It’s really difficult to choose the best places to eat in basically any city in Italy, just because Italian food is just so darn good wherever you go. During our stay at Casa Howard Guest Houses in Florence we ate at so many wonderful places. We were located centrally, which made it easy to walk everywhere…. Which was probably a good things after eating the carb heavy meals that Italy is so well known for! Here are a few of our favorites.
The Diner is a popular café amongst locals in Florence, particularly the student crowd as the breakfasts are huge and reasonably priced. It was founded by three Americans who decided that Florence lacked a good breakfast joint, and now there are queues coming out the door for the brunches on Sundays. The Diner prides itself of making delicious pancakes and omelettes, so if you’re stuck on what to order, these are the local favourites.
It might not be the most authentic of Italian breakfast joints, but if you just need a big breakfast to get you through the day this is definitely the place to go. Furthermore, they serve breakfast all day, so you don’t need to be up at the crack of dawn to catch the breakfast menu.
Nothing like a good ol’ sandwich for lunch to fuel you for the rest of your busy day, and Florence has quite a few good sandwich places to help you do just that. Procacci Sandwich Shop is a tiny little joint that is recommended by basically anyone who’s ever been there. Procacci specializes in truffle sandwiches, or ‘panini tartufati’, so if you really want to try something local that’s what you want to be ordering.
Other than that, you just walk into the place and smell the aroma of fresh bread and you’re in love, so anything on the menu is probably going to be a hit. As the place is such a small café, you really feel like you’re in a traditional Italian restaurant; if you want the local feel this is definitely it. They also serve up some fantastic wines, so if you fancy a drink with lunch there might be no better place.
There are hundreds, literally hundreds, of places in Florence where you could go for dinner, although many people who know the city well will tell you that there is an equal amount of great and awful restaurants.
Vini e Vecchi Sapori is a restaurant that finds itself within the Top 5 on TripAdvisor time and time again, and after having won a Travellers Choice award in 2012, I think it’s fair to say that this place is a pretty big deal.
If you want a cosy little spot that will make you feel truly Italian with its atmosphere and food, Vini e Vecchi Sapori is the perfect option for you. The dishes are extremely Italian, made with the freshest ingredients, and as the menu changes every day you never know what you’re going to get. You can, however, be rest assured that it will be delicious. You will need to make a reservation here, so if you know yours dates try and book in advance.
If you’re going to do anything, you may as well do it right. So if you’re going to have dessert in Italy, it may as well be gelato. If you take a stroll through the streets after dinner anywhere in Florence, you’ll probably find a gelato place open where you can pick up some of that traditional Italian ice cream, and it will be the perfect way to finish your evening.
There is a little joint called La Sorbettiere that is famous for its gelato, if you really want to hunt out the real deal. Their salted caramel is always a favorite amongst tourists and locals, but have a taste of a few flavors before you land on anything specific. That way, you can create your perfect gelato medley.
Do you have any dining recommendations for Florence?