Vivoli / Bakeries / Döner

In the Spring of 2012, while I was living and studying in Florence, Italy, I did my best to discover anything and everything I could about the city and the local inhabitants. I was able to enjoy amazing food and delicious drinks in the heart of the capital of Tuscany, and I came across some spots I feel are worth sharing.

Vivoli (Via Dell’Isola delle Stinche, 7r) – Although there are many options for good gelato in Florence, the best I had was at Vivoli. Somewhat difficult of find, Vivoli is located one block off of Piazza Santa Croce.

Secret Bakeries (throughout the city including one close to Vivoli) – Shhh! (a detailed breakdown can be found here)

Döner Kebaps – These delicious Turkish sandwiches can be found throughout Europe (they are now mercifully gaining popularity in the United States) and are available at more than 30 locations in Florence. Filled with your choice of chicken, lamb, or falafel and arguably the best drunk food ever created, I strongly recommend you try one, especially if you never have before. My favorite spot to visit was nicknamed Tunnel Kebap and is located in the tunnel across from Borgi Pinti (here). Open late and merely a few blocks from my apartment, my roommate and I developed a friendship with the owners during our frequent visits. Another good option is Freddy Donner Kebab, a great spot to grab some grub with some buds late at night.

Brunori Salvatore / Gusta Pizza

In the Spring of 2012, while I was living and studying in Florence, Italy, I did my best to discover anything and everything I could about the city and the local inhabitants. I was able to enjoy amazing food and delicious drinks in the heart of the capital of Tuscany, and I came across some spots I feel are worth sharing.

Brunori Salvatore aka Panificio Brunori (Borgo Pinti, 16) – An amazing little bakery that has Italians out-the-door during the lunch hour. Owned by a husband and wife, they serve sandwiches to order with fresh ingredients; unbelievably delicious, large, and economical. However be warned: they only speak Italian and expect you to order your ingredients quickly. Another good, cheap sandwich option, though with noticeably smaller portions, is I Due Fratellini.

Gusta Pizza (Via Maggio, 46r) – Home to my favorite pizza, arguably the best in the city, and still fairly cheap, Gusta Pizza is located across the river from the city center. If you’re not up for the walk, an alternative is Gusto Leo which also has good pizza and is cheap for take-out.

 

DiVino / Il Birrificio Mostadolce

In the Spring of 2012, while I was living and studying in Florence, Italy, I did my best to discover anything and everything I could about the city and the local inhabitants. I was able to enjoy amazing food and delicious drinks in the heart of the capital of Tuscany, and I came across some spots I feel are worth sharing.

DiVino (Via Taddea, 5) Home to the best wine in Florence; bring in an empty bottle and they will fill it with your choice of 14 house wines, red or white, for only a few euro.

Il Birrificio Mostadolce (Via Nazionale, 114) An excellent brewpub with good food and great beer, including a personal favorite: Martellina (a 7.6% Belgian-styled Pale Ale brewed with honey).