Trattorie in Florence

An informal, inexpensive place to eat

Dining in Florence

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Delicious involtini di manzo and some fagioli all'uccelletto (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
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Le Mossacce
Florence: Centro Storico

Classic trattoria cooking at thoroughly reasonable prices right in the historic center of Florence

 
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A medieval setting and classic Florentine cuisine so good other cooks come to eat here

 
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La Mescita
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

Cheap, quick, delicious, and thoroughly unpretentious meals in Florence

 
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Vini e Vecchi Sapori
Florence: Centro Storico

A tiny, classic, inexpensive Italian osteria somehow flourishing mere steps from the tourist crush of Piazza della Signoria

 
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Trattoria Anita
Florence: Centro Storico

From spicy penne to creamy ravioli, Anita will leave you satisfied all the way through the tiramisú

 
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Trattoria Cibrèo
Florence: Santa Croce

Same kitchens, same dishes, as famous Ristorante Cibreo—but 1/3 the cost

 
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Trattoria da Benvenuto
Florence: Santa Croce

Tasty, traditional, no-nonsense Florentine home-cooking like mamma used to make

 
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Da Mario
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

An unabashedly old-school trattoria by the central market in Florence

 
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Il Cantinone
Florence: Oltrarno

The bustling Cantinone del Gallo Nero is a favorite of locals and tourists alike

 
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I'Raddi
Florence: Oltrarno

Affordable dishes in a traditional setting with a youthful air

 
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La Vecchia Bettola
Florence: Oltrarno

An old-school Florentine restaurant deep in the Oltrarno district of Florence

 
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Le Cave di Maiano
Florence: Fiesole

A country retreat of a trattoria high above Florence in the Fiesole hills

 
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Osteria delle Belle Donne
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Traditional Tuscan with a twist

 
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Home cooking in a homey setting in Florence

 
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A massive bistecca alla fiorentina (Photo by Alex Besteiro)
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Osteria de' Benci
Florence: Santa Croce

The classic osteria of Santa Croce

 
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Antico Noè
Florence: Santa Croce

A popular Santa Croce wine bar and trattoria

 
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Palle d'Oro
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Make it quick at the counter or stay for your meal

 
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Grotta Guelfa
Florence: Centro Storico

A decent, if unmemorable, meal right in the heart of tourist Florence

 
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Yellow Bar
Florence: Centro Storico

A locals' favorite late night spot for pizza and pasta

 
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Osteria de' Pazzi
Florence: Santa Croce

Crazy delicious during every course, prepared by a delightfully kooky cook

 
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Coco Lezzone
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

The perfect trattoria that's everybody's hidden secret in Florence

 
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Trattoria Sostanza (Il Troia)
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

The epitome of traditional food and laid-back dining

 
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Antichi Cancelli
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

A true Florentine trattoria amid cheap hotels of Santa Maria Novella/San Lorenzo near the train station

 
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Trattoria Guelfa
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Tuscan trattoria with a vast selection

 
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Le Fonticine
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

Florentine trattoria with a country feel

 
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Osteria Santo Spirito
Florence: Oltrarno

In relentlessly Renaissance Florence, Santo Spirito offers classic cuisine in a post-modern setting

 
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La Casalinga
Florence: Oltrarno

Florentine home cooking

 
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Borgo Antico
Florence: Oltrarno

Pizza and giant salads with a view of Santo Spirito

 
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Il Pennello
Florence: Centro Storico

An historic restaurant with an excellent antipasto table

 
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Antico Fattore
Florence: Centro Storico

Affordable dining just steps from the Uffizi

 
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Da Ganino
Florence: Centro Storico

A family friendly trattoria smack in the center of town

 
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Trattoria Pallottino
Florence: Santa Croce

Cozy trattoria, favored by the locals, in Santa Croce

 
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Trattoria al Trebbio
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Dishes to go already prepared, but definitely stick with the fresh cooking. It's worth the wait.

