If you ever find yourself in Florence, you’ll see that there are thousands of places to get food. So many people make the mistake of spending their money on the tourist spots and miss out on the tastiest hidden treasures of Florence. Here are some of the tips and tricks to finding the perfect hole in the wall and authentic Florentine food—organized by category of course!
Breakfast: Le Vespe is probably my favorite breakfast restaurant in Florence and probably the world. They offer a very extensive section of hearty and healthy breakfast options, all of which taste amazing. They have a very large vegetarian and vegan section and an unparalleled smoothie selection. They also have a small patio to sit outside on and it is the perfect brunch place for a sunny spring morning!
Gelato: Once you come to Florence, you will discover that there is essentially a gelato store at every corner, and all of them will definitely be good—but not all will be authentic. One of the best gelato places that I have visited so far is 2 minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio and is called La Strega Nocchiola. They have a very unique selection and a taste that cannot be beat. If you go there, make sure to get the cone the first time! In case you aren’t in this area, a close second would be Gelateria Dei Neri.
Panini: Similar to the gelato dilemma, you will find plenty of very good panino’s in Florence, but the absolute best place to go to is Pino’s. If you are looking for something a little more authentic with a very local crowd, be sure to check out Gusta Trippa!
Pizza: This one is an easy one—Gusta Pizza!
Pasta: Osteria Santo Spirito is a place that you might have also heard of before, but trust me, it goes above and beyond what I thought a pasta was capable of. Also, be sure to check out Buca Mario!
Crepes: You will realize that crepes are very abundant in Florence as well, but if you are looking for a tasty crepe in a café with a very cute atmosphere, La Milkeria is the absolute best place that you could go to. If you go here, don’t hesitate to also get a cappuccino and or maybe even an espresso (like a real Italian).
Brigitte is a spring 2017 SAI Florence student.