Two words sum up foodie Florence: gastronomic heaven. Florentine dining embraces everything from fast food (cow stomach sandwich anyone?) to family-run trattorias, raucous food markets and thoroughly modern dining addresses. Quality ingredients and simple execution are the hallmarks of Florentine cuisine, and exceptional restaurants are bolstered by a wealth of enoteca – wine bars serving tasting platters of cheese, salami and cold meats as well as full meals. Come dusk, any time from 8pm onwards is the time to dine – on fabulous bistecca alla fiorentina (steak), crostini (chicken liver pâté-topped toasts), ribollita (vegetable, bread and bean soup), pappa al pomodoro (bread and tomato soup) and trippa alla fiorentina (tripe cooked in a rich tomato sauce).