Recommended Restaurants in Florence
The reputation of Italian food is widespread and it’s a perfect reason to holiday in Tuscany. Olives, truffles and vegetables are all grown locally and can be washed down with the world famous Chianti wine.When you’re staying in a villa in Tuscany, you will be eating a lot of your meals by your pool. So when you do go out for meal, you need to make sure it’s a well recommended restaurant, so you don’t waste your night out! That’s why we’ve put together a list of remarkable restaurants to try in Florence, for a variety of prices and meal types.
Ora d’AriaIf you want to sample the height of elegant Italian cooking, Ora d’Aria will not fail to delight with its stylish nouvelle cuisine. It is at the top end of the price range, but for this standard of food it is actually quite good value. The head chef and co-owner Marco Stabile is one of Italy’s finest chefs who has learnt his craft in a series of prestigious restaurants and now teaches at Italy’s top culinary schools. You can see him busy at work in the open view kitchen as you delve into what can only be described as food heaven.
The restaurant is situated a stone’s throw from the Uffizi gallery, so is perfectly situated to finish off a cultural trip to Florence. This contemporary Michelin star restaurant offers a selection of meat, sea food and pasta dishes and as well as exceptional deserts, fine wine and artisan beers. Reservations are essential.
Average price per head: €65 for dinner with wine; €25 for lunch
Address: Via Accademia dei Georgofili 9r, 50122 Firenze
Il Teatro del SaleThe dining experience at this eccentric restaurant-cum-theatre is not to be missed! It is the brain child of a husband and wife duo, Chef Fabio Picchi and actress Maria Cassi and they welcome you into a world of entertainment for every sense. The menu changes by the seasons and prides itself on using local producers. It is a members-only club, but everybody is welcome to join for only €7 and the food is amazingly good value and includes a performance in the evening of drama, music or comedy.
It is an informal eating experience to say the least. You begin by serving yourself antipasti, water and wine and then wait for the chef to shout out what’s on offer for your first and second courses and then simply queue up. Deserts and coffee are then laid out just in time for the 9:30pm performance to begin.
Price per head: €7 breakfast; €20 lunch; €30 Dinner
Address: Via del Verrocchio, 8r, Firenze
lunch ’InoThis deli and afternoon wine bar offers the perfect place to re-energize during a busy day of sight-seeing in Florence. Their speciality is gourmet paninis, made with artisan bread or focaccia filled with the delights of their delicious deli. There is an array of Italian cheeses, hams and dry cured meats, fresh vegetables and salad and if you don’t fancy a Panini they also have cold platters and a couple of simple mains. There is also a constantly updating wine list to enjoy and set you up for an afternoon of exploring the attractions of Florence.
Average price per head: €10 for a Panini and glass of wine.
Address: Via Accademia dei Georgofili 3r/7r, 50122 Firenze.
Opening times: 11am-5pm every day.
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