Borgo Antico is one of my favorite places to enjoy a pizza with a complimentary glass of prosecco while I wait for my main course. Sitting in Piazza Santo Spirito in the Oltrarno, surrounded by the old artisan workshops that are still in business. The staff and owner, Michele, is always very welcoming and smiling at his new patrons. The delicate approach to presentation is one of the high points in being a client of Borgo Antico. Nothing better then seeing your pizza with the most scrumptious zucchini smothered with the cheese that will melt in your mouth.
I’Lorenzaccio is on Piazza della Signoria right in heart of the historic center of Florence. Owned by the same family since 1968, they strive on excellence and bringing enjoyment to their food. They have outdoor dining which is a plus when it is a cool evening and to watch the sun slowly disappear from the piazza. The ambiance is quite serene here if you come in the early afternoon however as the evening falls, this ristorante-pizzeria is a happening place.
Vinaino di Parte Guelfa has a bench outside to eat your panino with a cool breeze from the city streets. These brothers-in-law (Luca and Leo) started this business a little over 2 and a half years ago and it has booming since. A frequent stop during my busy early afternoons, they really make me feel welcome. Sit for a quick glass of vino or sit for a few hours listening to Fiorentino dialect at its best. Each panino or schiacciata is made fresh with the deli case full of typical Tuscan delicacies like prosciutto or salame toscano. The cool breeze that meanders from the Arno river down through the Mercato del Porcellino into Via Val di Lamona, will hit you as you eat your scrumptious panino on the wooden bench.
Outdoor dining is something you must do when you come to Florence. As traveling can be stressful, eating outside among the locals can be relaxing. Listening to the chatter of Italian banter, waiters clashing dishes together and the views that you can only see in Florence.