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Nov 8, 2011 11:01 AM

Pizza in Florence?

Hi all,
I'm going to be in Florence in a few weeks with a group of friends to celebrate a birthday. I know Florence isn't really the city for pizza, but we want a light, quickish lunch that will appeal to everyone, so pizza seems like a good plan. Searches on this board have yielded Funiculi as a possibility, but does anyone have any other recommendations?
Many thanks!

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  1. I'd recommend going to the sandwich shop 'ino instead of eating pizza in florence. you get a glass of wine or beer and a tasty sandwich just a block off ponte vecchio for around €8.

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    1. re: katieparla

      Does this sandwich shop have a website? Any other Florence Recs?

    2. I like La Bussola. Have been there 2 years in a row and the pizza is great. Crust is just about perfect. The buffalo mozzarella is worth the extra euro! Strangely I first learned of La Bussola from Katie Parla's blog. Yes, the same katie who just posted above suggesting you skip the pizza in Florence for a sandwich shop? nice photo here on her blog:

      and their web site is found here:

      They have a full menu but I have only had the pizza. Also, the interior is very pleasant. Nice for a celebration.

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      1. re: AWG

        i liked la bussola very much but i havent been in exactly 2 years so i wouldnt feel comfortable recommending it. im happy to hear it's still good!!

      2. Baldovino, across from Santa Croce, is our favorite place for pizza and it has the Enoteca Baldovino across the street--both are good for lunch.

        Via di San Giuseppe, 22, Florence, Tuscany 50122, IT

        1. I remain constantly underwhelmed by pizza in Florence. I'm here now, and have revisited a few, and can't really tell you to go to any.
          'Ino is a good choice, but if you are a biggish group, it might not be great since the 'tables' are more like counters. It that doesn't bother you, then fine.
          For a different version of 'street food' I'd say to to 5 Cinque. it's run by some very nice people from Liguria, and they make a wonderful chickpea torta, stuffed with various things. Also great salads and other vegetable leaning things for lunch.
          Another idea for lunch is to go to a wine bar, and just have a glass of wine and order mixed cheeses and cured meats. Some choices for that are Coquinarius, Antica Mescita San Nicolo and Cantinetta di Verazzano.
          Another option - my favorite - is to stop by one of the many tripe stands in the city. But that would definitely be a meaty adventure, and so maybe not for everyone.

          Antica Mescita San Nicolo
          Via San Niccolò 60/r,, Florence, Tuscany , IT

          Via delle Oche, 15, Florence, Tuscany 50122, IT

          1. I was at 'ino today and absolutely loved it. The bread is the best I've had maybe anywhere and there is a wide selection of panini toppings. Haven't had pizza in Florence so can't help on that front but highly recommend 'for ino for lunch.