Written by Eva Stelzer. Posted in Blog, Food and drink, Italy

The culinary experience in Florence is unlike any other, filled with plenty of spots that any foodie will enjoy. But with so many choices it can get overwhelming. That’s why we’re offering our Top 5 Florence Restaurants that you must visit. For many foodies, eating in Florence is a must experience. We sample some of these restaurants on our Walking tours in Italy.



For the foodie and food savvy there’s an amazing new restaurant slash club in Florence. Across the river Arno, on the Pitti Palace side, and in an unsuspecting, rather dreary location, is an upscale new destination for fish loving, fun loving locals. A few tourists are finding their way to this trendy spot but only because some upscale connoisseur concierges are referring their clients.

Don't miss dessert at Cestello's

Don’t miss dessert at Cestello’s

This is a place for people who like food, fine wines, interesting dining experiences, and enjoy taking the time to eat. If you’re looking for a fast way to fill your belly then this isn’t the place for you. If you’re looking for a mouth-watering and entertaining experience, then find your way to San Frediano Square and enjoy. I recommend the sashimi appetizer and any of the fresh fish dishes flown in daily from Sicily. Desserts are a visual and culinary treat – so save some room. Reservations are a must as this is a well-attended local haunt. These can be made on line or by telephone. Check out Cestello

Il Paradisino

As the word implies, the experience is pure paradise. Chef Costanza lovingly prepares food on her Renaissance-heritage protected property. The Villa has been in the family for more than 200 years and houses Uffizi Gallery quality art, antiques Venetian glass, and more. The food is pure heaven. Organically grown vegetables and herbs used in food preparation come from the family garden that is lovingly cultivated by Costanza’s agronomist father. Meals represent authentic Italian cuisine with a hint of modern flair. Wine from the estate is paired with dinner. If you want to dine in an authentic villa with exceptional food, then this is the place for you. Reservations a must, at least 2 weeks in advance. The restaurant hosts dinners and pizza parties by request only. A minimum of 4 guests required. To book, let our concierge service book this delightful experience. Contact us at info@eviactive.com


Oliviero Via delle Terme

Marco Peptio, an exceptional concierge at the new Golden Tower Hotel and Spa in Florence, recommends Oliviero Via delle Terme. His favourite dish is meat, any meat, prepared by the chef. This is a casual restaurant that won’t break the bank. It is located in the heart of Florence just a few blocks from the elegant Toranbuoni Street. Once a haunt for the Italian jet set crowd, including the famous Marcello Mastroianni, Federico Fellini, the incomparable Sophia Loren, and Ella Fitzgerald. The cuisine has kept up with the times while retaining an authentic Tuscan flair.

4 Leoni on Via dei Vellutin

A good stop for lunch or dinner is 4 Leoni in Piazza della Passera. The name of the square recalls an era when the street was renowned for the ladies of passage who hung out in the area. Food here is what is referred to as local cuisine at reasonable prices. The daily varieties of pasta changes based on seasonal foods and whim of the chef. All pastas are home made and amazing. Despite the location in a more residential area of Florence, this is a popular spot with tourists who are often sent here by their guides. Still, it’s worth a stop. Reservations recommended.


 Nuvoli is a regular stop on many of our walks through Florence. This unsuspecting eatery is well known by the Florentine residents, as it was the city’s third restaurant to get a permit to serve food and operating from the same location since 1,001!

Nuvoli for a casual lunch.

Nuvoli for a casual lunch.

The main floor is extremely narrow, sells only coffee and wine, and hardly seems like a spot for food. While across the street many outdoor tables are filled with tourists, this spot is for locals and those in the know. Head to the back of the bar and descend the narrow stairway on the right into a cavernous basement lined with medieval stone walls and decorated with incredible hanging copper pots. Try the Panzanella a specialty Tuscan bread treat or the eggplant parmigiana. There is also a terrific assortment of cheeses, traditional salumis, and other Florentine antipasto delights. Naturally, all should be enjoyed with a glass of good wine.


Join us for our Eat, Drink, Walk Tuscany tour and we’ll treat you to the perfect lunch at this perfect insider spot. http://www.eviactive.com/eat-drink-walk-tuscany/

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