Spring is here and with it come changes on Florence’s food scene. The news that’s hit local headlines in recent weeks has been a divisive decision from the powers-that-be: to restrict new restaurant openings in central Florence to those that sell or use 70% of farm-to-table, Florentine or Tuscan ingredients. Kebab shops and minimarkets aside, let’s not forget that Florence has a lively international food scene born out of the city’s centuries-old cosmopolitan character. Controlled correctly and implemented, a move such as the one currently being considered by the Comune could raise the quality of international cuisine to even more palatable levels. Let’s take a look at this month’s top Florence food scene additions.
Eataly Firenze / Italian regional restaurant in rotation. This month: Lazio Open daily from 10am to 10.30pm - via dei Martelli 22 / 055 0153601 /€€
VYTA Santa Margherita / Classy boulangerie bites + fine wines
Open daily 6am–9pm - Firenze Santa Maria Novella station, main concourse / €
Ic Che Thai Firenze / Spicy Thai food at new piazza della Libertà location Open Mon–Sat noon–3pm, 7–11.30pm / Via Pier Capponi 72A / 055 384 3387 /€
Don’t miss this month / Florence Cocktail Week, April 11–17
A mixology contest at Four Seasons Hotel, Caffè Florian, Gurdulù, Harry’s Bar, La Ménagere, Villa Cora, Golden View Open Bar, Rivalta Café, Rivoire, The Fusion Bar, The St. Regis Florence and Locale. The final: Mercato Centrale Firenze on April 17.