Il Santo Bevitore

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.

Da Gherardo

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.

I’Brindellone

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.

Trattoria Sabatino

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.

Momio

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.

Mangiatoia

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.

Cammillo Trattoria

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.

Alla Vecchia Bettola

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.

Il Santo Bevitore

Da Gherardo

I’Brindellone

Trattoria Sabatino

Momio

Mangiatoia

Cammillo Trattoria

Alla Vecchia Bettola

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