The best gastronomies in Florence
Where to buy excellent products for a dream festive lunch
Tuscan cuisine is a must all over the world and in Florence there are true temples of taste, small and large delicatessens where you can buy all kinds of cold meats and cheeses, fresh pasta, bread and excellent bottles of wine.
Today we take you by the hand inside the best delicatessens in Florence to discover with you the specialities that will make your Christmas lunches and dinners a real wow effect!
Borgo Ognissanti, 121
ph. +39 055 213078
A cosy, family-run place where you can buy the best Tuscan specialities at the counter. Cult dish: the Russian salad. Must: the chicken in galantine, the voulevant with mushrooms or shrimps, the salmistrata tongue, the delicate Tuscan crostini dough, the mostarda and salsa verde, as well as fresh handmade tortellini and ravioli.
interno Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio
ph. +39 055 247 9271
"Honest Good Italian Food'. This is the organic food shop in Via della Mattonaia created by the historic Florentine chef Fabio Picchi. A real guarantee that ranges from fresh produce to absolutely organic and refined gastronomic gems from all over Italy. Cult: pate from Cibrèo. Must: handmade tortellini, lasagne ferraresi, tortelloni with ricotta and spinach, stracotto alla fiorentina, rabbit alla siciliana, steak heart marinated in its own sauce, fillet or hamburger in elegant sauce, beef rolls with artichokes and lemon zest, artichokes in a pan, mashed potatoes, semolina gnocchi.
Borgo S. Frediano, 128r
ph. +39 055 3897066
It is one of the most historically rich shops in Florence, reopened as a taste boutique by chef Fabio Barbaglini. Here the speciality are the boxes of Fuà, the foie gras from the Fiori di Spezie line signed by Barbaglini himself. We recommend two specialities for the festive season: the duck liver torchon au naturel, marinated in Marsala and a special spice composition, and the foie gras with strawberries in mustard and pink pepper or that with candied mandarin and Timut pepper.
Gastronomia Enoteca Galanti
Piazza della Libertà, 31r
ph. +39 055 490359
Since 1960, Gastronomia Galanti has been synonymous with haute gastronomy and has its precious roots in traditional peasant cuisine. Cult dish: handmade chicken galantines with a careful selection of ingredients including salted tongue, pistachios, parmesan cheese and eggs. Must: liver or fish sauces for crostini, salmon aspic, ricotta and spinach cannelloni with cherry tomatoes, crespelle alla fiorentina, swordfish in a leek and pink pepper crust, classic chicken galantine or truffle galantine, orange arista as well as many assorted side dishes.
Via del Pian dei Giullari, 47
ph. +39 055 220053
Not just a trattoria but an excellent trattoria. Cult dish: Penna strascicata Omero with beef ragout and a touch of cream. Must: pasta and chickpeas, ribollita, pappardella with duck, wild boar stew.
La Botteghina Dell'Augusta
interno Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio
ph. +39 055 234 6667
High quality products from all over Italy, especially from Tuscany and Calabria. Cult: tortellini, ravioli filled with buffalo and porcini mushrooms or pecorino and pepper. Must: tortellini for broth, ravioli filled with ricotta spinach, stuffed with pumpkin, pecorino and sliced meats.
interno Mercato Centrale
ph. +39 055 2398306
Gastronomy specialities in ham: over 600 on display, around sixty open, a dozen qualities available. Cult: country pâté made from calf's liver with fine wines in cooking, presented with or without jelly. Must: from chicken in galantine to various patés for crostini, many variations of aspic, truffles, cheeses.
Deli 1891 Firenze
Piazzale di Porta Romana, 1r
ph. +39 055 221074
Tuscan cuisine not taken for granted at Deli 1891. Cult: aubergine parmigiana and lasagne with home-made pasta and beef ragout from the owners' farm. Must: meatballs, home-grown vegetables, fresh pasta from their in-house pasta factory.