Since Florence is my favorite city in Italy...I set out to create a list of the best restaurants there to share with you! At theses places you can really taste the true cuisine of Tuscany. Many people may get pulled into the quintessential tourist traps that are passed down by previous travelers, but I won't let that happen to you!
So how did I find these places? Well having Italian friends from Florence and then living and visiting there for several years has helped me find some of the best places!
The best. This is my favorite restaurant in all of Florence. The location is perfect, in the center of Florence right near the Duomo. Yet the lack of curb appeal makes many tourists pass right by. The atmosphere is that of a quintessential Italian restaurant with a warm and romantic feel. If there is any place on my list that you have to try, this is that place! The best dish which is to DIE FOR is their filet mignon with homemade truffle sauce. I've brought several people here and they have said it was the best steak of their life. Don't forget to try the gnocchi al pesto too! Troppo buono :)
Piazza Cimatori 1R
Arà: è Sicilia
There is a good reason that I'm mentioning a local gelato shop in Florence. Gelato is one of the most talked about experiences by travelers in Florence. The rich flavors that these local shops create are like nothing else in the world. That is why it was a must for this list! Looking for some different tastes than the normal gelateria, how about a taste of Sicily in Florence? A little storefront off the street with a bright interior and a friendly staff makes this a hidden gem. This particular gelato shop is frequented by locals and offers many flavors that will keep you coming back!
Via Degli Alfani 127R
Antica Trattoria da Tito
Antica Trattoria da Tito more commonly known as Tito’s, is a lively restaurant with a casual atmosphere. The owners try to keep the atmosphere fun with modern music that caters to all ages. While Tito’s remains closer to the Piazza della Libertà than the center of Florence, it has become one of the most historic restaurants, opening in 1913. They have spent over 100 years perfecting their pasta and sauces. Remember to make a reservation ahead of time because this is very popular restaurant amongst the locals!
Via San Gallo, 112r
Come take a stroll across the Arno River near Piazzale Michelangelo to discover I Tarocchi. A small and casual little restaurant where you won't find many tourists here, but you will be welcomed by some awesome Italians. The restaurant is family run and the staff are extremely friendly. Be sure to say hello to Marco and learn more about the their food and history. The prices are also very reasonable, so come enjoy a great meal without breaking the bank! The restaurant has a long dining hall with beautiful mosaic floors and a grand pizza oven in the back. Go experience a family owned and operated restaurant while enjoying the local banter. Hopefully you will find a few individuals willing to speak some Italian with you!
Il Caffe del Verone
So this bar has easily one of my favorite views in all of Florence. This is the view from their amazing terrace while drinking a coffee. It's a bit hidden because it's inside a museum and it's on the the top floor...but it's so worth it! The prices are a little higher here because of the incredible view but don't fret because they donate a percentage to the institute where it's house which helps orphans have a better life which is great! Send me a picture of you on the terrace if you go!
Museo degli Innocenti, Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, 13
Note Di Vino
Note Di Vino is a great sandwich shop directly across from the Santa Croce Piazza! Lorenzo and Letitia started this small family owned establishment and continue to work there on a daily basis. There is a wide variety of different sandwiches with great selection of wines. The restaurant prides itself on the vast array of wines that it offers from all over Tuscany. Try some of the most fantastic sandwiches in all of Florence. When you visit do not forget to order the “Lardo con l’olio sul crostino” (Lardo with bread and oil). Simply one of the best things you will eat in Italy!
Borgo dei Greci 4
Due Sorsi e un Boccone
A little sandwich shop right in the heart of Florence and a block away from the David. I came here almost everyday one of the times I was staying in Florence for a few months and needless to say the owners got to know me by name :) I love the vibe here, everyone is super friendly, and the sandwiches are incredible. They also put up with my American requests to put everything on a panino. If you come here, tell them you know Luca from California!
Via degli Alfani, 105R
This restaurant is extra special because it is owned by a personal friend's father. La Burrasca is always packed with locals who all know this is the place to be for lunch and dinner. They serve one of the best Florentine Steaks which is marinated all day. It usually takes 2 or 3 people to finish the whole steak and by the end, you need to pick it up and finish eating it with your hands! You do not want to miss out this amazing experience while in Florence. Come check out this tiny little restaurant with a big heart and even better food tucked near the San Lorenzo market!
Via Panicale 6
La Reggia degli Etruschi
Fiesole is a little gem right above Florence. Most people miss it when they visit, but now you know about it so you can go! The best way to get there is to take the #7 bus up from Piazza San Marco to Fiesole (or a taxi) and explore outside of Florence for the evening.
This little excursion will open you up to new views and sights of Florence as well as restaurants, bars and shops. La Reggia degli Etruschi is a little restaurant along a cobblestone path that has the most amazing view of Florence. The food tastes home cooked with dash of “amore” (love) and the staff is very friendly! This is the perfect place to start an evening out and then after catch a gorgeous sunset that overlooks all of Florence!
Via San Francesco 18