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The 38 Essential Florence Restaurants

Where to find Florentine classics like ribollita, macceroncini with wild game ragu, and towering cones of gelato in the romantic Tuscan capital

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Florence, Italy, attracts millions of visitors every year to take in the splendor of the Duomo, browse the art at the Uffizi Gallery, and walk the Ponte Vecchio. The crowds have their drawback, says local food writer and Curious Appetite Travel creator Coral Sisk, who cautions that even in this food-obsessed corner of the world, "disappointment is more common than you’d think." Still, there’s plenty of exceptional eating to be done.

Twenty years ago Florence had only one Michelin-starred restaurant (today’s three-star Enoteca Pinchiori). The rest was mostly mom-and-pop traditional. It’s impressive, then, to see how dynamic the food scene has become since. Today you can find dumplings, Persian kebabs, and no fewer than seven Michelin-starred restaurants in one of the world’s best-preserved UNESCO cities.

Still, at its heart, Florence is a hub of Tuscan cuisine, and the city is famous for its signature dishes like ribollita soup and bistecca Fiorentina T-bone steak. Street-food culture is alive and well here, gifting the city another signature dish, one which taps into the locals’ love for organ meats: lampredotto. "Specifically, the fourth stomach compartment of the cow is a delicacy in Florence," says Sisk. "Traditionally, this humble protein is slathered and sandwiched in a bread roll and sold from food trucks in bustling squares and boulevards."

Looking for what’s new and hot? Head to the heatmap. But for the essential dining experiences, in geographical order, read on.

Editor’s Note: Eater is not updating international maps at this time given disruptions to global travel during the COVID-19 crisis.

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1. Trattoria Da Burde Firenze

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Via Pistoiese, 154
50145 Firenze FI, Italy

Outside the historical center, Da Burde is one of the city’s finest family-run institutions for traditional Florentine food. Currently led by the youngest generation of the Burde ownership, the trattoria has an atmosphere that’s both old-world wine bar and homey banquet, where sincere family recipes are earnestly prepared from scratch. The trek to Da Burde is worth it for diners in search for true Florentine relics, passed-down specialties like minestrone, meatballs, chickpea farinata, and grilled meats, all with incredible wines to match.

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2. Trattoria Sabatino

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Via Pisana, 2/r, Florence
Tuscany 50143, Italy
+39 055 225955
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Timeless restaurants like this make Florence special: Sabatino’s is a family-run, blue-collar joint that hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1956. Pasta dishes at this walk-in-only trattoria hover at a humble €4.50, while meaty mains like roast chicken clock in at a mere €5.50. Its simple homestyle cooking and bargain prices are a testament to Italy’s all-inclusive food culture: You don’t need to be well-off to eat well here. [$]

3. Ristorante Il Guscio

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Via dell'Orto, 49
50124 Firenze FI, Italy

It may seem like one could throw a rock and find good food in Florence, but the real challenge is if that rock will land in an eatery whose wine offerings are also remarkable. Il Guscio has been around since 1986 and has a menu that takes homestyle Tuscan and Italian classics to gourmet status: gnudi dumplings made with scamorza and spinach pesto, Maldon-salted sliced sirloin with julienned vegetables, paccheri pasta with spicy Calabrian ’nduja and burrata, beet risotto. The wine list is also superb, rife with boutique, biodynamic and terroir-centered producers, heavy on Tuscan wines but also with an ample selection of crucial bottles from around the country, selections from France, and plenty of sparkling. Portions are hearty, so make sure you order to share, and save room for its desserts, which are very much on point. [$$-$$$]

4. Culinaria Bistro

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Piazza Torquato Tasso, 13
50124 Firenze, Italy
+39 055 229494
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Head to Piazza Tasso for a break from Tuscan fare: Culinaria Bitro features French and Moroccan flavors in dishes made with meticulously sourced ingredients. The restaurant is owned by De Gustibus, a slow-food organization hell-bent on promoting local producers that respect organic and traditional artisan practices. It’s easy to find something to like on the menu, which has everything from lemon and sesame chicken and couscous tagines to vegetable tartares to Tuscan cured meat and cheese boards, alongside rich desserts like wine-soaked biscotti tiramisu. [$$]

5. Essenziale

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Piazza di Cestello, 3R
50124 Firenze FI, Italy

