A Wine Lover's Guide to Florence
Florence (Firenze in Italian) boasts some of the world’s greatest art treasures. The Renaissance city is also the gateway to Tuscany’s celebrated wine country, home to some of Italy’s best wines. But those traveling to Florence don’t have to leave the city to find fantastic wine and food. Boasting Michelin-starred restaurants, simple trattorias, gourmet food shops and celebrated wine bars, here’s your guide to wining and dining your way around this beautiful city.
—Photos by Paolo De Faveri
Chianti Classico at Mercato Centrale
A visit to the Chianti Classico enoteca in the Mercato Centrale is a must. Located in a renovated covered market in the San Lorenzo neighborhood that houses traditional gourmet shops and food artisans, the enoteca serves over 400 labels of Florence’s flagship wine.
Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina
With a knowledgeable staff and one of the best selections of high-end, hard-to-find wines from around Italy, Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina is a wine lover’s dream. Options include a wide array of wines by the glass, a wine-tasting lunch and an extensive guided tasting and dinner with one of the shop’s three owners.
Le Volpi e l’Uva
Le Volpi e l’Uva offers a range of esoteric bottlings from boutique wineries. It also has an impressive selection of cheese and cured meats, making for a fun pairing experience.
For fans of Eataly, there’s one in Florence. It offers traditional products and wines from across Italy as well as various dining options.
Casa del Vino
Want to drink and eat like a local? Try Casa del Vino for an informal lunch or savory snack and aperitivo. You can find a number of well-priced wines by the glass that pair wonderfully with the shop’s selection of delicious, hearty panini.
Sporting three Michelin stars, the expensive Enoteca Pinchiorri is a Florence landmark and a wine lover’s paradise. Specializing in Tuscan cuisine with a French accent, it boasts one of the most illustrious cellars on the planet. The collection of more than 4,000 labels focuses on the top estates from Italy and France, including old and rare vintages.
Specializing in original takes on traditional Tuscan dishes and boasting a fantastic wine list, eclectic La Giostra is outstanding. With its arched ceilings and candlelight, it offers a romantic atmosphere that blends delicious food and great wine with informal elegance and warm hospitality.
Dei Frescobaldi, owned by the storied Frescobaldi family, offers a modern take on traditional Tuscan dishes. The wine bar is more informal, and both establishments offer the full range of Frescobaldi wines by the glass from the family’s Tuscan properties as well as its estate in Friuli.
Il Cibrèo ristorante
Il Cibrèo ristorante is a legend in Florence, thanks to Fabio Picchi’s creative renditions of classic Tuscan cuisine. He keeps the menu fresh by using only locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. For more informal dining, try the Cibrèo trattoria next door.
Owned and run by one of the most famous families in Italian wine, a meal at Cantinetta Antinori should be on every wine lover’s list. Housed on the ground floor of the Antinori’s Renaissance palace, the refreshingly informal restaurant serves classic Tuscan specialties paired with the full range of Antinori’s wines by the glass or bottle.
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