Restaurants in Florence

Today I would like to share with you my favorite restaurants in Florence.

Il Ristoro Dei Perditempo

DSCN0001_3This is the perfect place to stop for a quick lunch while sightseeing the city. From Signoria walk trough the Ponte Vecchio, turn right and walk for 140 meters, on your right you’ll see a small window with a red sign. The bar has a deli case with classic Florentine bar foods such as Pappa al Pomodoro, Ribollita, ravioli, and salads. A wide assortment of Pecorino cheeses from across the Tuscany region are also made available. Step in and seat by the window overlooking the Arno.

Borgo San Jacopo 48r. Tel.: 055 26 45 569

Il Parione

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Located in the heart of city centre in a XIV century building. Two small dining rooms on the main floor and a more rustic dining area in the cellar downstairs. Book in advance. Ideal for dinner.

Our suggestion is a romantic walk by the river after dinner.

Via del Parione, 74 / 76 R. Tel 055 21 40 05

Cibreo

ristorante-cibreo-firenzeCibreo is one of Florence’s best restaurants, serving food, and particularly good fresh fish, cooked with real flair. Menus change daily, and include a lengthy selection of appetisers, first courses (soups and polenta) and main dishes (fish, meat). Desserts are delectable: chocolate cake, cheesecake, and Bavarian cream feature. For half the price, eat at the less formal Cibreo Trattoria, right next door, which serves a limited version of the same menu at communal dining tables, what’s more, you don’t have to book.

Via A. Del Verrocchio. Tel.:  055 2341100.

Vinandro

vinandroThis tiny place is a must if you stay in Florence longer than one day. On the main square of Fiesole just a few seats to enjoy genuine and typical Tuscan food. Book in advance.

Piazza Mino da Fiesole 33 – Fiesole. Tel.: 055 59 121

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Top 5 villas for foodies

Whether you’re looking to embark on a culinary journey exploring Tuscany’s famous enotecas, trattorias and vineyards, or perhaps prefer to have the very best of Tuscan cuisine cooked freshly for you in the comfort of your own Villa, here are five delectable Tuscan villas, perfect for those with an appetite for food as well as travel.

     

Janine – San Casciano dei Bagni (SI) 

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An ideal escape for foodies who are looking for culinary inspiration, Janine is located in the Siena countryside and is a short stroll away from a number of wonderful restaurants, including XX. Popular with the locals this jewel of a restaurant offers an intimate terrace for al fresco dining, and an array of dishes that are sure to inspire. Alternatively head back to the luxury villa for a cookery class hosted by your chef, and enjoy the fruits of your labour in the villa’s beautiful vine-covered pergola.

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Serratone – Gavorrano (GR)

Swimming poolSerratone is the ultimate escape for beach lovers and its close proximity to the coast makes it a haven for those with a penchant for seafood. Chose to dine at the numerous seafood restaurants which hug the cobalt blue coastline, or alternatively buy your own fresh fish from the local market, and watch your chef prepare it for you in the comfort of your villa.

 

Tramonto – Val d’Orcia (SI)

Swimming poolLuxury villa Tramonto is nestled in the heart of the wine region, and is the perfect holiday spot for wine enthusiasts. Indulge in a wine tour through Val D’Orcia to sample some of the world’s best grapes. Upon your return to the villa, your wonderful housekeeper will have prepared a delicious Tuscan meal leaving you to sit back, relax and enjoy the views through the large dining room

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windows, which overlook the Tuscan vineyards and cypress trees.

Il Maggio – Sarteano (SI)

Spa areaIl Maggio is an extraordinary property perfect for those who love learning how to cook. Upon arrival, you will receive a Tuscan food hamper containing all the fresh local ingredients to be used to prepare an authentic Tuscan meal with the help of Chef Stella Severini.

b_maggioFor culinary inspiration, visit the local village’s amazing selection of restaurants to sample authentic Italian dishes.

Duomo – Florence 

View from sitting roomUpon check into Duomo, guests will find themselves immersed in a foodies paradise. This luxury apartment is located in the heart of Florence and is surrounded by osterias, trattorias, entocas and fine dining restaurants galore. Guests can be taken on a gastronomic tour around the city centre including a visit of the famous Mercato Centrale, a place where some of the best Tuscan chefs find their own inspiration.

Experience of a lifetime: Osteria tour

Our aim is to let our guests discover the real and authentic Tuscan lifestyle organising tours and activities with the best local suppliers.

One of our guests favourite tour is the Siena’s Osteria tour to eat like locals do.
The tour starts with the “Colazione”  in a local “bottega” with traditional Tuscan specialities Cinta Senese ham, salsicce e capocollo, fresh Pecorino cheese… Locals love to start here the day with a panino and “gottino” ( small glass of red wine).
After the “Colazione” you’ll take a relaxing stroll through the narrow streets of Siena to discover ancient corners with incredible views !
Lunch time at a local Osteria  a real traditional treat. Old recipes such as Ribollita, Zuppa di Fagioli e Farro, lasagne,crostini, salumi di cinta senese, polpette di carne, sformato di verdure fresche, fresh and aged pecorino cheese, acciughe sotto pesto…..all served with red house wine and the chance to make new friends and meet the locals.