Located in Piazza del Cestello, Essenziale is challenging Florence’s otherwise sluggish experimental dining scene. Chef Simone Cipriani, formerly of the now-shuttered Santo Graal, is known for revisiting Florentine classics, like turning pappa al pomodoro into a savory doughnut. The name translates to “Essential,” and it seems the entire place (including the somewhat sterile dining room) is designed to be as stripped down as possible, so as to minimize distractions from the plate. Menus are divided by service style (family style, chef’s choice, and a la carte), and change with the seasons. Dishes deftly diverge from the heavily regimented repertoire of Florentine cuisine with the addition of of international flavors like wasabi and peanut and the substitution of Parmesan for a sprinkling of dried raspberries over pasta with meat ragu. [$$$$]

Fresh pasta at Essenziale
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6. S.forno

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Via Santa Monaca, 3r
50124 Firenze FI, Italy

There are plenty of bakeries around town, but S.forno sets itself apart. A large selection of its carbs are made with locally grown, stone-milled grains, and bakers there implement wild fermentation rather than baking breads risen fast and furiously with industrial beer yeast and ultra-processed flours. S.forno demonstrates an artisanship in breadmaking similar to the likes of what you’d find at bohemian-chic bakeries along the West Coast. You’ll find panini and breakfast snacks made from local ingredients of farmstead quality (think bread-and-butter baskets with freshly churned butter and old-fashioned jams from tiny purveyors, salty flatbread filled with hand-cut Tuscan prosciutto, and sliced porchetta) while offering a few tables inside to enjoy with bottled juices, craft beers, and coffee. At the bakery stand, you’ll be overwhelmed by the curated selection of cakes, biscotti, and traditional breads to take home or stash in a picnic basket, like rustic loaves, grissini sticks, chickpea flatcake “cecina,” and Florentine oil and salted flatbread schiacciata pizzas, along with some American novelties like bagels and muffins. [$]

Peach-basil tart with mini raspberry muffins at S.forno
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7. Osteria dell'Enoteca

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Via Romana, 70/r
50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Wine lovers, Osteria dell’Enoteca is your place. The restaurant may be newish (it opened its doors in March 2017), but the team here is no stranger to the Florentine food scene. The same crew is behind the sophisticated Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina, where the somms wear suits and decadent small plates are eaten from marble tables. The Enoteca grew so popular that its owners decided to open a steakhouse with the same upscale approach as their dapper wine bar. Osteria dell’Enoteca aims to please meat lovers with a menu of steaks and other unique dishes like chicken liver crostini with vin santo (a local dessert wine) reduction, squash flan in a warm cheese fondue, marinated octopus gazpacho, and satisfying vegetables like potatoes tossed in mint oil and garlicky sauteed chard. The space is elegant, the service is attentive but not stuffy, and the wine list is a dream for visiting sommeliers from around the world. For dessert, go for the tiramisu made with Tuscan almond biscotti soaked in boozy vin santo reminiscent of toasted caramel. [$$$]

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8. Enoteca Bellini

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Via della Spada, 52
50123 Firenze FI, Italy
055 238 1257

This is one of the most charming but often overlooked corners of Florence, its main drag filled with eclectic craft shops and classic restaurant awnings in the crest of Piazza San Pancrazio and its church. It’s easy to miss Bellini, but once you find it you’ll have a hard time leaving. The place is run by the owners’ daughter Camilla, and she has an uncanny ability to make you feel like family. Don’t skip one of the tasty meat and cheese plates, a warm cheese crostini, and of course something bubbly from the Champagne fridge. The anchovy toasts are some of the best you’ll find — Camilla makes hers with hand-filleted anchovies from the Mediterranean cured in high-quality olive oil, topped with a curl of lemon zest. [$$]

9. Trattoria Cammillo

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B.go S. Jacopo 57/59, Florence
Tuscany, Italy

Located in the bohemian Oltrarno (“other side of the Arno river”), Cammillo is an old-school trattoria serving straightforward Tuscan fare with white-tablecloth service. The prices are above average for homestyle dining, but it’s worth the extra money for expertly prepared rustic classics like winter ribollita soup finished with proprietary olive oil, warm root vegetable salads, bistecca Fiorentina, and game meats. Trust the pasta offerings: The family that owns the place has roots in Italy’s pasta capital, Bologna. [$$$]

