7 most delicious restaurants in Florence
The capital of Tuscany is not only amazing architecture and enchanting landscapes. The city is famous for its cuisine no less than history or culture. And where else to start acquaintance with unsurpassed Italian dishes and wines, if not in the best restaurants in Florence? In 2011, Florence was recognized as the gastronomic capital of Europe. This title was awarded to the city by thousands of tourists who took part in a survey on TripAdvisor. According to them, in Florence it is simply impossible to find bad and tasteless food. Il Santo Bevitore Among the best restaurants in Florence, Il Santo Bevitore is often mentioned – and this is absolutely true. It is impossible to ignore the local seasonal cuisine (the menu changes every 3 months) and the trendy, truly Italian atmosphere. It is not surprising that the Michelin Red Guide confidently recommended this restaurant for a visit. Guests of Il Santo Bevitore were once film director Bernardo Bertolucci and actresses Jessica Alba and Monica Bellucci. To get acquainted with the skill of cooks, it is worth ordering a special Tuscan bread soup and chicken liver terrine – fame about it has long spread throughout Florence. Amazing and without exception, all homemade desserts. It will be much more difficult to determine the drinks – the wine list is truly inexhaustible and includes beautiful samples from Tuscany and Piedmont. The average check for two is 50 €.
Le Volpi e L’Uva A few minutes walk from the old bridge of Ponte Vecchio is the best wine restaurant in Florence. Rather, it’s not even a restaurant, but a bar – but what a bar! Unlike most similar establishments in the city, here a luxurious wine selection is accompanied by no less impressive snacks: meat and cheese plates with olives, honey and other goodies. But the main treasure of Le Volpi e L’Uva is the wine list. It is very diverse and incorporates not only the immortal Italian classics, such as Chianti or Soave, but also rare regional wines that are difficult to find elsewhere. Prices, by the standards of Florence, in the bar are very moderate: a glass costs on average 2-6 €, a bottle – 20-50 €. Another “feature” of the restaurant is interesting tasting offers for 10-25 € (per guest) and fascinating wine lessons, which make it possible to “blindly” taste 8-10 fine Italian wines (by appointment, the price is 35-45 €).
Fuor d’acqua This is the place you should visit at least once. One of the best restaurants in the historic center of Florence, just steps from Porta San Frediano, attracts fans of fish and seafood dishes again and again. Shrimps, oysters, lobsters here are the freshest (they are delivered daily from the Viareggio market) and are always masterly cooked. To get a complete picture of the restaurant’s kitchen, it’s best to take a tasting menu (the price for two is 70 €). An amazing bonus to the ordered food will be an extensive wine list – 250 excellent wines, mainly Italian. Advance reservation is required.
There are several decent fish restaurants in Florence: Da Settimo, Lobs Fish Restaurant. Golden View Open Bar Strolling through Florence near Ponte Vecchio, you will surely notice this beautiful panoramic restaurant. It offers breathtaking views of the Corridoio Vasariano indoor gallery, the Galleria degli Uffizi Museum and the Arno River. Inside the restaurant is very bright and sophisticated. Guests can choose from tables in one of the three luxurious rooms. The first of them has the most favorable view of Ponte Vecchio: it seems that the bridge is so close that you can reach it. Sit back at the table and enjoy the taste of a real Florentine steak, seafood soup and the best Italian wine. Average bill – 60 € (per guest). The Golden View Open Bar restaurant has its own pizzeria, pastry shop, wine and cocktail bar, as well as an old cellar – it stores 10 thousand bottles of the best wines from Italy, France, Germany, Hungary and other parts of the world.
Panorama Restaurant La Scaletta If you need a restaurant with the best panoramic view of Florence, do not even hesitate and book a table at Restaurant La Scaletta on the roof of the hotel of the same name. The city landscape in the rays of the setting sun looks amazing, and a candlelight dinner under the starry sky will become one of the most unforgettable in your life. The upper terrace (The Florence Terrace) offers a fantastic all-round view of the whole of Florence, and the lower (The Boboli Terrace) allows you to enjoy the views of Boboli Garden, Palazzo Pitti and Forte Belvedere. La Scaletta Restaurant is open from May 1 to October 15. Terraces are open throughout the year. In addition to the magical panorama, the restaurant’s cuisine will become another vivid impression of Italy. The signature dish is the famous Florentine steak, which is served with fried red potatoes. You should definitely try the tender risotto with duck – it is served with licorice ice cream. But you can safely order something else – the menu is delicious absolutely everything! The average cost of a 3-course dinner with a glass of wine is 60 € (per person).