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Florence has always been the home of culinary excellence and authenticity. In the heart of San Lorenzo, a gastronomic goldmine awaits. The ground floor of Mercato Centrale still hosts traditional vendors offering fresh vegetables, fruit, and meat. The difference is the huge food court upstairs where you can now enjoy your food on the spot, with five hundred seats to choose from and free WiFi available. Check out the best food stands in the market.
Buffalo mozzarella is a fresh, soft, semi-elastic textured cheese made from buffalo milk with a mild yet slightly tangy taste. Popular in Italian dishes, this snowy white cheese is prepared and served right before your eyes thanks to Angelo and Emanuele Campomaggiore Dairy in Caserta. Try the outstanding starters or the delicious caprese salad to start your gastronomic adventure.
Tuscany is well known for the production of truffles. Il Tartufo offers you the excellent delicacies created by Luciano Savini. Taste the finest, seasonal black and white truffles in dishes like pasta, salads, sandwiches, various spreads, or even beer and fall in love with the unique flavor.
A trip to Italy is not complete without pizza. Although not a typical Tuscan recipe, this is your chance to taste a perfectly crispy, fresh, wood oven-baked pizza. Made with the best flour, fresh tomatoes, and melted chunks of mozzarella cheese, it will certainly be a nice treat.
Promoting pasta, Pasta Fresca is the perfect place to taste both classical and creative dishes made by the Genoese pasta maker. Taste and purchase a wide, high-quality range of local specialties, the result of many years of research and experimentation. Do not miss the unusual sweet combinations or the cooking shows held directly by Raimondo Mendolia.
If you are a meat lover, this is an unmissable stand. Taste some delicious and filling dishes that will exceed even the highest of expectations. In case you can’t decide, the mixed grill’s exceptional quality will surely satisfy you.
Stop by this stand to explore the Chocolate universe. Cristian Beduschi is ready to delight you with his top-notch creations, like the amazing gelato alla Torta Setteveli, an ice cream-based version of the chocolate and hazelnut Sicilian cake.
If you’re feeling adventurous and are willing to try something new, Lorenzo Nigro and his family recipes can take care of that. Lampredotto is a traditional sandwich, only to be found in Florence and made of beef tripe. Watch the maker as he creates this unique, delicious meal and seasons it with salt, pepper, and sauce. A warning – if you don’t like spicy food, ask for little or no hot sauce.
Watch French baker and Bakery World Cup champion David Bedu, as he bakes Italian breads and pastries. Try one or more of the irresistible sweet delights and get some snacks to enjoy later.
Marco Rosi and Paolo Soderi present their fried snacks and Florentine specialties, while at the same time offering many vegetable variations. Try some zucchini flowers or artichokes and don’t miss their beloved meatballs.
This is the ideal stand for vegetarians and vegans. With a variety of smoothies, veggie burgers, and freshly squeezed juices, it is the best way to round your food experience off in a healthy manner.