When they say that they make the best ice cream in the world, it's because they really do make the best ice cream in the world. They have a great variety of flavors so you're bound to find something you like as you visit the city and all its towers (13 at the moment, above all the Devil's Tower). To emphasize the point even more, this place has won awards for best ice cream in the world in 2006 and 2008.
This restaurant is hidden on a dead-end street just seconds away from the crowds at Ponte Vecchio. Everything on the menu is typical Tuscan food and the lunch menu is a bargain (7 euros), and the Florentine steak is only 10 euros.
Here we has some pizzas for dinner and we found it to be quite good value for money and the location is also good, as it is very close to the Tower of Pisa. I think it's a good choice for lunch or dinner and also there is a tourist that, although we did not order it, seemed quite good. The facilities are very correct, both the exterior and interior terrace and bathrooms.
I eat with my two children and my wife, which means that we don't have to share a table. Everything is as they said and as I already thought. The place is difficult to find even when you're at the door. The line of people waiting may seem to go on forever but in the end it is short. You have to visit. The highlight is the service friendly, anywhere else with this amount of customers they would be miserable, but here they have a permanent smile
It is one of the most romantic restaurants I have ever been. The décor is very rural, rustic mirrors and wine bottles adorning the walls. His specialty, as is known in Florence is meat and pasta. To accompany the meal I recommend a good bottle of wine from Tuscany. The restaurant is not expensive, it costs about 22 € per person for dinner. It has a good location and you can find it right next to the Piazza S Maria Novella. Try it, you will like it.
Here they do not offer too much in the way of restaurant desserts nor can one order them. Rather, it is common to come to this bakery for a coffee and one of the many specialties. The frittelle, orange rice flour fritters with powdered sugar on top and krapfen with cream, are the sweet treats are the most in demand this busy pastry bar in the center of Lucca.
For our visit to Florence we downloaded the minube guide for the iPad and what better way to let us eat incredible food recommended by some of the travelers whose experiences we read. In the end, because of the circumstances of the route taken, the best was this: Trattoria l'raddi.
Upon arrival there were people in the street waiting for their turn and we got through pretty quickly, and yet we were told at max. we'd have to wait 20 minutes to eat, so we put our name in ... Good decision. After waiting a while we decided to leave, but then we saw the beautiful bartender ve came to get us. It was about time! But we had only 15 minutes to eat because we missed the bus and then we weren't sure whether it was worth it. She assured us they were fast and we believed it. The best thing we did. We shared some crostini (2 people), some tagliatelle, a roast beef with potatoes, bread and a pint of wine. Everything was very tasty (table wine) and, as we were assured, were served in 15 minutes and stuffed. But the best was yet to come. When we got up to pay the bill, turned out everything was only € 10 in total! (On the lunch menu every dish costs 2 € and on top of it it's delicious. Might seem like a joke but it's not.) In short ... Speed, quality, service and an unbeatable price. A victory in the making.
If visiting the wonderful city of Siena, you must eat in one of the typical osterias. On this occasion, after taking a beating going up into the famous Town Hall tower, our hunger soared and we decided to eat at an osteria. While walking the streets adjacent to the Piazza il Campo we came across this place. The interior still had furniture from an old pharmacy. The small terrace was packed so we had to wait about an hour so we could sit. The meal of Taglierinis, ravioli and spaghetti with cod was truly outstanding and it cost about 10-14 euros per dish. I was able to snap some photos while no one was there, because as always we were the last.
On my visit to Florence (Italy) a friend recommended the Ristorante Ciro & Sons. We went there for dinner one night and loved it. It is a welcoming place, with frescoes on the walls, and the room, although small, is well-decorated. The service is good, and prices aren't too bad. It has a lovely outside terrace, and is right in the city centre. If you're in Florence and want a romantic restaurant, this is the perfect spot.
If you're lovers of all the pasta and fine wine that Florence can offer you, I would definitely recommend this restaurant, without a doubt. This restaurant offers a wide variety of Italian dishes and wine. Actually, it's also a wine cellar. If you're a rice lover I highly recommend the sea rice, and if you're still not convinced, look how delicious it looks in the pictures. Exquisite! It's close to Santa Croce, centrally located, and it's an ideal place for dinner. Florence is very compact, so you'll also be close to the good bars and this restaurant offers a nice dinner for around 20 euros, more or less.
