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Procacci


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One of the oldest gastronomic venues in Florence.Revive yourself during a busy morning shopping in the prestigious Via Tornabuoni with a visit to the unaltered nineteenth century Procacci café. Since 1885 Florentines have been gathering here to taste the house speciality, a tiny bread roll spread with the pungent crema di tartufo (truffle paste), and a glass of lightly spiced tomato juice. Stand at the green marble bar or sit at one of the little tables for no extra cost and enjoy the ambiance which attracted the royal seal of approval in 1925. Tradition has it that the tiny truffle sandwich goes with tomato juice but it is also worth trying with a glass of cold prosecco or white wine. If you have a passion for truffles, buy some crema di tartufo or dig deep and buy a whole fresh one (in season) from the little glass case to take home with you.

Da Nerbone


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Looking for an authentic market lunch?Built in the 1870's in materials and a style well ahead of its time, the covered food market of San Lorenzo is always worth a visit. Open every morning except Sunday, light streams in through the high windows to give the impression of a traditional open-air market, and the sights, sounds and smells are something to remember. Of the several stalls offering hot food, Da Nerbone is as old as the market and still attracts a crowd of regulars every day. Choose your food and pay for it, then collect it further along the counter and sit elbow to elbow on benches with market traders and shoppers to savour the delights of hot boiled beef in a bread roll. If you are feeling adventurous, here is a great place to try the Florentine speciality of lampredotto.  

Cernacchino


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An ideal place to stop for a quick lunch near the Uffizi.As you walk in you will be met with the delightful aromas of traditional Tuscan food and a genuine smile. A glass counter in front of you is full of freshly prepared food and when one of the owners enthusiastically describes what is available, you know you are going to enjoy the experience. Lovingly prepared traditional Tuscan stews are loaded into fresh baked crusty bread rolls which have been hollowed out to form a bowl. You might try a slow cooked beef stew spiced with whole black pepper corns or chicken livers in rich gravy. Or perhaps beef in a tomato sauce. Can't decide? Try two small bread bowls with different fillings. And if this is sounding too substantial for lunch, there are salads in summer and plates of prosciutto, salamis and cheese. In winter there is porchetta, a boned, stuffed, roasted pig cut in thick slices and served in a bread roll.To accompany your lunch Chianti wine is available to help yourself by the glass, or to keep a clear head for more sightseeing, try one of the freshly pressed fruit juices. If you are eating in, there are stools at the front to watch the world go by, and some tables to share on the upper level.  

Zeb


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Traditional Florentine food in a contemporary setting.Crossing the bridge over the Arno close to Santa Croce brings you straight to the old Quartiere, or neighbourhood, of San Niccolo. From here it is a short walk to the view point of Piazzale Michelangelo and on the way Zeb makes the perfect place to stop for lunch or an early dinner. Stylish and contemporary, at the same time as remaining true to its origins as a grocer's shop, Zeb offers excellent quality deli goods and a full menu of delicious Florentine home cooking. Comfortable stools line the length of the scrupulously clean glass counter where many of the dishes are displayed. Try one of the traditional soups to start, or tortellini in brodo, little pasta parcels cooked in tasty broth. Follow with the house speciality of bollito, gently simmered beef with a little chilli sauce and garlicky salsa verde. Artisan beers are offered alongside a wide selection of wines by the glass, all served to you by the welcoming owners. Zeb is also a great place to choose a tasty picnic from the deli counter to enjoy with the view from Piazzale Michelangelo.