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May 18, 2014 03:27 PM

Florence, no touristy spots please

Traveling to Florence next month and looking for solid local restaurants in Florence. Can be just outside city, anything absolutely memorable without the touristy vibe

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        1. re: Ziggy41

          Great place. One of our two favorites in Florence.

          Have been going for a long time, but only for lunch. In the evening it is filled with tourists, mostly American.

          @ the OP. Ruggero serves very good Florentine food, but it is far from absolutely memorable. We don't know of any place that is absolutely memorable in or near Florence.

          1. re: allende

            During our Sunday lunch at Da Rugerro, not a tourist in sight. So I'm quite surprised to hear that its full of Americans during dinner, especially in that location. By far our most memorable meal in Florence

            1. re: Ziggy41

              to me this is not surprising - a lot of city center type restaurants in Italy have more local patronage at lunchtime whereas more foreign tourists focus on dinner for their restaurant dining.

              ps to OP, I think "absolutely memorable" is a pretty high bar for Florence depending on what your standards are.

            2. re: allende

              Allende, what is your other favorite in Florence? Always enjoy your recs.

              1. re: pastahound

                Alla Vecchia Bettola.

                Strange that very few Americans go there, because the family that owns it is the same, unless things have changed, as the one who owns Nerbone in the Mercato Centrale, which Americans seem to treat as a pilgrimage site.

                At lunch, working class San Frediano. Dinner, upscale Florence.

                1. re: allende

                  Grazie Allende. My (Florentne) husband and I have also enjoyed Alla Vecchia Bettola in the past, but have been a bit disappointed the last few times we were there (last summer). It seems there was not the same care taken with the food, but I'm sure we will try again.

                  By the way, we are in Forte dei Marmi now and looking forward to another memorable dinner at Lorenzo tomorrow night. We were there last summer based on your recommendation and couldn't wait to return. If you're around we would love to meet you and your wife for an aperitif. We've followed your invaluable advice so many times we feel as if we know you already.

                  1. re: pastahound

                    Thanks very much for your comments and the offer to have an aperitivo.

                    In the summer, we leave our home in Forte for San Cassiano in the Dolomiti where we've been for the last month and a half.

                    My wife and I had lunch at Lorenzo twice this Spring and it was every bit as good as it's always been. Up here, we very much miss his fish and seafood. Have fun tomorrow.

          2. Strongly recommend you use the search feature in the upper right-hand corner to find past threads on dining in Florence. The question you are asking gets asked (and answered!) here quite often.

            Trattoria Mario and Sostanza get recommended here often.

            Here is a past thread worth reviewing:


            1. Florence is overrun with tourists so if you're really set on being the only tourist in the dining room it's tough.

              The one place (though they have a website with an English version, I have never once found another English speaker there) that I feel is excellent outside the city is Enotria:, especially if you love wine. It's run by a couple, she cooks and he serves. The husband is a sommelier as well and his by the glass selections are consistently intriguing. They do a lot of theme dinner nights as well if you happen to be there at the right time. I think it's reasonably priced, as well.