WHERE TO EAT IN FLORENCE
Sophisticated, self-assured and welcoming, that’s Florence.
This delightful city has beautiful sights on every corner and yet is compact enough for it to feel like a cosy village.
Staying right in the centre of town meant we could walk everywhere from Il Duomo to the Ponte Vecchio, the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi Gallery.
For artisan breads and rustic morning pastries, start your day at La Cantinetta dei Verrazzano.
For true specialty coffee, Ditta Artiginale with it’s modern brews, is the only place to be.
The degustation at Cibrèo, is an immersive experience as well as a window into the soul of Chef Fabio Picchi, who is very much driven to produce food that is seasonal on a daily basis. There is no printed menu so pay attention when one of the team joins you at your table to give you the run down of what the extensive daily offering will be. Then you can allow yourself to sit back and be delighted as each dish rolls out.
Do not leave Florence without tucking into a classic Bistecca Fiorentina, and Buca Lapi, a stalwart of a steakhouse set in a century old cellar will give you the most authentic experience. We wolfed down the steak before I could take a pic, but suffice to say, it was verrry good served with a nice Chianti!
And if you wanna lunch where the locals eat, Hosteria Ganino is the place. Generous serves of tuscan specialities in a cramped little restaurant filled with ebullient Florentinos wining and dining away will make you feel right at home.
Like many cities in Italy, Florence is about the food but here it is big and bold, served with generosity and a stoic spirit that truly reflects the confidence that is at the centre of the Tuscan personality.
A BIG Buon Appetito!