Florence is the epicenter of a new gourmet era revolving around top-quality ingredients, as well as the home of T-bone steak, of the best delicatessens and food markets and of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Enoteca Pinchiorri (Via Ghibellina, 87). Our culinary tour leaves from the Hostaria Bibendum Restaurant of the Hotel Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione (Via dei Pescioni, 2), where the menu ranges from simple traditional Tuscan to the most creative dishes made strictly with locally-sourced ingredients (among the must-tries, Chianina beef tartare, ravioli filled with nettle, Tuscan bread soup with borage and salt cod).
Cibreino and Cibreo, (Via dei Macci, 122r and Via Andrea del Verrocchio, 8r – we recommend the former for lunch and the latter for dinner) are two not-to-miss restaurants: the stuffed chicken neck, salt cod and fish soup dishes are incredibly tasty. The one-Michelin-starred restaurant Ora d’Aria (Via dei Georgofili, 11r) offers one of the most brilliant lunch menus you can find in Italy.
For a late-afternoon snack, enjoy a gourmet panino at Ino (Via dei Georgofili, 3r/7r) or the legendary truffle finger sandwiches at Procacci (Via de' Tornabuoni, 64r). The city’s best artichoke tortino (the quintessential Florentine dish) can be enjoyed at Sostanza (Via del Porcellana, 25r), where everything is cooked on a coal-fired stove. For excellent T-bone steak and much more, just walk down the steps of Buca Lapi (Via del Trebbio, 1r), the Florentine trattoria par excellence. If you are looking for a place to eat and buy groceries at the same time, head straight to the city’s nineteenth-century food markets Mercato di San Lorenzo and Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio, in addition to the more recent Eataly (Via Martelli, 22). The best fish restaurants are Cestello Ristoclub (Piazza del Cestello, 8) and Salotto SO39 (Via di San Niccolò, 39r).