10. Osteria Tripperia Il Magazzino

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Piazza della Passera 2-3, Florence
Tuscany 50125, Italy
+39 055 215969
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Adventurous eaters, Il Magazzino is your jam. Here you can sample gourmet versions of Florence’s street food lampredotto in a sit-down osteria setting. Dig into fried meatballs of the gutsy stuff, lampredotto-filled ravioli topped with Tropea onion sauce, and even tempura-fried lampredotto sushi, which nods to chef Luca Cai’s stint in Japan. Everything on the menu is pretty stellar, except the steak. Stick to the pastas and organ meats, and you’ll land a one-of-a-kind meal. (Dining with a squirmy eater or vegetarian? Have no fear — non-offal options are also here.) [$$]

11. Le Volpi e L’Uva

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Piazza dei Rossi, 1, Florence
Tuscany 50125, Italy
+39 055 239 8132
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Tucked away off the Ponte Vecchio is one of the most revered wine bars in the country. Part shop, part bar and local hangout, Le Volpi pours and sells bottles that uniquely represent the Italian wine landscape, highlighting passionate producers. A crack team of winemakers, sommeliers, and wine educators staff the bar, and if they hook you up with a wine you love, you can join the wine club or ship bottles abroad. The bar serves choice meat and cheese plates and warm crostini toasts to accompany tastings. If you see wild boar fennel salami, snag a plate. And you can’t leave without having the crostino with melted lardo and asiago or the finger panini with cured duck breast and butter. [$]

12. Baroni Alimentari

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Piazza del Mercato Centrale, Florence
Tuscany 50121, Italy
+39 055 289576
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The San Lorenzo market is mostly overrun by tourist groups, and a considerable percentage of the food there is of questionable quality. Baroni, however, is one of the few stalls worth wading through the tacky souvenir food stands to visit. The case holds a dizzying array of farmstead cheeses, cured meats, fresh truffles from vetted suppliers, and delicacies like bottarga. Apart from the fresh goods (which can be vacuum-packed and shipped), the stand has a culinary treasure chest of gourmet salts, olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, local craft honey, knives, and wine. [$$]

13. Casa del Vino Firenze

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Via dell'Ariento, 16r
50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Florence has loads of wine bar hole-in-the-walls where locals squeeze in and stand while sipping prosecco and snacking on crostini slathered in chicken liver pate, slices of salty peppered prosciutto and sheep’s milk cheese, or perhaps a few chips and nuts. Casa del Vino is an institution for thirsty Florentines, easy to miss tucked behind the stalls of the touristy San Lorenzo souvenir market. Here you can find a mix of wines including terroir-driven vignerons, ample bubbles, boutique reds like earthy pinot noirs and bold Brunellos, and mineral-rich Sicilian wines from volcanic soil. The bar snacks are a must, and the made-to-order panini are some of the best in the city. [$]

Crostini at Casa del Vino Firenze
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14. Buca dell’Orafo

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Via dei Girolami 28/r, Florence
Tuscany 50122, Italy
+39 055 213619
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Another time-cherished eatery, this basement wine cellar-turned-restaurant is small on space but big on soul. Dive deep into true Florentine cuisine with mainstays like ribollita soup, gnudi, artichoke omelet, panzanella, maltagliati pasta, steak, and fried cow brain — plus a great wine list. Overlook the rough-around-the-edges service, and you’ll find one of the best meals Florence has to offer. [$$$]

15. Trattoria Mario

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Via Rosina, 2, Florence
Tuscany 50123, Italy
+39 055 218550
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The best places to eat in Florence are usually tiny and walk-in only, making it tough to snag a seat. Trattoria Mario falls squarely into this category, and is a staple in guidebooks. Although it's definitely been "discovered," this trattoria still has wallet-friendly prices, a genuinely eccentric character, and real Tuscan soul food. Order anything fried, plus standards like Tuscan soups, bistecca Fiorentina, potato-filled tortelli doused in ragu, and roasted pork loin. Steer clear of the overcooked vegetables: you're here for a bustling, kitschy Florentine meal full of grilled meat and fried specialties. Get there as early as possible — the best offerings sell out quickly. [$]

