5 best restaurants in Florence
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
Trattoria la Casalinga
Filled mostly with locals looking for brilliant food on a budget, Trattoria la Casalinga is just steps from the stylish Piazza Santo Spirito in the Oltrarno district. The portions are huge at this homely, old-fashioned trattoria, recognised for dishes like peposa beef stew and baccalà salt cod, as well as traditional pastas in rich sauces ranging from rabbit and duck to wild boar. Stick with ravioli and sage butter for something simpler, and wash it all down with the inexpensive house wine.
9 via dei Michelozzi, Firenze
Tel: 39 55 267 9143 www.trattorialacasalinga.it
Al fresco gardens and a Michelin star
Set in a former stable block at the Renaissance Palazzo della Gherardesca within the Four Seasons Hotel, Il Palagio boasts an embellished interior and a summer terrace with scenic views. With its Michelin star and 400-bottle winery, it serves mouthwatering tasting menus and dishes such as violets with Moscato wine vinegar dressing, glazed sweetbreads and Chateaubriand. Wine pairings extend to complement desserts like the chocolate and hazelnut cylinder with caramel ice cream. Exquisite and elegant.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, Borgo Pinti 99, 50121 Firenze
Tel: 39 55 2626450 www.fourseasons.com/florence/dining/
Tel: 39 55 21 56 09 www.casadelvino.it
Casa Del Vino
For gourmands and wine-lovers
The best place in Florence to sample authentic Tuscan wines alongside gourmet local food, Casa Del Vino is tucked away between the leather boutiques of the St Lorenzo street market. Brimming with people all day, it serves vintages by the glass and bottle to accompany fine hams, sausages, cheeses, anchovies and sardines, while a roast suckling pig lounges on a marble slab to be sliced for porchetta sandwiches. Sit on the wooden bench outdoors or squeeze inside to get your feast for the senses.
16 Via dell'Ariento, 50123 Firenze
Guests pay for perfection at Alle Murate – and they get it, not just in the service and cuisine, but the surroundings. Set in the historical Palazzo della Arte dei Giudici e Notai (palace of judges and notaries), the venue’s frescoes feature the earliest portraits of Dante and Boccaccio, and you can view Roman foundations in the basement. Tuscan dishes range from pappardelle with duck ragout to gold-dye cut spaghetti with squid and crispy bread, while the wine cellar offers an array of labels.
Via del Proconsolo, 16r, 50122 Firenze
Tel: 39 55 240618 www.allemurate.it/?lang=eng
Il Teatro Del Sale
Entertainment and all-you-can-eat
An all-in-one venue that offers live entertainment and fabulous Italian food in one package, Il Teatro Del Sale is one of the town’s most original eateries. Join up for an annual membership of €7 and you can make a reservation for breakfast, lunch or dinner from a buffet spread of more than 10 dishes. The Florentine chef shouts out the offerings as they are served from the open kitchen and diners line up. At 9.30pm the artistic entertainment begins - perfect for families, locals and tourists.
18 via de'Macci, Firenze
Tel: 39 55 200 1492 http://edizioniteatrodelsalecibreofirenze.it/index.php?