Florence is paradise for street food lovers: the town is plenty of chioschi, street food trucks, located in the centre where you can buy Florentine delicacies. Here you’ll try food that you’ll not find in the rest of Italy, such as trippa, the edible lining of the cow’s stomach; or lampredotto, the fourth and final stomach of a cow, generally slow cooked with tomato, onion, parsle; or schiacciata, a typical salt bread. Here’s where to get these traditional and exquisite street foods.
Nerbone at Mercato Centrale
The most famous place in Florence to get the typical street food is without a doubt, Nerbone. This historical spot is located inside the ground floor of the Central Market, in the San Lorenzo neighbourhood. Along with florists, butchers and shops offering local, fresh products you’ll find lots of street food dishes. Nerbone’s menu is cheap and varied, from panino to pasta to the best lampredotto in Florence. Don’t give up if you see long lines in front of it: Nerbone deserves its fame and is the very best option to live an authentic Florentine culinary experience.
Near the Uffizi Museum, in the street that connects Piazza della Signoria to Santa Croce, All’Antico Vinaio is the best place to eat a delicious panino. Situated in Florence’s historic wine shops, this place has become one of the best places to eat in Italy thanks to the use of social media, good marketing and, obviously, great food. If you are bothered by waiting in line, this place is not for you. But if you have patience, well, you’ll be rewarded with a tasty schiacciata stuffed with Tuscan delicacies.
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Just few steps from the National Museum of Bargello, in the heart of Florence’s centre, Da’ Vinattieri is one of the best spots in town for eating trippa and lampredotto. It is mostly frequented by locals, so it means that food is excellent and typically Tuscan. Florentines say that this place offers some of the best schiacciate in town filled with Tuscan salami; but here you can also taste Tuscan soups, such as ribollita, made with bread, kale, beans; and pappa al pomodoro, a soup prepared with bread and tomatoes. Both are excellent.
Antico Trippaio is an authentic Tuscan food truck, situated close to Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce and also Piazza della Repubblica. Here, you can eat trippa or lampredotto in the traditional Florentine way: standing or seated on a table in the street. The owner is very friendly and serves grilled sandwiches with either trippa or lampredotto, always accompanied by the classic green sauce. Here you can end your quick lunch with a cup of coffee – not all trippai have this option.
Santa Rosa Bistro
If you are looking for something more elegant, Santa Rosa Bistro, a new spot hidden in a secret garden behind the walls close to Borgo San Frediano, along the Lungarno, is your destination. Here you can enjoy a nice aperitivo with your friends, with schiacciata, pizza, pappa al Pomodoro, in one of the most beautiful location of Florence. The wine list is very good and curated by Enoteca Pitti Gola.
Trippaio del Porcellino
Trippaio del Porcellino is one of the best known street food trucks in Florence, thanks to its location near the Porcellino Market, a central market where you can buy typical leather bags, jackets, and belts. After shopping you really deserve to eat something, and Trippaio del Porcellino is a perfect place to taste some Florentine food and sandwiches. You’ll easily find it by the long queues in front of it.
Il trippaio di San Frediano
Located in Oltrarno area, the coolest neighbourhood of Florence, Il Trippaio di San Frediano offers a great quality of products that all Florentines know and love. At this street food truck you’ll not find only trippa and lampredotto, but also other kinds of sandwiches, such as hotdogs, hamburgers, and very good pasta. Remember to try one of these Florentine delicacies with a glass of good red wine or a beer. Prices are very cheap, a sandwich coasts around €3-4.