There are hundreds of restaurants in Firenze located in the main historical center and the quality is excellent almost everywhere!
On this page, we've selected some of the restaurants Firenze we prefer in town, not only for the quality of food and wine, but also for price, location and atmosphere of some of the great restaurants in Florence Italy.
You can enjoy your lunch or dinner in the heart of Florence in the picturesque Piazza San Marco with the traditional flavors typical of the tuscan cuisine at the Accademia restaurant Florence or if you prefer to taste the flavors of Tuscany while enjoying the view from the panoramic terraces of Fiesole do not hesitate to have a look at La Reggia degli Etruschi menu.
If you are a lover of medieval and renaissance recipes you can not miss the historical La Pentola dell’oro Firenze, restaurant!
What is the best restaurant in Florence Italy?
Eating in a restaurant in Florence can be an unforgettable experience: in the cradle of Renaissance it’s so easy to get pleasure from food, reaching the “heights of taste” (so to speak). Don't waste your time looking for the best “bistecca alla fiorentina” (beef steak Florentine style), read our guide to best restaurants in Florence and go without fail! According to the popular Italian TV show “Quattro Ristoranti” the best restaurant in Florence is “Trattoria Mario” but it is hard to pick a favourite restaurant in Florence. Wouldn’t you say?
Via dei Macci, 122r, Florence (Doesn't take reservations) Open 7 days a week.
This trattoria was opened at the same time as its restaurant version, by Fabio Picchi, and would be followed up by a café, buffet and asian-fusion version in the years to follow. This is one of the most well known restaurants in Florence and frequented not only by tourists but by locals which is always a great sign. Using always the freshest ingredients of the season, you will find a family run business that is passionate and always delivers the best product. If you can't find a spot here, at least there are the sister restaurants to try out your luck!
Via delle Caldaie 12 R Ph. +39 055 282223
(Temporarily closed to start again stronger than before Covid emergency)
Set apart from your typical tourist routes, you will find this restaurant in the Santo Spirito area (opposite side of the river). A restaurant with a bit of a modern feel with a menu that proposes traditional dishes, always based on the season, with a twist. Find here an extensive wine list that consists of wines from the Tuscan region and those that are not, something for all palettes. If wine isn't your thing, try one of their amazing cocktails!
Il Santo Bevitore
Via di Santo Spirito, 64/66 Ph. +39 055 211264
While this restaurant is traditional in the sense that you can get an amazing selection of meats, cheeses and marinated vegetables to start, you will also find on the menu a selection of pastas and meats done in non-traditional ways but nonetheless extremely tasty. You can taste the freshness in every bite, not to mention the restaurant has a great atmosphere and the staff are friendly and professional. This restaurant will take you out of the rush of the tourist areas in Florence and be a welcomed change from the hustle and bustle of the restaurants in the center.
Via dell’Orto, 49/A Florence Ph. +39 055 224421 (Closed Sundays)
This is a go-to spot for many people living in the city of Florence. Located in one of the most untouched areas of Florence, San Frediano, this restaurant is Fiorentina through and through and offers dishes that your Italian grandmother would make. Open since 1986, they pride themselves on keeping the tradition alive yet change the menu accordingly based on the season to keep it always fresh.
Giannino in San Lorenzo
Via Borgo San Lorenzo 33/35/37r, Florence Ph. +39 055 239 97 99
The restaurant is placed in an old opened gallery of the 16th century, where there used to be a small market. It was born in the twenties and at the time it was called 'Old Tavern' and today welcome visitors and locals in a typically Tuscan environment.In the last years it expanded a lot with the typical Florentine cuisine, based on country traditions. Here you can find 'the original Florentine beefsteak', the restaurant's pride. Other local dishes are available too, such as the 'Florentine tripe', the fried and other specialities.
Trattoria da Mario
Via Rosina 2r (corner of Piazza del Mercato Centrale) Ph. +39 055 – 218550
Come here for a no frills, yet delicious meal. Open only for lunch, expect a wait out the door, but a wait that will be worth it! The menu changes daily but usually includes a choice of 4 different first course dishes, usually pasta and soups, followed by a choice of meats including chicken and steak. Being next to the central market, they receive their ingredients fresh every morning so come here to enjoy a dish at their communal seating and immerse yourself into the Italian culture immediately.