This is a typical Italian restaurant where you can taste a good and typical Florentine meal and it's very well located, next to Piazza S Maria Novella. You can dine from the menu that is a clean and well presented. For lunch I recommend stuffed gnocchi and the house specialty (baked fish alla griglia). Bon appetit!
This is a tiny restaurant tucked in an old passageway in central Siena, and not suitable for lovers of refinement. The site is a bit dodgy, but the salami and cheese trays are prepared with a slicer at that moment, along with a cold beer, and worth it. The young waiter is very helpful too. This spot is recommended for having an aperitif in one of the tables in the street, and sampling the typical Tuscan cheeses and cold cuts, at an affordable price. I wouldn't recommend that you sit in and eat because they don't offer much more and the dish of pici (one kind of thick spaghetti), I did not like.
Of all the restaurants we visited in Florence, I will definitely return to this Trattoria, located on Via Tornabuoni, one of the most exclusive streets in the city. It is a very cozy, with two dining rooms and decorated like a Tuscan kitchen. The lighting and music create a pleasant atmosphere. Despite being always busy, even on weekdays (mostly with locals), waiters work very quickly. If you arrive and it is full, you are given a number and in less than 20 minutes you have a table. The menu is extensive but the highlights are the seafood risotto with very tasty seafood, and "La Bufala 250", a caprese salad with a piece of 250 gram buffalo mozzarella. In the pictures you can see the great salad and all it's ingredients. Needless to say we went back another day, we just could not say goodbye to Florence without ever eating that salad again! And to dress it, an excellent Italian oil and vinegar which was one of the ones I liked the most out of the ones we tried: The Aceto Balsamico di Modena Mazzetti l'Originale.
These sweets are everywhere, I tried them for breakfast at the Excelsior. I saw them in bakeries on the streets and I tried them again in a wooden stall, which by the way looked pretty bad in this beautiful square.
They're fritters made with rice flour and orange, they fry them right there in enormous pans and there's always a line to get them. It's worth it to try them.
It's the restaurant of the hotel Dell'Orologio, and it's one of the best of Pisa, and I recommend it for its lovely courtyard and most refined atmosphere. They offer a salmon salad for 16 euros, a selection of cheeses and honeys, caprese salad, bruschetta or toast, each plate around the price mentioned. They have a good selection of wines, and three desserts, each for 14 euros.
There were five of us looking for a "good, nice and cheap" place when we found this spot, and it was just what we expected: good home cooking at a good price. Neither a "trattoria", nor a restaurant, rather a bar that serves pastries with delicious home-made food. We had a first course of pasta (there is plenty of pasta and sauces) and main course (meat, fish ...), drink and "pastizzis" for dessert (delicious), we paid about 13 euros per person. I must highlight the service provided by the owner (I think was the owner), very polite and nice, also treated us to a yummy shot of homemade limoncello. We left very happy :) It's very close to Palazzo Pitti, and the best part about it for us Spaniards was that they don't seem to have a kitchen schedule like im most places. We went in at 4 or so without a problem.
It was quite an experience dining at the Trattoria Cibreo (careful, not to be confused with Café Cibrèo which is next to it and is three times more expensive). In the trattoria, tables cannot be reserved and it is quite small. You arrive, you ask for a table, and if it is possible, you usually end up sharing a table with other people ve you do not know at all. This is part of the charm. In our case, we ended up having dinner with a very fun and interesting couple: Czech anthropologists ve did not speak English or Italian. Can you imagine the conversation?
As much as you insist on reading and understanding the menu, do not stress. Your waiter will broadcast it for you completely and in great detail. He will sit down with you at the table and, I'm not exaggerating, he will take more than five minutes to explain everything in Spanish! Very handy! Something interesting is that there was everything on the menu, except pasta! Of course, we ate what he recommended, most of which were local dishes: one very rich mozzarella and mushroom soup, chicken meatballs, homemade desserts... Do not miss it! It is a classic in Firenze.
In the historic centre of Pisa, on a side street by the Piazza dei Cavalieri, you'll find the Faggiola Trattoria, a restaurant that combines traditional Tuscan dishes with modern gastronomy. The local wine is very good, too. The restaurant is small and rustic, but not without its charm. It has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, with pictures posted on the walls, and bottles of wines, liqueurs, and brandies on display.