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January 2023: New restaurant openings

From upgraded bakeries to elevated dim sum, 2023 is already causing ripples on Florence's restaurant scene.

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For snug dinners: Riva Kitchen

The former tobacco factory is a cosy restaurant that serves food you really want to eat.

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Dalla Lola: lesser-known Tuscan cuisine in the Oltrarno

A new trattoria called Dalla Lola is serving lesser-known local dishes to buck tourist trends.

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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? Bunches of ...

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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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2019 Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany

Here’s an overview to 2019 Michelin-starred restaurants in Tuscany, which vaunts three new entries: La Tenda Rossa, Al 43 and Ristorante Giglio.

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Acqua al 2: 40 years of culinary gambles and conviviality

Blueberry steak—perhaps the signature menu item at famed local restaurant Acqua al 2—has raised more than a few Florentine eyebrows over the years. But at the time of the Medici, ...

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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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Nu Ovo, taking the egg to the next level

New restaurant Nu Ovo’s name says it all. Yes, the subtitle is cheesy, “A lovely eggsperience,” but it’s also true: the egg is ubiquitous.

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A taste of Ruffino

Welcome to Poggio Casciano, an oasis of oenology in the hills outside the village of Grassina, the jewel in the crown of renowned Tuscan winery Ruffino.

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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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