Thursday, 28 January 2016

City Eats: Florence

Way back in October, I headed over to Florence for a weekend with my family. 


We spent three days filling ourselves with the four main P's: pastry, pasta, pizza and prosecco.

Unsurprisingly, the food was incredible, so I thought it would be rude not to share our favourites.

Robiglio















When it comes to breakfast, pretty much any café would work. Robiglio just happened to be close to our apartment and was pretty much as quintessentially Italian as it gets.

Price range: €5 p.p
I ordered: All the pastries. Seriously, we tried almost all of them. Get some millefoglie and a coffee and you'll be set for a day of sightseeing.
Locations: Very near the Duomo, at Via dei Tosinghi.

Mercato Centrale




Price range: €5-€15 p.p
I ordered: Have a browse around the upstairs food hall, pick some lunch and grab a table. Waiters will come over and take your drinks order for you, which is very handy. We opted for a selection of baby choux pastries, pizza and panini, all washed down with prosecco. 
If you go downstairs you'll find the actual market. Head over to the pasta stand to pick up some seriously good ravioli to take home for dinner. If you're really nice to the ladies that work there, they'll even let you try some...
Locations: Piazza del Mercato Centrale dell'Argento.


Trattoria 13 Gobbi





Realistically we weren't going to leave the city without sampling some Florentine steak. Trattoria 13 Gobbi came highly recommended to us, and I'd definitely pass that recommendation on.
Price range: €25-€50 p.p
Bookings: (+39) 055 284 015
I ordered: Rule number 1: come hungry.
To start, the rigatoni 13 Gobbi with buffalo and tomatoes. If you don't think you can handle pasta as a starter, find someone to share it with because you don't want to miss this. If you want something a bit lighter, my parents were both very pleased with the buffalo mozzarella with tomatoes.
For our main courses we got two Florentine steaks for two (medium-rare) with a side of fagioli all'uccelletto and roast potatoes, washed down with some of the house red.
I know I raved about Hawksmoor, but if I had to choose, Gobbi would win. High praise indeed from someone who derives from a family of carnivores.
Locations: Via del Porcellana.

Gusta Pizza



Price range: €4.50-€10 p.p
Bookings: Absolutely not, you'll almost certainly have to wait in line but order at the counter and the very friendly waiters will find you a table as soon as your food is ready. Maybe not somewhere for those who don't like communal eating or paper plates. Luckily I do, so I absolutely loved it.
I ordered: La Margherita. I'm a self-confessed Franco Manca gal, but this was even better. Get in the queue and thank me later.
Locations: Via Maggio.

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