Casa del Vino



A delightful hidden spot for a snack.

A short way from San Marco and the Accademia is this wonderful bottega selling excellent sandwiches and glasses of wine at very reasonable prices. Almost completely hidden behind the San Lorenzo market traders' stalls of Via dell' Ariento, it is an enchanting place with tall dark wood cabinets filled with wines and a marble bar filled with food.

There are very few places to sit, so if you get there at a busy time, squeeze in with the regulars and stand at the bar. From the chalk board above the bar, choose one of the house specials such as cherry tomatoes with burrata (a creamy mozzarella) and fresh anchovies. Fresh crostini with chicken liver paté are arranged on the bar with boiled eggs and another traditional Florentine treat of bread rolls with truffles and butter.