I absolutely love pasta; I could eat it every day! But pasta isn’t all there is to Italian cuisine. Check out this post for where to eat and what you should eat in Florence, Italy.
Florentine Cuisine You Should Try
- Bistecca alla Fiorentina — Florentine steak; a huge T-bone steak with simple seasonings
- Crostini di fegatini — bread slices topped with chicken liver pâté
- Chianti wine — red wine produced in the Chianti region of Tuscany
Where to Eat Lunch and Dinner in Florence
Ristorante Boccadama is situated in Piazza Santa Croce with outdoor dining that has a beautiful view of the Basilica Santa Croce. Kevin had a delicious rigatoni with truffle and sausage and I had the Spaghetti Don Vito (which is just spaghetti and meatballs!).
La Grotta di Leo
La Grotta di Leo is known for their pizzas. They even have “folded pizzas,” which are huge calzones. Here, we tried the calzone, of course, a pizza, some gnocchi, and some pork. We finished it all off with tiramisu.
Where to Eat Gelato in Florence
Festival Del Gelato
Festival Del Gelato has a huge selection of gelato flavors from fruity to candy bars. Even though it’s located right by a popular tourist thoroughfare, the prices are reasonable. We went for the 3 flavor cup, and I think this kickstarted Kevin’s obsession with Nutella gelato.
Messer Gelato just recently opened their cute shop. They had a good selection of gelato for a good price. I was happy to see a mint flavor because mint ice cream is my favorite!
Gelateria Pasco was just down the street from our hotel. This was a nice little gelato place because you could take your gelato out to Piazza di Santa Maria Novella and sit in front of the beautiful church. There was a street performer playing music when we were there too, so it was great ambiance.
More Things to Do in Florence
Explore more of this Renaissance city with these posts on things to do in Florence, Italy.
- What to Do With 1 Day in Florence, Italy
- Wine Tasting in Tuscany Should Be on Your Bucket List
- Pros and Cons of Taking a Group Tour of Italy
Ready to visit Florence, Italy? Plan your trip with these tips.
- Book your flight to Italy: Find the cheapest flights using Skyscanner, my favorite flight search engine.
- Find Accommodation: You can find top hotels in Florence using Booking.com.
- Get a Guide Book: Check out the guide books from Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, or Rick Steves for in depth info about traveling to Italy.
Where is your favorite place to eat in Florence, Italy? Let me know in the comments!