There is nothing like discovering the local cuisine to really get to the heart of a city.
Genuine Florentine food is simple, rustic ... more »and economical—the Florentines are great at doing things with leftovers (think of the lovely bread soups for summer or winter or panzanella salad made with leftover bread and ripe tomatoes), and are quite fond of using the "less noble" cuts of meat, including plenty of tripe.
But everyday food, the food you might grab during your lunch break from work or as a snack, can be a simple panino perhaps filled with some roast pork, a focaccia (or schiacciata) baked with fresh tomatoes or squash blossoms when they are in season. In the summer it might even be some fresh juicy cantaloupe with salty slices of prosciutto. And always plenty of bread—that rustic, saltless Tuscan bread, ready on hand to mop up sauces or layer with salty cured hams or cheese.
As a treat, a gelato is always a favorite and a good coffee is a must!
Explore the local traditions with this guide to some of Florence’s popular local foodie haunts, pick up some goodies along the way and have yourself a picnic in one of Florence’s local parks. less «