The best street food in Florence
Florence is a true foodie destination. Not just for the plenty of restaurants and wine bars but for the variety of street food joints, too. From stuffed schiacciata with Tuscan cured meats and cheeses to lampredotto sandwiches, from coccoli (fried bread balls) to trippa, the Florentine street food scene is very much alive. Here’s our selection of the best street food trucks, stands and shops in Florence, where you can get a taste of some traditional foods that can be consumed on the go.
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Via De Neri 65R
Founded in 1989, All’Antico Vinaio has become one of the most famous street food joints worldwide, with locations in Milan, New York and Los Angeles. Specializing in panini made with the famed schiacciata (a Florentine bread), All’Antico Vinaio is renowned for its vast menu ranging from schiacciata with sbriciolona, pecorino cheese cream, mozzarella, prosciutto, mortadella, artichokes, porchetta, sun dried tomatoes, spicy eggplants and so much more. You’ll find a menu to choose from as well as the option of creating your own panino. Just keep in mind that tasting the best schiacciata in the world comes at a price – waiting in line.
Il Trippaio del Porcellino
Piazza del Mercato Nuovo
Footsteps from Piazza della Signoria, this street food truck in Piazza del Mercato Nuovo attracts crowds of locals and tourists for its lampredotto specialty sandwich. The name comes from the proximity to the Porcellino Market. So go ahead, browse the typical leather bags, jackets and belts at this central market and then grab a sandwich at Il Trippaio del Porcellino. As you’d expect, queuing is also part of the experience.
Da Nerbone at Mercato Centrale
Piazza Mercato Centrale, 47R
On the ground floor of Mercato Centrale you’ll find Da Nerbone, renowned for serving one of the best Florentine street foods: lampredotto (aka slow-cooked tripe served in a sandwich). While surely not for everyone, if you’re up for trying this traditional Tuscan dish, Nerbone is the place to do so. But lampredotto isn’t the only great thing on the menu. You can also taste some delightful local wine, pasta, soups and much more at a bargain. Operating since 1872, it has recently been revamped. A quick note: you’ll have to queue a little, but it’ll be worth it. Service is fast.
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Via dei Georgofili, 3
This gourmet shop behind the Uffizi Museum has fast become one of the best paninotecas in Florence. Great bread, great products and delicious pairings is what you get at ‘Ino. Born in 2006 and run by Alessandro Frassica, it’s fast become a major street food spot (as well as a place where you can sit down and enjoy your panino). There’s a special attention to the flours used and leavening techniques of the various panini. Absolutely try the panino with stracciatella and anchovies.
Via dei Cimatori, 38r
This is another outstanding place to taste a typical Florentine panino paired with a glass of wine. Footsteps from Piazza della Signoria, I Fratellini prepares panini with the best ingredients sourced exclusively from small Tuscan producers since 1875. You can opt for 15 different types of sandwiches and choose from two different breads: the famed schiacciata or a pane all’olio. From the schiacciata with prosciutto, goat cheese and rocket salad to the one with Tuscan salami, fennel and cream cheese, you’ll surely be back for more.
Piazza Sant’Ambrogio (at the corner with Via de’Macci and Borgo La Croce)
This historic street food truck in Piazza Sant’Ambrogio has been serving lampredotto sandwiches for almost 30 years. It’s one of the favorite meeting points for Florentines, not just because you can taste the lampredotto sandwich in different variations, but also because the father and son who run the food truck are wonderful. In addition to the classic lampredotto sandwich, you can also taste the one with tomatoes and beans, tomatoes and artichokes, tomatoes and leeks or with tomatoes and potatoes on different days of the week. Check out their Facebook page to see when they’re serving what.
Via Santa Margherita, 4r
Another A-lister for street food in Florence, Da Vinattieri has been offering the best of Tuscan street food since 1288. You won’t just find the famed trippa and lampredotto sandwiches but also some outstanding schiacciate with cured meats and cheeses. They also serve other Tuscan must-try dishes, including soups (which change daily) such as the ribollita or the pappa al pomodoro. Don’t miss out on the fried coccoli (fried bread balls) or the lampredotto with truffles. And don’t forget to pair a glass of house wine for the perfect experience.