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Florence, Italy

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Florence Dining

Florence’s palazzos and galleries are not the only treasures of Italy. Dining in Florence is about fabulous steaks, heart-warming soups, wood-oven pizzas and other great delicacies. And an added bonus to this great dining experience is the way in which most dishes are cooked. Only the finest olive oil is used to prepare most dishes.

Elegant
Step into Boccanegra’s antique décor and you’ll feel as if you went back in time. Molten candles and elegant china grace every table. The chef has taken traditional recipes and turned them into modern creations. A must is the grilled pigeon or vegetarian pie. This is the finest dining in Florence.

For visitors who wish to experience other international flavors there’s Masa. This authentic Japanese style restaurant offers superb sushi and sashimi. A suit is appropriate dress as it’s always filled with business people. It’s become the popular spot for dining in Florence.

Osteria Pep is a magnificent location for savoring gourmet delights like prime beef and venison. The décor is simple yet very elegant.

Tip: Don’t skip dessert. The chocolate gelato with biscotti is a must.

Another ideal choice for an evening of romance is L’erta del Mangia. The restaurant offers idyllic views of the city. You’ll enjoy the pasta prepared with pumpkin flowers or the grilled pigeon meat.

Casual

For less expensive dining in Florence, trattorias are a great choice. Gustavino is a great choice. Don’t miss the black pasta and seafood. The ambience is modern and sophisticated. The prices are quite reasonable. Near the train station in the center of Florence you’ll find L Quattro Amici, the place for seafood.

For a break from Italian cuisine, Dioniso is a must. Its Greek chef prepares outstanding souvlaki and fetta pastry pockets. Its authentic Greek décor gives you the feel of an Athens taverna.

If you feel like dining in an unusual setting, try Angels. It’s set within a cavern and decorated with large wooden tables. The timber ceiling is supported by stone columns. The pastas and pizzas are superb.

The locals love Al Tranvai. It’s a small trattoria where the tripe Florentine style is well-liked.

Cafes
Watching people is a hobby in Florence. All self-respecting cafes have tables lined next to each other and positioned in people-watching mode.

Gilli is an elegant tea and coffee house where you can savor decadent sweet delights. Pink tablecloths and sparkling white china decorate the tables that sit in the middle of the Piazza.

Café Concerto Paszkowski has been around for 150 years. It’s another fun place to enjoy a cup of Espresso. There’s live music in the evenings. Don’t miss the selection of liqueurs served with biscotti. It’s customary to dip the biscotti in the glass. It’s said to be a custom of the Pope.

Dining in Florence is an art to be learned. You’ll find out that Pasta is usually served as an appetizer. At the end of the meal a smooth almond liqueur is served. It’s a great compliment to your meal.
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