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Xiaochen from Shanghai asked

Where to find best local food in Florence

Hey, we will take a trip to Florence for a couple of days. We really would like to try some local food which cannot be get from anywhere else. Of course, it should taste good as well. Could you help? Thanks!

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Ross from Belmont (California)

My wife and I have been to Florence 2 or 3 times -- this is our favorite restaurant: Acqua Al 2.

Also, you might try this food tour.  396 5-star reviews on Trip Advisor!

A little pricy, but we loved it.  Completely worth the expense.  Our guide showed us around the city and gave us great recommendations about all the best restaurants, plus her personal favorites.  Our only complaint is that we should have taken the tour sooner on our trip so that we could go back to all the best places!


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Veronica
Acqua Al Due is not to be missed! You MUST try the balsamic and blueberry steaks. Both of them. Trust me :)
 
 
 

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Michael from San Francisco

My favorite spot to eat in Florence was Mercato Centrale.  The ground floor is like a market, selling produce, meats, seafood and cheese.  The upstairs has lots of different food stands available.  They are open early and close late.  Great place to try lots of different things.


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Courtney
Plus one--loved this place.
 
 
 

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Veronica from Malibu

Ahh firenze... Worth every pound I gained when I lived there for a year :)

1) Best food with a view: Golden View Open Bar. It doesn't get any better than sipping a glass of prosecco with open-air views of the Ponte Vecchio right beside you! Try the pasta bolognese and the tiramisu.

2) Local gem: Trattoria Dante. This side of the Arno, called the Oltrarno, has much more of a local flair. Tourists rarely explore this side of town, which is a huge mistake -- it's such a great area. The pizza and friendly service at Dante's is absolutely fantastic. This was my weekly pizza place and I am still friends with the owners.

3) Best pesto pizza (and hole in the wall): Pizzeria Spera. These guys have won awards for their pizza. Seriously. And this photo is pretty much all you need to know. (Pure bliss in pizza form :)

Buon appetito!


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Debbie
Wow, these places sound amazing and now I want pizza!!!
 

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Shaina
Ooooh by the look on your face, that pizza does look like bliss!!
 
 
 

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Veronica

I would go with the local's recommendation!  We also liked Le Mossacce, a block south of the Duomo.  When you are seated you will most likely be seated with other people.  It is a small restaurant, so they fill the tables which is a great way to meet new people.  We always looked for places with lines of locals out the door.  Also, know that if you sit down to eat it is more than if you stay standing.  A bit different from America, but fun!  There is no such thing as fast food at the restaurants--unless you find a McDonald's.  Be prepared to wait for the bill.  If you are in a hurry, figure out what you owe and leave it with the waitress instead of waiting for the bill.


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Margherita from Fucecchio

i live in Florence so this is what i think: avoid tourist places. Try out Trattoria Da Burde (VIA pistoiese 154) a bit far from the city center but real tuscan food as i could cook it at home. Go to Trattoria Omero for the best steaks (via pian de giullari 47) and Trattoria La Gargotta in Bagno a Ripoli for fab meat and a great view over the city. If you like burgers with chianina meat go to Drogheria Bar & Grill (piazza annigoni) with great choice of wines and generous dishes! hope you will enjoy your stay ;-)


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Debbie
Nice to see you again, Margherita, and great to hear from a local! By the way, I wanted to let you know that we've geo-tagged the restaurants you've mentioned by geo-tagging their names so that they all appear on a map next to your answer. Thanks so much for sharing! :)
 

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Xiaochen
thanks a lot for your very helpful recommendation! Taking advices from locals will never wrong XD
 
 
 

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Greggory from Old Bridge, New Jersey

Check out the San Lorenzo Market.  On the first level you can find where they serve amazing (and cheap) hot food.  Or you can try Trattoria Il Contadino for lunch or dinner.  


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Amanda from Atlanta

For fantastic cappuccino, I would recommend Chiaroscuro. It's a block or two from the Duomo and has the best cappuccino and pastries.  When we stayed 4 days in Florence this was our must-do for breakfast each morning.


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Stefano from Milan, Italy

absolutely. you must try the dish 'lampredotto' there at Tripp&zampa


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Howard from Palm Beach Gardens

Yellow Bar - a local casual reasonable restaurant.


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