16. Trattoria Sergio Gozzi

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piazza san Lorenzo, 8, Florence
Tuscany 50123, Italy
+39 055 281941
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If the chaotic, crowded local trattorias like Mario's (more above) are not your thing, head to 150-plus-year-old Sergio Gozzi for a similar slice of ambiance and culinary history — but with more space and less waiting. A true Florentine trattoria, Sergio Gozzi changes up its renowned fried offerings based on the seasons: fried zucchini flowers in the summer and artichokes in the winter. Also keep an eye out for porchetta, peposo (beef stew slow-cooked in wine and whole peppercorns), and one of the best pappa al pomodoro (bread and tomato) soups in town. Only open for lunch, Gozzi offers traditional homestyle food at reasonable prices. [$]

17. Enoteca Alessi

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Via delle Oche 27, 29, 31 r, Florence
Tuscany 50122, Italy
+39 055 214966
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A refuge from the crowds thronging the nearby Duomo, Enoteca Alessi is an independent wine shop with a library-sized collection of wines, spirits, vermouths, amari, digestifs, chocolates, and other culinary treasures, perfect for souvenirs. Head to the wine bar for a glass of vino and an elaborate charcuterie board with fennel salami and various pecorino cheeses, or get crostini or a panini. Finish off the meal with the dessert wine flight and chocolate fondue. [$-$$]

18. My Sugar

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Via de' Ginori, 49/red
50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Florence’s gelato cred has held up in the face of an onslaught of tourist-trap shops with mountains of artificially produced gelato, thanks to the veteran makers who have been crafting exceptional scoops for decades. However, one of the newer gelato masters is a noteworthy example of the younger generation bravely carrying the torch in the city considered to be the birthplace of gelato. Run by a husband-wife duo, My Sugar meticulously churns out classic flavors like bittersweet chocolate and Bronte pistachio, seasonal fruit like kid-approved strawberry and watermelon, and more worldly flavors including black sesame, green tea, pure peanut, and dark chocolate spiked with local chianti. Tip: Gelato should never be scooped from a mound, but instead from pans where it lays flat or is at most is ribboned. Ideally, it’s served from carapine, covered metal cylinders that sit under the counter. [$]

A stacked gelato cone at My Sugar
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19. Ristorante Persiano Tehran

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Via dei Cerchi, 25
50122 Firenze FI, Italy

International food offerings are growing at a modest pace in Florence, and the city’s Iranian population is well represented by Ristorante Persiano Tehran. Situated in Piazza dei Cimatori aka “Dante’s Neighborhood,” this restaurant proudly serves Iranian specialties, like ground beef koobideh, marinated spiced joojeh chicken kebabs, hearty herb and lamb stew ghormeh sabzi, Persian bastani, and rose, saffron, or pistachio-flavored ice cream. The decor pays homage to the owners’ home country and offers a Persian cultural escape in the midst of Florence’s Renaissance-heavy center. [$$]

20. Sandwichic

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Via S. Gallo, 3
50129 Firenze, Italy
+39 055 281157
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Florence is crazy for panini, and Sandwichic is one of the very few places that are adamant about quality ingredients and craftsmanship. The owners here truly take pride in procuring authentic flavors, pouring wine and beer beyond the usual bag-in-box industrial waste, and providing a chic atmosphere with jazz and bow ties. Every ingredient, from the cured meats and cheeses to the sauces that are slathered onto the distinctly flavored flatbread schiacciata, is artisanal. [$]

21. Coquinarius

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Via delle Oche, 11R
50122 Firenze, Italy
+39 055 230 2153
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Eating and drinking well near the Duomo is not impossible, thanks to places like the wonderfully vintage-feeling Coquinarius. This bistro is perfect for diners who treat wine as the main course and food as the garnish. The bottle selection is extensive and constantly changing, and the sommelier is one of the most enthusiastic wine advocates in the city. Pair your vino with scrumptious pastas like burrata-filled ravioli in a pistachio pesto, baccala and saffron spaghetti, cacio e pepe ravioli with truffle, or artisan charcuterie platters and crostini. [$$]

22. Osteria Vini e Vecchi Sapori

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Via Dei Magazzini 3/5/7R, Florence
Tuscany, Italy
+39 055 293045

A short walk from the Uffizi Gallery, this tiny eatery makes its intentions clear on the handwritten menu outside: no pizza, no ice, no cappuccino, and no steak. This osteria serves traditional Tuscan food, and is known for its pappardelle in duck ragu, ribollita soup, fragrant saffron pasta tossed with zucchini flowers and a touch of cream, and meat-based mains like tomato-stewed cod and rolled, stuffed pork. This soulful Florentine institution is heavily frequented by locals — reservations are necessary. [$$]

