Florence: Food and Drink
City of Stone
Florence is more notorious for its art than its food and most go to sight-see, rather than concentrate on culinary delights, so if you want to economise, food and drink in Florence is a good way to budget – and then you can spend your savings on museums and such. For a quick, tasty restaurant meal with no hidden extras in the price, the chain restaurants are your best bet. From their menus you can choose your own combination of pasta and sauce, or pizza and dressing, but do ensure your appetite is hearty as the pasta dishes are huge!
There are fast food establishments around Santa Maria Novella Station and bars throughout the town which serve delicious panini and sandwiches. An alimentari will generally make up a roll for you from a selection of meats or cheeses for just a couple of euros (also a superb idea if you're planning a picnic in one of the parks or in the countryside). Bakeries and pizza take-aways sell slices of pizza or foccacia, which are another good picnic option. Food shops in the historic centre tend to be more expensive than those a little further away, but there are chain supermarkets with more usual Italian prices where you can stock up on food and great Italian wine. Food and drink in Florence is very tasty – particularly the locally made Tuscan wines this region is world famous for.