Good Restaurants in Florence - Where locals go

September 22, 2019 2 Comments

Good Restaurants in Florence - Where locals go

Generally in Italy it is really rare to have meals who actually taste bad; if I do search for such an experience in my memories I might only find one. Anyhow, this has nothing to do with a quality kitchen and when it comes to the city center of Florence it’s tricky to find a good restaurant from the point of view of a traveller. I can recognize good places at a first glimpse, but I can imagine how difficult it can be when you don’t know the city, and how easy it is to end up in a touristy place. So many times people just texted me (or stopped me along the way) to ask “can you recommend a restaurant where you would go"?

Here it is! The amazing match between typical florentine and a refined cuisine adding touches from all over italy.

Trattoria Il Trebbio

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Il Trebbio is in via Belle Donne 47/r, a few steps away from Piazza Santa Maria Novella: full city center.

This is the perfect restaurant to find amazing typical dishes together with a more contemporary vision of the Tuscan and Florentine cuisine. More or less what an italian would want from a restaurant. This is why I am so glad I found this place.

To give an example of what I just said: their menu have a very tasty Fiorentina steak and also The Real Burrata*, which doesn’t belong to Tuscany but it perfectly matches some of our ingredients.

Paolo, the Restaurant Manager, had to search for 4 years to find the Perfect and real Burrata from south Italy. I appreciated so much this particular. They aren't interested in giving people a random tourist-product, they actually care and search for Quality.

*[Burrata is a kind of cheese just like the Italian mozzarella but a lot more creamy inside and soft. It litterally melts in your mouth and trust me: you wil L-O-V-E it.]

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Going “Only Typical” sometimes can be quiete heavy. Many Tuscan recipes includes meat or carbs. So when you want to be in touch with florentine cusine and at the same time have more variety in the menu, together with amazing tuscan wines, well: Trattoria il Trebbio is The Place you want to save on your to-do-list in Florence. 

Paolo will be glad to explain what’s in your dishes if you wish. He is the best story teller and host, and the dinner goes nicely slow, following your rythm; just what you want for a romantic dinner or a proper chilling time with a friend.

You guys know that food is sacred to an Italian, and that a dinner is more than anything a moment to share, to enjoy, to be with the loved ones, to get to know someone better. Il Trebbio is a full immersion in this Italian mood.

I think dinner time wins over lunch time at Il Trebbio. Here is where you can book and save their contacts:

Il Trebbio -  Web Site

Il Trebbio - Instagram

I tasted all of the following dishes along my visits here and I really loved them all. Try pistacchio Panna Cotta and Paccheri all'Italiana, they are amazing (you'll thank me later!).

What I already tried: Antipasto Toscano, Crema di Ceci con Baccalà Fritto, Intrighi al ragù di Coniglio al Dragoncello con crema di cipolle rosse e ricotta salata, Pacchero all'italiana con gorgonzola e tartufo nero di Norcia,  Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Tris di Dolci. And wine of Course.

The prices are really balanced for the quality of the products and service. First courses are from €9 to 18, second courses from €13 to €25. I believe it's a restaurant for €35+ per person and the quality is really good.

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Osteria Belle Donne 

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Osteria Belle Donne is named after the street Belle Donne and it is very close to Piazza Santa Maria Novella and the central train station in Florence. 

This little cute restaurant has an intimate atmosphere and I loved to be here with my friend for an only-girls night out, full of chats and news to share!

The main room has cozy decorations and a number of tables large enough to maintain an intimate atmosphere but also to be surrounded by (not to many) other people.

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When I suggest any kind of business it means that I found it having a good service. To me service and products quality have the same importance. Florence sometimes can have shops with very unpleasant clerks so I really care for sharing places where you can have a good experience with my people! (if you are following Me & Tuscany since a while you already know this about me).

Giacinto, the restaurant manager, and Ilaria, the Chef, are two lovely people that will cuddle your stay with gentle manners and very good cuisine. They can wisely manage the moments of your meal to let you enjoy every dish without being in a hurry or even letting you wait.

Ilaria cooks typical dishes of Florence like Ossobuco or Fegatini sauce and also adds some variety from the Italian cuisine. I find this menu to be just about right also for lunch time and even more perfect if you need to catch train or tram back to the airport and want to have a “florentine last supper” on the way back home!

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Antipasto Toscano is my fave antipasto from Tuscany and I also use it as some sort of personal quality check in restaurants. This is a chopping board full of cold cuts and cheese: all raw and with no cooked products. When raw food is good, it means the quality is high. Definitely Osteria Belle Donne passed the test !

After appetizers we had: Pici Belle Donne ( a kind of pasta with zucchini, bacon and pecorino (a cheese typical from Tuscany); Pasta with Fegatini sauce( Fegatini is made with the liver of chickens and it’s also super typical here); Veal Ossobuco; Tortino di Castagne (chestnut cake- these nuts comes from Garfagnana here in Tuscany). A bottle of red wine could not be missing of course!

The price is around €35-40 per person. Of course it all depends of what you order. From thier menu you can actually have a good meal for under €30 or €45+.

In case you want to save this suggestion on your Florence-list here are their contacts:

Osteria Belle Donne - Web Site

Osteria Belle Donne - Instagram

 

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Let Me Know!

I'd love to know if these recommendations worked for you and you found them useful! 

I am aware of how useful a suggestion from a local could be. I always search for this when I'm traveling my-self.

If you can find time to write me a short text here or on Instagram and tell me how was your experience it would mean the world to me!




2 Responses

Me & Tuscany
Me & Tuscany

September 28, 2019

Thank you so Much Robert! It means the world to me !!

Robert L. Hodge
Robert L. Hodge

September 22, 2019

Francesca,

Your blog comments are invaluable. I want to thank you for providing such insightful information. I will make sure to tell everyone I know who are planning to travel to Tuscany to check your blog posts for trusted recommendations and information.

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