Besides being the cradle of the Renaissance period, Florence has also been the birth place of some of the most fantastic food innovations, the kinds that will leave you wanting more. From bocconcini mozzarella to melt-in-your-mouth gelato, Florence has a wealth of dishes to try. Considering this is Italy, there’s a great trattoria on every corner, but we try to bring you the ten very best in town.
In Florence, if Michelangelo is the artist whose masterpieces connoisseurs come to see, then Enoteca Pinchiorri is the restaurant that all foodies come to dine at. This three star Michelin restaurant is gastronomic experience at its best. In fact, its owner and chef Annie Féolde is the first woman from Italy to receive the coveted three stars. Everything, from it imposing façade and antique-filled decor to the gourmet cuisine can be described as nothing short of impressive. Their tasting menu is a lavish six to eight courses, which is best paired with a glass of fine wine. Giorgio Pinchiorri, the sommelier and co-owner, has a stock of 12,000 bottles of the to complement the cuisine.
Via Ghibellina 87, Florence, Italy, +39 055 242757
The world famous Italian hospitality finds its truest manifestation in this place. The Latini family has a loyal foreign and local clientele, who ensure that the place is always crowded. Forget ordering off a menu, your waiter probably knows better. The agnello fritto (fried lamb) and Florentine steak are the dishes that regulars tuck into with ardent devotion. The friendly waiters ensure that food and wine keeps magically appearing on your table but make sure you save some room for the limoncello, a sweet lemon liqueur, to complete your authentic Italian gastronomical experience.
Via dei Palchetti, 6R, Florence, Italy, +39 055 210916
A trip to Florence is incomplete without tasting a wood-fired pizza. This is exactly why one needs to head to Trattoria Nerone, which is considered to be one of the best pizzerias in Italy. The interior is eccentrically and the atmosphere is warm and lively. The pizzas are fresh out of the wood fire oven and made only with the choicest of ingredients. Although their menu features many other Tuscan dishes, it’s the pizzas that people come for. When the weather is pleasant, the outdoor area is abuzz with wine filled chatter. A must visit for those who want to taste pizza as it is intended to be.
Via Faenza, 95/97r Florence, Italy, +39 055 291217
Eating gelatos while sprawled out on the grass is one of the many reasons anyone would come to Italy. If you need some convincing then this gelateria, founded in 1930s by Rafaello Vivoli, will definitely change your mind. The recipe has been handed down the family and the biggest reason for their cult following is the freshness of the ingredients. All the gelatos are freshly made using locally sourced ingredients, without any flavouring or additives. The two flavours that locals swear by are the crema and riso, both delectable and creamy in their goodness. Mr Vivoli promises that eating his gelato will make you ‘spread your wings and touch the sky’, and it may well do so.
The staff at Cibrèo do not believe in having a standard menu card. They believe in devising their dishes according to the rhythms of the seasons and freshness of ingredients available. While September will see a rise in fig based dishes, November ensures that you have the freshest porcini mushrooms on your plate. The service is personalised and the waiters are real masters of words, enticing you with tantalising descriptions of the food, which leaves you salivating even before your dish arrives. Of course, once it does, one realises that words, however beautifully spoken, can do little justice to the real taste, which is bursting with flavour.
Tucked behind a courtyard with very little signage, one can easily pass by this café-restaurant without realising it is a bibliophile’s dream come true. But once one does stumble upon it, this vegetarian restaurant will make sure you spend at least a couple of hours inside. The walls are lined with white shelves, which are stacked with art books and magazines. The food is freshly prepared with the freshest organic vegetables and is unbelievably light and refreshing. So after you’ve had your fill of art at the Uffizi, head over and have an unbelievably stimulating brunch, while sipping on Chianti and poring over books.