Where to Eat in Florence, Italy

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4 Leoni

Florence, Italy

This elegant yet relaxed spot on the corner of the bustling Piazza della Passera is perennially packed. Locals love the family atmosphere, quality produce and traditional Tuscan dishes. Visitors love the bold flavours, white tablecloths and lengthy wine list. Staff, meanwhile, treat everyone like they’ve been coming for years. Be sure to try the pappa al pomodoro, a typical peasant dish of stale bread mixed with sweet tomatoes, basil, garlic and herbs.

Address

Via de' Vellutini, 1r 50125

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5ecinque

Florence, Italy

If you fancy a change from the meat-heavy dishes favoured by traditional trattorias, head for lunch at this elegant little place, which is adored by stylish locals for its creative vegetarian menu. The brainchild of an antiques dealer, it is located on a pedestrianised road, surrounded by homely coffee bars and bustling gelaterias. Chalkboards announce the dishes of the day, while photographs of Florence from days gone by line the softly lit walls.

Address

Piazza della Passera 1 50125

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Alla Vecchia Bettola

Florence, Italy

Like many trattorias in Florence, the interior is cramped and cosy, but unlike many, here you’ll find local Florentines dining beside you. Along with expected Tuscan favourites, they serve imaginative dishes such as a vodka pasta.

Address

Viale Vasco Pratolini 3/5/7 50124

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Gurdulù

Florence, Italy

This cocktail bar and restaurant is simply exquisite, with peacock- blue walls covered with antique film posters, bronze lamps hanging over the cloud-patterned wallpaper and vases brimming with fresh flowers sitting next to flickering candles. Albanian chef Entiana Osmenzeza is in charge in the kitchen, and her menu mixes Tuscan flavours with Spanish and Balkan influences. The result is sophisticated, seasonal gourmet cooking.

Address

14R, Via delle Caldaie, 12 50125

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Il Santo Bevitore

Florence, Italy

The direct translation of Il Santo Bevitore is “the holy drinker”. It’s a dimly lit restaurant with vaulted ceilings and wine bottles adorning every inch of wall space. The traditional Tuscan menu is based on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Head to its tiny sister bar Il Santino (two doors down) for an extensive wine list and pairing plates of cheese and antipasti.

Address

Via di Santo Spirito 64/66 50125

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Da Gherardo

Florence, Italy

A hole-in-the-wall with a handwritten menu plastered on the wall, Da Gherardo’s serves Napoli-style pizza that’s widely touted to be the best in Florence. Although the interior is tiny, it feels intimate rather than cramped.

Address

Borgo San Frediano 57r

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I'Brindellone

Florence, Italy

I’Brindellone is popular with the locals, so book in advance or risk being turned away. A small trattoria with simply decorated cream walls and an unpretentious atmosphere, it’s a little further from the tourist trail in the city’s Oltrarno district. This trattoria is well known for it’s Fiorentina steak, typically served rare. Prior to cooking, the waiter will bring the raw steak to your table for you to inspect.

Address

Piazza Piattellina 10 50124

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Trattoria Sabatino

Florence, Italy

Run by the same family for generations, Trattoria Sabatino hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1956. The food is fresh, the service is friendly and, unlike many restaurants in Florence, it’s not overrun with tourists. The Italian-only menu changes daily, but staff will be more than willing to help you decipher the menu.

Address

Via Pisana 2/R 50143

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Momio - CLOSED

Florence, Italy

Definitely not typically Italian, Momio’s owners wanted to create dishes that would reflect their travels abroad. Divided into three sections, the upstairs cafeteria is a good spot for a full English breakfast if you fancy a change from traditional coffee and pastries. Downstairs, the restaurant offers a refined, contemporary menu in a classically elegant space, while the adjacent lounge is a relaxed environment with retro furniture.

Address

Via Pisana 9c

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La Mangiatoia

Florence, Italy

Serving wood-fired pizzas and traditional Tuscan food, this restaurant off Santo Spirito focuses on simplicity and locality, with the feel of a home away from home. The menu changes every day, reflecting the seasons and the market.

Address

Piazza San Felice 8r 50125

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Trattoria Cammillo

Florence, Italy

Cammillo Trattoria has been well-known for its home-style Italian cooking since opening in 1945. Still run by the same family who opened it, expect traditional Tuscan food with a refined, modern edge. The building itself is centuries old, featuring a red-brick vaulted ceilings.

Address

Borgo S. Jacopo 57/r 50125

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Tamerò

In place of red-and-white checked napery, here you’ll find steel tables, a bare concrete floor and benches covered in burlap. While Tamerò may not have a “since 1800s” sign to fall back on, the food here is approval enough. Twelve kinds of pasta are made from scratch daily – our favourite is pasta culurgiones (pasta dumpling filled with potato, ginger and mint). The wine menu features Tuscany’s smaller labels and if you’ve had a few, you’ll be grateful for the restaurant’s after-dinner DJ at the weekend.

Address

Piazza Santo Spirito 11r, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy