Florentine Foodie

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, […]


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 […]


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 […]

Ristorante Pizzeria La Bussola

Review by Dave Osuch, Rich Pace, Kelsey McKenzie, Julia Lansing, Anna Montgomery, Avery Hynes The experience at La Bussola was a very positive one. The restaurant was easy to find and the atmosphere was warm and inviting, modern yet chic with professional service and an extensive menu of a variety of Mediterranean foods. When we […]

Caffè Pasticceria Serafini

Review by Charlotte Filardi, Haley Frasca, Lauren Fromin, Kelly Hauck, Julia Ripperton We went to Caffè Pasticceria Serafini for aperitvo on a Saturday night and then enjoyed one of their fresh pastries later on. It was outside of the City Center but it was worth the walk for the experience. There was a large selection […]

Osteria del Cocotrippone

Review by Haley Frasca, Lauren Fromin, Julia Ripperton, Charlotte Filardi, Kelly Hauk This small, quiet restaurant is located on Via Gioberti, an easy spot to get to, although it is away from the busy city center. This made the experience better because it got us away from the tourists and into an area where the […]


By Kate Rickard Photo courtesy of FUA At Ganzo, Apicius’ creative learning lab, students and faculty create high quality, versatile and seasonal menus. The learning lab is special to the school and represents an approach to experimental and hands-on learning. FUA holds Ganzo close to its heart when it comes to teaching students the flavors […]

How to Create the Perfect Cappuccino

By Kaylyn Render I spent time at the Fedora School Pastry Shop in Florence doing research on how to create the perfect cappuccino. Students Emily and Gladice gave me the scoop on how they create the perfect cappuccino, common mistakes when making a cappuccino, and secret tricks that help them create a flawless cappuccino every […]

Trattoria Marione

Review by Chelsea Keane, Caroline McCowen, John Hanifin, Kelly Huntley, and  Sabrina Ciullo For us, the establishment was definitely easy to reach and the walk to this establishment was scenic, which made it very enjoyable. From our experience visiting Trattoria Marione, the clientele seemed to definitely be more traditional, and had many locals. There seemed […]

Trattoria Zio Gigi

Review by Sterling Swift, Eryn Brinitzer, Annie Letizia, Anastasia Finney, and Nick Tyndall Trattoria Zio Gigi is a quaint, inviting establishment lying in the shadows of the Florentine Duomo. The first thing I noticed upon arriving at Zio Gigi was how packed the restaurant was, my first sign that it was going to be an enjoyable […]

Arà: è Sicilia

Review by Anna Renkert, Gabriella Mansilla, Louis Andreacchio, & Thomas Alessandrello You cannot miss walking past Arà: è Sicilia; with its modern décor and lighting, it is very easy to be attracted to its doors, and If that doesn’t get you, maybe the assortment of sweets, pastries and gelato flavors displayed will get you to […]

Trattoria Diladdarno

Review by Grayson Glazer, Abby Hyson, Andrew Hazelip, Amanda Carofano Trattoria Diaddarno was easy to find and only a short walk to the other side of the Arno. The trattoria is tucked away from the main tourist attracting restaurants. Our group arrived just as it opened and were the first customers of the night. The […]

Odysseia Ristorante Greco

Review by Daniela Roberto, Allyson Quinn, Juliana Runnels, Jordan Semel, Alex Rohmann Odysseia is outside of the city center, but easy to reach, and we had an excellent experience. Upon entering, the cosy atmosphere and white and blue decor made it feel very authentic, as if on the island of Mykonos. The staff greeted us […]

From Farm to Table Restaurants in Florence; Keep Your Friends Close and Your Farmer Closer.

Review by Karla Oliveira Silva, Alma Limon, Nicole Fish, Allison McKone Eating local was not always something people sought out. It was all we had, in the beginning of civilization. What seems like privilege now used to be the way of life. Eat what you grow, grow the foods and vegetables that work best in […]

Trattoria/Osteria Da Quei Ganzi

Review by Cassidy Williams, Benedetta Marra, Dylan Ferri, Marisa Talarico, Jonathan Ieraci Osteria/Trattoria Da Quei Ganzi is located conveniently in the Santa Croce district, on via Ghibellina. Reservations are recommended for this small, local place, but it is not necessary during the week. Waiters and staff are helpful and quick throughout the dinner service. Upon […]

Farm-to-Table & Italian Society: A Deeper Look

By Patrice Grande, Nicole Decosta, Leeya Mengistu, and Olivia Huff There are many phrases to describe one’s diet–vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian– the latest trend of these being climatarian. According to the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition, the “climatarian culture” has made its way to the millennials of Italy. But what is the climatarian lifestyle, and […]