Florence: An Insider’s Guide to All That’s Delicious

One of the Realtors who work in my office has been giving out a May 2000 copy of Bon Appétit magazine to all his friends every time one of them goes to Italy. In particular, they are instructed to read the article “Florence: An Insider’s Guide to All That’s Delicious”. His claims is that this is the perfect guide to eating in Florence, and in 14 years it has not been topped by any other information or guide he has ever read. High praise! I found this fascinating, and the copy of the magazine is quite a relic in and of itself. It’s lovingly worn and taped back together after at least 6 international flights, and I’m sure at this point this magazine has done some extensive sight-seeing.

Which is why I thought it needed to go digital . My god, what if something happened to it? What if it was left in a hotel, or the back of a plane seat?

So what I have done is scanned the article in it’s completion (Click Here to View) and also broken it down as a quickly view-able guide to actually finding a place to eat in Florence. Wherever possible I have include a link and map to easily find the location in Florence as well. Divertiti!

Breakfast

Rivoire – Piazza della Signoria, 5, 50122 Firenze – Hot Chocolate, Pastry, sandwiches

Cennini – Ponte Vecchio – Custard filled brioche, budino di riso, cappuccino

Mid Morning Snacks

Procacci – Via Tornabuoni, 64r, Firenze  – Prosecco, cheeses, charcuterie, sandwiches

I Due Fratellini – Via dei Cimatori, 38, 50122 Firenze – Chianti, anchovies marinated in olive oil, crostini, mozzarella and tomato sandwiches

Lunch

Trattoria Belle Donne – Via delle Belle Donne, 16, 50123 Firenze – Daily Menus

Cantinetta dei Verrazzano – Via dei Tavolini, 18/r, 50122 Firenze – Cheeses, cured meats. crostini

Caffè Cibrèo – Via Andrea del Verrocchio, 5r, 50122 Firenze – High end dining

Il Pizzaiuolo – Via dè Macci, 113, 50122 Firenze – Pizza, seafood

Buca dell’Orafo – Via dei Girolami, 28, Firenze – Tuscan seasonal simplicity

Cantinetta Antinori – Piazza Antinori, 3, 50123 Firenze – Luxe lunch

The Market

Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio –  Piazza Ghiberti, Florence – Held every morning (except holidays) from 7:00 am to 2:00pm, partly open, with benches clothing, fruit and vegetables and food

Kids

Ringo’s Bar – Borgo San Jacopo, 19, 50125 Firenze – Organic burgers, desserts

Afternoon Tea

Osteria del Caffè Italiano – Via Isola delle Stinche, 11R-13R, 50122 Firenze – Proper tea, sweets, desserts

Dolci & Dolcezze – Piazza Cesare Beccaria, 8-red, 50121 Firenze – Tarts and Treats

Vivoli – Via Dell’Isola delle Stinche, 7r, 50122 Firenze – Gelato

Drinks

Hotel Lungarno – Borgo San Jacopo, 14, 50125 Firenze – Arno River views, aperitivo

Le Volpi e l’Uva – Piazza dei Rossi, 1, 50125 Firenze – Small producer wines, local and imported cheeses

Dinner

Garga – Via San Zanobi, 33, 50129 Firenze – Art Gallery and Trattoria

Caffè Concerto Paszkowski – Piazza della Repubblica, 35r, Firenze – Modern interpretations of classic dishes

Cavolo Nero Bistrot – Via Guelfa, 100, 50124 Firenze – Romantic courtyard, traditional and modern tuscan

Trattoria IL GUSCIO – Via dell’Orto, 49, 50124 Firenze – Classic Florentine ambiance, simple food

Trattoria 4 Leoni – Via dè Vellutini, 1r, 50125 Firenze –  Bustling, youthful, modern menu

Al Tranvai – Piazza Torquato Tasso, 14r, 50124 Firenze – Quiet anti-tourist trap

*Notes; It is remarkable how few of the restaurants from the original 2000 article have gone out of business. I could only determine a few; Baldovino, Latte & Co., Trattoria Pasquini, and Beccofino – are all closed. Please also note that I cannot personally recommend any of the above restaurants as I have never been to Florence 😦

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