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 Boboli & San Miniato al Monte

La Leggenda dei Frati

Summertime's hottest address. At home in the grounds of historic Villa Bardini, Michelin-starred Legend of Friars enjoys the most romantic terrace with view in Florence. Veggies are plucked fresh from the vegetable …
Top Choice Modern Sicilian in Licata

Ristorante La Madia

One of Sicily's finest restaurants, double Michelin-starred La Madia is a labour of love for local-born chef Pino Cuttaia. It serves modern Sicilian dishes based on authentic Mediterranean ingredients, such as merlu…
Top Choice Modern Italian in Milan

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia

For the Milanese, food should be like clothing: excellent, imaginative, seasonal and suitable for all occasions. Not surprisingly, all adore this two-Michelin starred restaurant, which offers seasonal dishes such as…
Top Choice Pizza in San Giovanni & Testaccio

Sbanco

With its informal warehouse vibe and buzzing atmosphere, Sbanco is one of the capital's hottest pizzerias right now. At the heart of its success are its creative, wood-fired pizzas and sumptuous fried starters – try…
Top Choice Sicilian in Collesano

Casale Drinzi

This wooden chalet in the hills immediately above Collesano is one of the Madonie's gems – one whiff of the delicious aromas emanating from the kitchen and you'll know you've come to the right place. The menu featur…
Top Choice Italian in Syracuse

Bistrot Bella Vita

Owned by affable Lombard expat Norma and her Sicilian pastry-chef husband Salvo, this casually elegant cafe-restaurant is one of Ortygia's latest stars. Stop by for good coffee (soy milk available) and made-from-scr…
Top Choice Street Food in Florence

La Toraia

'Bringing the countryside to the city' is the driver behind this cherry-red artisan food truck whose name translates as 'breeding shed'. Parked riverside, a 15-minute stroll east of Piazza di Santa Croce, the truck …
Top Choice Trattoria in Petralia Soprana

Da Salvatore

Salvatore Ruvutuso, his wife Maria and two children run this Slow Food–acclaimed trattoria with its summertime sidewalk seating and wonderfully cosy interior dining room. Kick off with a delicious selection of antip…
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 …