The day ends with some gelato or typical Tuscan sweets.
Voted the tour of the year by our guests!
Book through Tuscan Views
Prices vary according to the number of guests.
Length: 4 hours – From Monday to Saturday.

A classic Tuscan recipe: Pici all’aglione

As the weather gets colder and the days shorter I tend to spend more time in the kitchen making all sorts of handmade pastas, pizzas and cakes.

There’s a pasta that my kids love and it’s a must for everyone coming to Tuscany: i Pici.
Pici is a typical southern Tuscany handmade pasta, a thick spaghetto, that goes well with every sauce: ragù, carbonara, seafood, wild boar and so on, today I would like to share a typical sauce made in southern Tuscany “aglione”.

Stella Severini chef of Misenplace has kindly given us this simple and delicious recipe. Stella collaborates a lot with Tuscan Views holding cooking classes and doing chef at home for our guests.

This spring we had the honour of having Iwan Thomas (UK record holder at 400 m) staying at villa Il Maggio and Stella shared the secrets of Pici with him. He turned out to be a “Pici” champion as well, making a very long Picio as you can see in the picture.

Here are the ingredients:
Hand made Pici pasta



  • 500 gr. of type “0” flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 glass of warm water
  • 1 dessert spoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch of salt

Pour the flour in a heap onto the rolling board, add a pinch of salt and make a hollow on top into which you pour the oil, water and egg. Knead the flour for 30 minutes then roll out to a thickness of 1cm.

Add a drizzle of oil and cut the dough into strips of 1cm. Using your hands roll the strips on the rolling board to get a fairly thick spaghetto, the Picio.

Lay the pasta on the rolling board on a fine layer of maize flour.

Pici pasta with aglione sauce

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400 gr. of Pici pasta
  • 
8 large garlic cloves
  • 1 jar of tomato pulp
  • 1chilli pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 
Salt

In a frying pan brown the finely chopped garlic in extra virgin olive oil over a low heat. When the garlic is golden add the chilli and then the tomato pulp. Add salt and pepper and after 15 minutes add and toss the Pici already cooked in plenty of salted boiling water.

Buon Appetito!

Osteria da Gagliano – Sarteano

When you step into Gagliano you enter one of our favourite Restaurants.

Not only is it known for fantastic food but for its wonderful atmosphere and personable host: Giuliano whose natural charm makes you feel like he is a long term friend.

Located in the upper square in Sarteano, the Osteria is a real jewel: the bricks and stone walls, the display of Tuscan wines, the distinctive lighting, the rustic chairs and tableware create the perfect atmosphere to savour the delicious dishes made by Angela Olmi.

Osteria da Gagliano is member of the Slowfood organisation and the menu varies throughout the year as  the dishes are prepared with local seasonal produce.

Some of our personal favourite dishes are:

Pecorino and truffle cake, dried plum with “Lardo di colonnata”,  leek and saffron cake, spelt with pecorino and pears, “Pici” with “Cinta Senese” ragout and rosemary “pesto”, dried salt cod with leeks, stewed wild boar, rabbit with “Lardo di Colonnata” and fennel. Delicious desserts include: hot custard with pears, red wine and cinnamon, white chocolate and coffee mousse, chocolate and pears cake with pecorino sauce and much, much more…

As with many Osteria and Trattoria, the tables are a little cramped but we see it as a bonus as you almost always end up talking to your neighbours and discovering more things to do and places to see.

The Cantina is well furnished and the house wine “vino dell casa” is very good and affordable.

The Osteria only has seating for 25, therefore we highly recommend to book in advance.

Via Roma, 5 – 53047 Sarteano (SI), Italy

Tel.: 0578 268022 – Closed Tuesday

Food and the city…

Florence is not just about art and history. Florence is also about food. Great food.

I always suggest our guests to start a day in Florence by touring the Mercato Centrale,  a two-story warehouse just off the Piazza San Lorenzo.

If you just stay for a day tour is a great place to take beautiful pictures and an ideal stop to lunch as many Florentine workers do, if you stay longer is the best place to buy great food and enjoy cooking them in your own kitchen.

From cheese to sausages, from meat to vegetables, everything is there waiting for you, even the famous “trippa”. Meat is an important part of traditional Tuscan and Florentine cousine and as per tradition every part of the animal is precious for cook great dishes.

The “Trippa alla Fiorentina” is one of my favourite

While touring around the specialties that the Mercato Centrale has to offer you, there’s an experience you can’t miss: eat a Lampredotto.

Lampredotto is, like the more familiar trippa, part of the cow’s stomach. It is boiled in a broth of vegetables and herbs, then sliced and served inside a “panino”. This is typical street food.

No matter if you go for lampredotto or trippa, you must  enjoy them with a gottino di vino (small shot of red wine)

The Mercato Centrale is the place where Florentines go for shopping and if you look at the photos you’ll understand why.

Via dell’Ariento – Firenze. Open every morning from 7am to 2pm. Closed on Sunday and public holidays.

Check out Duomo and Signoria our amazing apartments in the heart of Florence.