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Food + Wine

Food and wine in Florence and Tuscany are undoubtedly among the biggest draws for many of us here. Tuck into food stories, relish detailed restaurant reviews, read about our recommended spots to sip and dine, have a go at some recipes, and learn more about the expertise and innovation in the region’s wineries.

Florence food guide

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Best Pizza in Tuscany

Tuscany now boasts six of the best pizza restaurants in Italy, according to food guide 50 Top Pizza.

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Grocery shopping in Florence

Florence has many markets and supermarkets selling a range of grocery shopping options.

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Outdoor summer venues in Florence

Summer in Florence might be hot, but it makes for lovely long evenings of good food and drinks.

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San Gimignano: where to eat

San Gimignano is one of the best-loved towns in Tuscany. Here are some top picks for where to spend your calories in the turreted town.

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Top San Gimignano wineries to visit

Often described as a red in white clothing, Vernaccia di San Gimignano is anything but a straightforward wine.

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5 favourite happy hours in Florence

Finding discounted drinks in a lavish city like Florence can be tough. Here are 5 of our favourite happy hours.

Drinks

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The Student Hotel Firenze reopens renovated Rooftop Pool & Bar

Cue the new signature cocktails from bar manager Palmira Bertuca and local tapas by chef Gianluca Esposito

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Italian Wine Crypto Bank: a world first built on blockchains and cryptocurrency

The Italian Wine Crypto Bank was established to capitalize on digital wine collecting as NFTs become an ever-growing presence in the investment sector.

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Top San Gimignano wineries to visit

Often described as a red in white clothing, Vernaccia di San Gimignano is anything but a straightforward wine.

THINGS TO DO

Best riverside summer hangouts in Florence

Head for the Arno this summer as the city's riversides explode with late-night entertainment, quality bars and great places to mingle.

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Garden events at Belmond Villa San Michele

The Italian garden is the setting for a series of high calibre events this season for a blissful experience just a short distance from Florence.

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Aqua di Venus Cuvée: A sparkling wine for the spring from Ruffino

Ruffino is about to release a sparkling Tuscan wine in addition to the popular Aqua di Venus product line: Aqua di Venus Cuvée.

Food culture in Florence

NEWS

Florentine steak now available as an NFT

The Florentine steak+Tuscan wine NFT is available to buy until August 10, 2022

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Borgo Petriolo: the best thing since sliced bread

Borgo Petriolo provides mill tours and bread making workshops as well as a farm shop and wholesome restaurant

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Talking gelato with Vetulio Bondi

We are always in search of the best gelato, so we asked master gelatiere Vetulio Bondi what we should be looking for.

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Environment first: women in food, wine and beer

Producing food in an environmentally conscious way is best for our bodies. Here are four women-led businesses working in food in Tuscany.

Recipes

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Recipe: limoncello

Is it possible to have affection for a certain plant or its fruit? It might sound funny, but I have especially poignant memories when it comes to lemons. I grew ...

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Recipe: Torta Pasqualina

The hills are green, the trees are budding and the days are getting longer. Spring, to me, means recipes based on tender, young spinach leaves mixed with fresh sheep’s milk ...

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5 Florentine cocktails to make at home

It’s exactly 101 years since the Negroni was first created in a Florence cocktail bar—a heady mix of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth mixed up for Count Camillo Negroni by ...

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Recipe: Porcini mushroom risotto

It’s that time of the year when we crave comfort food and warming recipes. In Tuscany, the fall is perhaps the most exciting season for foodies as nature unfurls the ...

VIDEO

TF Together | How to make quiche with leftovers

  Learning to make a quiche crust from scratch is a really useful skill, and simpler than you might think. With just butter and flour and a few minutes of ...

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Onion soup

Onions are my current obsession: I cry while cutting them, having tuned into the latest 6pm death toll, and my other half thinks I’m just preparing dinner.   One bone-chilling ...

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Carmelo Pannocchietti’s parmigiana

Carmelo Pannocchietti, chef patron of restaurant Arà: è SUD, serves up his take on Sicily's classic parmigiana using Ragusano cheese.

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Nicola Chiappi’s braised lamb with artichokes

“I started cooking because I was really into it, then I studied I.T. at university and I became passionate about being in the kitchen. I’ve been lucky enough to find ...

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Arista and carabaccia recipes: a taste of Ruffino this March

Italian cooking traces its origins back to a Florentine noble lady, Catherine de’ Medici. Born in Florence 500 years ago, on April 13, 1519, Catherine de’ Medici created a world ...

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Fregula with pumpkin and gorgonzola

“Focusing on seasonal produce was a choice we made to respond to what’s going on right now in the restaurant world; there’s a real need to do something original. Much ...

Gourmet lovers delight in Tuscany’s goodness, with cuisine topping many people’s lists while in Florence. Well-aware of the city’s culinary draw, we share our recommendations on where to sip and dine, from cheap panini spots to upper-end eateries.

Read our recipes for traditional Tuscan dishes with some unexpected treats, and we feature plenty of restaurant reviews and interviews with noted figures in the culinary world. Explore some of the region’s wineries as we take you through the history and production of some of Tuscany’s top-class wines, with food guides to ensure you’re in-the-know on popular places to eat, new arrivals, as well as lesser-known tucked away secrets.

Have a look at our favourite places for happy hour, best spots for students, high-end bakeries, historical restaurants, and the pizza places in Florence you need to know. Craft coffee is also explored, with a look at Florence’s Michelin starred restaurants; not forgetting gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian eateries.

Find out where to enjoy cocktails with a view, with our lists of rooftop bars and chill riverside hangouts, as well as bars for the best drinks and where to learn about Florence’s own brands.

Food + Wine features:

  • Food news
  • Food events
  • Florence food guides
  • Local food culture
  • Restaurants
  • Recipes
  • Chef’s recipes
  • Bar drinks
  • Aperitivo
  • Wine
  • Wine restaurants
  • Top wineries to visit
  • Where to eat guides
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