Restaurants

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 Italian in Florence

In Fabbrica

In Fabbrica, 1.5km south of Porto Romana along Via Senese on the Oltrarno, fuses Florence's outstanding tradition of craftsmanship with its equally fine cuisine. Meaning 'In the Factory', In Fabbrica is just that. B…
Top Choice Gelato in Florence

Gelateria Pasticceria Badiani

Known throughout Italy for the quality of its handmade gelato and sweet pastries, Badiani is located in the Campo de’ Marte neighbourhood just outside the historic city centre but is – as any local will tell you – w…
Top Choice Tuscan in Oltrarno

Culinaria Bistrot

No dining address in Florence captures the culinary magic of 'farm to table' dining quite like this San Frediano bistro, an instant charmer with its exposed red-brick vaulted ceiling. French chef Jacques Pachoud onl…
Top Choice Tuscan in Arezzo

Osteria dell'Acquolina

Heading east from Florence to Arezzo, this vivid pink villa in an olive grove is the perfect lunch stop, especially in summer when the dining action spills out onto the terracotta-brick terrace with 360-degree view …
Top Choice Tuscan in Lucca

Villa Bongi

Ask anyone from Lucca where to lunch on Sunday or flee the city to escape the stifling summer heat and the reply is invariably this dreamy salmon-pink mansion with stone-balustrade verandah, 7km west of town. The gr…
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 Pizza in Pisa

Pizzeria Il Montino

There is nothing flash or fancy about this down-to-earth pizzeria, an icon among Pisans, student or sophisticate alike. Take away or order at the bar then grab a table, inside or out, and munch on house specialities…
Top Choice Tuscan in Casentino Valley

Toscana Twist

Toscana Twist is a rare and wonderful breed in rural Tuscany. This exceptionally contemporary address near the train station is a pedigree hybrid. Its day begins with breakfast – delicious cakes, cookies and pastrie…
Top Choice Tuscan in Bagni di Lucca

Buca di Baldabò

Perched on a hillock above chestnut and walnut forests, this is an iconic address every local foodie knows about. Hidden at the back of the village bar, it has no printed menu. Listen to what's cooking that day and …