10 Things to eat in Florence and where

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Martí Micolau

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Firenze, city of art, culture and ... good food! The Tuscan capital, a must for tourists from all over the world, is targeted every year not only for its fascinating museums and streets full of history, but also for its restaurants, taverns, the historic places where you can delight your palpils with one street food to scream.

Let's take a trip into the Florentine gastronomy and discover the top ten of the city's delicacies, and where to taste them.


  1. Bistecca Fiorentina
  2. Ribollita
  3. Lampredotto
  4. Gelato
  5. Fiorentina Schiacciata
  6. Pappa al pomodoro
  7. Tripe
  8. cantucci
  9. Sandwich
  10. Black cabbage
  11. Where to eat in Florence: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Florentine steak

The top ten of dishes to be eaten in Florence could not fail to start with the well-known beef steak, the flagship of Florentine food and wine.

  • Recommended for: lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: € 40-50 per kg
  • Main ingredients: Chianina or Fassona beef steak of at least 1,2 kg, at least 4 fingers high

2 - Ribollita

Florence rhymes with ribollita. The bread and vegetable soup, so called because it is boiled twice, is a real must in the culinary tradition of the city and the entire Tuscany region.

  • Recommended for: ocena lunch
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: stale bread, tomato sauce, onion, cabbage, zucchini

3 - Lampredotto

It is the main dish of Florentine street food. The lampredotto - so named in homage to an aquatic invertebrate, whose mouth has a conformation similar to the design of this tasty tripe - is one of the favorite foods of the population and tourists, who are also used to label some restaurateurs who supply it as "legendary" restaurant or "fast food" versions, in the evergreen takeaway sandwich.

  • Recommended for: street food par excellence, it can be an excellent variant for lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: € 3,50
  • Main ingredients: abomasum (one of four bovine stomachs), tomato, onion, celery, parsley, sandwich

4 - Ice cream

Incredible to believe, the Tuscan capital is also famous for its people ice creams. In the summer season, this food cannot be underestimated, an excellent substitute for a meal, but also a quick and tasty snack to be consumed in the streets of the city, provided that it is done, however, in the best ice cream parlors in Florence.

  • Recommended for: snack
  • Average cost: € 2,00 (cone)
  • Main ingredients: cream, fruit, chocolate, hazelnuts

5 - Fiorentina Schiacciata

Typical dessert of the carnival period, the schiacciata can be enjoyed alone or accompanied by chantilly cream or whipped cream. To be tasted absolutely all year round.

  • Recommended: as a dessert or snack
  • Average cost: € 15,00 empty; € 24,00 for the stuffed version
  • Main ingredients: eggs, sugar, flour, orange peel

6 - Tomato soup

It is enough to smell its scent to recall the famous song dedicated to it! Loved by young and old alike, pappa al pomodoro is the classic example of how simplicity at the table can generate a riot of flavors and colors from which it becomes impossible to break away.

  • Recommended for: lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: stale Tuscan bread, tomato, garlic, basil, extra virgin olive oil

7 - Tripe

One of the most loved dishes by the Florentines is undoubtedly tripe, to be tasted strictly hot and to be prepared as tradition dictates.

  • Recommended for: lunch or dinner, possibly as a single dish
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: beef stomach, celery, tomato, pepper, parmesan

8 - Cantucci

The winning combination of every self-respecting end of meal is represented by cantucci and wine. Cantucci, a type of dry biscuits native to nearby Prato, have quickly become one of the main dishes of Florentine gastronomy, revisited in numerous variations, all very tasty.

  • Recommended: as a dessert after a meal
  • Average cost: € 24,00 per kg
  • Main ingredients: flour, sugar, eggs, almonds

9 - Sandwich

Yes, you got it right: Florence is one of the undisputed capitals of street food, with its wide choice of sandwiches to be enjoyed at the moment, perhaps accompanied by a full-bodied glass of wine.

  • Recommended for: lunch or dinner, as an alternative to the classic restaurant
  • Average cost: a sandwich, accompanied by a glass of wine, costs around € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: sandwich, vegetables, cold cuts, stracchino

10 - Black cabbage

Precious vegetable, declined in soups, porridge or as a simple side dish. Florentine chefs are true masters in cooking delicious black cabbage, to the delight of vegans, vegetarians or simple vegetable-based dishes lovers.

  • Recommended for: lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: black cabbage as an ingredient in soups costs around € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: black cabbage goes well with pasta dishes or in soups with a full-bodied flavor, or as a basic ingredient in farinata

Where to eat in Florence: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

The Florentine culinary tradition sees many dishes as protagonists such as the Florentine steak, the ribollita, the soup of stale bread and beans, the cacciucco and the lampredotto. To taste these delicacies, the Central Market of San Lorenzo is the ideal place with a wide choice and low prices. However, the historic center also offers a good number of historic inns and trattorias but also modern restaurants and other starred restaurants, to eat well and with different budgets. Here's where to eat in Florence!

1 - La Capannina Bistrot

  • Description: rustic restaurant with open kitchen and homemade dishes of the day served in generous portions
  • specialty: polenta sausage and Gorgonzola
  • Average price: from € 12,00 per person
  • Address: via Sant'Antonino, 49r - Get directions

2 - Osteria de 'Cicalini

  • Description: modern furnishings but familiar atmosphere with a typical menu and a wide choice of local wines
  • specialty: lasagna with Florentine-style tripe ragout and Parmigiano Reggiano cream
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: via delle Oche, 15 red - Get directions

3 - Pinchiorri wine shop

  • Description: starred restaurant with creative Italian cuisine and various tasting menu proposals
  • specialty: mullet fillets wrapped in Tuscan bread
  • Average price: from € 180,00 per person
  • Address: via Ghibellina, 87 - Get directions

4 - Buca Lapi restaurant

  • Description: an old cellar with retro furnishings and a typical Florentine menu, mainly based on meat
  • specialty: Florentine
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: via del Trebbio, 1r - Get directions

5 - Trattoria Le Mossacce

  • Description: restaurant with a retro and familiar atmosphere offering typical Florentine cuisine and an extensive wine list
  • specialty: ribollita
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: via del Proconsolo, 55 / R - Get directions

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