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Eat & Drink

It goes without saying that Italian food is crazy delicious. Wine, gelato, pasta, and pizza are a good start but it’s also a varied cuisine, each region with its own specialties. Local Florentine specialities tend to be hearty and meaty. We give a few of our favorite spots for Italian and non-Italian restaurants and bars in town.
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Our Favorite Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Florence

Local Tuscan, not too spendy

Al Tranvai
Piazza Tasso 14r
Very old-school Tuscan. Lots of innards. Lots of history. Great fried artichokes.

Piazza Piattellina, 10
Cheap, down-home

Trattoria la Casalinga
Via dei Michelozzi, 9/R, near Santo Spirito
Classic, inexpensive, basic, reliably good.

Trattoria dell’orto
Via dell’Orto, 35A

L’arte di Dory
Via dei Serragli, 78R

Trattoria da Burde
Via Pistoiese, 154

Trattoria da Rocco
Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti

Trattoria Le Mossacce
Via del Proconsolo, 55/R

A little spendier

Il Santo Bevitore
Via Santo Spirito, 64r

Viale Don Giovanni Minzoni, 10/R

Culinaria De Gustibus
Piazza Tasso 13R
Slow food, Mediterranean. Innovative with high quality ingredients, charming atmosphere.

Quattro Leoni
Piazza della Passera, 1r, de’ Vellutini
Consistently good food. Nice atmosphere. Cute piazza.
Peposo beef. Fried artichokes.

Teatro del Sale
Via dei Macci 111, San Ambrosio
Theatre/restaurant. Very cool. Must reserve except for lunch, when there is no show.





Pizzeria Antica Porta
Via Senese, 23
More unusual pizzas

Vico di Carmine
Via Pisana 40r, near Porta San Frediano
Southern Italian Style (spicier, richer)

Al solito posto
Piazza dei Nerli, 5
A great combo of classic pizzas and creative specialties


Fonderia Gastro Bistrot
Via della Fonderia, 61

Libreria Brac
Via dei Vagellai, 18/R

L’ov osteria
Piazza del Carmine, 4R

Su Guan 
Via della Scala, 22/R


Il Gusto Dim Sum
Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 39r


En Cucina Casalinga Giapponese
Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti, 26r

Cafes for hanging out

La Cité
Borgo S. Frediano, 20/R

Florence’s “living room.” Cool, funky, relaxed, good for working, reading, meeting friends. 

Via dell’ Oriuolo, 26
On top of the library with a great view of the Duomo.

Ditta Artigianale
Via dello Sprone, 5/R

Ristoro dell’Indiano

Piazzale dell’Indiano, 1

At the far end of the Cascine park from the center, part of an art center, with lovely outdoor area

Todo Modo
Via dei Fossi, 15/R

Fabulous bookstore with a cafe and restaurant within

Santarosa Bistrot
Lungarno di Santa Rosa, 50142 Firenze FI
Beautiful garden setting, great for a coffee, a drink in the evening, or high quality lunch or dinner.