 
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Trattoria Zà-Zà
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Classic Florentine dishes in a maze of a place across from the central market in Florence

 
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Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for rail travel

English (inglese) Italian (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...train station la ferroviaria [or] la stazione lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah [or] lah stat-zee-YO-nay
ticket un biglietto oon beel-YET-toh
first class prima classe PREE-mah CLAH-say
second class seconda classe say-CONE-dah CLAH-say
one way solo andata SO-low ahn-DAHT-tah
round trip (return) andata e ritorno ahn-DAH-tah ay ree-TOUR-noh
Just the supplement Soltanto il supplemento soul-TAHN-toh eel sou-play-MEN-toh
Just a seat reservation Soltanto una prenotazione soal-TAHN-toh oo-nah pray-no-tah-tsee-YOH-nay
I have a Eurailpass Ho il Eurailpass oh eel YOO-rail-pahs
sleeping couchette una cucetta oo-nah koo-CHET-tah
berth in a sleeping car un posto nel vagone letto oon POH-sto nell vah-GOAN-nay LET-toh
track binario been-AR-ree-yoh
train treno TRE-no
car (carriage) carozza ka-RO-tza
seat posto PO-sto
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay
left luggage deposito bagagli day-PO-zee-toh ba-GAHL-yee
     
punch your ticket timbrare il biglietto teem-BRA-ray eel beel-YET-toh
Is this the right platform for the Rome train? E questo il binario per il treno à Roma? ay KWAY-sto eel been-AR-ree-yo pair eel TRE-no ah RO-ma? 
delayed in retardo een ree-TAR-do
strike sciopero SHO-pair-oh
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
City / Train station names
English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Main station
Rome Roma Termini
Florence Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Venice Venezia Santa Lucia
Milan Milano Centrale
Genoa Genova Porta Principe
Naples Napoli Centrale
Leghorn Livorno Centrale
Turin Torino Porta Nuova

Useful Italian for air travel

English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)   Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
the airport l'aeroporto LAHW-ro-port-oh
the airplane l'aereo LAIR-reh-oh
terminal terminal TEAR-me-nahl
flight volo VOH-lo
gate uscita d'imbarco oo-SHEE-tah deem-BARK-oh
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
delayed in ritardo een ree-TAR-doh
on time in orario een oh-RAH-ree-yo
early in avanti een ah-VAHN-tee
boarding imbarco eem-BARK-o
connecting flight la coincidenza la ko-een-chee-DEN-za
check-in accettazione ah-chet-ta-zee-YO-nee
immigration controllo passaporti cone-TRO-lo pah-sa-POR-tee
security check controllo di sicurezza kohn-TRO-lo dee see-kur-AY-tzah
customs dogana do-GA-na
shuttle la navetta lah na-VET-tah
boarding pass carta d'imbarco kart-ta deem-BARK-o
baggage claim ritiro bagagli ree-TEER-oh bah-GA-lyee
carry-on luggage bagaglio à mano bah-GA-lyo ah MA_no
checked luggage bagalio bah-GA-lyo

Useful Italian for car travel

English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
car automobile ow-toh-MO-bee-lay
scooter/motorboke un motorino oon mo-tair-EE-no
gas station stazione di servizio stah-zee-YO-nay dee sair-VEE-tzee-yo
gas benzina ben-ZEE-nah
diesel gasolio [or] diesel gah-ZOH-lee-oh [or] DEE-zell
Fill it up, please al pieno, per favore ahl pee-YAY-noh, pair fa-VOHR-ray
Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the highway l'autostrada lout-oh-STRA-dah
...the state highway la statale [written "SS"] lah sta-TAHL-eh
...the road for Rome la strada per Roma lah STRA-dah pair RO-mah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
to cross attraversare ah-tra-vair-SAR-ay
toll pedaggio peh-DA-jo
parking parcheggio par-KEH-jo
road map carta stradale kar-ta stra-DA-lay
where can I pay the fine? dove posso pagare la multa DOH-veh Po-so pag-GAR-ray la MOOL-tah


Typical road signs / terms » more

English (anglais) French (français) 
Stop Stop
Exit  Uscita
Staffic light Semaforo
One-way Senso unico
Dead-end Strada senza uscita
Parking prohibited No parcheggio or parcheggio proibito
Pedestrian zone Area pedonale
Limited Traffic Zone (you pay to drive in) ZTL or Zona Traffico Limitato

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).