Where to eat truffle in Florence
The king of the wood returns protagonist in the table: the best restaurants where to taste it in the city
It's that time of the year when in Florence the truffle returns to be the protagonist of the table. The scents and flavors of the woods become part of the top dishes of many restaurants in the city. From the egg to the tagliolini, passing through the battuta di fassona (fassona beef), up to menus conceived according to the theme, nobody can resist the king of the woods.
The most important fair to taste the truffle has always been the one in Alba, but in Tuscany there is also the traditional appointment in San Miniato, which is renewed also this year.
But the goodness of the San Miniato truffle can also be found in the city, at the Mercato Centrale at Il Tartufo di Luciano Savini. A passion inherited from his father Zelindo, together with the ability to find and delicately extract the precious mushrooms from the earth. The shop is recognisable by nose: in addition to the most classic recipes using truffles - among them, tagliolini all'uovo - there are many fragrant and tasty combinations, and there are also many products to take home, to bring that precious aroma to every table.
For those who prefer to taste in the restaurants, here are the addresses not to be missed for an unforgettable taste experience.
The St. Regis Florence - Winter Garden
Piazza Ognissanti, 1
Winter Garden, the place of choice for hospitality and gastronomy within The St.regis Florence hotel, presents a rich selection of truffle dishes on its evening menu. From beef tartare, salted truffle zabaglione, fruit and vegetable giardiniera, to fettuccine 40 yolks with herbs, white courtyard ragout and truffle, to veal cheek, celeriac, truffle. In the month of December will also take place a real Truffle Experience in collaboration with Savini Tartufi.
SE·STO on Arno Rooftop Bar
Piazza Ognissanti, 3
Rooftop Bar & Restaurant at the Westin Excelsior Florence, is famous not only for its excellent cuisine, but also for its breathtaking view over the whole of Florence. It is here that one can come to sample various truffle dishes on the dinner menu: homemade tagliatelle, roast Tuscan rabbit with rosemary and seasonal truffle, roast guinea fowl breast, creamy and braised endive, and black truffle.
Osteria delle Tre Panche - Hotel Hermitage
Vicolo Marzio, 1
ph. +39 055 583724
After the experience of the historic Osteria delle Tre Panche in Via Pacinotti in Florence, they have opened a second restaurant in the halls and panoramic terrace of the Hotel Hermitage overlooking the rooftops of Florence. Here, get ready for a wonderful culinary journey of truffle flavor and an incredible taste experience that you will hardly forget.
Borgo San Jacopo
Borgo San Jacopo, 62/r
ph. +39 055 281661
Just a few steps from Ponte Vecchio, the atmosphere is as enchanting as the cuisine of Claudio Mengoni, executive chef of Borgo San Jacopo, an exclusive restaurant with a splendid view of the Arno River. Among the not-to-be-missed dishes of the autumn tasting itinerary devised by executive chef Claudio Mengoni are the Porcini, chanterelle and trobette mushroom soup with buffalo ricotta cheese and black truffle and the classic Fassona beef steak with mustard, radishes and black truffle.
Cibrèo Ristorante presso Helvetia & Bristol
Via de' Vecchietti, 5
ph. +39 055 2665651
The iconic Cibrèo recently opened in the historic Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione has come up with a special menu in which dishes can be ordered either individually or as a complete gourmet menu. Dishes not to be missed include Battuta al Coltello with Olio E.V.O. and Sale di Mothia served with a small organic egg yolk, anchovies, horseradish, capers, our own grain mustard and white truffle; Egg Affrittellato with white truffle; Tagliolino Rubato, the famous tagliolino with cacio cheese and butter enriched with white truffle shavings. And again Fassona Fillet, Pepper Sauce, Mashed Potatoes and White Truffle; Il Mare in Tavola with White Truffle, a dish that is a real surprise for the palate, and finally Zabaione, Hazelnut Ice Cream and White Truffle, a warm, intense and very aromatic combination.
Via del Verrocchio, 8r
ph. + 39 055 2341100
The white truffle, strictly Italian and very fragrant, has also arrived at Cibreo. Dishes can be chosen either à la carte or with a full tasting menu. We can find the Glass of Beef with Radicchio Trevigiano Tardivo in Red Wine and White Truffle but also the Tagliolino Cacio e Burro with White Truffle at Cibreo Caffè.
Via dei Girolami, 28/r
ph. +39 055 213619
One of Florence’s buche or basements, this tiny restaurant has a dozen tables that are packed every evening with Americans and locals who, ever since it opened in 1945, have demanded its specialities, including tagliolini with truffle and eggs with truffle.
Irene Bistrò - Hotel Savoy Florence
Piazza della Repubblica, 7
ph. +39 055 2735891
With the start of the long-awaited truffle season comes a special menu at the Hotel Savoy's Irene restaurant, celebrating and showcasing an exquisite variety of truffles under the guidance of Chef Fulvio Pierangelini, the grand supervisor of all Rocco Forte hotels' restaurants, who offers a special truffle menu from November to December.
Via Dei Georgofili, 11/r
ph. + 39 055 2001699
An elegant and somewhat formal setting where attention to detail is immediately apparent in the carefully curated decor. The atmosphere at Ora D’aria reflects the credo of Chef Stabile: exquisite elegance in superb quality cuisine, in which truffles are never lacking.
Piazza di Cestello, 8
ph. +39 055 264536
With a splendid view of Piazza del Cestello, where in summer a cool dehor extends in the shadow of the church of the same name, Cestello Ristoclub is an excellent seafood restaurant in Florence. To pay homage to the king of the woods, this year they offer a delicious Scallop, Cuttlefish, Jerusalem artichoke and Truffle. A delicacy that enriches an already refined and elegant menu. There is also the possibility of other truffle dishes, from starters to desserts.