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Food Lovers Tour in Florence: Florentine Steak & Dessert

Food Lovers Tour in Florence: Florentine Steak & Dessert

Our Food Lovers culinary adventure in Florence continues with a traditional Florentine lunch at a local trattoria recommended by Judy Witts Francini where we feast on and learn about Florentine Steak! The tour continues in search for the perfect desert: chocolates!

It always helps to get the personal recommendation of a local expert who knows the ins and outs of their city and will steer you away from tourist traps and introduce you to secrets held dear by the locals!

Florentine Steak at Osteria Pepo

Sampling our way through Market left me hungry for more….more like a Florentine Steak, something you will not find in the US because theFlorentine Steak comes from the giant (and ancient!) breed Chianina cows, and no such cows exist in the US. If you’re new to Florence and looking for a traditional local restaurant, it helps to have a local guide like Judy who knows where to take you for the meal of your lifetime!


Florentine Steak

And Judy took us to Osteria Pepo. An osteria is a local neighborhood restaurant that specializes in regional cuisine. They can range from simple hang-outs with inexpensive food and wine, to  more upscale establishments like Osteria Pepo with Florentine steak on the menu!! Hmmm….buon appetito to me!!

In the video Judy let us know what makes these steaks so special and how they should be prepared and eaten!

Artisan Hand Crafted Chocolates at Coccole


Making Artisan Chocolates at Cocole in Florence

Making Artisan Chocolates at Coccole in Florence

So even after a big Florentine Steak lunch, there’s room for desert, and to satisfy our sweet tooth, we hit the Florence streets again and headed to Coccole. Even the name sounds delicious!! Like so many of Italy’s businesses, Coccole is a family cafe specializing in deserts and unique hand crafted artisan chocolates.

In the vide we watch how artisan chocolates are made by hand right on the premises!

Bagels in Florence!

Snack Bar Anna Bagels in Florence

Snack Bar Anna Bagels in Florence

Craving bagels in Florence? There’s one more place I want to show you, and this is a very important place to know about if you’re in Florence and miss having bagels for breakfast!!  Just don’t be like me and come in the afternoon looking for a bagel, they all disappear by then!!


Recommendations in Florence

Food tour of Florence with Judy Witts Francini

Restaurants and Cafes in Florence:

In the show:

Via Rosina, 4/6 r, 50125 Florence
055 283259

Coccole Cioccolato

Via Ginori, 55/57r

Snackbar Anna

Via dei Genori 26R


Restaurant Near Santa Maria Novella Church

La Dantesca - Il paradiso della pizza
Via Panzani, 57 r
Piazza S Maria Novella
(Excellent wood oven pizzas at great prices)

Restaurant in Piazza della Repubblica

Piazza della Repubblica, 35
(great lunch plates inexpensively priced, elegantly decorated interior)
Not cheap, but what a classy way to enjoy a drink or snack at its outdoor table and watch the world go by in Piazza della Repubblica!

Restaurant Near Santa Croce Church

Traditional local food recommended by locals
Via Giovanni Da Verrazzano 3/5 r
Angolo Piazza Santa Croce
055-22 60 064

Restaurant near the Duomo

Via Ricasoli 5-7 r
055 292 124
Great pizza and meats. Friendly staff. Ate there many times food was great each time! Also a child and pet friendly restaurant.

Excellent Gelato in Florence:

Gelateria la Carraia
(located at the end of Carraia Bridge across the Arno on the Oltrarno side)
Vicolo Calimaruzza, 18 e
P.zza del Mercato Nuovo
  Tel. 055 288505
Borgo degli Albizi, 11, 50122 Florence
055 234 0374

Hotels in Florence:

Via Dè Guicciardini, 13, 50125 Florence
Perfectly located near Ponte Vecchio, a pleasant stay and charming decor. Friendly and helpful staff.
Via della Scala, 7, 50123 Florence
Conveniently located near Santa Maria Novella Church and train station. Elegant decor, comfortable rooms, a pool perfect for hot summer days.

Great Segway Tours of Florence

 Italy Segway Tours - www.italysegwaytours.com
Glide your way through Florence, I found it to be a great way to get around without pounding your feet to the cobble stones! Group tours or private tours are available. It made sightseeing in Florence by segway easier and safer for me than walking on the cobble stones (on which I tripped a few times!)

Relaxing Day Tours to and from Florence

For many people who are short on time or not up for the physical challenge of DIY travel, having the benefit of a private vehicle and personal driver allows them to squeeze more into their day, not have to worry about transportation, and minimize walking from place to place. For larger groups up to 8 persons it can be quite economical way to tour and sightsee in comfort.

Day tours to Florence from Rome or from Livorno Cruise Port in private vehicle and personal tour driver.
Stefano Rome Tours - www.stefanorometours.com
Day tours from Livorno and Florence into Tuscany and Chianti regions in private vehicle and personal tour driver:
Chianti Tours - www.chiantitours.com
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