In Florence for Thanksgiving this November 28, 2019 and looking for where to celebrate it? Never fear, turkey fixes are near! With such a thriving international community, you can be sure that Tuscan chefs cater to this festive tradition with Florentine flair.
Here are our suggestions on where to eat, drink and be merry in Florence.
The Red Garter
Been dreaming of traditional roast turkey, stuffing, rich gravy and, of course, pumpkin pie? The dream gets even sweeter as the whole Thanksgiving feast costs only 15 euro. The typical dishes are served up at the popular spot on via dei Benci where you can grab all those who want to give thanks and gather for a memorable evening.
Acqua al 2
The happiest of thanksgiving dinners will be served up at Acqua al 2 on via della Vigna Vecchia this November 28. 35 euro (drinks not included) is the festive price for the traditional feast with pumpkin soup or a pumpkin risotto amaretti alternative, turkey with all the sides, and apple pie with custard or cinnamon pumpkin pie topping it all off. Reserve your table at 055 284170.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
If you plan to celebrate in style, the Four Seasons Hotel Florence, along borgo Pinti, caters to your every need. Michelin-starred chef Vito Mollica prepares special dishes that showcase local ingredients to make a Thanksgiving alternative. Starter options include shrimp and king crab, carrot and ginger reduction with spiced leek or Jerusalem artichoke risotto and black truffle. Follow these delectable dishes with the traditional turkey with herb filling, cranberry sauce and sweet potato cream. Dessert doesn’t disappoint with chestnut biscuit, amaretto, Bavarian cream and cinnamon-flavoured pumpkin ice cream. Coffee and sweet treats to follow. 115 euro per person, wines not included. Info and reservations at 0552626450 or email email@example.com.
The whole traditional dinner, but gluten free. Don’t let dietary restrictions dampen the festivities as delicious alternatives are available at Ristorante Quinoa. The stars and stripes are duly honoured with tasty stuffed turkey carved by the chef, bringing together Americans and those looking to join in the fun. Autumnal pumpkin soup, turkey with all the (gluten-free) trimmings and pumpkin pie with ice cream, all for just 25 euro. For reservations call 055 290876.
The green-filled space of L’OV in piazza del Carmine is a fabulous vegetarian option for those looking for a turkey-less alternative to the traditional feast. Chefs Simone Bernacchioni and Danilo Dispoto have come up with a tasty tribute to the stars and stripes, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options suiting all palates. With a welcome cocktail, three courses, water and cover charge coming to a total of 25 euro, it’s hard to say no to this inviting menu. With choices between pumpkin soup, goat cheese gratin, taco stuffed sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts with apples, walnuts, cranberry sauce and brownies or New York cheesecake for dessert. For reservations call 0552052388.
The 19th annual thanksgiving dinner takes place in piazza San Marco where the traditional dishes will be served up with aplomb. 35 euro (drinks not included) will get you pumpkin soup with cornbread, turkey with trimmings, mashed potatoes and creamed corn, followed by apple strudel, pumpkin pie or pecan pie. Make sure to reserve early at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 055 217 343. A dedicated room for “thanksgivers” will be available to bring everyone together for the special day.
Hard Rock Cafè
Get your family or friends together for this time-honoured tradition and make your way to the Hard Rock Cafè at via dei Brunelleschi, 1, Florence. An added treat is the performance at 8pm by One Voice Gospel Choir, directed by Giorgio Ammirabile with pianist Giacomo Ferrari, giving a bonus of patriotic music to your patriotic plate. The typical Thanksgiving dinner and dessert can be topped off with one of the Hard Rock Cafè’s impressive cocktails. Call 055 277841.
Angel Roofbar & Dining
Head to the rooftops of central Florence for a Thanksgiving extravaganza at just-opened Angel Roofbar & Dining. From 8pm on November 28, savour pumpkin soup, organic roasted turkey breast with all the trimmings and tiramisu for 30 euro in this spectacular new dining spot. Email email@example.com or call 055 0936360.