Restaurants

Top Choice Tuscan in Oltrarno

Culinaria Bistrot

No dining address in Florence captures the culinary magic of 'farm to table' dining quite like this San Frediano bistro, an instant charmer with its exposed red-brick vaulted ceiling. French chef Jacques Pachoud onl…
Top Choice Tuscan in Santa Croce

Il Teatro del Sale

Florentine chef Fabio Picchi is one of Florence's living treasures who steals the Sant' Ambrogio show with this eccentric, good-value members-only club (everyone welcome, membership €7) inside an old theatre. He coo…
Top Choice Tuscan in Boboli & San Miniato al Monte

La Bottega del Buon Caffè

Farm to table is the philosophy of this Michelin-starred restaurant where head chef Antonello Sardi mesmerises diners from the stunning open kitchen. Veg and herbs arrive from the restaurant's own farm, Borgo Santo …
Top Choice Italian in Florence

In Fabbrica

In Fabbrica, 1.5km south of Porto Romana along Via Senese on the Oltrarno, fuses Florence's outstanding tradition of craftsmanship with its equally fine cuisine. Meaning 'In the Factory', In Fabbrica is just that. B…
Top Choice Tuscan in San Lorenzo & San Marco

Trattoria Mario

Arrive by noon to ensure a stool around a shared table at this noisy, busy, brilliant trattoria – a legend that retains its soul (and allure with locals) despite being in every guidebook. Charming Fabio, whose grand…
Top Choice Tuscan in Boboli & San Miniato al Monte

La Leggenda dei Frati

This is summer's hottest address. At home in the historic garden house of Villa Bardini, the Legend of Friars (run by the highly regarded Saporito brothers, previously in Castellina in Chianti) enjoys the most roman…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Oltrarno

5 e Cinque

The hard work and passion of a photography and antique dealer is behind this highly creative, intimate eating space adored by every savvy local. Cuisine is vegetarian with its roots in Genova's kitchen – '5 e Cinque…
Top Choice Sandwiches in Santa Maria Novella

Mariano

Our favourite for its simplicity, around since 1973. From sunrise to sunset, this brick-vaulted, 13th-century cellar gently buzzes with Florentines propped at the counter sipping coffee or wine or eating salads and …
Top Choice Tuscan in Oltrarno

Il Santo Bevitore

Reserve or arrive dot on 7.30pm to snag the last table at this ever-popular address, an ode to stylish dining where gastronomes eat by candlelight in a vaulted, whitewashed, bottle-lined interior. The menu is a crea…
Top Choice Tuscan in Oltrarno

Il Santo Graal

Its name is no concidence. The Holy Grail, with young chef Simone Cipriani at the helm, is rapidly becoming just that when it comes to superb Tuscan cuisine with an inventive twist. Think kale-dressed spaghetti in a…