23. Libreria Brac

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Via dei Vagellai, 18
50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Tucked off a hidden street in the Santa Croce zone, Libreria Brac is equal parts cafe, restaurant, and modern art gallery with an eclectic library of books, vintage magazines, and choice music. The space is divided into a bar with counter seating, a chill courtyard, and a dining room. The vegetarian menu has gourmet and global touches, with influences from the chef’s travels around the world (he’s especially fond of cities like San Francisco). Expect micro-green salads with avocado and almond lemon dressing and tangy tomato- and buffalo mozzarella-layered casseroles topped with crispy pane carasau, a traditional wafer-thin flatbread from Sardinia. Locals go for the mixed platters, which include a pasta — such as the ginger- and potato-filled tortelli with arugula pesto or radicchio risotto — a salad, and a slice of savory pane carasau, all for less than 15 euros. Brac is also a coveted spot for an Anglo-style weekend brunch of pancakes and scrambles. The drinks list is dominated by organic teas and coffees, though you’ll also find smoothies and juices (rare in Florence) and a list of natural wines from all over Italy.

Plates at Libreria Brac
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24. Ristorante Del Fagioli

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Corso dei Tintori, 47
50122 Firenze, Italy
+39 055 244285

Run by the same family since 1966, Fagioli serves extremely Tuscan cuisine and blue-collar Florentine classics like penne strascicate cooked by “dragging” pasta still very dente in a pan of meaty sugo. Pop by in the morning and you’ll find the crew preparing seasonal produce and simmering stews and soups in time for the lunch and dinner crowds. Florence is known for charred on the outside raw on the inside Bistecca Fiorentina, and few do this showstopper both well and from the local breed of cow called Chianina. Note: the space is small and bustling, and the service is hit and miss, but the food and value will make up for any gruffness. [$$]

25. Locale

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Via delle Seggiole 12, Florence
Tuscany, Italy
+39 055 906 7188
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First, the space: Located in a Renaissance-era palace, once owned by the Medici family, Locale is a stunner. The service and ambiance match the extraordinary scenery — this is, essentially, a fine-dining experience. The cocktail bar has big-city swagger, while the dinner menu feels lavish with modern dishes like baby squid button ravioli in saffron and roe and vanilla bean-accented risotto with funky game pigeon. [$$$$]

26. Club Culinario Toscano da Osvaldo

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Piazza dei Peruzzi, 3r, Florence
Tuscany 50122, Italy
+39 055 217919
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Tuscan cuisine is the foundation at this “culinary club,” but diners revel in finding specialties from across the boot on the menu. The owner and head chef inspires memories from nonna's kitchen, using obscure regional ingredients and materie prime (raw materials) from the most idyllic producers in the country, like one that supplies cheese aged in Etruscan-era caves. The fried polpette di bollito (beef croquettes) are must-haves here, as are charcuterie boards, rabbit and olives, and the potato-filled tortelli with various options of ragu (the goat is a win). [$$]

27. Ristorante Arà: è Sud‎

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Via della Vigna Vecchia, 4
50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Savvy Sicilian chef Carmelo Pannocchietti first gave Florence a taste of Sicily with Ara e’ Sicilia, a Sicilian street food hole-in-the-wall with generous ragu-filled arancine, exceptional iced granite, cannoli, and arguably the best Sicilian Bronte pistachio gelato in town. A couple of years ago Carmello opened a full-service sit-down restaurant, showcasing his region’s produce and contemporary, seafood-focused Sicilian cuisine. Dishes arrive on colorful traditional Sicilian ceramics and the wine list represents the best of the island. Portions are hearty and include the must-get risotto vestito (dressed), a reimagining of the humble rice croquette arancina, imbued with saffron and fried to perfection, laid on a pool of burrata and garnished with edible flowers. You’ll also find fresh seafood crudos with seasonal accoutrements; delicious pairings of wild fennel, fragrant almonds, and sardines; bold cheeses from mountain-grazed sheep; and classics like the eggplant-based pasta alla Norma. [$$-$$$]

Pasta at Arà: è Sud‎
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28. Osteria De' Pazzi

