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Restaurants in Florence

The largest city in Tuscany, Florence shares many of the region's culinary specialties, but there are some meals that are special to Florence.

Crespelle alla Fioretina is a classic local pasta dish. Crespelle are the Italian version of crêpes and here you will find them stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach, covered in béchamel sauce and Parmesan cheese, and then baked. A traditional entrée of the city is of course Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a two-inch thick slice of beef, on the bone, grilled over a flame and then salted. Trippa and lampredotto both double as main courses and easy-to-eat street foods. Trippa is tripe, the first or second stomach of a cow, and lampredotto, is the fourth. Cooked with tomatoes, onions, parsley, and celery, they are served on a crunchy bun. Considered peasant food, trippa and lampredotto are best when prepared at one of the numerous food stands around the city. Peposo alla fiorentina involves slow cooking the toughest parts of the meat in red wine, garlic, and a generous portion of peppercorns.

As for dessert, there's Schiacciata alla Fiorentina. Typically baked in Florence during Carnival season, it's a large, flat sponge cake flavored with orange or lemon zest and dusted in powdered sugar, often with a Florentine lily design. And then there's Zuccotto, which you can find at pastry or ice cream shops. Zuccotto is a semi-frozen dessert of   liquor-infused sponge cake and ice cream or ricotta cheese layered in a bowl that is then inverted on a plate, making a small pumpkin or helmet shape. There are many different versions of exactly what goes into or onto this dessert, but each one of them is worth the calories!


Ristorante Montebuoni

Ristorante Montebuoni


Via Montebuoni, 95

Tavarnuzze (Florence)

055-202-0645


Chef/Owner: Emilio Marchitti


Trattoria Osteria da Què Ganzi

Trattoria Osteria da Què Ganzi


Via Ghibellina 70r

Firenze

055-226-0010

La Reggia degli Etruschi

La Reggia degli Etruschi


Via San Francesco, 18

Fiesole (Florence)

055-59385


Owners: Marco & Leonardo Cirillo

Ristorante La Loggia

Ristorante La Loggia


Piazzale Michelangelo, 1

50125 Florence

055-234-2832


Golden View Open Bar

Golden View Open Bar


Piazzale Michelangelo, 1

50125 Florence

055-234-2832


Ristorante Cibrèo

Ristorante Cibrèo


Via dei Macci, 122r

50122 Florence

055-200-1492


Owner / Chef:  Fabio Picchi

Ristorante - Pizzeria I Ghibellini

Ristorante - Pizzeria I Ghibellini


Piazza S. P. Maggiore, 8/9/10

50122 Florence

055-214-424

Owners: Giuliano & Vilma Ballerini

Antico Ristorante La Certosa

Antico Ristorante La Certosa


Via Cassia, 1

50124 Impruneta (Florence)

055-204-8876

Osteria dei Baroncelli

Osteria dei Baroncelli


Via Chiasso dei Baroncelli n° 1

Florence

055.288.219


Caffe Desiderio

Caffe Desiderio


Piazza Niccolò Tommaseo, 5r

Settignano (Florence)

055-204-8876

Owners: Michele Busanero & Francesca de Gasperi

5eCinque

5eCinque


Pza.della Passera, 1

50125 Firenze

055-248-0582

Owners: Silvio Varando & Mariolina Garau

La Terrazza del Principe

La Terrazza del Principe


Viale Niccolò Macchiavelli, 10

50125 Firenze

055-224-104


Owners: Sabina Stiehl & Nicolo Reina