Florence – Dining | Roma to Sonoma

Caffè Italiano in Florence specializes in coffee.
Caffè Italiano in Florence specializes in coffee.
There are many delicious places to wine and dine in Florence, but these are a few locally loved places to hit on your travels through Firenze.

Caffè Italiano

Located right off Piazza della Signoria in Florence, it’s remarkable that this charming spot isn’t swelled with 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 place to truly enjoy a coffee and a chat. Open 8 a.m.–1 a.m. — Layne Randolph

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Via Condotta, 56/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.289.020
www.osteriacaffeitaliano.com, Closed Mondays

L’Enoteca Fuori Porta

Fuori Porta in Florence is literally "outside the door" of the city.
Fuori Porta in Florence is literally “outside the door” of the city.

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. Open 12 p.m.-1 a.m. — Layne Randolph

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Via del Monte alle Croci, 10/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.234.2483
www.fuoriporta.it, Closed Sundays

Le Volpi e L’Uva

The charming bar set-up at Le Volpi e L'Uva in Florence.
The charming bar set-up at Le Volpi e L’Uva in Florence.

This enoteca, although extremely small, is a really special place 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. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. — Layne Randolph

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Piazza dei Rossi, 1, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.239.8132
http://www.levolpieluva.com
Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Closed Sundays

Osteria del Porcellino

The busy scene at Osteria del Porcellino in Florence.
The busy scene at Osteria del Porcellino in Florence.

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 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. — Layne Randolph

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Via Val di Lamona, 7/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.264.148
http://www.osteriadelporcellino.com/
Open Daily

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