these STOPS ARE LESSER-KNOWN-BY-TOURISTS AND GREAT options for your travels through Bella Firenze.
Located right off Piazza della Signoria, it’s remarkable that this charming spot isn’t overwhelmed by tourists. A coffee and tea lover’s paradise, you can lounge for hours reading newspapers or books supplied by the owners or, better yet, play one of the board games available upstairs in the quasi-family room. Lunch menu changes daily, and the food (pasta, sandwiches, meats, etc.) is all honest family fare. But the real draw here is that it is a historic place to enjoy a coffee and a chat.
Via Condotta, 56/r
L’Enoteca Fuori Porta
Located in Oltrarno just “outside the door” of Porta San Niccolo on the road to San Miniato, this jostling and happy place houses one of the best and most varied wine selections in Florence. Off the typical tourist route, Fuori Porta draws in the locals with its traditional charm and good, solid local fare.
Via del Monte alle Croci, 10/r
Le Volpi e L’Uva
Piazza dei Rossi, 1
Osteria del Porcellino
You will very likely find a group of Tuscans clinking glasses and celebrating a special occasion at this osteria’s long tables. Located near Il Porcellino, the famous pig statue in Mercato Nuovo – you can rub it’s snout for good luck before you dine – it’s a charming, cozy spot that always delivers. The spinach and ricotta gnudi with walnut and sage, when in season, is amazing, and if you haven’t tried Bistecca alla Fiorentina yet, this is a good place to do it.
Via Val di Lamona, 7/r
Layne Randolph, The American Magazine.