Florentine Foodie

Vivanda

Review by Halle Geoghegan, Kyle Paradis, Julia Dillon, Ciera Davis, Tessa Hollister, Seth Bruce Vivanda is a restaurant located in the Oltrarno area that cateres to a local clientele and to anyone with organic, vegan, gluten, or vegetarian dietary preferences. The employees spoke English well, were able to suggest recommendations, and were attentive throughout the […]


Trattoria L’Ortone

Review by Erika Cristiano, Taylor Fellman, Katherine Jeffries, Madison Miller, Whitley Pearson, Madison Priest, Rachel Smoller The atmosphere of L’Ortone was unique because of the different location options within the restaurant.  The bar is a perfect place to enjoy a drink before being seated.  If there is a wait for the table, guests are encouraged […]


Crepapelle

Review by Mary Butler, Kristina Deese, Sarah Hotzel, Katharine Woodard, Julie Pham, Avery Hayden Crepapelle is a small vegetarian restaurant with several vegan options. It seats around 18 and it would be better to stick to groups of four. At first glance, it seemed like a plant-based restaurant, so we were impressed by the healthy, […]


Italian Tapas

Review by Lucy Mae Rascoe, Mary Britt Marsh, Elizabeth Sisk, Mary Lienesch, Claire Hauck, Mikaela Durben This was our first time at a specifically Mediterranean tapas restaurant, and we really enjoyed the experience. Not only was the food delicious, but the service was quick, friendly, and attentive. The waitress did a good job of trying […]


Osteria dei Pazzi

Review by Josi Tiffany, Declan Rae, Amanda Laugeni, Emily Morrow Osteria Dei Pazzi is conveniently located near piazza Santa Croce. The owner of the osteria welcomes you with his singing voice and brings an overall warm feeling to his place. The service was great and both the owner and waiter were friendly and fast. We […]


Alla Vecchia Bettola

Review by Jennifer Persichilli, Janelle Levesque, Jennifer Eldridge, Alayna Aimes and Jennifer Schuckenbrock Walking into Alla Vecchia Bettola, one first witnesses the boisterous and lively atmosphere busting with tables of cheerful Italian families and friends. Depending on what time you go, the seating varies; it is not required to make a reservation, but it is […]


Pasticceria Gualtieri

Review by Savanna White, Karlianne Willson, Bryan Hoffman, James Romano, Hannah Amorello Experiencing food is such an imperative part of one’s traveling experience, especially in Italy. Italy is just as known for several baked goods as part of their food traditions as it is pasta, wine, and prepared fishes and meats. We ventured off to […]


Osteria del Caffè Italiano

Review by April Herz, Taylor Basile, Katherine Corrigan, Meghan Leslie, Kendra Bunnell Osteria del Caffè Italiano is located on Via Isola delle Stinche, a short 5-minute walk from Piazza Santa Croce. We attended Caffé Italiano as a group on Sunday for dinner and it was unnecessary to get a reservation for this time. The restaurant […]


Osteria dei Centopoveri

Review by Hailey Wilson, Emily Gardiner, Lindsey Bruen, Zoe Williams, Kira Nelson Osteria dei Centopoveri is an establishment that has an extensive menu, a skillful and friendly waitstaff, and a comfortable and welcoming environment. It is a traditional restaurant hidden on a street nearby the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. People can walk in and […]


Pizzeria Berberè

Review by Cassandra Pelli,  Kelsey Haskins, Bari Buchberg, Madeline Preston, Julia Barry Pizzeria Berberè is located in the Oltrarno district of Florence, on Piazza de’ Nerli. Clients can use Misiedo.com to book reservations online. The service here was excellent. As soon as we walked in we were greeted and sat. The server gave us enough […]


Osteria delle Belle Donne

Review by Thomas Alessandrello, Louis Andreacchio, Gabriella Mansilla and Anna Renkert Osteria Delle Belle Donne is known for its authentic Tuscan cuisine. We were surprised how comfy and cozy this restaurant felt. It had dimmed lights, which made it feel more welcoming and it felt like a cute spot for a couple to sit with glasses of wine […]


