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Recommended Florence restaurants


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All'Antico Ristoro Di Cambi, Via Sant'Onofrio 1r
This restaurant across the rive in Oltrartno is great for steaks. Their bistecca alla fiorentina is perfectly cooked.
The wine list is very strong and at 12,000ITL a liter, the house wine is a good value and very drinkable. It's a popular spot, so make reservations.
Phone:  05.52.17.134
Reservations recommended
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM and
7:30PM to 10:30PM
Monday through
Saturday
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main courses from:   7.75EUR

alle Murate, Via Ghibellina 52r
Chef Umberto Montano has turned alle Murate into a mecca for food lovers. His innovative interpretations of Tuscan classics are a breath of fresh air and the ambience here is very appealing -- perfect for a romantic night out. Put yourself in the chef?s hands and order the Menu Toscano or the Menu Creativo, unless sea bass in on the menu -- in which case, get that. The wine list has more than 140 labels. Like Cibreo, alle Murate has a tiny "vineria" where you can order from a limited menu for half the price.
Phone:  05.52.40.618 Reservations recommended
Hours:  7:30PM to 11PM Tuesday through Saturday
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   18EUR
Fixed price menu from:  41.50EUR

Caffe Concerto, Lungarno Colombo, 7
When you?re tired of Tuscan cuisine, this sophisticated restaurant offers appealing French-influenced dishes. The chef, who cooked in the States for a time, changes his menu every two months and draws heavily on what?s fresh. The wine list has 170 nice selections. And there?s a wooden deck overlooking the river. Try the pigeon or the seafood, and if there?s a souffle on the menu, get it.
Phone:  05.56.77.377
Hours:  Noon to 2:30PM and 8PM to 11PM Monday through Saturday
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   10.50EUR

Caffè Italiano, Via della Condotta, 56r
Owned by Umberto Montana who owns alle Murate and the osteria of the same name, Caffe Italiano is a great place for lunch, not far from Piazza Signoria. The menu changes daily and there are usually more than 20 salads to choose from.
Phone:  05.52.91.082
Hours:  8AM to 8PM Monday through Saturday
Credit cards accepted:  No
Main dishes from:   5.20EUR

Cantinetta dei Verrazzano, Via dei Tavolini 18-20
This wine bar serves as the outlet for Castello de Verrazzano, one of the better known vineyards in Chianti. Florence?s famous bakery, Il Fornaio, produces a killer focaccia from their wood-burning over and you can get Falorni sausage to accompany your wine. Heaven!
Phone:  05.52.68.590
Hours:  8AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Glasses of wine from:   1.50EUR
Bottles of wine from:  9.50EUR

Casa del Vino, Via dell' Ariento 16r
One of the oldest wine bars in Florence, Casa del Vino is great spot for a glass of wine and a snack behind the Central Market. Gianni Migliorini and his father Burno make delicious crostini and panini sandwiches.
Phone:  05.52.15.609
Hours:  9AM to 2PM and 4:30PM to 8PM Monday through Friday; Saturdays 9AM to 2PM
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Appetizers from:   4.25EUR

Cibreo, Via Andrea del Verrocchio 8r
This is one of the best -- and best known -- restaurants in Florence. Owner Fabio Picchi serves outstanding updated versions of Tuscan classics. He doesn?t usually include antipasti on the menu, and pastas even less frequently. His starters may include a pureed soup, a souffle, or a polenta. If you were ever going to try tripe, or if you?re already a fan, you won?t find any better than here. But we think that?s just asking for Mad Cow Disease. The place is always packed, but diners are never rushed. If you have to wait for your table, you can do so at their inviting bar across the street. Reserve well in advance and let the professional staff help you decide what to order. The tiny trattoria in back serves a limited menu for a fraction of the price. Save room for one of the fabulous desserts.
Phone:  05.52.34.11.00 Reservations required
Hours:  12:50PM to 2:30PM and 7:30PM to 11:15PM Tuesday through Saturday; closed the last two weeks in July and the first week in January
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
First courses from:   10.50EUR
Main courses from:  23.50EUR

Cibreo Trattoria, Via Andrea del Verrocchio 8r
If you?re willing to go without white linen and crystal, you can eat from Cibreo?s kitchen for one third the price you?d paid at the restaurant. It?s tiny and the trattoria doesn?t take reservations, so be prepared to wait. Dinner will be worth it.
Phone:  05.52.34.11.00
Hours:  12:50PM to 2:30PM and 7:30PM to 11:15PM Tuesday through Saturday; closed the last two weeks in July and the first week in January
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
First courses from:   4.25EUR
Main courses from:  2.60EUR

Coquinarius, Via delle Oche 15r
Though it?s very close to the Duomo, Coquinarius is hidden away on Via delle Oche, away from the hordes. It?s one of the few places around where you can eat almost any time of day and there?s a great selection of wines from outside Italy, which is unusual. Try the carpaccio with artichokes. Good salads too.
Phone:  05.52.30.21.53
Hours:  9AM to 11PM Monday through Saturday
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V

Enoteca Baldovino, Via San Giuseppe 18r
This wine bar and adjoining trattoria have recently been expanded. It?s a great for a glass of wine and a crostini fresh from the oven. Appetizers are, well, appetizing. And a few more ambitious dishes are described on a chalk board. The place is brightly colored and the table tops are ceramic. You can sit outside in nice weather.
Phone:  05.52.34.72.20
Hours:  Noon to midnight Tuesday through Sunday in summer; closing from after lunch until 7PM and on Mondays off season
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
First courses from:   4.25EUR

