Restaurants in Florence

There is a wide choice of restaurants in Florence to choose from. Prices are subject to IVA (value added tax) at 10% but this is always included within the prices given. A 15% service charge is usually added to the bill at the end. It is customary for patrons to round up the bill and leave a tip (maximum 10%), if the meal and service have been good.

The restaurants below have been grouped into three different pricing categories:
Expensive (over €45)
Moderate (€25 to €45)
Cheap (under €25)
The prices quoted here are for an average three-course meal for one person and for a bottle of house wine or the cheapest equivalent. Prices include IVA but do not include service charge or tip.

Enoteca Pinciorri

Price: Expensive

This classy restaurant serves gourmet Italian cuisine with great panache. The food is sourced from local artisans and producers in Tuscany, meaning everything from the wine to proscuitto is genuinely something to savour. The wine cellar itself is gargantuan, holding over 150,000 bottles, one of the world's largest. An unforgettable experience, topped off with great decor (imagine frescoed ceilings and renaissance inspiration).

Address: Via Ghibellina , Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 242 757.

Ristorante la Giostra

Price: Expensive

Owned by a Hapsburg prince, this restaurant is hidden away near the San Piero arch, but just a short walk from the Duomo. Cosy inside, it is busy at lunchtime but the atmosphere becomes more intimate in the evening, making it perfect for a romantic evening meal. Flavours are mainly Tuscan, but with some Austrian influence. The seasonal menu might include hand-made Taglierini con tartufi bianchi (pasta with white truffles) tagliata di Chianina, Parmigiano Reggiano e rucola (slices of Chianina beef, parmesan and rocket). Desserts are both Italian and Viennese - Sacher torte and tiramisu both put in an appearance.

Address: Via Borgo Pinti 12r, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 241 341.

Cantinetta Antinori

Price: Expensive

Owned by Tuscany's most famous winemakers, and housed in the family's elegant palazzo near Santa Maria Novella, this refined restaurant pitches super-Tuscans and great Chiantis from the extensive Antorini estates. Subtle food flavours predominate on the menu and accompany diners in their vinous deliberations, with dishes such as involtini (rolls) of glazed veal and artichokes cooked in white wine with spring onions. Seasonal ingredients are often used, while for dessert, diners can sip sweet Vin Santo served with cantuccini biscuits.

Address: Palazzo Antinori, Piazza Antinori 3, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 23595.
Website:

Acqua al 2

Price: Moderate

This modern and cheery bistro fizzes with atmosphere. It's an intimate bottle-lined locale, where plates line the rustic walls, and art, fashion and food draw a late-night crowd of journalists, American students, actors and cognoscenti. The menu offers dishes such as cannelloni with marscapone and mushrooms, and taster platters, such as strips of beef served with dipping sauces, and selections of salads, pasta, cheeses and excellent wines.

Address: Via Vigna Vecchia 40r, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 284 170.
Website:

Angels

Price: Moderate

This cool, contemporary restaurant attracts a fashionable crowd of 20- and 30-something locals. The ornate coffered ceiling (covered in winter with drapes) and exquisite stained glass windows are complemented by simple, dark, wood tables and low white seats. The menu changes regularly and features seasonal produce. Dishes might include tagliatelle with pheasant sauce, beef fillets with black truffle sauce, or wild boar loin cooked in Brunello wine and served with polenta. There is also a chic American bar which serves a good aperitivo (early-evening drinks with accompanying snacks), under high ceilings hung with a rainbow of lampshades.

Address: Via del Proconsolo 29/31, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 239 8762.

Osteria Caffé Italiano

Price: Moderate

This Santa Croce trattoria is very much in vogue, drawing Hollywood stars and ambassadors with its old-world rustic charm. Osteria Caffè Italiano serves simple Tuscan dishes extremely well. Dark wooden cabinets groan with salamis and bottles of wine in the front room, while waiters (busy with platters of freshly sliced meats, lasagne, pork steaks, roasted vegetables and pecorino cheese) bustle about under the chandeliers in the large, vaulted dining room behind; there's an adjacent pizzeria, with simple yet brilliant choices that you can also take to go. On the downside, service can be slow.

Address: Via Isola delle Stinche 11/13r, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 289 080.

Antico Ristoro di Cambi

Price: Cheap

This family-run restaurant overlooking the Arno is a traditional Tuscan trattoria offering bare brick walls and a warm welcome. The antipasti and the bistecca alla fiorentina (a T-bone steak dabbed with virgin olive oil and cooked over glowing charcoal) are both excellent, while vegetarians will enjoy dishes such as penne with pumpkin flowers. Desserts include traditional favourites such as tiramisu and chocolate tart. This venue is always deservedly popular, particularly on a hot summer's day.

Address: Via San Onofrio 1r, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 217 134.

Cantinetta dei Verrazzano

Price: Cheap

This gastrodome near the Ponte Vecchio incorporates a deli offering wonderful sausages and cold meats, a bakery with tempting pastries and tarts, a coffee bar and a sales outlet for the wines of the prestigious Chianti vineyards of Castello di Verrazzano. Specialities include savoury-filled foccacia bread and a delicious array of crostini and cold meats, which can be sampled with the estate's wines at the tables. The decor is warm and inviting, with rustic yet elegant terracotta floors, marble surfaces, large mirrors and dark wood furnishings.

Address: Via dei Tavolini 18-20r, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 268 655 590.

Filipepe

Price: Cheap

This chic, bustling wine and cheese bar near the Ponte Vecchio attracts a wide mix of diners, who come for creative food in romantic surroundings, with carved wooden chairs, painted woodwork, and wooden ceilings. Drawing on traditions from various parts of Italy, dishes include seasonal soups, imaginative salads, crostini, and hearty main dishes such as pici e pioppini con pecorino Romano e pepe (pasta with Roman pecorino cheese and pepper). Save room for the great desserts, such as fig tart, or warm strawberry cake with lemon sauce.

Address: Via San Niccolò 43, Florence, Italy
Telephone: (055) 200 1397.
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Edited by Tina Banerjee
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