Where to Eat in & Around Florence
Our nearest big city is Florence and whilst we never spend enough time there, the time we do often revolves around a good restaurant. Here are some suggestions of places that we enjoy and hope you might too.
Very eclectic wine list from all over Italy. Super relaxed and offering sharing plates, boards of local hams and cheeses etc. so good for a light lunch or the early evening slot. They also deliver wines if you are staying in a villa nearby.
Trattoria Cammillo (Borgo S. Jacopo, 57/r. tel. +39 055212427)
One of the best classic family run trattorias in Florence. All the tuscan favourites. It’s quite rustic looking but you eat really well.
The wonderful world of Cibreo inhabits a beautiful corner of Sant’Ambrogio. The restaurant is of course an institution, but there is also Cibreo Cafe which is a little less $$ than Cibreo itself but you get a sense of the whole project.
Il Nugolo is really worth a visit. Founded by Nerina Martelli who previously worked at Petersham Nurseries in London and has established a kitchen garden with heirloom tomatoes and an incredible array of vegetables. Super seasonal menu and truly delicious.
Great for cocktails
If you are looking for a restaurant with a view over the city, worth trying either Ristorante La Loggia or Da Giacomo al Salviatino. Il Salviatino Firenze, is one of the most beautiful historic Tuscan villas surrounded by private gardens and located in Fiesole. They have an organic orto and use local ingredients only.
If you are ok with the aperitif and view option, then the Loggia Rooftop is super beautiful and worth a visit. Located in the oltrarno it’s a great spot to catch the sunset over the city.
Il Santo Bevitore, on the oltrarno, this is a fun neighbourhood and there’s always a certain buzz. Great wine list.
Le Menagere, this is very close to the Accademia museum but a total haven away from the busy streets. It’s a modern take on Italian food, and the restaurant is at the back of a flowershop, so it feels light and breezy. Really good if you’ve had a busy morning of galleries
Il Parione, this is a very classic Tuscan trattoria, good for a great plate of pasta or a Florentine steak.
Within half an hour’s drive of the city
If you make it to Greve in Chianti, Fuori Piazza is a really great unpretentious restaurant with a great wine list.
If you make it to Panzano, the best spot is Enoteca Baldi – they have a supremely good wine list and the food is wonderful and has influences from the south of Italy
Heading slightly in to the hills but close to Panzano and Greve, we love Cantinetta di Rignana Super relaxed, delicious Tuscan food.
Fattoria di Maiano, located just outside Florence, close to Fiesole. They have a wonderful botanic garden and a trail with animals that is great for young families. You really manage to feel away from the city here and the food is always good and truthful.