Enoteca de' Giraldi, Via dei Giraldi 4r
One of the best places in Florence to taste wine, Enoteca de? Giraldi is located in the former stables of the Palazzo Borghese. They serve 25 wines by the glass, many from Tuscany, and offer frequent wine tastings. Salads, meats, and cheeses are offered to accompany your wine.
Phone:  05.52.16.518
Hours:  11AM to 4PM and 6PM to 1AM Monday through Saturday
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Glasses of wine from:   1.50EUR

Enoteca Giorgio Pinchiorri, Via Ghibellina, 87
Don?t be fooled by the "Enoteca" in the name. This is one of the most expensive restaurants in Italy. And according to many, including Michelin who has awarded it two star, worth the price. This is no place to count pennies. Depending on your wine selection -- and there are 200,000 to choose from -- dinner for two could easily cost 1,000,000ITL. The locating in a palazzo near Santa Croce is fabulous. The service is out of this world. And the food is unequalled in Florence. If your wallet can handle it, order one of the eight- or nine-course fixed-price menus. Portions are notoriously small, so you?ll be able to enoy every morsel. Dress up.
Phone:  05.52.42.777
Hours:  7:30PM to 10PM Tuesday through Saturday; 12:30PM to 2PM Wednesday through Saturday; closed in August
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Main courses from:   31EUR

Harry?s Bar, Lungarno Vespucci, 22r
The food here can be lackluster and overpriced. But Harry?s is a great spot for a cocktail. Try a Bellini made with white peach purree and Proscecco.
Phone:  05.52.39.67.00
Hours:  11AM to 3PM and 7PM to midnight Monday through Saturday; closed one week in August and at Christmas
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   21EUR

Il Pizzaiuolo, Via de'Macci 113r
It?s a toss up who makes the best pizzas in Florence -- Il Pizzaiuolo or Santa Lucia. But this one has the advantage of being open for lunch. You can choose from about 20 here, including Neapolitan style, fresh from the wood-burning oven. Request the mozzarella di buffala; it?s better than their default cheese.
Phone:  05.52.41.171 Reservations recommended
Hours:  12:30PM to 2:30PM and 7:30PM to midnight daily
Credit cards accepted:  No
Pizzas from:   4.25EUR

Il rifrullo, Via San Niccolò, 55r
Open from breakfast until late night, Il rifrullo is a great spot any time of day. It?s especially nice for cocktails when tasty appetizers are laid out free of charge. It?s a pretty spot and the ambience is great.
Phone:  05.52.34.26.21
Hours:  8AM to 1AM daily
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main courses from:   7.75EUR

La Baraonda, Via Ghibellina, 67r
Located in a 19th-century wineshop, La Baraonda is everything you expect a Tuscan trattoria to be -- charming and atmospheric with oodles of ambience. The food is very good and Duccio and Elena Magni are lovely hosts. If the weather?s fine, you can dine on the sidewalk.
Phone:  05.52.34.11.71
Hours:  12:30PM to 2:30PM and 7:30PM to 10:30PM Monday through Saturday; closed in August
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   10.50EUR

Nerbone, Mercato Centrale
This tiny trattoria dates from 1865 when the new Central Market opened. With just five tables, it?s always packed, usually with locals. So dont? expect to sit. Order a glass of wine, some pasta, or a sandwich and rub elbows at the bar.
Phone:  05.52.19.949
Hours:  7AM to 2PM Monday through Saturday
Credit cards accepted:  No
Main dishes from:   4.25EUR

Osteria del Caffe Italiano, Via Isola delle Stinche, 11/13
Owned by Umberto Montano of Alle Murate fame, Osteria Caffe Italiano has ambience in spades. The elegant/rustic decor helped contribute to its "Italian Cafe of the Year" award in 1999. The restaurant serves classic Tuscan dishes and has a stellar wine list with many inexpensive selections. Try the roasted veal of penne with duck sauce.
Phone:  05.52.89.368
Hours:  Noon to 1AM daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   13EUR

Restaurant Lungarno, Borgo San Jacopo, 14
When you want to dine with a view, few restaurants in Florence offer a better one than Restaurant Lungarno in the hotel of the same name. As befits the waterfront location overlooking the Ponte Vecchio, the restaurant specializes in seafood.
Phone:  05.52.72.61
Hours:  12:30PM to 3PM and 7:30PM to 11PM daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   10.50EUR

Santa Lucia, Via Ponte alle Mosse 102r
The pizzas here may be the best in town. The question is, are these Neapolitan-style pies worth the wait, because wait you will. Come when you?re not in a hurry, order a good bottle of chianti and relax. Chances are, you?ll leave happy.
Phone:  05.53.53.255 Reservations recommended
Hours:  7PM to 1AM daily expect Wednesday
Credit cards accepted:  No
Pizzas from:   4.25EUR

Taverna del Bronzino, Via delle Ruote 27r
Located in a palace dating from 1580, Taverna del Bronzino serves Tusan classics and more imagivative entrees as daily specials. These make the most of fresh ingredients and could include sea bass or swordfish. Service is terrific and in nice weather, the arbor-covered patio is an attractive option. Very good antipasti.
Phone:  05.54.95.220 Reservations recommended
Hours:  12:30PM to 2:30PM and 7:30PM to 10:30PM Monday through Saturday; closed in August
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
First courses from:   6.20EUR
Main courses from:  10.50EUR

Trattoria Sostanza, Via Porcellana 25r
This unassuming little trattoria has been packing them in since 1869. Cooking is straightforward with tripe and pitti di pollo standing out. Start with one of their flavorful pastas.
Phone:  05.52.12.691 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Noon to 2:15 and 7:30PM to 9:30PM Monday through Friday; closed in August
Credit cards accepted:  No
First courses from:   4.70EUR
Second courses from:  5.70EUR