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All'Antico Vinaio


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One of the few genuine Florentine fast food places left in the city.

All'Antico Vinaio is always busy; it could be for the great food, the great prices, the interesting characters crushed into the tiny bar and spilling onto the street, or perhaps it is to do with the help-yourself-to-wine arrangement!


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.  

Casa del Vino


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A delightful hidden spot for a snack.A short way from San Marco and the Accademia is this wonderful bottega selling excellent sandwiches and glasses of wine at very reasonable prices. Almost completely hidden behind the San Lorenzo market traders' stalls of Via dell' Ariento, it is an enchanting place with tall dark wood cabinets filled with wines and a marble bar filled with food. There are very few places to sit, so if you get there at a busy time, squeeze in with the regulars and stand at the bar. From the chalk board above the bar, choose one of the house specials such as cherry tomatoes with burrata (a creamy mozzarella) and fresh anchovies. Fresh crostini with chicken liver paté are arranged on the bar with boiled eggs and another traditional Florentine treat of bread rolls with truffles and butter.

Cantinetta di Verrazzano


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A quick snack and a glass of wine with an 850 year pedigree.They had already been making wine at the Verrazzano castle for over three hundred years when Giovanni Da Verrazzano set out to explore the newly discovered coast of north America. Now it is possible to taste these wines by the glass as well as other produce from the castle at the Cantinetta in the centre of Florence. The huge oven that you see in front of you as you walk in ensures that the excellent bread is made in keeping with tradition. The flattened bread, focaccia, is delicious filled with various hams and cheeses and is served warm from the oven. Try a selection of filled focaccia to share with a glass of wine for a reviving break from sightseeing. There are some tables with friendly English speaking service and only a very modest price increase, or you can pay first at the cash desk and then exchange your receipt at the focaccia counter for an instant picnic to take away with you.

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.  

Le Volpi e L'Uva


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A wine bar less than a stone's throw from the Ponte Vecchio.It can be a squeeze to get in to this popular one room enoteca at busy times but it has to be worth it for the dozens of excellent wines, many chosen from the less well known and specialist producers of Italy. Climb on to a stool to sit at the bar with the regulars or take a table on the terrace and try some of the interesting cheeses or excellent prosciutto to compliment your glass of wine. Mouthwatering snacks are assembled from the finest ingredients and the delightful aromas of grilled cheese and fresh truffle fill the air. There is a generous list of wines available by the glass, written on the board above the bar. The expert staff are ever willing to help choose from the long list of well priced wines and whether you've come to share a good bottle for an hour or just popped in for a quick reviver, you will be made welcome.