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 Emilian in Emilia-Romagna

Trattoria da Amerigo

Emilia-Romagna's best dining experience awaits in truffle territory. In the small village of Savigno, a 30km detour west of Bologna, this fantastic trattoria armed with a Michelin star (but lacking any pretension), …
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 Gelato in Modena

Gelateria Bloom

Dare we call this Emilia-Romagna's best gelateria? Yes, we dare. Owner Gianluca Degani is fiercely devoted to chemical and additive-free gelato and achieves his creamy magic by adhering to a farm-to-table philosophy…
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 co…
Top Choice Italian in Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale

Colline Emiliane

Sensational regional cuisine from Emilia-Romagna aside, what makes this small white-tablecloth address so outstanding is its family vibe and overwhelmingly warm service. It's been a stronghold of the Latini family s…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Sant’Agata sui due Golfi

Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890

Don Alsonso is as much an experience as a meal – and a world-class one at that. Not only is the food exquisite, creative and true to its Sorrentino roots; it’s also immaculately presented by genuinely friendly staff…
Top Choice Pizza in La Sanità & Capodimonte

Concettina Ai Tre Santi

Head in by noon (or 7.30pm at dinner) to avoid a long wait at this hot-spot pizzeria, made famous thanks to its young, driven pizzaiolo Ciro Oliva. The menu is an index of fastidiously sourced artisan ingredients, u…
Top Choice Italian in Amalfi

Ristorante La Caravella

A restaurant of artists, art and artistry, Caravella once hosted Andy Warhol. No surprise that it doubles up as a de-facto gallery with frescoes, creative canvases and a ceramics collection. And then there's the foo…
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…