Like most things in Florence, the local restaurants that are worth a visit are usually the city’s oldest and most loved by locals and travelers alike. If what you are looking for is an authentic Italian meal, steeped in history, this guide is where to start. The restaurants listed here have decades of experience in providing their guests with well-loved, traditional Italian meals that will define your time in Florence as the tastiest of your travels.
Trattoria Sostanza first opened its doors in 1869, and according to those who love it, the quality of the food hasn’t changed. Tucked away on a tiny Florentine street, it might be easy to miss with its unassuming storefront, but don’t let that fool you. You will need to make reservations well in advance. When dining, don’t be taken aback by the long wooden communal tables, it is how it’s always been done. Diners on Trip Advisor say you’ll be remiss if you don’t try the pollo alla burro and the meringue pie with wild strawberries. Come hungry, and with cash- there are no credit card machines.
Another long-standing restaurant run by local Florentines since 1844, Trattoria Buzzino is an establishment that is a must-visit when in Florence. You’ll find Trattoria Buzzino tucked away on a quiet, shaded street near Palazzo Vecchio. You will want to sit outside at a table decked out with a checkered tablecloth but make a reservation first. Your visit won’t be complete without their freshly prepared pappardelle with wild boar meat. The traditional décor and accommodating staff will be the cherry on top of a fantastic culinary experience.
On a nondescript residential-like street on the outskirts of Florence is Trattoria Da Burde. Since 1901, Trattoria Da Burde has been crafting dishes that show intense attention to detail and tradition. Visitors suggest not missing out on a seat by making a reservation ahead of time for lunch or Friday dinner. You will be remiss if you skip the Florentine steak. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy city and head to Trattoria Da Burde when you’re in Florence.
Come for the bottles of Chianti that are still charmingly covered in straw and stay for what has kept one of the oldest restaurants in Florence around- the excellent food. A very short walk from the River Arno, Ristorante del Fagioli is a well-loved local haunt. The house specialty and a must-try are the Fagioli, which are olive oil-drizzled cooked white beans. Other notable fares to consider are the meatballs, made with mint and lemon, and the steak and pork dishes. As is with all the best restaurants in Florence, make a reservation and bring your euros.
Serving food since 1827, Ristorante Paoli is stunning. Not only is the food traditional and tasty, but the Neo Gothic interior with frescoes and lunettes will have your other senses tingling. Unlike the other restaurants here, Ristorante Paoli is open seven days a week, but it is still advised to make a reservation. The duck carpaccio is not to be missed, along with the meringue pie. This reasonably priced restaurant on a shaded and charming street is a must-visit.
When you travel to Italy, especially Florence, your eyes are not the only thing in for a treat. The food scene, full of history and tradition, is something that will have you craving a repeat visit for years to come.