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March 1, 2021

Sandwiches: the best in Florence and where to eat them

Here is our selection of 9 sandwiches in Florence that are worth the bite

It's easy to say sandwich. If once the term indicated two slices of bread and two slices of salami, now it opens up a universe of true walking delicacies, made with ingredients truly at 0 km, rich in a culinary tradition that is the envy of the world.

And that is why it remains the favorite solution for the lunch break of Florentines (but also snack, breakfast, aperitif).

This time we went to discover not only the top places for a sandwich, but we also let you tell us what you should not miss in this season.

It 's the most famous and reviewed "paninaro" in the world, in Via dei Neri at numbers 65,74,76,78, a stone's throw from Piazza della Signoria, but also the Gigli, Milan, New York and Los Angeles! His "Bada come la fuma" is the motto that anticipates the super gluttony of each schiacciata that bears his signature. For us, the famous "schiacciataro" Tommaso Mazzanti has in mind three schiacciatas that we absolutely must try: the first, with Tuscan pork, Parmesan cheese cream and homemade roasted potato cream, and then the "Tricolore" with beef carpaccio, pistachio cream and hazelnut grains with fresh basil. We conclude with another gem signed All'Antico Vinaio with Tuscan Porchetta, sweet gorgonzola, pistachio cream and sun-dried tomatoes.

There is no novel set in Florence that does not mention its famous truffled sandwiches. We are talking about Procacci, a delicatessen founded in 1885 in the prestigious Via de' Tornabuoni. Its specialties related to the processing of truffles are a Florentine institution. The novelty of the moment? The sandwich with fried egg and precious black truffle, to be enjoyed with a glass of Barolo Prunotto by Marchesi Antonori and then tell us.

Between the Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio, Alessandro Frassica's gourmet store specializing in sandwiches is a small refuge recommended for the purchase of rare local, national and foreign specialties. Among his signature sandwiches that are absolutely worth trying, Alessandro recommends his Panino Costiera with stracciatella di Burrata, Alici del mar Cantabrico and lemon oil, collected in his classic and fragrant hot cobbler. It will be love at first sight.

It's always nice to turn the corner on Via Calzaioli, go to I Fratellini and order a hot, crispy sandwich and accompany it with a glass of wine. Twenty labels in rotation between Chianti, Brunello and Morellino. The sandwich you can't miss? The simple and unforgettable one with raw ham (strictly Tuscan), cream cheese and rocket. Try it to believe.

La Nicchietta was born from an original idea of Michele, its owner, who, with years of experience in the field, decided to start this adventure of taste in the center of Florence, 50 meters from Piazza della Signoria. Quality products and seasonality are two inseparable concepts, like the two slices of a good sandwich. Not to be missed are the sandwich with Finocchiona, Burrata and fresh seared artichokes, in a flat bread, wood-fired bread or 5 grain bread (all strictly without lard) and the classic rosetta with lard marinated in 5 herbs, dried tomatoes and Tuscan pecorino cheese.

Croutons and sandwiches are prepared in a hole full of goodies. Here the sincerity of the products is divinely combined with that of the owners who have always used natural and homemade products. Here you can choose your sandwich completely tailored, in front of an array of mouth watering ingredients. Here are our recommendations: The sandwich with the legendary chicken galatina, artichokes and mayonnaise; the one with tongue, broccoli, chicory and mustard and even the classic pork, artichokes and truffles and finally the freshest: the one with carne salada, broad beans and pecorino cheese. Sandwich with a matching glass of wine does not exceed 10 euros.

Gianni Migliorini is the owner of this store linked to the oldest Florentine food tradition, near the San Lorenzo Market (and this is where his products come from) and founded by his grandfather in the early twentieth century. Try at this time his sandwich with cherry tomatoes seasoned with anchovy, capers and a taste of hot pepper that go perfectly with a fresh burratina.

A stone's throw from Piazza della Signoria, two welcoming ladies serve a continuous wheel of sandwiches hollowed out to contain the classic Peposo all'imprunetina, Florentine tripe, chops remade in tomato sauce, chicken livers or the "Ciccina bona" (a tender and tasty beef stew). Tip. Order their Panino numero 4, with Tuscan salami, fig mustard and semi-mature pecorino dell'Amiata.

We are just a few steps from the Duomo. When you get here there are three passions to share: one for soccer, or rather for Fiorentina, one for photography, which is linked to the history of this city.

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