Italian food is renowned worldwide, but trying this cuisine in Italy is a completely different experience and it will probably be one of your fondest memories of your stay in the country.
Tuscany’s traditional cuisine is prepared with seasonal produce of the region: olive oil, vegetables, cold cuts, cheese and pasta are some of the fundamental ingredients. The flavours are very natural and the food normally never comes accompanied by any type of sauce or heavy garnishes.
Some of the traditional dishes are: bistecca alla fiorentina (a T-bone steak grilled rare), trippa alla fiorentina (tripe with tomato sauce and vegetables), cinghiale in umido (wild boar with tomato), pollo al mattone (grilled chicken with a brick on top to flatten it). The best way to accompany these dishes is with a good bottle of Chianti, Tuscany’s traditional wine.
After dessert, why not have a hot cappuccino accompanied by a limoncello, a classic Italian liqueur which is common to sip slowly.
If you would like to try some of the traditional desserts from Tuscany, we recommend the cantucci or biscotti di prato (crunchy almond biscuits). It is also a custom to dip the biscuits in sweet wine.
Italian ice cream (gelato) is world famous, whether it be in Venice or in Florence and is a definite must when visiting this fascinating country. No matter the season, Italians eat ice cream all year round.
On the most tourist streets, a scoop of ice cream will cost you minimum 2 €, but if you look a little further away, you will find ice creams for 1.5€.
Florence has several types of restaurants which we have ordered from more to less expensive:
Before ordering we recommend looking at the menu to see how much service tax and extra charges the restaurant charges. Normally, the price of the service tax is 1.5 € per person and the extra charges vary between 10 and 16%.
If you are planning to visit Florence on a tight budget, don’t fret!
If you don’t want to spend too much money on eating out in Florence, we recommend staying away from the restaurants on the main tourist roads. In neighborhoods like Santa Croce (on the eastern end of the historical center) you will find numerous pizzerias and other ristorantes that hardly ever charge service taxes or any other kind of extra charges. If the weather is good you can even buy a take out pizza for as little as 4.5 € and sit on one of the piazza’s benches and eat while watching the people go by.
In this area you will also find paninis for 2.5€, which are a lot cheaper than other parts of Florence like Piazza della Signoria, where they cost 4€.
Take a 1.5-hour walking-tour with a local guide through Florence’s city center and stop along the way to discover its typical dishes in some of Florence’s gourmet food shops, taverns and markets.1,5 hours 35$
Learn to cook a traditional Tuscan meal during a 4-hour cooking class accompanied by a professional cook that will guide you and explain all the steps. Then have a delicious lunch.5 hours 95$