La Lista (Firenze)

FOOD AND FUN IN FLORENCE, ITALY

DELIS IN THE CENTER

SALUMERIA VERDI
Via Verdi, 36/r
Great inexpensive place to have a quick lunch. No seats, just stools.
They make great pasta at lunchtime, but larger section of all sorts of local food.
Zone: Santa Croce.

PUGI
Piazza S. Marco, 10
Has the best Schiacciata (Florentine Focaccia) in town. No place to sit, but you should at least get the schiacciata as a snack or a quick lunch.
Zone: Piazza San Marco
http://www.vivifirenze.it/cgi-bin/news/gi_pub8_det_lun.cgi?id=176&sezione=italian_style

I DUE FRATELLINI
Via dei Cimatori, 38/red
It is literally a ‘hole in the wall’ in the historic center of town that makes amazing, simple sandwiches and serves great wines by the glass. You stand and eat. It’s my go-to snack place.
Zone: Duomo

 

RESTAURANTS

4 LEONI
Via de’ Vellutini, 1r | Piazza della Passera
Tel. 055/218562
It is known for Bistecca alla fiorentina – Steak Florentine-style.
Zone: Ponte Vecchio

HOSTARIA DEL BRICCO
Via San Niccolò 8R
Very good food, pleasant service and good prices.
Tel. 055 2345037
Zone: San Niccolò (walkable from Ponte Vecchio)

IL MERCATO CENTRALE
Via dell’Ariento, 50123
http://www.mercatocentrale.it/en/mercato-centrale-florence/
This is a closed marketplace where you can shop for Italian food products, but it also has many different places to eat for lunch and/or dinner (very good food opportunities in an informal setting). Worth exploring.
Zone: Duomo (San Lorenzo market area)

EATALY
Via de’ Martelli, 22
Eataly is a chain that sells gourmet Italian food products, but it also has a restaurant that is worth frequenting for lunch or dinner.
Zone: Duomo

IL FAGIOLI
CORSO DEI TINTORI, 47/R
055 244 285
ZONE: SANTA CROCE

OSTERIA DE’ BENCI
VIA DE BENCI 10/13 – FIRENZE (FI)
Tel. 055/2344923
They used to make great tortelli di patate.
Zone: Santa Croce.

RISTORANTE I LATINI
6R Via Palchetti
Florence 055-210-916
Must reserve! Turisty, but worth the wait.
Zone: Train Station

NEAPOLITAN-STYLE PIZZERIAS

SANTA LUCIA
Via Ponte alle Mosse 102
Tel. 055.353255
Not sure if its still there, but great pizza.
Zone: Train Station

Il Pizzaiuolo
Via dei Macci 113/r.
Tel. 055 241 171.
Zone: Santa Croce.

Aperitivi

“Florentine wine bars know how to lure customers: free food. And we’re not talking beer nuts. The aperitivi, as the bar food is known, may include cheese ravioli, seafood risotto, crisp artichoke salad, grilled vegetables and tomato bruschetta. For the price of a glass of vino rosso (about 5 to 8 euros), you can eat like a duke at the cavelike cantina of Fuori Porta (Via del Monte alle Croci, 10r; 39-055-234-2483; www.fuoriporta.it) or under the stars on the roof of Rifrullo (Via San Niccolò, 55r; 39-055-234-2621). For more action, you might head to La Dolce Vita (Piazza del Carmine; 39-055-284-595; www.dolcevitaflorence.com) and order a spritz (Aperol and prosecco) or a negroni (Campari, vermouth and gin). It’s the favorite spot of locals who are serious about their eating, drinking and merrymaking.”
(From NyTimes – “36 hours in Florence” – http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/06/03/travel/03hours.html)

SESTO ON ARNO
Piazza Ognissanti, 3, 50123 Firenze, Italy
Fantastic View of Florence, Awesome Place for an Aperitivo!
http://www.sestoonarno.com/
Zone: Piazza Santa Maria Novella

OIBÒ
Borgo Dei Greci, 1, 50122, Florence
Pleasant aperitivo in front of Santa Croce Church.
Zone: Santa Croce

LOGGIA DEGLI ALBIZI
Borgo Albizi, 39 Rosso, Florence
Inexpensive aperitivo.
Zone: Between Santa Croce and Piazza della Signoria

GELATO

VIVOLI
Via delle Stinche, 7
Best ice cream ever! My favorite is cioccolato and riso!
Zone: Santa Croce

GELATERIA CARABÈ
Via Ricasoli 60 – Firenze
Tel. 055.289476
Here they make authentic ‘granita’ (or Italian ice). Try the almond flavored ice. Ice cream is good too. They should have cannoli (I think that they are Sicilian – otherwise you won’t find cannolis in Florence).
Zone: Piazza San Marco.

HIDDEN GEMS

LA RINASCENTE (DEPARTMENT STORE)
Piazza della Repubblica, 50123 Firenze
On the roof there is a caffè that has a wonderful view of Florence.

SESTO ON ARNO
Piazza Ognissanti, 3, 50123 Firenze, Italy
Fantastic View of Florence, Great Place for an Aperitivo!
http://www.sestoonarno.com/
Zone: Piazza Santa Maria Novella

BIBLIOTECA DELLE OBLATE
Via dell’ Oriuolo, 24, 50122 Firenze
An extraordinary library that has a caffè with amazing views of Florence.
Zone: Duomo

SHOPPING

COIN (in via Calzaiuoli) – un pochino più economico della Rinascente.
La Rinascente (in Piazza della Repubblica)

TOURIST APPS

RICK STEVES IN EUROPE (Iphone and Android)
There are free walking tours for Florence and other cities.
https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/audio/audio-europe

USEFUL INFORMATION

• Be sure to reserve tickets ahead of time for museums such as the Uffizi so that you can avoid waiting on long lines.
• Italian use Trip Advisor (not Yelp) – you should do the same in Italy.