine and you will thank me while you're tasting it! :)))
Favorite Dish: everything we ordered was super buono! :)
We had an excellent lunch at Trattoria Za-Za.
We took a seat on the covered terrace, which overlooks the Mercato Centrale.
(Tip - Make sure you sit down in the right section/at the right tables as there are 3 different restaurants with seating in this area, all next to each other.)
Service was very friendly and helpful and it was just a really nice place to sit, eat, relax and drink!
Favorite Dish: Alex had a beef fillet with cognac and peppercorn sauce, and declared it one of the tastiest meals he had ever eaten!
Bill & Alison shared this huge steak in the photo with several side dishes.
It was all good.
Of course we needed a couple of litres of red wine to help with the digestion...
La Ghiotta is a small restaurant a little off the tourist trail, which is popular with locals and the occasional tourist that stumbles across it.
It had been recommended to me by fellow VT'er HORSCHECK, so I was pretty keen to check it out.
We managed to squeeze into the last available table and happily settled down to some delicious local cuisine.
Favorite Dish: Alison had roast beef and assorted sides; Alex & Bill had huge calzone's and I had a fabulous home made style lasagne.
It was all good and all so cheap!!
The best thing of all is that 1 litre of house wine was only 4 euros! Bargain!!
We had a fairly cheap and reasonable dinner at I Ghibellini.
It is located on Piazza San Pier Maggiore, which is home to a few similar restaurants.
We chose it as it was busier than the others, the menu was varied and there was a table available on the terrace....it was also located close to our hotel.
We sat down with all intentions of sharing a couple of pizza's, as we were still a bit full from a big lunch......but once we had a glass of wine we threw caution to the wind and ordered up big!!
Favorite Dish: I had a tasty tuna and rocket pizza; Alison had a tuscan chicken dish; Alex had some pasta and Bill had a foccacia style pizza.
It wasn't the greatest meal ever, but was tasty and cheap, which is always good - that way we could justify heading off to buy gelato afterwards!! Is that wrong ?!!
Ok, if you have been reading through my Restaurant tips it may appear that I eat way tooooo much gelato.....well, when in Italy, I do try to have it a least once a day ; ))
On our recent trip to Florence we checked into our hotel and then headed straight for Festival del Gelato for a couple of scoops from their vast selection of tempting flavours.
Festival del Gelato has the most flavours on offer of all the gelateria's in town, serves are generous and staff friendly.
There is nothing better than buying a gelato and then finding somewhere to sit in the nearby Piazza della Repubblica and enjoy.
Favorite Dish: They do lots of fresh fruit flavours here, and the bacio is great too.
On our visit in Sep 2007 we sat inside and ate our gelato. There is a toilet upstairs if you need it.
This is a local resturant recomended by our hotel's owner. It was just fantastic. On a side street near the San Lorenzo Market it is quiet clean and very friendly. It is run by the whole family. The steak, pasta and wine were very good. They served an excelent Insalata mista and the bread is great.
I cannot say enough about the staff. They were as patient as Job with us. They were helpful and very professional. They keep a very clean kitchen. We never felt rushed or like we were unattened. Just a great place to catch a sure fire great meal.
Favorite Dish: I had a pasta fagoli that was very good. Our favorite was the tomato bread soup with a salad and wine. We had it twice. Once after a long chilly day of roaming around. It felt like iwas at my grandma's house i was so satisfied
We were told about this retaurant by someone who had visited Italy numerous times, great tip!!! It was in a local neighborhood, on a side street, several blocks from The Duomo in Florence. We never would have found this restaurant on our own as it was a little off the beaten path. There was a fixed price menu for lunch however, we went for dinner, and it was well worth the taxi ride from our hotel. I knew it was going to be very good as the place was crowded with all locals speaking Italian.
Favorite Dish: After being in Italy for almost 6 days, I was starting to tire of the pasta dishes, and was actually craving a steak. I decided to order the beef filet with porcini mushrooms, what an excellent choice. The meat was grilled perfectly, the seasoning was delicious, and the mushrooms were so fresh. My girlfriend also had a meat dish, and tried the Veal Scallopini, which was also amazing. For dessert we had a dark chocalate cake, which was home made and absolutely delicious.
My husband and I ate stopped here twice on our first trip to Florence. We were introduced to the restaurant and its owner through a friend and each time had a wonderful experience. Our first stop was in the afternoon and we stopped in for some wine. The hospitality was superior. We were given a tour of their wine cellar – which is part of the Roman excavations of the amphitheatre - it was impressive! And the wine was wonderful too.
We went there a second time for dinner. It was a beautiful day so we ate outside. We allowed the owner to select our meals – starter, main course and dessert – and everything was Italian, fresh and delicious. It was a pleasant evening as we got to know the couple that sat at the table beside us who were from Wales. They were on their third visit to this restaurant and agreed that they hadn’t had a bad meal yet.
The service was top notch – anything we requested we received. At the end, we decided to buy one of the bottles of the wine from their selection that we enjoyed so much – and my husband requested the bottle with the upside down label (it was on display with the rest of them). So we have a unique memento from a wonderful experience!
Francesco, the owner, stood watch over the evening and was quick to notice if anything was askew with any of his guests. It was fascinating to watch his sense of hospitality and fast response.
I had hoped to return on my second trip, but during a discussion with our server (the owner’s son), I learned that he would be celebrating his honeymoon that same week and they would be closed. Sure enough, they were closed (I went by there just in case!). Maybe on my third visit to Florence…
Francesco Vini is located on one of the main pedestrian walks between the Palazzo Vecchio and the Church of Santa Croce. Very easy to find.
Our class headed over towards the Church of Santa Trinita to look at the Renaissance frescoes in the chapels, especially the works of Ghirlandaio in the Sassetti Chapel that feature the Medici family. Join me as we visit the Church of Santa Trinita.
The place is very easy. It has tables with wooden benches.
wishing to eat something quickly, cheap and great this is the best place.It is said also that it is one of the best in Florence!
You can eat both "focaccine" and slices of pizza a taglio.
You choose what you want inside your focaccia among what you see is ready and the owner put them inside the focaccia and then he puts it inside the oven. When it is ready, he calls you.
You can choose for istance among: tomatoes, peas,sausages, mozzarella, aubergines, smoked salmon,smoked pig mashrooms, peperonata and zucchini!!
Prices are cheap.
Price depends on what you ask to put inside and how much..usually you shouldn't spend more than 4 Euro.
Favorite Dish: Tastes depends on people...I loved focaccina with smoked salmon but also that one with sausage!!!