Restaurants

Top Choice Bistro in Duomo & Piazza della Signoria

Irene

Named after the accomplished Italian grandmother of Sir Rocco Forte of the same-name luxury hotel group, Irene (actually part of neighbouring Hotel Savoy) is a dazzling contemporary bistro with a pavement terrace (h…
Top Choice Tuscan in Oltrarno

Essenziale

There's no finer showcase for modern Tuscan cuisine than this loft-style restaurant in a 19th-century warehouse. Preparing dishes at the kitchen bar, in rolled-up shirt sleeves and navy butcher's apron, is dazzling …
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 Italian in Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale

Colline Emiliane

Sensational regional cuisine from Emilia-Romagna aside, what makes this small white-tablecloth dining address so outstanding is its family vibe and overwhelmingly warm service. Stronghold of the Latini family since …
Top Choice Italian in Southern Rome

Eataly

Be prepared for some serious taste bud titillation in this state-of-the-art food emporium of gargantuan proportions. Four shop floors showcase every conceivable Italian food product (dried and fresh), while multiple…
Top Choice Ristorante in Centro Storico

Pianostrada

Hatched in foodie Trastevere but now across the river in a mellow white space with vintage furnishings and glorious summer courtyard, this bistro is a fashionable must. Reserve ahead, or settle for a stool at the ba…
Top Choice Venetian in Dorsoduro

Riviera

Seafood connoisseurs concur that dining at GP Cremonini’s restaurant is a Venetian highlight. A former rock musician, GP now focuses his considerable talents on delivering perfectly balanced octopus stew, feather-li…
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 Bakery in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Panella

Pure heaven for foodies, this enticing bakery is littered with well-used baking trays loaded with freshly baked pastries loaded with confectioner's custard, wild-cherry fruit tartlets, pizza al taglio, arancini and …
Top Choice Food Hall in San Lorenzo & San Marco

Mercato Centrale

Meander the maze of stalls rammed with fresh produce at Florence's oldest and largest food market, on the ground floor of a fantastic iron-and-glass structure designed by architect Giuseppe Mengoni in 1874. Head to …