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1 Day only in Florence!! Please Help!!

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hey chowhounders,

I will be in Florence for 1 Day in July. If i only have 1 lunch (maybe 1 snack in the afternoon snack), where should i go??

Thanks for the help.


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    fai jay (fai jackson)

    I would say Cibreo. Make a reservation. The food is wonderful and different and a very nice wine list. Be warned, they do not serve pasta. For your snack, have some wonderful gelato, and you could stop at the stand called Nerbone in the Market and get a sandwich called bollito and a glass of wine. But, that depends when you arrive in Florence. I am not sure of their opening times. Ciao.

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    1. re: fai jay (fai jackson)

      DaMario, a lively, small place at the north end of the Mercato Centrale, is wonderful. Filled with locals, the food is both authentic and very reasonably priced.

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      Veronica in OC

      Perceptor, Have a great time in Italy! We are counting on you on taking some awe-inspiring pics of the wonderful food there. LOVED your AOC pictorial.

      1. I was in Florence last month and had a casual lunch at Cafe ZaZa which is right outside the Mercato Centrale. The Caprese Salad was delightful, the tomatoes in it wonderous (as were all the tomatoes I had in Italy, BTW). The other app was a charcuterie plate that was nicely done. We followed with and excelent, and surprisingly light, Asparagus Risotto. Lunch was enhanced by a very drinkable house red and a really entertaining street trio fronted by a guy on sax who could really wail on that thing.

        On the Piazza della Republica, close to the Uffetzi, is a cafe called Rivole (or something very close to that) that serves excellent chocolate desserts. I know hot chocolate won't excatly be high on your list of things to try because it will be very hot in Florence, but this stuff is sinfully decadent. This is no thin, watery hot chocolate. It's dense, thick and silky. The panna cotta and gelato were good, but not in the same league with the hot chocolate.

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          Peter Cherches

          Snack: porchetta on a roll at the covered market.

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            Jackie Coffee

            In October I will be in the same boat as you . . . 1 day only in Florence. Somehow, I think few people will commiserate with us over our plight.

            Since it will be early autumn and harvest time, I will have my only Florence meal at Cantinetta Antinori because they change their menu every month in order to serve whatever is at its peak during that particular month. Yes, it's quite pricey, but I just bite the bullet, whip out the old Visa and count my blessings that I'm able to have one meal in Tuscany in a fine palazzo during the best season of the year. Buon appetito!

            1. Cibreo, below, is a good suggestion. I travel to Florence on business several times a year and usually only have time for one meal. Consistently it is at Sostanza for Italy's best bisteca fiorentina along with lemon cake which is off the menu. Saveur recently did a legnthy feature on Sostanza, by the way. This is the oldest trattoria in Florence; almost everyone who goes there orders one thing: the bisteca.

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              1. re: Big Drop

                I second (or third) Cibreo. I had a great 3 hour lunch there when I was in Florence on business several years ago. Of course my memory of the meal is somewhat tainted because the exact date of that lunch was September 11, 2001 . . . so my collegues and I got back to our hotel and heard the news about what had happened back home and our 3 days in Florence became 10 . . . but that's a whole other story.

              2. One day in Florence & one day in Rome - sounds like the same trip I am taking at the end of July. Maybe us fellow hounds will end up in the same place. In Florence, have been hearing about Cibreo & Rome = Sora. Safe travels & eating to you

                1. Thank you all for your recommendations!!