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4 Leoni  

Anthony Hopkins at 4 Leoni.

Founded in 1550, this bustling establishment still makes it feel like home. Just ask Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Isabella Rossellini and Lucy Liu, who have all dined here. Recommended: fiocchetti di pere e parmigiano in salsa di taleggio e asparagi (pears and parmesan inside pasta floating in melted cheese and asparagus), gran fritto dell’aia (mix of fried chicken, rabbit and vegetables). Open for lunch and dinner daily; no lunch on Wednesday. Reservations essential. — Kristine Crane

Major Credit Cards  
Via dé Vellutini, 1/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.218.562


Accademia's boys are all right.

Warm in color and in welcome, excellent food at reasonable prices pulls in Florentine bankers, art professors, academics and other locals in this cozy spot across from St. Mark’s Church. Flaky mushroom strudel sprinkled lightly with poppy seeds has light Parmesan sauce on the side (€9), a heavenly combination. Lasagna noodles homemade from Saracen flour has its nutty flavor enhanced with toasted almonds in tomato-less lamb ragu (€11). Braised lamb on grilled polenta (€14), rabbit rolled with fragrant lardo di Colonata and artichokes (€13), and chicken involtini stuffed with sausage, apples, and greens (€13) show that chef Aldo ranges expertly from tradition to creative variations.

Gianni’s tempting wine list begins with whites and good local house red; Tuscans include Chianti (€12-38), Nobile di Montepulciano (€24-50), 25 Brunello (€55-90), medium-body reds like Morellino and Rosso di Montalcino (€18-20); plus other regions (noteworthy splurge is Valentini’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo '95 or '97 or inexpensive but exotic Luchetti’s Lacrima di Morro D’Alba); plus France. Tasteful modern art on pumpkin-colored walls, tablecloths at dinnertime, nice lighting, and interesting clientele. Young but experienced staff is fluent in English. Mamma is probably in the back making pasta. Open daily. — Judy Edelhoff

Major Credit Cards  
Piazza San Marco, 7r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.217.343


Francesco Berardinelli rules.

Step in and forget you’re in Florence. Very modern but oozes warmth. Chef/co-owner Francesco Berardinelli changes his menu monthly, so you’ll have to hurry back if you want the same dish. Typical Italian ingredients but in a non-traditional way, such as pigeon with black cabbage, rabbit with lentils and pearl onions. Dinner only. Reservations recommended and essential in the summer. — Kelly Carter

Major Credit Cards  
Piazza degli Scarlatti, 1r (Lungarno Guicciardini), Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.290.076
Closed Mondays

Belle Donne  

Peccorino, in the trattoria tra

Remember your image of an Italian trattoria before you ever saw one? You’ll have déjà vu when you walk into Belle Donne. You’ll be seated wherever space can be found in this small busy room, maybe sharing a table with a small family. Vegetables and garlic ropes hang from the ceiling and "chairs" are actually small bar stools and benches. Worth the possible wait (no reservations) and minor seating discomfort. Lunch to 3 p.m., dinner 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. — Layne Randolph

Major Credit Cards  
Via delle Belle Donne, 16/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.238.2609
Closed Sundays

Cafagi Ristorante  

Cafagi makes its own olive oil

Dates to 1922 but decor is vintage 1960s trattoria. Friendly, attentive three-generation family turns out real Tuscan comfort food plus a complete seafood menu (€7-14). Soups are winners, especially the black cabbage with wild herbs and a hint of cloves; or try farro (spelt) with tiny black-eyed peas or lighter vegetable soup. Hearty pappardelle (wide noodles) with wild boar sauce subtly spiced with peppercorns (€ 8). Tender vitello brasato is cooked slowly veal with vegetables, served with a side like artichokes (€10). Fried artichokes and brains (€ 13) or chicken (€11) were greaseless and tasty. Light menu, too, in summer. Andrea’s creme caramel is excellent. They make their own olive oil and wine — the red is light, smooth, very drinkable (1/4-L €2, bottle €6). Chiantis about €9 bottle, plus other wines. Excellent value — informal atmosphere but no culinary detail is overlooked. €3 cover. — Judy Edelhoff

Major Credit Cards  
Via Guelfa, 35r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.294.989
Closed Sundays

Caffè Italiano  

Have a café and read the paper.

Located right off Piazza della Signoria, 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 espresso machines 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
Closed Mondays

Caffetteria di Pitti  

Nice panini at Pitti.

The Pitti Palace courtyard, Cortile dell’Ammannati, offers simple lunchtime bar fare in the Altr’Arno at prices that are not extravagant. A panino, wedge of vegetable pie, and prosecco or Chianti (Vallina 2003) are good options if one can’t bear to leave the Medici good life behind. A pleasant pause to extend the pleasure of the gardens or elegance of the palace — plus temporary exhibits here are planned with great care and often wit. Like any bar, one’s budget determines to sit or not to sit: espresso at the bar (€1); or courtyard table service cappuccino (€3.90) or hot chocolate (€ 4.50). Nice panini. — Judy Edelhoff

Piazza Pitti, 1, Florence, IT-FI Map
Closed Mondays

Certosa di Galluzzo  

"Charterhouse" liquor ...

The shop bar across from this monastery’s distillery is ideal for a post-lunch digestivo. Cistercian monks make liqueurs, a tradition carried on from the original Carthusian monks in the imposing hilltop monastery, Certosa di Galluzzo, built in 1341. Sample various liqueurs for €2 a shot. Stack them up with the original Chartreuse (means "Charterhouse" or "Certosa") famous yellow-green liqueur made in France, also available here with others to compare. Before tumbling downhill consider a visit inside the monastery: book a tour with a monk, leave a donation. Hours 9-12 a.m., 3-6 p.m. Two miles south of Florence through metal gates on west side of street uphill — no sign but monastery is visible. (Bus 37 or park on top). — Judy Edelhoff

Via Senese, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.204.9226

Come a Casa  

Fatto in casa...

