A gourmet guide to Florence La Leggenda dei Frati

A gourmet guide to Florence

Begin your Tuscan dining adventure in a city where old world cuisine meets new world dining

Whether you're an art buff touring the Accademia Art Museum, a writer tracing the footsteps of the Renaissance masters, or a tireless traveller exploring every back street, Florence is simply fascinating. With the friendliness of a small Italian town, it boasts world-class art, culture, food, wine, and last and not least, mild weather that makes touring here a true delight when everywhere else in Europe is bitterly cold. So, what are you waiting for?

Berberè Craft Pizza & Beer

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What could be better than tucking into a freshly-baked pizza with a glass of cold beer, after a long day of appointments or sightseeing? Berberè’s approach perfectly reflects the spirit of the Oltrarno cultural district where it is located. Its winning combination offers pizzas made with stone-ground organic flour, wheat-free alternatives and a lot of vegetarian toppings. Artisanal flavours by small independent breweries are not to be missed. www.berberepizza.it 

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La Leggenda dei Frati

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Set within Villa Bardini Museum, La Leggenda dei Frati's wonderful cuisine is the stuff of legends. Your experience begins when you walk into the villa's English garden with ancient olive groves and orchards. The restaurant blends perfectly with the romantic greenscape, with a menu that exemplifies Florentine gourmet culture, with meticulous attention to details that are a feast for the eyes and the palate. www.laleggendadeifrati.it 

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Konnubio

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Tucked away in a quiet corner just two minutes’ walk from the Duomo, Konnubio is housed in a restored palace recognized by the Ministry of the Cultural Heritage, with original stone flooring, antique doors and courtyard. Cosy up in the winter garden or one of the four warmly-lit dining rooms. From breakfast buffet, a laidback lunch away from the crowd, to a romantic dinner, you can enjoy zero-kilometre organic dishes, with Tuscan, vegan or vegetarian to choose from. www.konnubio.it 

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La Raccolta 

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La Raccolta

A vegetarian restaurant that uses only 100% organic ingredients, La Raccolta, as its Italian names suggests, is all about the harvest – the source of every dish that it creates. You can literally spend a whole day here, by starting with a vegan croissant and a cup of eco-sustainable coffee in the morning, doing some shopping in the organic market, then enjoying a quick yet well-balanced lunch, or healthy seasonal dishes for dinner. www.laraccolta.it 

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Il Santo Graal

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Il Santo Graal

You can indulge in much more than an excellent goblet of wine at Il Santo Graal. Delve deep into the restaurant’s enclaves, with warmly-lit archways and exposed brick walls that get you in the mood for the unique dishes. The menu opens with Albert Einstein’s adages reminding you to see the glass half-full, instead of half-empty. At Il Santo Graal, your dish will go quickly from full of good food to empty. www.ristorantesantograal.it 

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Pane e Olio

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Pane e Olio

Such a simple name, such a contemporary bistro. Pane e Olio is Florence’s own answer to our daily bread and butter, but goes far beyond the basics to create scallop croquettes in pistachio crust, ginger yogurt and spring onion, mezzo pacchero pasta with squid ink and seafood, or how about wild salmon with smoked eggplant and Sichuan pepper? Let Chef and owner Aldo Ventre suggest a wine to complete your gourmet journey. www.paneeolio.it 

1 Berberè Craft Pizza & Beer
2 La Leggenda dei Frati
3 Konnubio
4 La Raccolta
5 Il Santo Graal
6 Pane e Olio