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For special occasions: La Loggia, Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel

La Loggia, Villa San Michele's fine dining restaurant turns a gourmet experience into a moment of edification.

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Chic Nonna di Vito Mollica: an elevated gourmet experience

Expect fine dining and expert wine pairings at this gourmet restaurant in Beatrice Portinari's childhood palazzo.

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Giacomo al Salviatino: Florence views and the freshest fish

Dining on the terrace offers sublime vistas and some of the finest fish in Florence.

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Locale: like a night at the theatre

Dinner at Locale is like a night at the theatre along a darkened backstreet between via Ghibellina and via dei Pandolfini.

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Vitique, so chic: a review

Vitique has been on my restaurant radar since opening back in the summer of 2015. In plain sight along the via Chiantigiana, on the final stretch into Greve, this fine ...

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The Stellar: the sky’s the limit

Devouring deconstructed “carbonara” in a space cocoon is not a daily occurrence, but then there’s something boundless about the ambitions at The Stellar, the restaurant, cocktail bar and events space ...

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Magic of Mimesi

A month ago, I was close to throwing in the towel on the September issue. It’s not much of an excuse, but a bathtub was holding me captive at the ...

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Florence’s Granaio dell’Abbondanza

  Once a grain store, then an army barracks and now a thriving co-working hub, conference centre, bar and restaurant, Florence’s Granaio dell’Abbondanza is abuzz with ideas and innovation managed ...

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Osteria Torre a Cona: Tuscan cooking with a daring twist

It’s a breezy day in the Florentine hills as we gather for our first press preview lunch since the pandemic rainbow of restrictions halted our culinary jaunts. Beaming across the ...

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Il Dek Prato: fish charcuterie and colourful characters

I donned my “shark” mask to visit Prato. Hand-stitched from Pucci silk castoffs with a jagged azure on sky blue pattern, the RN reuse of fabrics seemed appropriate attire for ...

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Angel Roofbar & Dining: energetic and easy

Tavola, Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. A few years ago, I spent a long weekend in New York with my Mum to celebrate her 70th birthday. We walked and walked, and found ...

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Nugolo: garden of goodness

I skimmed my trusty dictionary the weekend before checking out the latest culinary kid on the Sant’Ambrogio block. The name was nagging at me. What did nugolo mean?     ...

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Le Tre Rane, a country restaurant inspired by Leonardo

Legend has it that Le Tre Rane was the name of an inn that a young Leonardo da Vinci opened on Florence’s Ponte Vecchio, with a vision of a pioneering ...

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Chef Pasquale D’Ambrosio takes the helm at the Bristol Winter Garden

Stepping into the stylish lobby of the Helvetia & Bristol is always a treat, especially now that the historic hotel has been extensively renovated and the restaurant has welcomed a ...

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Gourmet cuisine at Grand Hotel Minerva

It’s a prime dining location in Florence: an exquisitely laid table by piazza Santa Maria Novella. La Buona Novella Restaurant at Grand Hotel Minerva serves gourmet cuisine by night and ...

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Gurdulù: a review

Gurdulù is a glamorous restaurant with gourmet aspirations in the Oltrarno’s via delle Caldaie, a few turns from piazza Santo Spirito.

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SimBIOsi. Organic pasta and lovely wine

SimBIOsi organic pasta and lovely wine is all about nice organic food. Ecologically friendly foods lovingly prepared and served in casual chic surroundings along busy city street via dei Ginori. ...

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San Niccolò 39: a review

San Niccolò 39 restaurant in Florence: seductive and seasonal, chic and sophisticated, a meal to linger over with your loved one.

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Olivia: olive oil culture in the Oltrarno

Stripping back the hipster facade and going back to basics, Olivia (piazza Pitti 14) is the crispiest addition to the Oltrarno food scene.

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Essenziale by Simone Cipriani: a review

Restaurants where they forget what you ordered, sleek eateries with toilets with seas for floors and toilet paper as islands, osterie with noise levels so deafening you can’t hear yourself ...

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Il Bacher: a foodie stop on the way to Parma

  Our restaurant has a long history, dating to the time when the Duchy of Parma was ruled by Marie Louise of Austria, Duchess of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla, and ...

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Vivo: the freshest of fish

First detach the oyster from the shell using a knife and never a fork. Slide the mollusc onto your tongue and let it rest there for a few seconds. Push ...

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QUISITAPAS: Spanish tapas bar at The Westin Excelsior

There’s a new Mediterranean wave in piazza Ognissanti—and it’s not Italian. Famous for Sesto sull’Arno, the hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant with fine dining and even finer views, now The ...

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La Bottega a Rosano: food, wine and passion

Rosano is a country village 25 minutes to the east of Florence, home to the tenth-century Santa Maria abbey frequented by Pope Francis who sought peace and quietude here. It’s ...

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