Soup & Pasta

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.

Osteria I'Brincello


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A simple family run trattoria close to the central market.Busy with Florentines and visitors alike, this simple family run trattoria is known for the quality of its food and the fair pricing. Presumably the quality and notable freshness of the ingredients has something to do with being so close the celebrated central food market. There is a rustic feel to the décor and lively chatter makes for a cheerful ambiance. Exceptional home made fresh vegetable soup could be followed with a deliciously tender and perfectly cooked pork chop to make a simple inexpensive meal. For something more celebratory, but without breaking the bank, start with the antipasto of outstanding cured meats and share a Florentine steak. Accompany your meal with house wine and you will be charged for the amount you drink, not the whole bottle, unless you finish it! Service is friendly, unpretentious and straight forward, and customers are expected to be so too. If you are looking for sophisticated and formal, to avoid disappointment save I'Brincello for another day. 

Zeb


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Traditional Florentine food in a contemporary setting.Crossing the bridge over the Arno close to Santa Croce brings you straight to the old Quartiere, or neighbourhood, of San Niccolo. From here it is a short walk to the view point of Piazzale Michelangelo and on the way Zeb makes the perfect place to stop for lunch or an early dinner. Stylish and contemporary, at the same time as remaining true to its origins as a grocer's shop, Zeb offers excellent quality deli goods and a full menu of delicious Florentine home cooking. Comfortable stools line the length of the scrupulously clean glass counter where many of the dishes are displayed. Try one of the traditional soups to start, or tortellini in brodo, little pasta parcels cooked in tasty broth. Follow with the house speciality of bollito, gently simmered beef with a little chilli sauce and garlicky salsa verde. Artisan beers are offered alongside a wide selection of wines by the glass, all served to you by the welcoming owners. Zeb is also a great place to choose a tasty picnic from the deli counter to enjoy with the view from Piazzale Michelangelo.

Trattoria Il Contadino


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An old favourite between the river and the station.Little has changed for decades here, including the price. The décor has been brightened up, but the quality of the food remains exceptionally high and the price has stayed down. Only a few paces from the busier shopping street of Borgognissanti, the regular clientele provides local colour in this trattoria, with a happy buzz of conversation as they discuss the events of the day over a generous bowl of pasta. The constantly updated, fixed price menu is recited rather than written (with some translations into English if required) but don't worry if you haven't understood everything, it would be hard to go wrong with this home cooking. Main courses are simple meat or fish dishes with a side dish. The house wine brought to you in a carafe is more than acceptable. This quality and price combination tends to cause a queue at busy times so you are expected to free your table as soon as you have finished, if you want to linger a while, arrive after the rush. Desserts and coffee are extra, but will not break the bank. 

Pitti Gola e Cantina


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A glass of wine on the doorstep of the Pitti Palace.When you leave the splendor of the Palazzo Pitti, relax for a while with an excellent glass of wine in the enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina, right opposite the main entrance of the palace. There is a good choice of wines by the glass, including exquisite dessert wines, and a daunting list of wines by the bottle, displayed on shelves from floor to vaulted ceiling. You can see by the attention they give to pouring the wine that the expert owners care that you enjoy your visit here, so whether you have a glass of wine on a high stool at the bar or share a bottle at one of the marble topped tables, you know you are in good hands. The crostini and cheeses rank among the best for a tasty bite and dishes of hand made fresh pasta make a simple meal. Prices start very reasonably.

Osteria Vini e Vecchi Sapori


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Get there early to be sure of a table. There are only 18 seats in this one room osteria and a lot of people know how good it is. Although right in the thick of things just off the Piazza della Signoria you will find it full of Italians, a genuine testament to its authentic cooking. At some tables sharing is inevitable but with the high vaulted ceiling and plenty of light, there is still a sense of space. The hand written menu is short, traditional and changes daily and while it is not available in English, some translations may be offered by the owner. The pasta choices include lesser known shapes (try the paccheri) but the sauces are classics. The meat sauce (ragu) is particularly good. Main course choices are a little different from standard fare and are delicious. The homemade zuccotto (the Florentine version of tiramisù) is sweet, light and generously portioned, and if you order a coffee to finish, it is brought to you in a home style coffee pot, straight from the stove top. Service is also traditional trattoria-style, friendly but straight forward and business-like.

La Casalinga


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An institution of the Oltrarno.A trattoria does not stay open in Florence for over fifty years if the food is not up to the daily scrutiny of the locals who eat there. For three generations this family has been serving simple Tuscan fare at honest prices to the artisans and inhabitants of the Santo Spirito area. Even with its deserved fame it has not gained the pretensions of so many other trattorias in Florence. At busy times you may have to wait and you may have to share a table, but you will be made welcome and the service while fast and efficient is friendly and informal. Orders are taken and shouted in to the kitchen and with the hubbub from the dining room, noise is the essential backdrop to the experience of eating here. This is one of the best places to taste the thick vegetable and bread soup, ribollita or the delicate flavor of the most tender boiled beef, bollito di manzo perfectly matched with salsa verde (a puree of raw garlic and parsley). Wine as you would expect is simple, honest, Tuscan and by the carafe.