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Florentine cuisine ranges from simple and traditional to innovative and exciting, made with local, seasonal produce. From classic trattorias to panini bars, we look at 10 of the best places to enjoy delicious Tuscan food near Florence’s civic center – the Piazza della Signoria.
Salumeria Verdi is consistently lauded for its delicious paninis. The business started in 1900 in the historic center of Florence and is well-known in and around the area, gaining appreciation from a vast variety of Florence residents. Salumeria Verdi offers comfortable and spacious indoor seating, an unusual feature for a Florence panini shop. Specialties here include schiacciata with mortadella or spicy salami and ‘La Bomba,’ a sandwich with a kick! Salumeria Verdi also serves a selection of daily pasta and meat specials.
Salumeria Verdi, Via Giuseppe Verdi, Florence, Italy +39 055 244517
Cacio Vino Trallallà has been described as a meeting point for open minds and curious palates. Focusing on selected wines and new artisan beers, and specializing in cheeses and cured meats, Cacio Vino Trallallà aims to attract the people of Florence as well as tourists. You can take tasting courses, where patrons learn the art of pairing food and wine. A traditional meal of cheese tasting can be accompanied by four to five different wines. They also dedicate a complete tasting menu to truffle lovers, with specially created dishes using fresh truffles from San Miniato.
I Due Fratellini is old-school sandwich shop serving paninis and wine by the glass to sidewalk patrons. There are around 30 stuffing combinations, including cinghiale piccante con caprino – spicy wild boar salami, spread with creamy goat’s cheese in a split, crunchy roll. Other highlights include ham and salsa, as well as fishy combinations like anchovy with parsley sauce. Run by two brothers, the name ‘I Due Fratellini’ translates into ‘The Two Brothers.’ This place has been dishing out mouthwatering paninis since 1875. The quality is excellent, as apparent from the crowd of locals that throng the sidewalk – a perfect spot for an urban picnic in Florence.
La Prosciutteria is a narrow room with tables sat under clusters of hanging prosciutto and salami. La Prosciutteria’s philosophy is to serve the best Tuscan food and wine, sourced locally and prepared in the traditional regional style. It specializes in made-to-order sandwiches and platters of carefully cured selections of fine meats, cheeses, and accompanying sauces from a small farm in Tuscany. Many of the products on offer here are organic, the producers priding themselves on their traditional methods. The tables are made from old wooden wine boxes, the lampshades from tin cans, and the walls are covered in artifacts from Tuscan days of old.