Buche and beyond. Here is the best of traditional cuisine in town
Steak and tripe Florentine style, pappa al pomodoro, ribollita, Tuscan appetizers ... the Florentine cuisine is rich in tradition and taste. Here are the pillars of dishes made in Florence!
It is a historic Florentine hole in the Palazzo Niccolini. A cosy, family-run place famous for its traditional Tuscan cuisine, and celebrities such as Elon Musk, Kate Hudson, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hanks.
One of the city’s oldest and best-known buche. The kitchen is on show, a typical Tuscan and country atmosphere.
In Florence they are called buche: basement workshops converted into wine cellars and then restaurants serving simple, traditional Florentine dishes.
Trattoria dei 13 Gobbi
Set in the heart of downtown Florence, in an old building, the restaurant offers genuine traditional Tuscan cooking.
Trattoria da Sostanza detto il Troia
The most typical Trattoria in Florence. In addition to the classic Florentine-style steak, the must tries are artichoke pie and butter chicken breast.
A typical early twentieth-century Florentine trattoria with checked tablecloths, friends chatting and portraits of famous customers hanging from the walls.
The 1960s celebrity restaurant. Here they dined at Fellini's at Loren, passing through Alberto Sordi, Liza Minelli, Ella Fitzgerald, Humphrey Bogart and Marcello Mastroianni, to the rhythm of spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino. In short, the corner of the Dolce Vita in Florence, a stone's throw, not surprisingly, from the ultra chic Via de' Tornabuoni. The menu changes seasonally and includes both meat and fish-based dishes, most of which are suitable for coeliac and vegetarian guests too. Italian wine list with a focus on Tuscan wines.
Ristorante del Fagioli
Open kitchen at the entrance and informal atmosphere. This restaurant serves typical Tuscan dishes prepared as per tradition: from pappa al pomodoro and ribollita to penne strascicate, from tripe to fried meatballs or with sauce to the famous Chianina beef steak. On the menu also some fish proposals, such as cod and cuttlefish in zimino.
Cibreo has been a sophisticated melting pot of aromas and flavours since 1979, with a sole conductor on the podium, Chef Fabio Picchi.
Established twenty years ago by Prince Dimitri Habsburg-Lorraine and his son Soldano, La Giostra is a cozy restaurant hidden from view and a favorite with world-famous celebrities.
You cannot leave without having a taste of the delicious ribollita soup, Florentine-style T-bone steak, peposo and lampredotto, and sharing the table with other guests.
Il Santo Bevitore
In the heart of the Oltrarno area, a restaurant born out of the passion for cooking of three young Florentines serving elegantly-arranged creative cuisine, but in an informal setting.
Run by the same family since 1945, this is one of Florence’s most typical restaurants, frequented by both locals and tourists.
Trattoria 4 leoni
Typical Tuscan trattoria with large outdoor seating area in one of Florence’s loveliest squares. The story of Antica Trattoria e Fiaschetteria dei Quattro Leoni begins in the postwar period, when it was a traditional Florentine wine shop. It still preserves an all-Tuscan atmosphere and style, with old ceilings, wooden beams, stone walls, red brick vaulting and terracotta-tiled flooring.