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Via dei Lavatoi, 3
50122 Firenze, Italy
+39 055 234 4880
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Pazzi means “crazy” in Italian, and it’s also the name of the chapel in nearby Santa Croce. Osteria de’Pazzi is one those indescribable local spots whose staff and decor bubble over with personality. The kitschy look is reminiscent of Grandma’s house, but with Pixar figurines hanging from the ceiling and walls plastered with scenes from calcio storico — a rough sport similar to soccer and rugby, dating back to the 16th century, that gets played each June on a sand-covered field nearby. The food here is simple Tuscan and the wine selection is more than decent (ask for Marco, the sommelier, if he’s working). Pazzi is one of the traditionalists in town whipping up excellent Tuscan basics like fagioli all’uccelletto (white beans cooked in tomatoes and sage). Plus, it’s one of the rare Florentine osterias where you can find a variety of Tuscan-specific pastas: the thick spaghetti-like pici con le briciole (fried breadcrumbs) is a must-order. Also try the thick charred bistecca and gourmet takes on a tagliata sirloin topped with lardo and crispy rosemary. [$$]

29. Zeb

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Via S. Miniato, 2r
50125 Firenze FI, Italy

In the heart of San Niccolo, just below the steps leading up to the panoramic Piazza Michelangelo square, is one of tastiest carb bars on the planet. Fresh cappellaci is the specialty at this mother-and-son operation, where it’s offered with a myriad of stuffings, like winter squash and ricotta, and toppings, like green kale pesto sauce or freshly shaved truffles, when in season. You’ll also find tavola calda-type offerings like sliced roasted meats and caramelized vegetables, all with a unique Champagne and natural wine selection. [$$-$$$]

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30. Aroma

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Via Ghibellina, 67/red
50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Florence isn’t the kindest destination for seafood lovers, but there are a few gems in the meat-heavy Tuscan capital. The chef at Aroma Firenze takes real pride in his exceptional seafood dishes — pastas with plump prawns, a grilled seasonal catch, and ethereal crudo raw plates — as well as the thoughtful wine list and decadent desserts to finish. Service is warm and the atmosphere ideal for date nights. [$$$]

Crudite di crostacei e pescato at Aroma
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31. La Divina Pizza

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Via Borgo Allegri 50r, Florence
Tuscany, Italy
+39 055 234 7498
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For Roman-style pizza by the slice, La Divina Pizza is worth a visit — especially if Neapolitan pizza isn't your thing. Made with high-quality local ingredients, pizza here comes topped with thoughtful combinations of artisan cheeses, meats, and seasonal produce. Try the fresh fig and burrata or the spicy sliced salami with plump purple olives. A few slices is ideal for a quick lunch with a glass of beer or prosecco. [$]

32. Cibrèo Trattoria

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Via Dei Macci 122r, Florence
Tuscany, Italy

Chef Fabio Picchi is the city's undisputed culinary icon, and is responsible for a cluster of restaurants congregated at the gate of the city's most authentic food quarter Sant'Ambrogio. The food served at all five Cibrèo outposts creatively celebrates the region's bounty and flavors while adhering to certain cornerstones of the Florentine and Tuscan repertoire. The offerings at his elevated trattoria include rib-sticking soups, roasted game, obscure offal preparations like stuffed chicken neck, a cult-status ricotta and potato sformatino souffle, and some outside-the-box riffs on Florentine staples, as in a budino made with turmeric and lemon Greek yogurt. You can make an entire day of eating at Picchi's restaurants, but the Trattoria gets you a moderately priced taste of this restaurant group’s heart and soul. [$$]

33. Ciblèo

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Via Andrea del Verrocchio 2, Florence
Tuscany 50100, Italy
+ 39 055 2477881
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This is Fabio Picchi’s latest, in the same area as his other Cibrèo restaurants. Ciblèo specializes in Tuscan-Asian fusion; think dumplings filled with hyperlocal Tuscan-sourced Casentino pork and Mugello chicken; tripe salad with soy sauce; and Italian mussels with agretti, lemon wasabi, and black pepper. There are only 20 seats and the menu is a timed, surprise spectacle of countless tapas portions at a reasonable fixed price (€50). Reservations are a must. [$$$]

