The best 'panini' in Florence
Our itinerary to discover the top addresses of street food
By now it's official, street-food-mania has infected everyone. But in Florence it has always been an institution. From east to west, here are our most delicious suggestions:
HERE you will find our list of the best trippai in Florence
HERE the sandwiches not to be missed in the city
HERE the ovens with bread, pizzas and schiacciate stuffed with the best cold cuts in the area
Still not convinced? We take you directly on tour with us to discover the sandwiches not to be missed in Florence.
If you are in Piazza della Signoria and you are looking for a place for a quick snack, before starting your tour of the wonders of Florence, you can head to the famous Antico Vinaio in Via dei Neri. Expect a bit of a line, but it's worth it for its world-renowned stuffed schiacciate. The version to try? Tuscan lard and sweet gorgonzola melting on the warm schiacciata, fig cream, hazelnut granola and honey.
Also in the center not far from Piazza della Signoria are the hot and crispy sandwiches of I Fratellini (Via dei Cimatori, 38r) to be accompanied strictly with a glass of wine. One of their must-haves that is always good in summer and winter? Roasted ham, burrata cheese and sun-dried tomatoes or roasted ham and truffle cream.
A new cult address in the center is La Nicchietta in Calimaruzza, in Via Calimaruzza, 12. A place of taste that comes from an original idea of Michele, its owner who, with years of experience in the field, decided to start this adventure in the center of Florence, just 50 meters from Piazza della Signoria. The intent is to provide customers with a unique and unrepeatable taste experience, unless you decide to do the encore! The products are carefully selected according to quality and seasonality.
Also a stone's throw from Piazza della Signoria, Il Cernacchino (Via della Condotta 38r), where a friendly and knowledgeable staff serves delicious round sandwiches filled with the dishes of the day ranging from trippa alla fiorentina to peposo dell'Imprunetina. A rustic and exquisite place, perfect for savoring the most authentic flavors of traditional Tuscan cuisine.
The gourmet street food address in Florence is Ino (in Via dei Georgofili 3-7r, between Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi). Not just a simple sandwich shop, but a gastronomic boutique where you can enjoy top quality artisanal products combined with taste and originality. In Alessandro Frassica's sandwiches you can see global influences, the great respect for the raw material and the customer, the welcome, but also innovation, creativity and trend. A stop here is really a must.
After a shopping trip on Via de' Tornabuoni, for the most refined tastes, there are the famous truffled sandwiches by Procacci (Via de' Tornabuoni, 64r) since 1885. Among the great Classics: truffle, truffle and foie fras, butter and anchovies, salmon with cream cheese and chives. Every week a new sandwich to try!
Not far from Piazza di Santa Trinita we also find Mariano (Via del Parione, 19r). Born as a grocery store has become a reference point for a quick lunch. It makes classic sandwiches with cold cuts but also sandwiches tailored to your liking: marinated tongue, truffled meat, chicken galantine, carne salada that goes well with favette and pecorino cheese, arista with artichokes and truffles and salmon.
A stone's throw from the Duomo, is the Fiaschetteria Nuvoli (Piazza dell'Olio, 15), home of Tuscan cuisine. Don't miss the sandwich with porchetta lampredotto and green sauce or with semi-sweet ham and pecorino cheese, butter and anchovies and the classic with tuna.
Finally, how not to mention La Casa del Vino (Via dell'Ariento, 16r), historic store linked to the oldest Florentine food tradition, near the Market of San Lorenzo. Try its traditional sandwiches, the one with cherry tomatoes, anchovies, capers and burrata cheese; cold tripe salad and offal with green sauce and finally with mackerel and artichokes.