Antico Noè

Osteria in Santa Croce

Don't be put off by the dank alley in which you'll find this old butcher's shop with marble-clad walls, wrought-iron meat hooks and a name inspired by an old Italian vermouth. The drunks loitering outside are generally harmless and the down-to-earth Tuscan fodder served is a real joy. For a quick bite, grab a panino (€4.50 to €5) at its fiaschetteria (small tavern).

No credit cards and yes, the Antico Noè in New York is a branch of this iconic Florentine original.