Mangia! The Best Restaurants in Florence

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As you know we stopped in Florence just for one night to celebrate Dave’s birthday and deciding where to eat was crucial.

I wanted to take him to the one of the best restaurants in Florence so we reached out to a lot of people for recommendations.

I wished we could have tried more but lardo in Colonnata is calling and we’re hungry!

That said I didn’t want our friends’ recommendations go unused and so I’m compiled their recommendations for the best restaurants in Florence.

Not only to help those who are going, but also to remind us the next time we go back.

Lampredotto stalls are just one of the best restaurants to eat in Florence Italy. Check out our other best picks.

Sandwiches in Florence

Lampredotto Food Cart

Andrea from Taste Bologna is my go-to for recommendations in Italy, he claims this is one of the best.

Just outside Mercato Centrale there is a food cart selling panino al lampredotto for under 4 Euro, it’s not far from Carapino Gelato so you can grab a sandwich and gelato for the perfect lunch.

Da Nerbone

Located on the first floor of Mercato Centrale this little tavola calda opens at 5 am for the market workers.

Taylor from Fatted Calf recommended eating two of their panini as they serve a sliced boiled beef or boiled tripe on a little roll, which he says are “both fucking amazing” and in his top 5 sandwiches of all time – which says a lot

His adds that it’s essential to ask for bread bagnato as they will dunk the bottom half of the bun in the braising liquor before assembling it. via Sant’Antonino


This panini shop has been recommended by many people, across from the Sant’Ambrogio food market and claims to serve the best panino.

With options like duck, donkey and pork, this tiny shop is worth the walk to Piazza Ghiberti. Pizza Lorenzo Ghiberti, 44/r

Want to make your own food, consider a cooking class in Florence.

Osteria dei benci is one of the best restaurants in Florence and serves an amazing spaghetti cooked in wine.
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Osteria dei Benci

We ate here for Dave’s birthday, get the spaghetti dell’Ubriacone where the noodles are cooked in red wine. 

A traditional Florence restaurant that does the classics amazingly well.

If they have it, get the Pinzimonio, which is baby vegetables served raw with this year’s new olive oil. Via dè Benci, 13 r, 50122

Trattoria da Rocco

A true locals’ restaurant, Trattoria da Rocca is located inside another beautiful market, Piazza Ghiberti.

It’s perfect for travelers on a budget as a three course meal is less than $20 for home cooked food. Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio, Piazza Ghiberti

Zeb Gastronomia

Located on the other side of the river, Zeb is a traditional restaurant run by a mother and son sharing family recipes. T

he menu is written outside on the chalkboard so make note of what you’d like before you sit down.  

If you’re up for a picnic it’s also possible to order takeaway from the deli out front. via San Miniato, 2, 50125

Ristorante Hortus

Formerly Zibibbo, it is worth a splurge to try traditional Tuscan food. It was once located outside the city but has recently located next to the Duomo.

If you’re looking for a deal on lunch they’re currently offering a 50% off card when you register on their site. via delle Seggiole 14r

Want Italian sweets? Dolci e Dolcezze just one of the best restaurants in Florence for desserts and deserves a look!

Desserts in Florence

Carapina Gelato

Asking where to get the best gelato in Florence is highly debated. In our whirlwind 24 hours we tried Gelateria dei Neri and loved it.

Carapina Gelato is a  modern looking shop just off Ponte Vecchio, all products are made that morning in-house and thrown out at the end of the day. 

Via Lambertesca, 18, 50122

Gelateria dei Neri

We loved this old school gelateria with innovative flavours like rice and Gorgonzola.

The staff doesn’t speak English but it’s easy to order and they’re happy to give samples to try. It’s not far from Ponte Vecchio.

via dei Neri, 9/11, 50122

Dolci & Dolcezze

Considered by many to be the best pastry shop in Florence, it’s like walking into a time machine with vintage mint green decor and classic music playing.

They claim to serve the world’s best chocolate cake and have dedicated a plaque to this. Piazza Cesare Beccaria, 8r

Do you think we missed anything that should be added to this list? Leave a note in the comments and we’ll add it to the post.


Unbiased recommendations from Italians and chefs, here are the best restaurants in Florence.
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Unbiased recommendations from Italians and chefs, here are the best restaurants in Florence.

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  1. Michael Olson says:

    Thanks, I might suggest adding La Sostanza or “il troia” as it is known by locals for simple delicious dishes like lemony grilled veal chops or the artichoke torta. We also loved the old school table side service of Buca Lappi for the spectacular bistecca.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Excellent additions Chef, thank you!

  2. Looks all so very tasty, wish I had made it to Florence while I was in Italy!

  3. Excellent array of choices for those looking for a good meal out in Florence … thanks!

  4. I was recently in Florence and wish I had stumbled upon this article before then.

  5. My aunt is heading to Florence this summer. I’ll definitely have to pass on this article to her.

  6. Henry Perazo says:

    Thank you for sharing. Hope to hear more from you.

  7. Great recommendations, all of them are looking delicious…

  8. I’ve eaten at Zeb and I love the concept behind it. I remember I did a vespa tour that morning and later stopped in for lunch – Alberto’s bresaola and burata still stand out for me! But I knew it was really good when I tried to go back for dinner and there was no way getting in without a reso!

  9. Coral (Curious Appetite) says:

    Make sure you visit MySugar gelato in Florence near San Lorenzo- they won best gelato at this year’s Gelato Festival! Let me know next time you are in town- I lead food & drink tours and am a food blogger here ( Would love to show you some more haunts!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Fantastico! This was my 5th trip to Italy and I know I’ll be back again so we’ll definitely reach out to you.

  10. Ristorante Roberto on Via de Castellani behind the Uffizi. Great food in a neighborhood restaurant. Not a tourist place.

  11. La Cucina dei Gargo Family owned since 1977 Featured on Rachel Ray …visited by many celebrities…featured on Diners Drive ins and Dives with Guy Fieri…

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Thanks for the tip! Anything you recommend eating there?

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