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Even Late, You Can Still Enjoy Florence's Cuisine



Florence has some of the best restaurants in Italy for lat night dining. Because it is a city that caters to those who like to eat late, you'll find an impressive array of establishments ready to seat you and feed you. Whether you like to enjoy a plate of pasta or grab a sandwich on the run, you know you can find everything you need here.

Think about the Yellow Bar, which offers some of the best pasta and pizza around. Their staff will be happy to get you settled in and will help you to find the perfect dish for you--even if it takes all night. If you are still craving pasta a few days later, Osteria Delle Tre Panche has you covered.

For a quicker, easier meal. Check out All'Antico Vinaio between Piazza della Signoria and the church of Santa Croce. It has some panini available after the normal dining hours are over, and it's the perfect snack to grab when you have had a night out and you are headed back to the city center. Or consider Dal Barone, with its perfect location next to the Duomo and the careful selection of meats and cheeses. It makes for the perfect panino to eat long after the sun has set.


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Il Pennello
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A true local spot, you will very rarely find any tourists although it's not far from the Bargello in Florence. The restaurant itself advertises as a "typical tavern"--a place for friends to come and meet and enjoy a wonderful meal in a lively setting. Reservations are a good idea, but you can often slip in without them because it is in such a secluded area. The soups and antipasti are to die for, and the food is reasonable priced for around twenty euro for a full course meal. Take your time and enjoy the late night meal and the area surrounding afterward.

Recommended for Late Night because: For a homestyle feel, you can't beat this little restaurant.

Alexa's expert tip: Sit near the window if possible for a great spot to people watch.

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You can find some of the best panini in the city here, and it's open until ten p.m. most days. Famous for its fabulous porchetta, the ingredients are simple, yet masterfully put together into a sandwich that can be enjoyed at any hour of the day. The freshness of the ingredients are of the upmost importance, so you will only find freshly-picked produce imported from that day. The rest of the cheese and the meats are also to die for--you'll leave wishing you had room for more so you can try some of the other options that they have available.

Recommended for Late Night because: For a near-perfect panino, Pane & Toscana has some wonderful meats and cheeses.

Alexa's expert tip: Think about sitting here and enjoying even though you can take away--it's a cute little spot.

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This tiny restaurant is a tiny tribute to some of Florence's local dishes. It's a bit out of the city center, but worth the walk or short taxi ride. Expect to make friends--the restaurant name is no lie. "Three benches" is the literal translation, and you will be up and close with your neighbors while you enjoy a cheap but delicious meal with accompanying truffles. Their signature ingredient, you'll find most the dishes are served in the typical osteria style. If you want some local flavor for a good price and the chance to eat late, this is the spot for the hungry visitor.

Recommended for Late Night because: Great pasta and typical Tuscan flavor make this place unforgettable.

Alexa's expert tip: Think about clearing out the whole restaurant for a party with friends.

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Where Dal Barone stands above some of the other restaurants in Florence, especially in the busy city center, is their unfailing service. Offering up some cured meats and cheese that will change your life and the way you view your sandwich ingredients, Dal Barone works hard to make guests feel welcome and to encourage them to come again and again. It's an inexpensive spot with some wonderful wine options. When you are thinking about a late-night sandwich and you don't want to venture too far from the reaches of the Duomo, trust the staff at Dal Barone to help you craft the perfect sandwich for you.

Recommended for Late Night because: Dal Barone has some of the best sandwiches in the city center.

Alexa's expert tip: It's right by the Duomo, so bring an extra coat when the night gets chilly and enjoy the view.

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Mastrociliegia
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Open in the center of town, and right next to some wonderful pubs and gelato shops, Mastrociliegia can offer you and your family a decadent meal that is sure to make your taste buds sing even late into the hour. During the winter months, a reservation is not needed, but in the summer this place gets busy with study abroad students enjoying a big meal before a night out, and locals enjoying the perfect plate of pasta and some great company from a competent staff. Take your time and enjoy your meal--you certainly won't be rushed out the door at this wonderful spot.

Recommended for Late Night because: Mastrociliegia has wonderful pasta and pizza late--all made from homemade recipes.

Alexa's expert tip: The house wine is worth checking out here.

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Open until eleven p.m., this spot has some wonderful panini available late into the evening. You'll want to take your time and enjoy the variety of meats, cheeses, and even fruits that they have available. Pair your meal with a glass of their house wine--you can get red or white for a decent price. When all you need is a late night snack to tide you through, stopping here and enjoy the company of friends and family is the best way to end the day. It also allows you to sample some of the best meats available in Tuscany; a treat after a long day.

Recommended for Late Night because: Great meats and a fun atmosphere make this place one worth stopping by.

Alexa's expert tip: Enjoy this spot after a night out--it's close to all the clubs.

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All'Antico Vinaio
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Bordering on the immediate city center and the area of Santa Croce, All'Antico Vinaio is well known for catering to a plethora of guests, including the large study abroad crowd that frequents Florence. The restaurant, which seems to be less known than its famous sandwich shop on the other side of the alley, is one of the best places to grab a late meal without being bothered. Whether you are craving the perfect panino or you would like to sit down after a long day of sightseeing, All'Antico Vinaio is a safe bet when you are looking for a quality meal in the later hours for a fair price.

Recommended for Late Night because: Between wonderful pasta and a great staff, All'Antico Vinaio is great for late nights.

Alexa's expert tip: Think about getting reservations at the restaurant. Though less busy, it's a good idea.

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Yellow Bar
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A favorite among locals and tourists alike, the Yellow Bar takes pride in being open late to cater to those after a prolonged aperitivo or those looking to grab a meal in after dark. The pizza and pasta are more than worth sampling, and its location close to the main drag makes it easy to find and to get to when you are looking for a spot where you can sit down and enjoy a night with friends and family. Also, you'll want to talk to your waiter or waitress and see if he or she has any recommendations on the specials--the Yellow Bar has a fantastic staff ready to help you out if you need it.

Recommended for Late Night because: If you're craving pizza or pasta late, this restaurant offers some delicious options.

Alexa's expert tip: This part of the city is always busy--it's a great spot for a night out.

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Located in the city center and an easy walk to and from most hotels, da Latini is open late into the night. You'll want to call and make reservations, but it's very often that they are open until midnight or later, so you will probably be able find a spot. It's popular among the locals, even though it is based in the city center, this restaurant is famous for providing no menu. The food will start coming at you--whether you are prepared for it or not! Whether you choose to enjoy at opening hours or late into the evening, the typical Tuscan foods here are worth tasting and making a reservation for.

Recommended for Late Night because: Il Latini is a legend in Florence for it's family-friendly feel and great dishes.

Alexa's expert tip: Trust the staff to find the perfect meal for you.

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Finding the perfect pizza in the late hours can prove to be a challenge in Florence, but l' Pizzacchiere is a fun way to get your fix in. This tiny shop emits wonderful smells of pizza ingredients well into the night. This is a good place to bring children, but because it is so small, you will want to make sure that you have a reservation in place and that if you are staying in the city center you leave yourself time to walk to the other side of the Arno. The local picks for wine are also excellent--the chianti is worth ordering a carafe of.

Recommended for Late Night because: Great pizza and a relaxed vibe make this the perfect late night pizza spot.

Alexa's expert tip: Think about walking up to Piazzale Michelangelo after eating here!

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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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