Feeling peckish after a wander through Florence’s calmest and perhaps prettiest downtown district? Try these hotspots.
(via San Miniato, 2)
Alfredo and Natascia serve up inexpensive and intriguing pizzas in this seven-table space. Plumb for the cheese feast “Tigre Bianca” or “Calzone Ponte Vecchio” (ham, sausage and onion).
Enoteca Fuori Porta
(via del Monte alle Croci, 10R)
The name says it all. Play Hunt a Place to Sit at this Florentine institution just outside the San Miniato gate. Order a platter of cold cuts or a generous salad and raise a glass to Florence.
La Beppa Fioraia
(via dell’Erta Canina 6R)
The closest you get to the Tuscan countryside in Florence. Plus the food’s top too in this light-filled haunt: mega grazing boards, original salads and stone-ground pizzas for dinner.
San Niccolò 39
(via di San Niccolò, 39R)
Drink in the contemporary chic surroundings at this seductive locale serving well-prepared fresh food. There’s even a small terrace at the back for those sultry summer nights.
Osteria Antica Mescita San Niccolò
(via di San Niccolò, 60R)
Guendalina and her team serve traditional Tuscan fare at this historic hangout by the church of San Niccolò. Grab a fiasco of red wine and a Florentine steak come si deve.
La Bottega del Buon Caffè
(lungarno Benvenuto Cellini, 69R)
One Michelin star chef Antonello Sardi wows from pre-antipasto to post-dessert at this stylish lounge-like restaurant in the shadow of Torre San Niccolò. Sublime niche wine list.
(via San Miniato, 2R)
Giuseppina and her son Alberto have been running this upgrade on the tavola calda concept since 1985. Varied wine list featuring unusual native grape varietals, niche micro-cantine and Bolgheri big boys.