La Loggia Caffé and Ristorante, Villa San Michele
For a real Italian experience this is the place to go. Open for lunch and dinner, their wine list features over 150 labels, the perfect accompaniment to your meal. If you get the chance, go check out the old cellars beneath the restaurant.
What to eat: Risotto with pear and creamy Taleggio cheese.
Where: Via delleTerme, 19, 50100 Firenze, Italy
La Bottega di Rosa at the Palazzo Ricci Altoviti
Eat with the locals and escape the tourists whilst taking a break from shopping at this tiny restaurant at the Palazzo Ricci Altoviti. La Bottega di Rosa is in the heart of Florence and churns out the classic Italian dishes we’ve all grown to know and love. There’s even a shop out front to purchase Tuscany produce so you can whip up your own Italian meal in the comfort of your hotel room.
What to eat: Dumpling truffle on fondue of smoked ricotta cheese.
Where: Via deiVecchietti, 6, 50123 Firenze, Italy
Obica, Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina
When in Florence, there’s only one place to eat pizza, and that’s at Obica. Although a global brand with restaurants in Japan, Dubai, USA and the UK, Obica Florence retains its local feel with many of the staff remaining friends with the growers and producers of the tomatoes, pasta and mozzarella.
What to eat: The pizza here is simple and way too easy to eat.
Where: Via de’ Tornabuoni, 16, 50123 Firenze, Italy
Since 1885, this delicatessen has been famous for their lunch offering of a truffle sandwich and glass of wine. Despite its fancy location on the Via de’ Tornabuoni and being surrounded by designer boutiques and concept stores, the deli goods remain very reasonably priced, and always delicious.
What to eat: The famous truffle sandwiches of course!
Where: Via de’ Tornabuoni,64r, Firenze, Italy