Libreria Brac

Review by Lauren Bongiorno The restaurant is very small with a bar area and a restaurant in the backroom. It is a little difficult to find as it is not on a main road and there is really no sign that advertises the restaurant well. However, I really liked the atmosphere of the restaurant: when […]


Cantina del Gelato

Review by Ashley De Real The Cantina del Gelato is located just on the other side of the river easy to reach and a pleasant walk. The shop looks really looks like a trendy bar on the inside. It was a bit empty at first, but then some locals came in. The atmosphere is friendly and […]


Pasticceria Minni

Review by Benedetta Marra, Marisa Talarico, Jonathan Ieraci, Cassidy Williams and Dylan Ferri The Pasticceria Minni is a locally adored cafe that prides itself in its fresh pastries and friendly service. The owners make the pastries every morning to sell which include Italian standards and Tuscan traditions. The cafe itself is small, with about 8 […]


Osteria Santo Spirito

By: Lindsay Harmon As I drug my suitcase across the cobblestone to the front door of my apartment in Piazza Santo Spirito, an amazing smell came across our entire group.  It had been a long two days as we boarded flight after flight on our journey from the United States to Italy. We anxiously waited […]


Il Coccolo

Review by Kelsey Thornton Il Coccolo is a small and rustic looking friggitoria, which is shop that sells a variety of fried street food, depending on what region of Italy you are in. This shop serves a specialty known as coccoli, which are balls of fried pizza dough that you can order salty or sweet. They […]


It’s All About the Roots

By: Sam Arledge, Larissa Huiting, Reese Oakley, Mark Rawls, & Syndie West The Tuscany hill sides are perfect for growing grapes because of the winds from the sea and the different angle of the sun make for an optimal environment for the grapes to thrive. Col d’Orcia winery in Montalcino features some of the best […]


La Divina Pizza

Review by Amanda Kate Tsukushi La Divina Pizza is a quaint pizzeria establishment located walking distance from the Duomo and right near Santa Croce in the beautiful city of Florence. This small, but cozy restaurant prides itself on its fresh and high quality ingredients. The food and drinks are all organic and free from chemicals, […]


Ganzo

Review by Kathleen Becker After wanting to go to Ganzo for a meal for a while, I finally made time and went with two other friends. We sat for two hours and ate a “small bite” plate, antipasti, and a first course, then shared a dessert. The initial food brought out was “Braised artichoke with […]


Pizzeria Da Gherardo

Review by Elizabeth Rivard Da Gherardo is a comfortable, unpretentious restaurant located in the San Frediano neighborhood of Florence. Found on a street full of small but busy restaurants always hopping with local Italians, Da Gherardo fits in very well with the authentic, laid-back vibe of the area. It only opens for the dinner hours […]


Il Vegetariano

Review by Amanda Kate Tsukushi Il Vegetariano is a restaurant located in the Florence City Center, walking distance from the Duomo. It is a casual restaurant catered to individuals who do not eat meat, and it is a little hole in the wall that many locals go to. The restaurant is a bit confusing if […]


Foody Farm

Review by Jon Stevanovich Foody Farm is a must-go restaurant just North of the Arno River, tucked near the National Central Library on Corso dei Tintori. With its intricate menu and welcoming decorations, it brings a very homey farm vibe to the busy city of Florence. The outside of the location gives a professional and […]


Toscania Ristorante & Pizzeria

Review by  Daniela Roberto, Jordan Semel, Ally Quinn, Juliana Runnels, Alex Rohmann Walking into Toscania Ristorante & Pizzeria, our first impressions were positive. We enjoyed the modern yet cozy decorations and atmosphere. The waiter was very helpful and friendly in choosing dishes and offered many recommendations. To start, we ordered the Greca insalate. This is […]


SimBIOsi

Review by Brodie Smith For my next stop as a food critic in Florence, I decided to visit SimBIOsi, a pizzeria located very close to the Duomo. I assumed it was just a pizza place, but they actually have one side of the restaurant for pasta and the other side is for pizza. When we […]