Cool Restaurants in Florence

munaby: Lucia Abouzeid, Marist Italy BA

Here is a small list of special restaurants and bars that are hidden around Florence.

 

O Munaciello

Located on Via Mafia 31/r, very close to Piazza Santo Spirito, O Munaciello is a typical Neapolitan restaurant set in an old convent from the 1600s. Santo Spirito is a very popular district full of rich Florentine history. When you enter this restaurant you are not just stepping into a room but you are entering into the world of Napels, with its colors, music and its ancient beliefs between the sacred and the profane. The menu has a mixture of everything from pasta, pizza, meat, dessert and much more. The price rage varies from 8.50 euro and up, depending on whether you have a primi or secondi. There is a cover charge.  Phone number: +39 055287198

Backstage

Located on Via Fiesolana 8, a two-minute walk from Piazza Santa Croce. If you are looking for the perfect place to have a great aperitivo with live music then this is it. The aperitivo is 7 euro, but it has such a big buffet that you won’t mind spending the money. Also a great place to bring friend and get a drink for only 5 euro. Each night is different; for example, one night they did a Persian aperitivo. The space is fully decorated with pictures of famous artists like Ray Charles and the space has a great vibe. Open only at night.

Tasso

Located on Via Villani 15, near Piazza Tasso in the Tasso Hostel. A couple of minutes from the city center of Florence, Tasso Hostel is a creative oasis set in the midst of the houses of the local Florentines, working craftsmen, restaurants, trattorias, wine bars and the eclectic nightlife of the Oltrarno.  Tasso features luxurious and spacious lounge areas, a garden, bar and theater stage. They provide their guests with the perfect atmosphere and space to sip a drink, listen to music and meet people from the area and around the world. Tasso believes in promoting local and international musicians, poets, filmmakers, fashion designers and artists, with an alternative and vibrant space that embraces creative expression along with an exchange of innovative ideas. From Thursday to Saturday the hostel comes alive with live music, theme parties, plays, art shows and featured artists both foreign and local allowing guests to have a true Florentine cultural experience, by meeting the people who live in the area and wanderers alike. At 6 euro, it is not too pricey for a drink. Phone number: +39 0550602087

Brac

Located on Via dei Vagellai 18r in the center of Florence, a 5-minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio. Set around a bright little courtyard, Brac offers a serene retreat. The airy dining room is formed by a glassed-in loggia (covered area on the side of a building) painted white and packed with books, and the all-vegetarian menu includes cheesy pastas, grilled or sautéd vegetables, and crunchy salads like a vegan mixture of fresh fennel, blood-orange and almonds. Brac also doubles as a bookstore, and its courtyard is ideal for a relaxed drink. Open Monday to Saturday from 11:00 am to midnight and Sunday only open until 5:00 pm. Price range is from 8 to 18 euro. Phone number: +39 055 0944877

Trattoria Mario 

Located on Via Rosina, a 2 minute walk from the Mercato Centrale. Get here at noon on the dot to ensure a stool around a shared table at this noisy, busy, fabulous trattoria – a legend in its own time that retains its soul and allure with locals despite being in every guidebook. The charming Fabio, whose grandfather Mario opened the place in 1953, is front of house while big brother Romeo and nephew Francesco cook up tasty, dirt-cheap dishes with speed and skill in the kitchen (watch them perform through glass while you eat). Monday and Thursday are tripe days, Friday is fish and Saturday sees local Florentines flock here for a brilliantly blue bistecca alla fiorentina (€35 per kilo). No advance reservations, no credit cards. Open from Monday to Saturday from noon to 3:30 pm. Price range from 15 to 25 euro.

            

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