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Sample the Best in Italian Food at Florence's Best Restaurants



Florence is one of the best places to taste many varieties of Italian food. With a combination of flavors from spots like Rome, Sicily, and Naples, there is something for everyone who wants to try some delicious dishes. Pizza, pasta, and more are available from a number of different restaurants, but finding the right ones is the real challenge.

Those looking to enjoy some classic Italian food should head over to Borgo Antico where they can sit outside and enjoy the view of the stunningly quirky Santo Spirito church. Sit out underneath the heaters and enjoy the view and order a pizza with delicious cheese and toppings on it.

Buca Mario also has some incredible meals for a reasonable price. You can't help but feel like an Italian at this spot. Between the helpful staff and the house wine, you'll feel like you got the whole experience of eating out in a city that has it all. Osteria Belle Donne also has some amazing options for those who love to eat.

 


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Yellow Bar
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It's become a favorite location among expats and some of the locals because it is easy to find and it offers everything you could ever want from an Italian menu. Pizzas, pastas, and red wine abound. It's an easy way to try out some of the more traditional foods if you are feeling a little hesitant about it, and the wait staff always has someone available to walk you through the menu and guide you if you are having trouble deciding. When you want a traditional Tuscan pizza, the Yellow Bar has everything Italian. It's also a family-friendly and kid-friendly environment, so no matter who you choose to bring with you, you know you'll be welcome.

Recommended for Italian because: Offering a fun environment for guests of all ages, it has every typical Tuscan dish worth trying.

Alexa's expert tip: Their house chiani is affordable and tasty, so consider ordering some in the evening.

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For a local atmosphere and some delicious pasta, the Borgo Antico is one of the best places to taste some of Italy's favorite deals. There's a beautiful view from the outdoor seating of the Santo Spirito church. The staff is incredibly helpful and they are more than happy to help you find the perfect meal for you. You'll love the delicious chianti and the wonderful dishes. When you are looking for delicious pizza, you'll find typical pizzas are available as well as delicious steak fiorentina. Borgo Antico provides both a view and a chance to enjoy a dining experience like a local.

Recommended for Italian because: There are plenty of choices at this homey restaurant with great service.

Alexa's expert tip: You'll want to enjoy some wine at this spot--it's delicious.

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When you want to find a night out with some people you love, the Entoteca Pinchiorri offers a chance to sit and enjoy a beautiful view along with some delicious foods. One of Florence's favorite restaurants, you'll find both locals and tourists vying for seats. Whether you want to enjoy the meal outdoors or you would like to sit inside the beautifully-decorated interior, you're sure to enjoy your meal just as much as your view. The menu might be a bit on the pricey side, but it is well-worth the expense to enjoy a delicious meal with the people you love.

Recommended for Italian because: This is the perfect place to take a family for a special night out.

Alexa's expert tip: Make sure to sit outside--they have some lovely options for scenery.

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Osteria del Gatto e la Volpe
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Centrally located and one of the best spots to find quality pasta, the extensive menu is reason enough to journey to the Santa Croce area and to try out this spot. Using authentic recipes and offering the typical sit-down Italian dinner experience that you are looking for, it's worth taking some time and perusing the menu before making your choice. Also, you will find good wines here along with plenty of room for a large group of people. Whether you are planning on a romantic dinner or you just want to make sure that you get a good meal for a good bargain, this restaurant has you covered.

Recommended for Italian because: Great pasta, wonderful wine, and a fun time make this a fun restaurant.

Alexa's expert tip: Try some of the dishes labeled "nonna," they're the typical Florentine dishes you'll want to try.

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Trattoria da Giorgio
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If you are on a budget, you don't need to fret about finding a place that would work for you. Trattoria da Giorgio might not look like much from the exterior, but once you sit down you are treated to some of the cheapest and most authentic food available in the area. It's close to the train station, and a great place to stop and relax after a long train ride throughout the Tuscan countryside. All of their pasta dishes are amazing, and you can't go wrong by choosing any of the items listed on the menu. They also offer great wine prices!

Recommended for Italian because: When you are looking for a typical, authentic meal for a good price, think about coming here.

Alexa's expert tip: Make sure to ask this family-owned restaurant their story.

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Il Latini offers some incredible dishes for those looking to have some delicious night trying Tuscan foods. Where this restaurant really shines through is the pasta and the steak fiorentina. It's an incredibly busy restaurant, so it's a good idea to make reservations just in case. There are some delicious options available for those who want to have a night out and who want to enjoy all the joys of eating out at an Italian restaurant including the environment, the care brought to the food, and wonderful company, you'll find it here. Make sure to ask the staff what they would recommend.

Recommended for Italian because: For typical Tuscan foods for amazing prices, Il Latini offers some delicious options.

Alexa's expert tip: Make sure to talk to the friendly staff for recommendations--they have some wonderful choices up their sleeves.

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Another surprising gem located in the city center, Buca Mario's location in a basement is the very definition of finer Italian dining--nothing is quite what it seems! It's a little bit pricier, but the location and the quality of the meal that you receive is work paying a little more for. The staff is also incredibly helpful and willing to help you when you have some questions or you want some suggestions. Their menu is the typical Florentine-style food that you always know will be delicious and that you will want to return to over and over again with people you love.

Recommended for Italian because: When you're willing to spend a little more in the city center, this is a good spot to enjoy.

Alexa's expert tip: They have an amazing dessert menu--it's the perfect place to treat yourself.

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Osteria Belle Donne
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Osteria Belle Donne is known for its quiet and intimate setting--it's the perfect spot for couples looking to get away and have a romantic location. Between the delicious pasta dishes and steak fiorentina to the delicious chianti available, you can really enjoy your experience. There's a limited amount of seating, so you'll want to make sure that you have a reservation. If you're looking to impress, this is the spot for creating the perfect romantic night with a date. Make sure to ask some of the staff what they would recommend for you to truly love your night at this quaint little spot.

Recommended for Italian because: When you want a quiet night with someone you love, this place with do it.

Alexa's expert tip: Make sure to call in advance for a reservation for such a small restaurant.

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Le Antiche Carrozze
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Located along one of the most expensive streets in Florence, Via de' Tornabuoni, the prices at Le Antiche Carrozze are surprisingly more than fair. Not only will you find great dishes, but the wait staff is wonderful. They are more than happy to assist you in any way, and the specials are usually spot on. The traditional Florentine dishes are always a standard on the menu, and it's a great spot to stop in for an afternoon and simply enjoy. Take your time and sip on their house chianti and don't be afraid to trust your waiter or waitress on his or her choice--they have great taste!

Recommended for Italian because: Great pasta and a fun environment for the whole family.

Alexa's expert tip: This is a great place to take your time and enjoy.

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Finding a spot that feels like a traditional ristorante in Florence can take some work since newer restaurants are trying their best to appeal to a modern, younger crowd. Not so at Osteria dei Centopoveri located only about five minutes from the train station. Tucked behind the main streets, this restaurant prides itself on providing guests with traditional foods and plenty of them. The staff is happy to assist, but this is the place to practice any Italian if you have it--it's a pretty authentic spot, and ordering Italian will make your food all the more tasty and will keep the experience real.

Recommended for Italian because: Offering authentic Italian food, it's also got some great prices.

Alexa's expert tip: This is the perfect place to ask the waiters or waitresses what they would recommend.

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Currently residing in Florence, Alex is a travel writer and author. She is addicted to coffee, reading, and seeing new places. She has been to near fifteen different countries in Europe, all...  More About Alexa

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