Arched brick ceilings, warm salmon and peach decor. While you eat your typical Tuscan antipasti di crostini, or sformatino di pere blu di Corzano, you can watch the chef prepare your fresh pasta — tortelloni di carciofi, di zucca, di ricotta e spinaci. Try grilled fillet steak and bollito misto. Homemade desserts include ventaglio di pere tricolore, soufflée di nocciole. Open 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., evenings only. — David R. Deropolous

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Via Pisana, 35r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.220.920
Closed Sundays


Prints everywhere in Donnini.

Remodeled in 2006, tables were added inside with sepia photographs of old Florence. A reliable breakfast bar, does a reasonable primo for lunch or a panino. A friendly, pleasant bar that Florentines pile into on their way to work. Pastry and cappuccino at good prices. — Judy Edelhoff

Bank Cards (Bancomat)  
Piazza della Repubblica, 15/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.213.694

Fuor d’Acqua  

Fish galore in landlocked Flore

Proof that there’s good seafood in Florence, and in a fancy setting complete with gold-colored tablecloths. The fish (langostino, prawns, seabass, etc.) arrives from coastal Viareggio fresh every evening and is still swimming when you order. The seafood here is straight-up, which means no elaborate fish-based sauces on the pasta. Start with the antipasti, raw and cooked. Reservations essential. Dinner only. — Kristine Crane

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Via Pisana, 37/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.222.299
Closed Sundays


Garga has a flavor all its own.

If the vibrant, colored walls, painted by contemporary artists and owner Giuliano Gargani, don’t grab you then the food certainly will. Who knows what Donna Karan did to get her name on the menu, but don’t pass up the spaghetti alla Donna Karan or the veal with avocado. Save room for Sharon’s cheesecake, made American-style and guaranteed to melt in your mouth. Dinner only. Reservations essential. — Kristine Crane

Major Credit Cards  
Via del Moro, 48/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.239.8898
Closed Mondays

Gelateria Carabé  

Count on Antonio and Loredana.

Run by a sweet young Sicilian couple, count on Antonio and Loredana for good ice cream with quality ingredients, not the ghastly gelato industriale that has taken over most of Florence. Pistachio is especially good. Refreshing ices include lemon, coffee, or almond. — Judy Edelhoff

Cash Only  
Via Ricasoli 60/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.289.476

Goretta Pasticeria  

Hail fagotini!

An ordinary bar with good cappuccino (€1.10) where policemen from the nearby questura sometimes hang out. At breakfast stop in for wonderful fagotini, a puffy pastry shell that surrounds an interior of apples and cream or little rice boat pastries. — Judy Edelhoff

Cash Only  
Via San Gallo, 141/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.483.362

Il Barroccio  

A gem in waiting...

Owner Giovanni Massa dotes on his customers. This is traditional Tuscan cooking in a typical Italian setting. A gem waiting to be discovered, be glad you don’t have to wait for a table. Delicious polenta, topped with either olives or mushrooms. Also try the sliced beef, raw artichoke salad and ravioli with walnut sauce. Reservations recommended on the weekends. — Kelly Carter

Via della Vigna Vecchia, 31/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.211.503

Il Latini  

Come for the ravioli.

Bring an empty stomach to this legendary family-owned restaurant where you’ll likely have to queue. Well worth the wait. Once inside you’ll enjoy a bistecca so sumptuously large that it would tip Fred Flinstone’s car. There's are also several ravioli dishes and the best cantuccini and vin santo. A table in the wine cellar seats up to 10 and a special wine is served to diners here. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed late July to mid-August. Reservations essential. — Kristine Crane

Via dei Palchetti, 6/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.210.916
Closed Mondays

L’Enoteca Fuori Porta  

Off the tourist track.

Located just "outside the door" of Porta San Niccolo on the road to San Miniato in Oltrarno, 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

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

Le Volpi e L’Uva  

Open only until 9 p.m.

This enoteca is great for wine tasters and lovers and closes at 9 p.m. nightly. You can enjoy small plates of excellent cheeses, meats and panini. The wine is stalwart — each selection chosen for good quality and value (generally small Italian producers are showcased). 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
Closed Sundays

Osteria del Porcellino  

Porcellino has a hard-core Flor

You will very likely find a group of Tuscans clinking glasses and celebrating a special occasion at this osteria’s long tables. The spinach and ricotta gnudi with walnut and sage are especially tasty, and the pappa di melanzane e porcini (porcini and eggplant soup) is as satisfying as it is inventive. — Layne Randolph

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Via Val di Lamona, 7/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.264.148
Open Daily

Ristorante del Fagioli  

Good solid Tuscan fare.

The scent from the grill blown onto the sidewalk was premonition that this is the perfect Chianina steak house. It is. Plan to share a juicy rare thick steak made from prized Tuscan Chianina beef. Vegetables were fresh and flavorful. Good solid Tuscan food with greens, white beans, soups, and nice wine selection where the Chianti will be a good one. Don’t dress like a tourist eyesore in shorts; lunch or dinner table neighbors will be smartly dressed Florentine bankers or shoppers in this bastion of tradition that still offers good value. Attentive service. Note that it’s always closed weekends. — Judy Edelhoff

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Corso Tintori, 47/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.244.285
Closed Sundays, Closed Saturday

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