Must-eat food in Florence, Italy

When people think of Florence, they might think of the art, the architecture, or fashion. While all of that is unique and amazing, what really is special about Florence is the food. What are the best foods you must have while you’re in Firenze? Read below to find out.  

the best food in florence italy is pizza

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Pizza—you know it, you love it. And Florence does it better than any other place on Earth. With fresh ingredients and a variety of toppings, you can customize your pizza to be your next “best meal ever.” The pizza in Florence—and Italy in general—is typically cooked in a wood oven, which gives it a unique smoky flavor. We recommend you try the pesto and mozzarella pizza at Pizza Napoli. The pesto is rich and chunky and the mozzarella is so creamy, stringy, and delicious. It’s a must-have when in Firenze.   

the best food in florence, italy is lampredotto 

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For those who are a little more daring, we recommend you try lampredotto. This Florentine specialty is made from the fourth stomach of a cow. It’s usually served on a hefty bread roll and topped with salsa verde. It’s a classic street food in Florence, so you can find lampredetto almost anywhere. We recommend trying Da Nerbone, located within the Central Market of the city, to satisfy your curiosity.  

the best food in florence, italy is gelato

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We’re pretty sure there are more gelaterias in Florence than there are people. This simple yet tasty treat is perfect for those hot summer days when you’re walking around exploring the city. Whether you go classic lemon, tiramisu, or lavender, you’re sure to have a scrumptious snack (or two or three). The best part about the gelato? A dish or cone will typically only cost you one or two euros. 


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Although usually eaten as an appetizer, antipasti can be made into a meal if you do it right. Typical antipasti consist of a few different meats, such as prosciutto and salami, and a variety of cheeses. Depending on the restaurant you go to, you could have olives, artichokes, and pepperoncini as well. It’s a great snack to share with friends, so order a few plates and mangia! 

Now that you’re drooling over these foods, why not plan your next trip to Italy? Check out a few of our tours that travel to Florence, or our food-related tours in Northern and Southern Italy.

Editor’s note (2021): This piece has been updated for clarity, accuracy, and relevance.

Lauren Vinciguerra

Lauren is a Web Content Editor at EF. She dreams of going to Japan one day and eating her weight in sushi.

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