34. Trattoria da Rocco

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Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti, Florence
Tuscany 50122, Italy
+39 339 838 4555
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Young Florentines are molding the dining scene into something more refined and international, and there are few places left in the city where you can experience an old-fashioned, family-run greasy spoon, complete with the staff hollering at each other as if they were in their own living room. For that, head to this trattoria inside the Sant'Ambrogio market. Beat the crowds by going before 1 p.m., or join them in the small booths for dirt-cheap plates of panzanella in the summer, pappa al pomodoro (tomato and bread soup) in the spring, and everything else in between, like simple pastas, meat and potatoes, and hearty desserts of caramelized pears. [$]

35. Panini at Semel

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Piazza Ghiberti 44, Florence
Tuscany 50122, Italy

For the best sandwich in the world, according to obviously biased owner Marco Paparozzi, head to his tiny hole-in-the-wall panino joint perched on the curb of Sant'Ambrogio market. Fillings here break the usual meat-and-cheese mold, drawing from Tuscan-inspired flavors and dishes: think stewed donkey, pear, pecorino, and truffle; wild boar sausage and broccoli rabe; and, at times, carb-on-carb taglierini pasta panino. Select your filling from the rotating chalkboard menu and Paparozzi or his nephew will promptly whip up a flavorful panino and insist it be washed down with a small glass of wine. [$]

36. Dolci e Dolcezze

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Piazza Cesare Beccaria, 8R
50122 Firenze FI, Italy
055 234 5458

On the lip of Sant’Ambrogio in Piazza Beccaria, you’ll find the fanciest pastry hole-in-the-wall in the historical center. The decor is like being in a ballroom boutique, colored old-school with teal and featuring classic ceramic and glassware. The attention to detail is immense, down to the hand-written cursive signage. This spot is loved by the city for its dedication to artisanal raw ingredients, such as Valrhona cacao for its flourless chocolate cake and cherry-picked figs and forest fragoline (wild strawberries) from the local markets for its mini seasonal fruit tartlets. In addition to sweet creativity, the cafe procures Florentine classics like puff pastry sfoglia and budino di riso (rice pudding in shortbread crust). It’s tiny inside, with a few tables at the curb of the piazza’s parking lot and bus stand, but what you trade for location you are rewarded for with insane deliciousness. It also has an espresso machine in what appears to be a closet, but within is specialty coffee from Cafe Piansa, an institutional craft roaster. This is the ideal of the Italian breakfast, and if you insist on having a cornetto and cappuccino, this spot does them properly. [$]

Coffee and pastries at Dolci e Dolcezze
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37. Lampredotto Panini at L'Trippaio di Firenze

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Via Gioberti, Florence
Tuscany 50100, Italy

While Florentines debate about which is the best lampredotto stand, Marco Bolognese's l'Trippaio di Firenze in Piazza Beccaria stands out. Lampredotto is classically cooked in a savory broth and served chopped, stuffed in bread, and topped with a green herb and chili sauce, but this stand has more options for curious eaters. Here, the dish is cooked in a notable range of sauces for the panini filling: artichoke or olives and tomato; beans and sausage; chard; and even the “erotic” stew of random organs (ovaries, uterus, tongue, etc). [$]

38. Osteria delle Tre Panche

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Via Antonio Pacinotti, 32
50131 Firenze, Italy
+39 055 583724
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Calling all truffle addicts: This heavenly osteria has a menu showcasing prized local San Miniato truffles. An artichoke omelet comes speckled with fresh truffle shavings, while a perfectly hand-cut beef tartare is practically hidden beneath a blanket of truffle, and creamy pastas arrive decadently showered in the good stuff. If you love pate, you can't miss the signature "foie gras of Chianti" house-made chicken liver pate. With only three tables and long benches, the atmosphere is relaxed and convivial. The restaurant is a bit outside the city center, but well worth the taxi ride and the tough-to-get reservation. [$$$]

1. Trattoria Da Burde Firenze

Via Pistoiese, 154, 50145 Firenze FI, Italy
Trattoria Da Burde
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Outside the historical center, Da Burde is one of the city’s finest family-run institutions for traditional Florentine food. Currently led by the youngest generation of the Burde ownership, the trattoria has an atmosphere that’s both old-world wine bar and homey banquet, where sincere family recipes are earnestly prepared from scratch. The trek to Da Burde is worth it for diners in search for true Florentine relics, passed-down specialties like minestrone, meatballs, chickpea farinata, and grilled meats, all with incredible wines to match.

