Even though its claim to fame is Renaissance art, Florence is more than just the city of Da Vinci and Michelangelo. The Tuscan capital’s culinary reputation has also put it on the map as a must-visit destination for foodies (especially those with a craving for steak). Recently, our Social Media Specialist Brittany ate her way through the city—these are some of her favorite bites.
From Da Nerbone (Mercato Centrale)
Afar touts this brisket creation as the best sandwich ever, and they aren’t wrong. It comes topped with a sauce that’s similar to salsa verde, and it‘s to die for. More adventurous eaters can substitute the brisket for tripe (lampredotto, seen in the front sandwich in the picture above), but I’ll stick with the beef.
From All’antico Vinaio (Via dei Neri)
Schiacciata is a traditional Tuscan flatbread that’s made with flour, water, yeast, salt, and olive oil. We waited in a long line that stretched down the street for our chance to get our hands on some sandwiches made with this bread—and it was so worth it. I got the Schiacciata del boss, which had prosciutto, pecorino cheese, and truffle cream.
Fried brie cheese with truffles
From Trattoria Il Francescano (Largo Piero Bargellini)
Sitting directly under the famous Duomo in Florence, we enjoyed Prosecco and fried brie cheese with shaved truffles and truffle oil. It was the perfect way to take an afternoon walking break.
From Mercato Centrale
This isn’t your normal arancini ball. It’s the size of a softball and packed with the most delicious cheese, ground beef, and peas. If you’re looking for a super quick and cheap snack, this is definitely the way to go.
Coffee pasta with wild boar Bolognese on cheese fondue
From Tamerò (Piazza Santo Spirito)
Honestly, this dish was the best meal I had while we were in Florence (the photo doesn’t do it justice at all!). This restaurant had the most unique spin on classic Italian food, and it made the experience of eating there truly unforgettable.
The moral of the story? Go to Florence for the art, but stay for the food.