La Falterona is where I had my first “Eat, Pray Love” food experience, as I call it. It’s that especially delicious moment when you take the first bite of your food, and whatever you’re eating consumes your body from the inside out. Your your eyes roll back into your head and the only sound that you can manage to make is “mmm…” as you enjoy your meal and never want it to end. This “foodgasm” as one could call it, first happened with my entree: a filet of white fish served with roasted cherry tomatoes and sliced potatoes. One bite of this fish with its herb and citrus under tones and I was hook’d! It melts in your mouth in the most beautiful way just like any flaky white fish should when cooked correctly. Then the earthy and sweet flavor of the herb roasted cherry tomato pops in your mouth right before the salty starchiness from the potato hits you. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water! We also tried the eggplant appetizer and Spaghetti Alla Carbonara and wow…who knew eggs could mix that well with pasta?! Needless to say, we’re completely hook’d on La Falterona and cannot wait to go back. Take our word for it and check it out for yourself! 

 

Location: Via Giovan Battista Zannoni, 10 (Between San Lorenzo and SMN Train Station)

Type Of Food: Traditional Tuscan, Meat, Fish, High Quality Wine, etc.

Atmosphere: Romantic, Traditional, Friendly, Homey

 

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This little place was a great find right across the Arno River snuggled in between two bars. Walking in, you see shiny silver lids covering all the Gelati flavors, tempting you to taste…I usually come here for fruity flavors, creamy flavors, or both! One of my favorite combos is Mascarpone Crema and Frutti Di Bosco or Pesca and Mango. But don’t stop at Gelato! Gelateria Vivaldi also has coffee, tea, cakes, cookies, and best of all, wine. If you walk through the doorway, past the Gelati counter, you will find a coffee and pasty counter. Then if you walk even further, you will find a beautiful and sexy sitting room. Scattered with printed chairs, leather couches, and eccentric looking cushions, this little chamber is truly a hidden gem. It’s equipped with high vaulted ceilings, Italian sculpture, and black and white photos of naked sculptures.

Gelateria Vivaldi is one of the most special places I have found yet in Florence. Also be sure to check out their Italian Coffee Introduction and Tastings, held every Tuesday from 3:00-4:30 pm! 

 

Location: Via dei Renai, 15, Firenze

Type of Food: Coffee, Gelato, Chocolate, Pastries

Atmosphere: Casual, Artsy, Local, Artisan

 

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Panini in Florence are great, they really are. But sometimes you come across a special panini and meat shop that changes your entire view of this Italian sandwich, and it happened to me at Pane E Olio. As an eatery right across the legendary Ponte Vecchio, you would expect the employees to be pushy, english speaking, and serving average Italian food. But something about this hole-in-the-wall shop, nestled quaintly into the corner of La Piazza Santa Felicita, lured me in. I sensed that something was different about it, and I am very glad to say that I was absolutely right. It seems to me that locals come here to buy fresh crudo for picnics or antipasti that evening. There weren’t any tourists and they didn’t seem to speak much, if any English there. (I was grateful that I have become comfortable with the art of ordering food in Italian, since pretty much the only thing I do here is eat.) I asked for something simple: un panino con prosciutto e formaggio, choosing Fontina when the motherly woman at the counter asked me what type I preferred. The first thing I noticed when I wrapped my hands around this gloriously edible work of art, was that the bread was warm and had that beautiful “crunch” sound when you squeezed it. These are classic telltale signs of fresh bread, my friends. Upon taking a bite, the bread crackled around the freshly sliced prosciutto and soft fontina cheese in the most delightful way. It was definitely one of those eye-closing moments where you ask yourself if you’re really living this or if it’s all a dream. It was love at first bite, and I can’t wait to go back. I am absolutely and without a doubt, Hook’d!


Location: Piazza Santa Felicita, 8 Firenze, right across Ponte Vecchio

Type of Food: Italian Classics, Meat, Wine, Panini, Crostini, etc.

Atmosphere: Casual, Friendly, Warm, Homey, Local


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On my first morning in Florence, I set off to find somewhere to get a traditional italian colazione: a cappuccino and croissant. I didn’t care if it was good or not at that point, that was how hungry I was. Nearing the Arno River, I stumbled upon “Italian Bar” - a little corner bar selling coffee, pastries, and light lunch. I practically ran in the door stumbling over my feet and my basic Italian words, but eventually walked out with cappuccino and croissant in hand. The coffee was strong and smooth, but then again I’m sure any cappuccino in Italy can’t be that bad. The croissant, though, was divine. It’s by far the best I’ve ever had, and I haven’t found one comparable in Florence since. This wasn’t just any old french pastry you will find in Europe, often cream filled and a bit processed. It was buttery and delicious as it should be, with a shiny and sweet kind of thin coating on the outside, and I just can’t stop thinking about it. Close to F.U.A., this is a great spot to stop for breakfast on your way to class. I just know you’ll be Hook’d! 

Local Tip: Don’t order a cappuccino after 2pm, or you may as well write “Hi I’m American” with a sharpie on your forehead.

 

Location: Corso Tintori 2/R Firenze, across the street and a few doors down from FUA

Type of Food: Italian Light Lunch, Coffee, Pastries, Gelato

Atmosphere: Quick, Casual, Local

 

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