Top choice sandwiches in Santa Maria Novella

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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 panini. Come here for a coffee-and-pastry breakfast, light lunch, an aperitivo with cheese or salami tasting platter (€12), or a panino to eat on the move.

Look for the green neon 'pizzicheria' up high on the outside facade and the discrete 'alimentari' sign above the entrance.