Restaurants

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 Venetian in San Polo & Santa Croce

All’Arco

Search out this authentic neighbourhood osteria (casual tavern) for the best cicheti (bar snacks) in town. Armed with ingredients from the nearby Rialto Market, father-son team Francesco and Matteo serve miniature m…
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 Venetian in San Polo & Santa Croce

Antiche Carampane

Hidden in the once-shady lanes behind Ponte delle Tette, this culinary indulgence is a trick to find. Once you do, say goodbye to soggy lasagne and hello to a market-driven menu of silky crudi (raw fish/seafood), su…