Brunch became a commercial phenomenon across the U.S. in the 1930s, popularized across economic brackets. Coined by British author Guy Beringer in 1895, brunch offered a lighter option to the post-church Sunday meal. In the past decade, the dining combo garnered fashion again, particularly across North America and Europe. Many Florentine brunch joints serve U.S. cuisine dusted with French and British inspiration. From karaoke bars to five-star hotels, consider these Sunday locales.
Acqua al 2’s cheekier cousin, The Diner, serves a mostly American brunch that satisfies stateside cravings. With near 10 euro prices and a casual 1950s America feel, The Diner cooks crunchy bacon and fried breaded hash browns. Their jams deserve commendation and the only alcoholic drink, the Mimosa, brings joy. Expect “brunch all day every day,” says the menu. Or more precisely, 9am to 11pm.
Via dell’Acqua 2, Florence
If you didn’t hear enough karaoke in the early hours of the morning, return to Red Garter on Sunday from 11.30am until “late at night” for burgers and omelets. With a studentesco vibe, milkshakes and NFL, one of the oldest American bars in Florence targets a particular clientele. Expect a gigantic burger for 16.50 euro and a one-person serving of bar food for around 10 euro. Unsteady singing, flowing drinks, thick fries: all synonyms for Red Garter.
Via de’ Benci 33/r, Florence
Cecilia Natural Food and Drink
The truth about Cecilia Natural Food and Drink is that it’s beautiful. With a catching Lucero art mural and a French farmhouse feel, Cecilia’s decoration rivals their fresh 3.50 to 5 euro smoothies. It’s beautiful on the inside too, because fresh is first and they alter their menu with the seasons. Order the parfait, and you’ll see how everyone else mixes yogurt and fruit not quite so. Think “detox brunch” from 9.30am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 9.30am to 7pm on Sundays. But they also serve lots of cakes, lined up along a long wood counter.
Via dei Neri 39/r, Florence
Momio is bold, as one must be to put Vietnamese bành on the menu. That’s a difficult dish to perfect in Vietnam, let alone outside. The menu mainly appeals to English customs, holding an afternoon tea of sandwiches and sweets at “L’ora del tea”. The restaurant borrows from the owners Nadia and Marcos’ time abroad, serving brunch every day from 9am to 4pm with entrees ranging 6 to 12 euro.
Via Pisana 9c, Florence
Hotel Helvetia & Bristol’s American brunch hits a preponderance of notes correctly, as expected for 38 euro per person. On Sundays from 11.30am to 3.30pm, the hotel’s restaurant combines an eclectic vintage space with breakfast gastronomy. Fusing American dishes with Italian staples, indulge in the superior eggs Benedict and cheese selection. Possibly its only oversight is placing the chocolate fountain under the kids’ menu; if I know anything about my fellow American adults, it’s that we adore chocolate fountains.
Via dei Pescioni 2, Florence