Via Pistoiese, 154
50145 Firenze FI, Italy

2. Trattoria Sabatino

Via Pisana, 2/r, Florence, Tuscany 50143, Italy

Timeless restaurants like this make Florence special: Sabatino’s is a family-run, blue-collar joint that hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1956. Pasta dishes at this walk-in-only trattoria hover at a humble €4.50, while meaty mains like roast chicken clock in at a mere €5.50. Its simple homestyle cooking and bargain prices are a testament to Italy’s all-inclusive food culture: You don’t need to be well-off to eat well here. [$]

Via Pisana, 2/r, Florence
Tuscany 50143, Italy

3. Ristorante Il Guscio

Via dell'Orto, 49, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy

It may seem like one could throw a rock and find good food in Florence, but the real challenge is if that rock will land in an eatery whose wine offerings are also remarkable. Il Guscio has been around since 1986 and has a menu that takes homestyle Tuscan and Italian classics to gourmet status: gnudi dumplings made with scamorza and spinach pesto, Maldon-salted sliced sirloin with julienned vegetables, paccheri pasta with spicy Calabrian ’nduja and burrata, beet risotto. The wine list is also superb, rife with boutique, biodynamic and terroir-centered producers, heavy on Tuscan wines but also with an ample selection of crucial bottles from around the country, selections from France, and plenty of sparkling. Portions are hearty, so make sure you order to share, and save room for its desserts, which are very much on point. [$$-$$$]

Via dell'Orto, 49
50124 Firenze FI, Italy

4. Culinaria Bistro

Piazza Torquato Tasso, 13, 50124 Firenze, Italy

Head to Piazza Tasso for a break from Tuscan fare: Culinaria Bitro features French and Moroccan flavors in dishes made with meticulously sourced ingredients. The restaurant is owned by De Gustibus, a slow-food organization hell-bent on promoting local producers that respect organic and traditional artisan practices. It’s easy to find something to like on the menu, which has everything from lemon and sesame chicken and couscous tagines to vegetable tartares to Tuscan cured meat and cheese boards, alongside rich desserts like wine-soaked biscotti tiramisu. [$$]

Piazza Torquato Tasso, 13
50124 Firenze, Italy

5. Essenziale

Piazza di Cestello, 3R, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy
Fresh pasta at Essenziale
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Located in Piazza del Cestello, Essenziale is challenging Florence’s otherwise sluggish experimental dining scene. Chef Simone Cipriani, formerly of the now-shuttered Santo Graal, is known for revisiting Florentine classics, like turning pappa al pomodoro into a savory doughnut. The name translates to “Essential,” and it seems the entire place (including the somewhat sterile dining room) is designed to be as stripped down as possible, so as to minimize distractions from the plate. Menus are divided by service style (family style, chef’s choice, and a la carte), and change with the seasons. Dishes deftly diverge from the heavily regimented repertoire of Florentine cuisine with the addition of of international flavors like wasabi and peanut and the substitution of Parmesan for a sprinkling of dried raspberries over pasta with meat ragu. [$$$$]

Piazza di Cestello, 3R
50124 Firenze FI, Italy

6. S.forno

Via Santa Monaca, 3r, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy
Peach-basil tart with mini raspberry muffins at S.forno
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There are plenty of bakeries around town, but S.forno sets itself apart. A large selection of its carbs are made with locally grown, stone-milled grains, and bakers there implement wild fermentation rather than baking breads risen fast and furiously with industrial beer yeast and ultra-processed flours. S.forno demonstrates an artisanship in breadmaking similar to the likes of what you’d find at bohemian-chic bakeries along the West Coast. You’ll find panini and breakfast snacks made from local ingredients of farmstead quality (think bread-and-butter baskets with freshly churned butter and old-fashioned jams from tiny purveyors, salty flatbread filled with hand-cut Tuscan prosciutto, and sliced porchetta) while offering a few tables inside to enjoy with bottled juices, craft beers, and coffee. At the bakery stand, you’ll be overwhelmed by the curated selection of cakes, biscotti, and traditional breads to take home or stash in a picnic basket, like rustic loaves, grissini sticks, chickpea flatcake “cecina,” and Florentine oil and salted flatbread schiacciata pizzas, along with some American novelties like bagels and muffins. [$]

Via Santa Monaca, 3r
50124 Firenze FI, Italy

7. Osteria dell'Enoteca

Via Romana, 70/r, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy