August 9, 2016

Florence – Food & Wine Recommendations | Roma to Sonoma

these STOPS ARE LESSER-KNOWN-BY-TOURISTS AND GREAT options for your travels through Bella Firenze.

Caffè Italiano

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
Tel. 055.289.020
www.osteriacaffeitaliano.com

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
Tel. 055.234.2483
www.fuoriporta.it

Le Volpi e L’Uva 

This enoteca, although extremely small, is a special favorite for wine lovers.  It’s a real victory if you can snag a seat at the bar to sip your wine and enjoy small plates of excellent cheeses, meats, and panini. The wine is stalwart — each selection chosen for good quality and value, generally showcasing small Italian producers. Near Ponte Vecchio.  Check out the wine suggestions on the blackboard behind the counter.

Piazza dei Rossi, 1
Tel. 055.239.8132
http://www.levolpieluva.com

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
Tel. 055.264.148
http://www.osteriadelporcellino.com/

Layne Randolph, The American Magazine.

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