Buon appetito! Fitting to our matching article ‘Florence for beginners’, we’re taking a look at the culinary side of Florence now. Whether in a bistro, in a chic Michelin star-restaurant or in a typical Florentine Osteria – depending on your taste, you will find the right locality in Florence. We have picked five of the best restaurants in Florence that you should not miss during a trip to the cultural and gourmet paradise.

All’Antivo Vinaio

For years, this typical Florentine restaurant has been ranking atop the leadboards of Tripadvisor and Co. All’Antivo Vinaio may not be any longer regarded as an insider tip, but we do not want to deprive you of it. Already since 1991, the Mazzanti family in Florence is serving typical Tuscan cuisine of the finest quality. Only a few steps away from the Uffizi, the three restaurants – All’Antivo Vinaio I, II and III – are located amidst the historical center of Florence. Here you will not find a star cuisine, but instead the best street food of the whole city – or so they say. If you visit the restaurant, you really have to try the Schiacciata, quasi the local Focaccia, and fill it with smoked ham or salami and mozzarella. A more authentic Florence is almost impossible to experience.

Berbere Craft Pizza & Beer

If there is something en masse in Florence, it’s pizzerias. The smell of molten cheese is omnipresent wherever you are. I don’t mind though because I absolutely love pizza. During my last visit to Florence last spring, I came across the Berbere Craft Pizza & Beer. Since 2014, the brothers Matteo and Salvatore have been working here in Florence. “Pizza is available around every corner in Florence, but unfortunately most of them are lacking in quality,” the brothers said. “We only use natural, seasonal ingredients from local suppliers.” Their pizzas come without any knickknacks, which is makes their delicious flavors even more impressive. Especially for the locals. And for me! In addition, they also serve selected craft beers from small local breweries. All in all, very modern, many people would use the term hipster pizzeria, but this one really stands out as a good one! My tip: If available, you should take a seat right at the bar. From there you can see how the pizza is prepared, disappears in the wooden oven and ends up on your plate after a few minutes ready-to-eat. Buon appetito!

© Berbere Craft Pizza & Beer: One of the best restaurants in Florence

© Berbere Craft Pizza & Beer: One of the best restaurants in Florence

Il Palagio

Do you prefer it less hip and rustic? No problem. Florence also scores with a variety of Michelin star-restaurants. Equally popular with locals as well as visitors of the city, this recently crowned Michelin star restaurant presents authentic Italian cuisine of extra class, more than 400 selected premium wines and all in an exquisite location. Here, sitting under a vaulted ceiling, you can spoil yourself at the highest level from the head Vito Mollica and his team. They all understand their job, not for nothing they already have received international recognition for the preparation of the freshest, local ingredients. The “Gucci Ristoranti Espresso” awarded the “Signature Cavatelli Pasta Cacio e Pepe” with red prawns and marinated squid as dish of the year 2013. Innovative and authentic, stylish but informal, the Il Palagio offers one of the most unforgettable gourmet experiences throughout Florence.

La Beppa Fioraia

If being away from the touristic hot-spots, amidst the locals in their environment, a visit to La Beppa Fioraia is a must for you. Among all restaurants in Florence it is known as an absolute insider tip. Until now. La Beppa Fioraia is located in a small side street near the Piazzale Michelangelo and Piazza San Niccolo – a chic and trendy Florentine district. In the summer months, you should absolutely sit on the large terrace and try a “Taglieri” Antipasti plate: Chef Leonardo Borghesi serves a mix of bread, coccoli (typical Tuscan fried bread snacks), various types of cheese, smoked ham and salami as well as fresh fruits and spices – beautifully draped on a wooden cutting board. If that is not enough, you can also try one of the delicious pizza or pasta dishes.

© La Beppa Fioraia: Eating in the cozy La Beppa Fioraia

© La Beppa Fioraia: Eating in the cozy La Beppa Fioraia

Trattoria Sostanza

White-tiled walls, tightly arranged tables and a great atmosphere – the Trattoria Sostanza is a very popular little restaurant. Typical Italian style. You shouldn’t be afraid of strangers, if you plan on visiting this place, since you’ll be sitting right next to them in this incredible restaurant. You don’t speak Italian? That doesn’t matter. You’ll get around by utilizing hands and feet to communicate with your neighbours. And after two or three glasses Vino it is much easier to talk with each other anyway. From the tiny visible kitchen, the waiters are carrying out regional classics every few minutes. A revelry, almost family atmosphere, great food, delicious wine and fair prices. What else could you ask for?

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Have you already been to any of these restaurants mentioned or do you have other tips for great restaurants in Florence? We would love to hear from you!