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Avoid the Fine, Go Here in Florence

Till January 6th 2019, eating the mouthwatering Lampredotto sandwich on Via dei Negri, in Florence, could get more expensive than dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant. 

by Georgette Jupe-Pradier

Starting August 2018, the city of Florence has decided to warmly invite visitors to eat somewhere else than on the main streets of the center from 12-3 p.m. and from 6-10 p.m. The risk is to receive a fine between 150-500€ by the municipal police. As much as we enjoy savouring the juicy florentine panino, we might as well go for a proper sit-down meal. Here are a few worth considering:

Lunch: Fashion and Fashionable

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Floret is where fashion fuses with cultures and cuisine in a lovely open terrace on the first floor of LuisaViaRoma by savvy owners Maurizio and Tamara. This leafy oasis serves up healthy, international superfood-inspired dishes and cold-pressed juice, making it the perfect “good vibes” lunch spot for the fashion-forward set to unwind and re-energise in one classy yet casual space.

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Lunch: Cantinetta Antinori 

Just off of the city’s high fashion street of Via Tornabuoni is an iconic palazzo dating back to the 1400’s, owned by the distinguished Antinori family, wine-makers for over 600 years. You’ll find Cantinetta Antinori on the ground floor of the ancient palazzo, serving up traditional Tuscan fare along with Antinori wines and produce from their farms on crisp, white tablecloths.

Dinner: by Chef Karime Lopez Condo 

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Earlier this year the city of Florence geared up for the arrival of the ‘Gucci Garden’ museum along with its luxe Gucci Osteria. With green walls, dapper waiters, and a specially designed stellar menu designed by Chef Karime Lopez Condo (try Bottura’s golden Parmigiano-Reggiano-enriched tortellini), the museum-retail-culinary trend brings Florence into the modern ages. 

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Dinner: by Chef Marco Stabile 

Molecular techniques marry with classic ingredients in this coolly elegant sanctum in the heart of the city. The inspiration behind the restaurant's name, Ora d'Aria, refers to the original location in front of the prison. The ‘hour of air’ was a ‘positive’ moment of a prisoners’ day when they could see the sun and sky and breathe deeply; Less drastic, but as enjoyable, will be the time spent appreciating the richness of the flavours, the quality of the raw materials and a renewed lightness.


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