The Top 5 Restaurants in Florence: Local Eateries Offering the Best in Authentic Italian Cuisine

Along with its leather markets and tourist attractions, Florence is well-known for its incredible food scene. Here are a few local restaurants you need to check out when you are next in Florence. 

Fiorino d’oro

Here you can indulge in all of the Italian classics. The margherita pizza and the ravioli with truffle and cheese are both must haves. We recommended that you sit outside for a great view of Florence’s beautiful city center, Piazza della Republica.

Trattoria ZaZa

This restaurant is the perfect mix of convenient and delicious. The restaurant is very popular and is always busy, so it is best to book a table in advance. The service is phenomenal and there is a lovely atmosphere. The truffle chicken is to die for. The location is right behind the leather market. Be sure to go down the street and stop at Massimo leather for the best leather bags and jackets.

La Giostra

This charming neighborhood restaurant is the perfect place to eat an authentic Italian meal. Dinner begins with complimentary champagne and appetizers. The prosciutto mozzarella and the gnocchi with spinach are highly recommended. For the main course, the truffle pasta and pear ravioli are their well-known favorites.

Osteria del Gatto e la Volpe

If you’re looking for Italian favorites, this charming and small restaurant is the place to be. Start off with a warm doughy bread with balsamic dressing, an amazing tomato and mozzarella appetizer, and penne alla vodka for your main course. You won’t regret it.

All’antico Vinaio

This small, yet always packed, Panini shop is the perfect place to grab a quick but delicious bite. Every day they have a top 5 favorites menu, but if you are a picky eater you can make your own panini as well. For only 5 euro, enjoy a scrumptious panini while walking the streets around the Ponte Vecchio.