Most people are attracted to Florence because of its incomparable artistic and architectural heritage. Florence is a city that seems to be an open-air museum with beautiful renaissance palaces, sculptures and museums on every corner. Of course when you visit Florence, you will also look for restaurants that can provide you similar pleasures to those caused by the beauty of the city itself. We recommend you herein some of the best restaurants in Florence that will leave you satisfied with their style, tasty dishes and great selection of rich-flavored local wine.
Cibrèo Restaurant, Via del Verrocchio 8r
Cibrèo Restaurant, opened in 1979 by Fabio Picchi, it’s not simply a restaurant in Florence, but it’s actually a member of a group of five establishments operated by the same family. The opening of the restaurant was followed by the creation of a trattoria (eatery), a café, a cultural association and an oriental restaurant, which are all found very close to each other. The restaurant is strongly attached to the family heritage of Mr. Picchi and the cooking traditions of several generations. The name Cibrèo is actually a ragout that was prepared in the family on special occasions. The most important characteristic of the restaurant is the ever-changing menu, which always adapts to the actual season, and cooking by the rhythm of the seasons is the motto of the restaurant.
Osteria Antica Mescita San Niccolò, Via San Niccolò 60 r
If you are looking for an old-school restaurant in Florence specialized in traditional Tuscan cuisine accompanied with great quality wine, Osteria Antica Mescita San Niccolò is a great option for you. Run by the Prosperi family, this restaurant works in a very old building, which used to be a wine customs station before it was transformed into a tavern in the 19th century. The vintage decorations with wine flasks and century old photographs on the wall will take you back to already forgotten times, while you can taste a delicious ribollita (a delicious soup made with black cabbage and beans) or the mouthwatering boar stew they prepare there. The cheese and wine selection is excellent, and actually you can sit in just to have a glass of wine with some cheese.
Buca dell’Orafo Via dei Girolami 28/r
Established in an old palace from the 13th century, just next to the emblematic Ponte del Vecchio, Buca dell’Orafo is another great restaurant in Florence for those looking for traditional Tuscan flavors. Dining here is also a trip throughout history, since Bucca dell’Orafo recreates the atmosphere of ancient Florentine restaurants. The specialties vary throughout the different seasons. In warmer months great vegetarian dishes such as Taglierini ai piselli (pasta with fresh peas) or cold bread salad can be a great choice, whereas in winter we recommend you the tasty soups or potato gnocchi prepared with sausage and black cabbage sauce.
Ristorante Zibibbo 2.0, Via delle Seggiole 14r
Another great restaurant that offers Tuscan cuisine, but this time with a pinch of Sicilian influence in the flavors, Ristorante Zibibbo 2.0 is one of the top restaurants in Florence. Found in the Santa Croce neighborhood, this restaurant is especially a great option in summer, when you can also eat outside in the lovely courtyard. The menu consists of both classical dishes that have been cooked in Zibibbo for years and newly created culinary fantasies. The pasta they serve is their own production, but on the menu you will also find a variety of meat dishes and fish, which you can accompany by a bottle of fine Tuscan wine.
If you eat in any of these restaurants in Florence, you will surely enjoy a culinary trip into the world of traditional Tuscan cuisine, while you can taste the best local wines.