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Florence Italy Restaurant Suggestions?

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  1. NbyNW

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    We’ll be there for a couple nights late July. Any restaurant suggestions? Thanks.
     
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    Nothing stands out, we mostly ate on the open squares. Everything was fabulous. Avoid the tourist traps around the Ponte Vecchio. Places where everyone is speaking Italian is always a good give away.
     
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    Thanks, what we were thinking around open squares. We’re expecting busy and hot.
     
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    Was in Florence in May. I suggest II Latini for an old school local steak/pasta experience. It was fabulous! Also,Alimentari Uffizi. A small butcher/cheese shop that has a few tables. The owner is fabulous. He made my wife and I a beautiful meat/cheese/bread and wine combo for around $30 euros.
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    Our favorite is La Reggia degli Etruschi
    It’s in Fiesole, a hillside on the NE side of Firenza.
    Great food and a spectacular view of the city
    It’s our go-to place.

    Another place we like is Parione, in the heart of the city, just off Ponte Carraia.
    Don’t be put off if you see a lot of tourists there, locals like it too.
    The pastas are good but the tagliata is phenomenal.
     
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    Sounds like two nice places! The small butcher shop sounds wonderful.
     
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    A view of the city would be really nice. Our first time there.
     
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    Looks great! For the end of July would you suggest inside or outside? Weather is variable, but any tips barring another heat wave?
     
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    expect heat. Get all of your museum/ duomo tickets etc. on line in advance. When is doubt, order pizza.
     
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    I haven't been in 20 years, but we enjoyed just walking around and going in the small dozen table places. I don't remember any bad food, except steaks not up to Texas standards.
     
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    My daughter spent a semester in Florence and fell in love with gnocchi from Mamagina's. It was a block or two down from the bridge.

    We have been there twice since, and it was really good for all items.

    Here is their website.

    https://www.mammaginafirenze.it/
     
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    We’re planning for heat too and hoping for the best. Not planning on any museums, just go, kick back, and hang out.
     
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    Sounds like what we’ve done in Paris. No bad food or scenery.
     
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    Added to our list! Looks awesome.

    Side note, got a pizza shop rec from @arizonaitalian and looking forward to it also. I’ll post the name.
     
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    La Grotta Guelfa, Great Food , But I speak Italian. . Casual Place outdoor patio. I was there twice in 2005 and last July 2018
     
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    I liked "Pandamonio", several blocks from the bridge. Had a great talk with the owners. As we left we saw a photo of them in front of the hotel Del in Coronado. This started another round of wine. we live ten miles from the del. Been there three times, loved it.
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    Thanks, great resource.
     
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    Very nice lady from Colorado who went to Florence and married there.
     
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    BTW you must try a chianina steak (Steak Florentina) if you never had one. Its a protected species of white cow . it is usually served rare and most places serve it as a 1 Kilo T bone. Most places will only serve it rare, but some places will make to order but not usually. OUTSTANDING DO NOT MISS
     
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    Their patio is covered so definitely outside. Eat late, after 7:30 when the sun goes down.
    Inside, only the tables along the windows have a great view, and there’s not many (three IIRC)

    Another place not to miss is a little cafe in the Piazza della Signoria. Don’t remember the name, Perseo? It’s right in front of the Furla store, they have a little outdoor area that’s covered. Good pasta and great people watching. Have a wine or spritz and watch the world go by.
     
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    Yes, Steak Florentina is excellent but you need two people to really enjoy it.

    Also the local soup Ribollitta.

    AND Biscotti with Vin Santo. OMG.

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    starving now
     
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