Open: Monday – Saturday, 9AM – midnight, closed August http://www.coquinarius.it/
For a light, quick lunch in the center of town. Crostoni (large bruschetta), salads and seasonal pastas are the stalwarts of this conveniently-located and price-friendly restaurant that is one of the few places in town that is open all day.
For a casual dinner at one of the most well regarded restaurants in town. Cibreo is part of restauranteur Fabio Picchi’s empire in the Santa Croce neighborhood which also includes a high-end restaurant, café and dinner-theatre. No pasta- soups, seafood and vegetable dishes shine here but make sure to leave plenty of room for the heavenly chocolate mousse.
Via di San Niccolo 55r
Tel: +39.055 2342621
Open: Everyday 8:00am – 1:00am
For breakfast, lunch and wine – especially in the summer on their lovely terrace. Il Rifrullo is located in the picturesque San Niccolo neighborhood and is a perfect stop after braving the hike up to Piazzale Michelangelo or San Miniato al Monte. Breakfast is classic Italian cornetti (croissants) and lunch is standard pastas and light and tasty salads.
Via Rosina 2r
Tel: +39.055 218550
Open Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 3:30pm (lunch only)
For Tuscan classics in a rustic setting. Located next to the San Lorenzo market, Mario takes pride in its traditional offerings- ribollita, bistecca fiorentina and tagliatelle al ragu. For a real Florentine experience.
Like Coquinarius- one of the trusty stalwart of all day service (usually a bad sign in Italy). Country house plopped down in the middle of Florence decor and extremely sensible prices make this cute cafe a stone's throw from Palazzo Pitti a favorite with locals. Fresh salads and sandwiches are flanked by a daily menu of Tuscan specialties, like pappa al pomodoro.
Cosy, wine-centric eatery with a menu of traditional-meets-modern Tuscan dishes. Soups are standouts, as are desserts.
Via Rosina 6r
Tel: +39.055 283259
Open: Lunch12:00pm-2:30pm, Dinner 7:00pm-11:00pm
Steps from the Accademia Gallery, this neo-rustic restaurant serves Florentine classics like ribollita and pappa al pomodoro, followed by meat direct from the San Lorenzo market.
Il Ristoro dei Perditempo Borgo
San Jacopo 48r
Tel. +39 055 2645569 or +39 3333169265
Open: Everyday 12:00pm-10:30pm
This is ideal for a quick lunch (good selection of cheese and cured meats and first courses such lasagna or the traditional farro soup) food quality is average but the view from the tables right by the window across from the Ponte Vecchio is breathtaking!
It's in the former workshop of Santi di Tito (disciple of painter Agnolo Bronzino) ... the menu is contemporary, totally Tuscan. Umberto, the maitre, knows his food, knows his English, and is simply grand. Stefano, the sommelier, also speaks perfect English, and knows his wines.
Small restaurant, best to have a reservation, known for the main dish pastas and the Tiramisu.
Via Dei Neri 54/r, Florence, Italy
Tel: +39 055 2654472
Casual dinner with excellent meats and wine.
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
Lungarno Acciaiuoli 80r – 50100 Florence
Tel. +39 055 290423
Il Borro is owned by Ferragamo and is along the Arno River. Beautiful, elegant setting and menu includes salads.
Via Delle Belle Donne 43
Tel. +39 055215492
The Cicalone has wonderful meals at lunch and dinner. Everything is homemade. They even do sandwiches and a glass of wine. Not very big but very authentic. Prices are good and food is amazing.
Via della Porcellana 25, Florence
Tel. +39 055 212691
Reservations essential, CASH ONLY. It’s been around since the mid-19th century. Highlights are their pollo al burro (chicken with butter), tortino ai carciofi (an eggy thing with artichokes), and their semi-freddo meringue – even if you don’t “do” dessert, do it here. This place is typical Tuscan, and marvelous.
Antico Noé Volta
di San Piero 6/r
Te. +39 055 2340838
They pay high attention to what’s seasonal at this place, and work masterpieces with artichokes and mushrooms of all sorts. Stick to the antipasti & their primi, as they’re much more creative.
