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Oct 5, 2011 09:41 AM

if you had just one lunch and one dinner in florence...

hi chowhounds! my friend and i are spending just one day in florence next week-- we're running around to see the accademie and the david, hopefully also will fit in the Uffizi Gallery. Our hotel is near Piazza Santa Maria... if you had just one lunch and one dinner with this schedule in mind, where would you go? thanks!

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  1. Italian restaurant have weekly closing days. what day of the week will you be in florence?

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    1. re: jen kalb

      good thought-- it will be a tuesday...

      1. re: vaughngardner

        Where did you end up going? I'll be there next week for only one day, and looking for a lunch spot for me and my colleagues.

        1. re: nyc2italia

          I didn't reply to the original post, but will now, in the hope that it will help you, nycitalia

          Lunch in Florence: I'll give you two options,:

          Due G: Very simple trattoria, serving excellently prepared traditional Tuscan dishes like Pappa al Pomodoro, Ribolita, etc. Also, if you are so inclined, great Bistecca.

          Cipolla Rossa: Cozy place not far from San Lorenzo serving traditional Tuscan, but with a twist. I love their grilled pork chops, served topped with chopped onions.

          Both of these places are centrally located, because I'm assuming you won't have time to run around.

          1. re: minchilli

            Thanks Elizabeth. I just discovered we will be by Santa Croce and Ponte Santa Trinita all day, so I think I'm going to look for something closer to there. Maybe even over to the other side if the Arno to save some money. Those places look a but pricy for our modest MBA student budgets.

            But for sure, another time, I will try those 2 recommendations. Thanks again.

            1. re: nyc2italia

              Then Le Volpi E L'uva - Piazza dei Rossi, 1 (between Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti) is the place for you!

              1. re: Longing for Italy

                Lunch: Gusta Pizza
                Dinner: Buca Lapi

                I've never been a fan of long, sit down lunches, and Gusta Pizza is as good as any pizza i've had outside of Naples. Buca Lapi does Bistecca alla Fiorentina quite well, in a very cool atmosphere. Also, their sage-butter ravioli is unreal.

              2. re: nyc2italia

                Trattoria del Fagioli is near Santa Croce and Im sure you could try some Florentine classics there without breaking the bank.

                Gelateria del Neri is in that vicinity too.

                Del Fagioli
                Corso dei Tintori, 47R, Florence, Tuscany 50122, IT

                Gelateria dei Neri
                Via dei Neri, 20r, Florence, Tuscany 50125, IT