A gourmet’s guide to Florence: Food, wine and delights

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Welcome to Florence, Italy, where every meal is a celebration of flavors. In this gourmet guide, we will explore the culinary delights of this enchanting city. From sumptuous Tuscan dishes to exquisite wines and hidden trattorias, Florence’s food scene is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

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Florence, Italy. Photo credit: Pexels.

Florence: A culinary paradise

Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, Florence, Italy is a mecca for food lovers. With its rich culinary heritage and dedication to quality ingredients, this city takes you on a gastronomic journey like no other. From mouthwatering dishes that sing with flavor to wines that have aged to perfection, Florence is a haven for the senses.

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Tuscan delicacies

Explore Florence’s unique food culture through its heart of Tuscan delicacies, where every dish shares a story of tradition and taste. Each dish tells a story of tradition and taste, making every bite a flavorful experience.

Pappa al pomodoro: Begin your Florence food adventure with “pappa al pomodoro”, a classic Tuscan tomato and bread soup. The simplicity of this dish is its charm. It is comfort food at its finest, often enjoyed with a drizzle of robust Tuscan olive oil.

Ravioli di ricotta e spinaci: Dive into a plate of “ravioli di ricotta e spinaci” stuffed with creamy ricotta and spinach. Drizzle with local olive oil, and you have a dish that is pure indulgence. Pair it with a glass of vernaccia for the perfect union of flavors.

Bistecca alla fiorentina: No visit to Florence is complete without trying “bistecca alla fiorentina”, a thick, juicy T-bone steak cooked to perfection. This is a carnivore’s dream come true. Pair it with a robust Chianti for an authentic Tuscan experience.

A plate of meat and vegetables on a table.
Bistecca alla Fiorentina. Photo credit: Zuzana Paar

Local eateries

Get to know the heart of Florence’s food scene by visiting the city’s local restaurants. These cozy places offer real recipes and a friendly atmosphere, making your meals memorable.

Trattoria Sergio Gozzi: Discover Trattoria Sergio Gozzi, a hidden gem in Florence, Italy where you will savor fresh, homemade pasta dishes and delectable seafood. The cozy atmosphere and welcoming service makes it a delightful stop. Be sure to try their signature “tagliatelle al tartufo”, a pasta dish rich with truffle flavor.

All’Antico Vinaio: All’Antico Vinaio is the place for mouthwatering panini stuffed with Tuscan ingredients. You might have to wait in line; it is that good. Try their “La Favolosa” with porchetta and pecorino — it is a crowd-pleaser, but you can also customize your own dream panino.

Cantinetta Antinori: For a touch of elegance, Cantinetta Antinori offers a fine dining experience with a range of Tuscan and Italian wines to complement your meal. Their wine selection is impeccable, and the ambiance is charming. Try the ribollita for a classic Tuscan taste.

“I loved Florence. It was like traveling back to the Renaissance, walking through the streets from the majestic Duomo to the jewelers on Ponte Vecchio. I found the coziest little enotecas tucked away, and enjoyed glasses of velvety Chianti Classico and handmade pasta with just a drizzle of fruity olive oil. Even with just a few days there, I fell in love with its beauty, history and simple yet rich flavors. The sights, smells, sounds — I can’t wait to return!”

— Mandy Applegate, Splash of Taste

Wine tasting

Dive into Florence’s wine world, from the beautiful vineyards in Chianti to the rich, bold red wines that tell the story of the region. Each glass holds the legacy of this remarkable place.

Chianti: Florence, Italy is the gateway to the Chianti wine region. Explore local wineries and savor the bold, fruity flavors of Chianti Classico. A visit to a winery like Castello di Verrazzano not only offers wine tastings but also breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside. Do not miss the opportunity to pair Chianti with some delicious pecorino cheese.

A row of wooden barrels in a wine cellar.
Tuscany wooden barrels. Photo credit: Zuzana Paar.

Brunello di montalcino: Indulge in the elegance of brunello di montalcino, a robust red wine with a hint of spice. It is a true Tuscan gem. Wineries like Castello Banfi provide tours and tastings in a picturesque setting, complete with wine cellars dating back centuries. Their brunello pairs wonderfully with aged pecorino.

Vernaccia di san gimignano: For a taste of something different, try vernaccia di san gimignano, a crisp and dry white wine produced in the rolling hills of Tuscany. Wineries in San Gimignano, such as Tenuta Torciano, offer not only wine but a charming Tuscan experience. Vernaccia pairs beautifully with fresh bruschetta.

Hidden delights

Discover the city’s secret food treasures, from lively food markets to comfy wine bars and coffee shops. These hidden gems show you another side of Florence’s food world.

Mercato Centrale: Mercato Centrale is a bustling food market in the heart of Florence. It is a food lover’s paradise with stalls offering everything from pasta to gelato. Try the truffle-infused delicacies at Procacci, and indulge in some freshly made pasta at the vendor Nerbone. Enjoy the lively atmosphere while savoring an espresso from the market’s café.

Le Volpi e L’Uva: Le Volpi e L’Uva is a cozy wine bar tucked away in a quiet corner. It is a great spot to savor local wines and nibble on cheese and cured meats. The intimate setting is perfect for a relaxed evening. Try their local cheese board paired with a glass of Vernaccia.

A statue in front of a building with statues.
Statue. Photo credit: Zuzana Paar.

I visited this small wine bar with my husband this summer. We stayed the whole afternoon enjoying the delicacies they have to offer and I can not wait to return. 

Ditta Artigianale: For coffee aficionados, Ditta Artigianale is a hip café where you can enjoy artisanal coffee and delightful pastries. Their commitment to quality coffee and a welcoming atmosphere make it a must-visit spot. Don’t miss their creamy cappuccinos and mouth-watering pastries like the pistachio croissant.

A sweet conclusion

In Florence, every meal is a journey, and every dish tells a story. From savoring Tuscany classics like ribollita to wandering through the bustling aisles of Mercato Centrale, Florence’s culinary scene is an adventure in itself. Whether you are a foodie or simply appreciate a delicious meal, Florence, Tuscany and its villages, offers a gourmet experience that is sure to leave you craving for more. 

Zuzana is the creative force behind her websites, Lowcarb-nocarb and Best Clean Eating. As a content creator, food recipe developer, blogger and photographer, Zuzana brings diverse skills to the table with a dedication to sharing delicious, healthy recipes and helpful tips with the readers.

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