Schiacciata con l'uva. 10 places where to find the best in Florence
Places not to miss to taste Florence's tastiest dessert in autumn
It's not autumn in Florence if you don't snack on schiacciata con l'uva (flat bread with grapes). It is a very poor sweet prepared by bakeries and even some Florentine pastry shops between September and October during the grape harvest. The taste, however, is surprising. Just think of the ingredients: bread dough, olive oil, sugar and black wine grapes.
Tradition dictates the use of so-called schiacciata grapes, those suitable for wine-making, with small, firm berries. In Florence, it is almost obligatory to use Sangiovese (the grape of Chianti, of Chianti Classico to be precise) due to its diffusion, but also Canaiolo is fine, when it can be found. Only black grapes with large berries should be discarded. And a few years ago the fashion for schiacciata with seedless grapes arrived, which has slightly pinker grapes and no viaccioli, and appeals more to younger palates.
Here are 10 top addresses to go to for sure:
Antico Forno Giglio
Via Vincenzo Gioberti, 151r
ph. +39 055 244402
This small bakery has been baking bread, pizzas and focaccia for almost eighty years. A local institution. In addition to long-rising bread and a delicious schiacciata con l'uva (flatbread with grapes), the Antico Forno Giglio is also famous for its Catalana, a rustic flatbread, kneaded and rolled out by hand, baked directly on the oven stone.
Antico Forno Guasti
Via del Ponte Alle Riffe, 15r
ph. +39 055 583923
A historic bakery outside the city centre, owned by the same family for more than thirty years, it churns out one of the best schiacciata all'olio in Florence, along with pizza by the slice and bread, from different types and flours, to typical Florentine biscuits and a special schiacciata with grapes.
Via della Mattonaia, 3A
ph. +39 055 247 9271
Conceived by the historic and ever-loved Florentine chef Fabio Picchi, C.Bio is a large shop-market located in Sant'Ambrogio where one can shop with raw materials that are good for the spirit and the body, and involves local companies in full respect of a fundamental principle: sustainability. Here, schiacciata con l'uva is synonymous with quality and fragrance.
Forno Palatresi Luigi
Borgo Ognissanti, 102r
ph. +39 055 294969
A reference point in the neighbourhood since 1957. Stop in for the schiacciata con l'uva (flat bread with grapes) without hesitation, but also for a soft genovese or the delicious ramerino bread, one of the best in the city. The small pastry proposal is also excellent, with a wide range of typical sweets related to the various festivities.
Piazza San Marco, 9/b - ph. +39 055 280981
Viale Edmondo de Amicis, 49 - ph. +39 055 669666
Via Anton Francesco Doni, 10 - ph. +39 055 364179
Via S. Gallo, 62/r - ph. +39 055 475975
Piazza Cesare Beccaria, 16r - ph. +39 055 9364750
The greatest Florentine reality in bread and its surroundings. Since 1925 Pugi has been a guarantee of excellence, with its products always fresh, sweet and savoury. In addition to the schiacciata with grapes, try the always hot schiacciata all'olio, at carnival the typical Florentine schiacciata, and finally the bread, of every type and using the best flours.
Borgo La Croce, 109r
ph. +39 055 2479362
It is a must to taste the famous schiacciata con l'uva, sweet, soft and dripping with red and sweet juice. This is a bakery near the Sant'Ambrogio market that is very popular with Florentines in the neighbourhood because it also makes good bread, schiacciata, hand-pulled breadsticks, and special breads (even for coeliacs).
Borgo Ognissanti, 92r
ph. +39 055 215065
Open since 1909, they are best known for their fine pastries: ricciarelli, panforti, baked cakes, cenci and fritters that are not to be missed, to be enjoyed with the rhythm of the seasons. But the goodness of this small 12-square-metre bakery where no fewer than 11 people work does not end there: 30 types of bread in different sizes and with different ingredients, and a crushed bread with grapes to die for!
Chicco di grano
Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio
ph. +39 055 240616
A historic Florentine bakery located inside the also renowned and ancient Sant'Ambrogio market, perhaps one of the best known originally for the preparation of schiacciata con l'uva (flat bread with grapes). Specialities include coccoli, small balls of fried bread dough to be eaten with prosciutto and stracchino cheese, as the business also offers a double frying service here (a Florentine tradition, now lost).
Via Gabriele D'Annunzio, 106
ph. +39 055 605054
A well-known establishment throughout southern Florence, it offers haute patisserie and traditional Florentine desserts. Not to be missed is the schiacciata con l'uva, which graces the counter at Pasticceria Cesare in autumn.
Via Duccio da Buoninsegna, 36
ph. +39 055 710849
It is therefore worth getting out of the historical centre and into the Soffiano area to try one of the best pastry shops in Florence. Known for its famous schiacciata alla fiorentina, it also deserves a taste of its delicious schiacciata con l'uva. On Sundays, there is a queue, so be patient.