Piazza del Mercato Centrale - Via dell’Ariento Ph: +39 055 2399798
Speaking of the Mercato Centrale, she's next on our list and is open every day from 8AM to Midnight. First of all, you should be doing all of your grocery shopping here on the main floor for the freshest produce, fish and meats that you can find in the city. Second of all, from 2014, they reopened the second floor to an open seating floor plan and a number of different sections dedicated to different types of food - think higher quality food court. You can also enjoy the upstairs for a drink and appetizers with some friends. You decide, the choice is yours and that's the beauty of it!
La Beppa Fioraia
Via dell'Erta Canina, 6/R Ph. +39 055 234 7681
If you plan on visiting Piazzale Michelangelo during your stay, then you should definitely make La Beppa Fioraia your lunch or dinner spot, as it's just steps away from the famous piazza. Great during Autumn and Winter and even better during Spring and Summer as their garden space is something to enjoy with the nice weather. Their large and shareable tagliere boards are perfect for a group and contain everything from meats and cheeses to veggies and coccoli; perfect for both meat eaters and vegetarians. A great spot to get out of the main city center for a minute.
Vini e Vecchi Sapori
Via dei Magazzini, 3r Ph. +39 055 293045
Around since 2005 and a place you will find on every "Top Restaurants in Florence" list and for good reason. This family-run restaurant is small, so definitely plan on making a reservation, so you can be sure to taste their traditionally wonderful Italian dishes. What else is there to say when something is so simply wonderful? Try this place!
La Regina Bistecca
Via Ricasoli n. 14r Ph. +39 055 269 3772
Opened recently in August of 2018, this new restaurant you will find just steps away from the Duomo located in an old antique bookshop and conveniently located near some of Florence's most famous sites. Bistecca, in English, is the word for steak so, you can imagine if you are a vegetarian maybe this isn't the place for you. Order a la carte or choose from some fixed menu choices where you can enjoy a steak (to share, its huge!) with one of their many sides. Don't forget to pair it with a nice glass of wine or a cocktail.
La Reggia degli Etruschi - Fiesole
Via S.Francesco, 18 - Fiesole (Florence) Ph./Fax +39 055 59385
The Restaurant "La Reggia degli Etruschi" is located in Fiesole very close to Florence in a relaxing and panoramic place. This typical and exclusive restaurant offers its guests the best traditional "Cucina Toscana".The restaurant is also an "enoteca" (winery) where you can taste Tuscan wines recognized worldwide such as Solaia, Brunello di Montalcino, the fabulous "Super Tuscans", and many others that could accompany your traditional tuscan dinner in Fiesole, while immersed in the magic of the Florentine hills.
La Cantinetta in Borgo
Borgo San Lorenzo, 14 - 50122 - Firenze, Ph. +39 055 213525
The "Cantinetta in Borgo" restaurant/winery is the result of the will to live differently the Florentine cuisine, making of the quality our pride.Our choice to use certain products, such as the Chianina Beef or the Cinta Senese, is part of this philosophy, as well as the use of products at 0 Km along with the choise of niche products as the Mortadella di Prato. So, the quality and the local products embrace a cuisine that focuses on all kinds of needs our customers may have, trying to give a quick but satisfying serviceat lunch time, along with a formal and elegant one at dinner.
La Pentola dell'Oro
Via di Mezzo, 24 - 50121 Firenze | Ph. +39 055 241808
Here you can taste dishes that belong to the Medieval and Renaissance Tuscan recipes. It is a simple-looking restaurant but well-kept in the Florence historical centre where it is possible to meet in the table next to you important exponent of florentine and international culture.For Giuseppe Alessi and the members of his team, cooking is a sort of art tied tightly with the culture of a nation and its sensitivity that is compared with the environment.
Piazza San Marco 7R - 50129 Firenze
Accademia Restaurant is situated in the historical San Marco square, just a stone's throw away from Michelangelo's David. The menu is moderately priced and includes a variety of homemade pastas and hearty Tuscan fare.The kitchen also offers daily lunch and dinner specials including a unique 'Wine and Dine' menu. And no meal would be complete without a carefully prepared dessert by Chef Aldo.
For great pizza, try:
Duje - Largo Pietro Annigoni nr. 9/C Ph. +39. 055.24.58.29
Pizzeria da Gherardo -Borgo S. Frediano, 57 Ph. +39 055 205 2888
Torcicoda - Via Torta 5R Ph. +39 055 265 4329
La Divina Pizza - Borgo Allegri, 50/red Ph. +39 055 234 7498
For all other pizzerias that we recommend, go look at Florence Pizzerie.
Looking for a faster route? Check out our Florence "Fast Food" page for quick options.
Buon appetito and have fun eating out in Florence Italy from the studentsVille staff!
