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Alla Vecchia Bettola


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Thoroughly Tuscan fare, located just outside of the city walls.

Since 1979 “Alla Vecchia Bettola” has worked to preserve and continue the traditional Florentine cuisine. The cozy trattoria originates in a time when the cuisine of Florence was being neglected in favor of a cuisine that tended more and more towards an Italian “standard” cuisine and international appeals. Husband and wife, Loriano and Carla, aimed to bring that focus back towards the old Tuscan flavors.


Le Mossacce


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Home cooking at the right price near the cathedral.

Trattoria Sostanza


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An old favourite near Santa Maria Novella.

Many things have been written about this quirky niche of old Florence, to which people come for the atmosphere and a taste of past times.

The charm of this place is that it genuinely has remained unchanged for many years. The walls are half tiled in plain white and above them there are news cuttings and memorabilia of a famous clientele of years gone by.
The waiters wear an old fashioned uniform of grey jackets tucked into their white aprons and have a no-nonsense approach.


Trattoria Mario


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The place to take a good appetite after visiting the central food market.Since 1953 this trattoria has been serving no-nonsense traditional home cooking, to which the line outside is testimony. Put your head round the door and tell one of the spirited waiters how many places you need and he will seat you as and when he can amongst the other diners. From most of the shared tables you can see into the frenetic narrow kitchen through the glass partition but your attention will soon be drawn back by the constant delivery of wine and food, the arrival and departure of other diners and the excited chatter coming from all around. The menu is short, simple and rigorously Tuscan; fresh pasta to start and meat to follow. This is a great place to try the real Chianina Florentine beefsteak, bistecca fiorentina. Cut from the side of beef to order, weighed, brought to your table for approval and grilled according to the rules of tradition, it is house policy never to cook it other than rare. If you should still have an appetite, almond biscuits are to hand with a glass of vin santo for dipping them.