Dining guide for Florence
Cereals, bread, vegetable and olive oil are the basic ingredients of many florentine recipes. Simple food, such as cannellini beans and other vaguely repulsive ingredients such as tripe and livers are transformed into pleasant, tasty dishes, served on both stalls and in local inns and also in luxury restaurants. Typical dishes are fagioli all'uccelletto (beans), boiled and then fried in oil and tomato sauce, trippa alla fiorentina, which tripe covered in tomato and grated parmesan cheese, lampredotto which is the darkest part of the tripe, used for soups and risottos, but also used by many locals as a filling for a sandwich, and crostini toscani with liver pate.
The area surrounding Florence is famous for being the birthplace of Chianti, the most famous Tuscan wine. Four different types of Chianti are produced from the vineyards on the flourishing Florentine hills. Chianti Classico is produced between Florence and Siena, while the other names come from the geographic areas that the province of Florence is divided into. As a result there is Chianti "Colli Fiorentini", Chianti "Rufina" and Chianti "Montespertoli". Other wines from the area are Pomino which owes its name to one of the smallest vineyards in the world, and Vin Santo, which was already known in the 14th century, and which is closely linked to Florentine hospitality. The people offered it to guests accompanied by the traditional cantuccini biscuits.
Restaurants we suggest
Osteria Godo | Piazza Edison 3/4r
This restaurant is one of the most classic florentine osterias and has a terrific bar made by marble and leaves of gold that reminds someone of the old shops in Tuscany. The warm colours and the lighting create a magical atmosphere. The menu of the restaurant is actually traditional but extremely well prepared. The restaurant is open from 8 in the morning until late at night and during the summer months it also offers a garden where you can enjoy your meal.
Golden View Open Bar | Via dei Bardi, 58r
This bar is not only a bar but a restaurant and jazz club also. Its location allows its guests to admire the magnificent view to the river Arno. The menu includes Mediterranean dishes that are combined with modern cuisine touches. Its wine cellar includes some of the best italian and international wines and liquors.
Osteria Antica Mescita San Niccolo | Via San Niccolo, 60r
This restaurant has originally been a toll station for the Chianti wines but turned into a restaurant during the 19th century. After the 1966 flood, the crypt of San Niccolo was discovered, which was until that time hidden by the enormous amount of food supplies stored there. The crypt that dates back to 1000 was completely restored and became part of the restaurant. The Prospeti family that runs the place since 1993 prohibits the use of frozen food and ingredients and tries to offer the best possible Tuscan food in Florence.
Enoteca Fuoriporta | Via Monti alle Croci 10
This is the ideal place to taste numerous types of wine as well as buy some. Snacks and light meals are also offered to accompany your wine. The variety of wine sold is amazing and they are considered to be the most qualitative in town.