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How to Order in a Restaurant
For the uninitiated, here's a guide to meals in Florence (and in Italy):
Antipasto - (Appetizer): salami, cheese, crostini (toasted bread with different toppings), bruschetta, carpaccio (sliced cold cuts)...mmmmmmm...
Primo piatto - (First Course): pasta, risotto, lasagne, Pici (handmade pasta), tagliatelle, spaghetti, and so on...
Secondo piatto - (Second/Main Course): usually meat or fish with a contorno (side dish) like insalata (salad) or patatine fritte (french fries) or arroste (roasted potatoes) ...
Dolce - (Dessert): tiramisù, torta della nonna (cream and pine nut cake), millefoglie (puff pastry layers alternated with cream) and many, many more!
Caffè - (Coffee):...that could be "Macchiato", "Corto", "Lungo", "Corretto"...
Ammazzacaffé - (After Coffee - literally "kill the coffee"): limoncello, Grappa (Italian brandy), Amaro (cinnamon-flavored liqueur)...
Cappuccino - Never never order a Cappuccino after lunch or a dinner, or the Italians around you will will think you're crazy!;) Italians only drink Cappuccinos for breakfast!
At the end of the meal... do you tip in Florence? - Tip is not compulsory in Florence (and in Italy). But if you are satisfied with the food and the service, you can thank the restaurant (or bar) with your tip.
What foods is Florence known for?
What food is Florence Italy famous for? Florentine Cuisine is so tasty:
Typical Florentine Dishes
1. Bistecca alla Fiorentina
Bistecca alla Fiorentina (the Florentine steak) is a cut of veal or scottona beef that, combined with the specific preparation, makes it one of the most popular dishes of Tuscan cuisine. It is a high cut including the bone, to be cooked on the grill or on the grill, with a degree of cooking "rare".
2. Crostini di Fegatini
Crostini di Fegatini is a typical tuscan dish. It’s a starter: bread slices made of a savory chicken liver paste.
Ribollita is a dish that comes from the typical soup of stale bread and vegetable, you can taste it in many Florentine restaurants.
Lampredotto is the most common Florentine street food, obtained from one section of the bovine's stomach, the abomasum. If you’re in Florence, you can’t miss it.
Where do the locals go in Florence?
Florence is a touristic city and so every day the centre is overpopulated. It happens often that some restaurants are stormed by tourists. Don’t worry, do you want to eat like a local? Follow our tips and discover the best places to eat “bistecca alla fiorentina”, “ribollita” or “lampredotto”.
- Trattoria La Casalinga
It is a typical Tuscan trattoria, with excellent quality/price. You can eat typical traditional dishes, such as “ribollita”, “pappa al pomodoro”, “pappardelle” with wild boar sauce or “peposo”. Booking is mandatory, at least on weekends
- Tripperia il Magazzino
For those who love the typical Florentine cuisine based on offal such as “lampredotto”, “trippa”, the restaurant “Tripperia Il Magazzino” is a must try.
Our suggestion: Don’t miss “ravioli di lampredotto”!
- Osteria Ganino
Great place to taste the Florentine tradition: Osteria Ganino, located in Piazza dei Cimatori, is worth a visit if you’re in Florence. I mean, it is one of the best Tuscan Trattorias in town: excellent meat.
What pasta is Florence known for?
You say “pasta” and you think Emilia-Romagna and in also in Florence you can taste many delicious pasta dishes:
1. Pappardelle al ragù di cinghiale
In every Italian trattoria you can find dishes of “ravioli” and “tagliatelle” but only in the Florentine ones you can enjoy “pappardelle al ragù di cinghiale”. They are a sort of extra large tagliatelle and withhold the sauce of wild boar. Yeah, I know what are you thinking, they are so tasty that one portion pappardelle offers a big explosion of flavor. A must try.
2. Ravioli mugellani
Are you a fan of fresh pasta? “Ravioli mugellani” could be your new favourite dish: they are stuffed with potatoes and seasoned with butter and sage, meat sauce or tomato. They are delicious especially if eaten in Mugello, which is not far from Florence.
3. Crespelle alla fiorentina
“Crespelle alla fiorentina” is a first dish rich in taste and history: they are salty crepes stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese and put back in the oven with tomato and béchamel sauce. In international gastronomy, the term "alla fiorentina" indicates the presence of spinach in a preparation, as this vegetable was very common in Florence at the time of the Medici family.
What time is dinner in Florence Italy?
Florentines usually eat dinner at 8 p.m.: just wander the streets of Florence around that time and you can see that the restaurants are starting to fill up. Then, sometimes, they can have dinner later.
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