Florence in a month...family meals and buying wine
Meeting my family for 10 days in Firenze. Any recs for good, reasonably priced, casual family meals (we will be 9 adults, 2 teens, 1 toddler.) We will be staying about 10K out of town in an agritourismo and have cars lined up.
Would also appreciate a recommendation for a good place to buy wine (selection and price). Is it smarter to buy at duty-free on the way out if I plan on bringing a few bottles home?
If you are looking for wines that aren't commonly exported, then duty-free shops aren't a good choice. They rarely have wines you couldn't buy at home.
In Florence, my favorite enoteca is Le Volpi E L'uva (Piazza dei Rossi, 1, Florence, Tuscany 50125, IT). One of their claims-to-fame is finding smallish producers; they have an almost unbeatable combination of quality/price ratio plus a great selection (even some French wines!!!). As an enoteca, you can taste virtually everything before you buy. And their small plate selections are also almost unbeatable. Go there early in your stay and stock up with bottles for your agritourismo.
BTW, I "second" the food recommedations you received.
Le Volpi E L'uva
Piazza dei Rossi, 1, Florence, Tuscany 50125, IT
Here are a few reasonably priced ideas for family meals:
Casalinga - very casual, Florentine classics
Nerbone and Pork's - both located in the central San Lorenzo Market. They are only open for lunch, but are VERY reasonably priced, great food.
Antica Mescita San Niccolo - on the 'other' side of the river, low key enoteca with Florentine classics. You can either eat outside, or else downstairs which is very cool (temp wise) in teh summer.
Trattoria Due G - this is a Florentine Classic, not far from the train station. It's actually one of my favorite places in Florence, unpretentious and great food. Love the bistecca, but also great pappa al pomodoro. Last time I was there had delicious lemony veal meatballs.
Hope this helps!
Via dell'Ariento, 87r, Florence, Tuscany 50123, IT