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There are plenty of restaurants in Florence serving authentic Italian cuisine in beautiful settings, but this relatively small city does still have its fair share of touristy, overpriced places, too. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors will help guide you towards the good spots and away from the bad with these picks for the five places to eat in Florence:
1. La Casalinga. Located just over the Ponte Vecchio in Oltrarno, this no-nonsense, bustling trattoria is a great place to dine on traditional Florentine food in a homey setting.
2. Trattoria Mario. This popular hole-in-the-wall doesn’t take reservations and can get quite busy, but it’s well worth the wait. The menu is filled with rustic Tuscan dishes like pasta with artichokes, white beans and roasted veal.
3. Osteria Antica Mescita San Niccolò. This restaurant and wine bar near Piazzale Michelangelo serves both traditional and modern Italian specialties, so you’ll see common dishes like pappa al pomodoro next to more ambitious ones, like goose carpaccio.
4. Il Santo Bevitore. Upscale but friendly, Il Santo Bevitore is particularly popular with locals, who come for the chef’s creative takes on Florentine cuisine. Since its name translates to “The Holy Drink,” be sure to try some of the local wines served here.
5. Le Volpi e l’Uva. One of the top wine bars in Florence, Le Volpi e l’Uva serves top-notch wines, cheeses and charcuterie from small, lesser-known vineyards and food producers in Italy and France. This is the perfect spot for pre-dinner snacks, or for those times when you prefer to skip the pasta and fill up on wine, cheese and meats instead.