Via de’Benci 11-13/r,
Tel. +39 055 234 4923
Here’s the place to eat bistecca fiorentina (realizing that it is served one way, and only one way, and that means very very rare). Fantastic pastas, including spaghetti dell’Ubbriacone (drunkard’s spaghetti, cooked in red wine).
Via Michelozzi 9/r
Tel. +39 055 218624
A Florentine institution: casalinga translates to “housewife.” The food here is homey, typical, inexpensive, and good.
Tiny, just with four tables, a divine wine list, lovely snacks. Stays open late.
Le Volpi e l’Uva Piazza de’Rossi
1 Tel. 055 2398132
A classy little place, just off Piazza Santa Felicita.
Closes around 7:30pm.
Via delle Oche 24
Tel. +39 055 216 158
Though it is a chain (it started in Turin) and there’s one in New York’s Soho, we still think this is the best ice cream in town. Gelateria la Carraia Piazza Nazario Sauro 2 (at the foot of Ponte Carraia) Relative new kid in town; typical flavors but also some with great fantasia.
Via dei Georgofili
3/r, Tel. +39 055/219208
It’s just behind the Uffizi; though the sandwiches aren’t cheap, they’re worth it – particularly because the bread is made from natural fermentation.
The Central Market Piazza del Mercato Centrale –
Via dell’Ariento Da Nerbone
Inside the Mercato Centrale, which closes around 2 pm.
Here’s where you could have that classic tripe sandwich or, if you’re feeling timid, you could have the bollito, which is a lousy cut of beef, thinly sliced, put on a roll (which was dipped in its cooking liquid) and sauced with either a green, herby sauce or a red, tangy pepper sauce. Or both. If you opt for this, go early because they tend to sell out. While you’re in the market, check out the remarkable stalls at Baroni (cheeses, mostly), Perini (everything), and Conti. All of these places are family-run, and some of them (Conti, especially) have been in the family for several generations. All of them will shrink wrap their wares – so a perfect place to acquire extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic, dried porcini mushrooms. Conti sells these delicious little sundried cherry tomatoes from Sicily.
Casa del Vino
Viaia dell’Ariento 16/r
Tel. +39 055 215609
Arguably the best sandwich shop in town. It’s across the street from the basilica of San Lorenzo. Go early or go late – the place is small and is packed, mostly with Florentines.
TWO FLORENTINE INSTITUTIONS NOT TO BE MISSED
Via Tornabuoni 64/r
Tel. +39 055 211656
People go here for the panini, which are tiny little things – the specialty being their panino al tartufo.
Closes around 7:30pm.
Tel. +39 055 214412
Go here for a cocktail, a coffee, or their famous hot (or cold) chocolate. Just remember that if you sit down, it will cost you more.
The food’s lovely, and so is the place. Besides the restaurant Villa Bordoni offers rooms for stay and cooking experiences.
Panzano in Chianti
+39 055 852020
This burger joint comes from the famous butcher Dario Cecchini who was a main character in Bill Buford’s memoir Heat (good read if you have the chance). Cecchini started with his butcher shop Antica Macelleria and now has three different restaurants including Dario DOC.
Siena Osteria il Grattacielo
8 +39 0577 289326
Open: Lunch and Dinner, Closed Sundays
Rustic, authentic and full of locals, this tiny osteria serves simple cuisine and lovely wines.
Perhaps the best place to find seafood in Siena, also they cater to vegetarian quite well. Spectacular atmosphere thanks to original frescoes couples with great contemporary Tuscan cuisine wonderfully.
A beautiful, budget-conscious cafe with local specialty items, cheeses, meats and wines. try the sott’olio (vegetables under oil).
28 +39 0577 221442
Open: Lunch 12:00pm-2:30pm,
Dinner 7:30-11:00, Closed Wednesdays Excellent restaurant that is surprisingly only a few steps from the main square. The cuisine is Tuscan with a modern flair that is paired with a wonderful and expansive wine list. Spadaforte Piazza Il Campo
13 +39 0577 281123
http://www.spadaforte.it/ Best bistecca alla fiorentina in Siena