True Tuscan recipes are hard to come by in Florence, since there are so many touristy restaurants serving cuisine that is more aligned to the more contemporary, Florentine style of cooking. Pangies and Vinaino di Parte Guelfa, however, are all about Tuscan cuisine.
Pangies Bistrot opened in February 2010, and it has been grown in popularity ever since. It is run by a native Florentine family who all work and cook together. Once you walk into Pangies, you immediately feel like one of the family. Their menu is freshly made each morning and the recipes are truly Tuscan. Located on Via del Parione, Pangies offer traditional dishes at reasonable prices. You will not be disappointed here at Pangies. The head of the family and main chef, Mario, mingles with the patrons. He's known for regaling his customers with how he made his famous tiramisu.
Luca busy making the perfect sandwich — Photo courtesy of Katie Greenaway
Situated just a 5 minute walk from Pangies, Vinaino di Parte Guelfa brings smiles to each customer. Luca and Leo are brothers-in-law whose aim is to serve traditional, high quality cuisine quickly and at an affordable rate. Panini (sandwiches) of all kinds can be had here. If you are a vegetarian, they have all the right vegetables to keep you coming back for more. Ask for a recommendation with prosciutto or salami toscano, and they will make you the best sandwich you've ever tasted. Delicious sun-dried tomatoes, spicy eggplant, marinated artichokes, and all kinds of cheeses ranging from pecorino, brie, caprino (goat’s cheese), crescenza (cow’s milk cheese) and fresh mozzarella. Take your pick, and indulge in a glass of Chianti while listening to local Italians banter.
These are two restaurants that will leave you feeling satisfied and welcome, both emphasizing true Tuscan cuisine paired with true Italian charm.