Kelly called Florence home for the first year and quickly became a fixture at several restaurants around the city. As much as restaurants tried to encourage her to order something different, she went to a particular restaurant because she had a taste for a particular dish. She shares some of her favorite restaurants, and dishes, in no particular order.
Borgo San Iacopo, 21 (on the Oltrano side)
I was drawn to this place my first day in Florence because of the Veuve Clicquot display in the window and it turned into one of my fave haunts since it was just steps from my door. Indoor and outdoor dining available. And Lucy was always welcome. Can you find her in the photo?
Fave dishes: Incredible gourmet hamburgers but the fresh pasta is quite amazing too.
Tip: One of the few restaurants that doesn’t close between lunch and dinner.
Via del Moro, 48
Fave dishes: Spaghetti alla Donna Karan, even if it’s not on the menu; veal with avocado; Sharon’s cheesecake
Tip: Take a cooking class from proprietor Sharon Oddson, who Giuliano Gargani, aka Garga, in 1970.
Via dei Palchetti, 6
Must have reservations but there’s still going to be a line. Just queue up and fight to get in.
Tip: Drop by during off hours (around 3 p.m.) and “arrange” to come back that evening.
Fave dishes: filetto di manzo (filet of beef), tiramisu, vanilla ice cream with strawberries
Via del parioncino, 26r
Great lunch spot, right off Via Tornabuoni, the main designer shopping street
Fave dish: Pasta with peas or funghi (mushrooms).
Borgo San Jacopo, 57/r
Fave dish: To-die-for curry tortellini
Borgo Pinti, 12
Fave dish: Shrimp
Piazza di Santo Spirito, 9r
Fave dish: Seabass
Tip: Watch your purse in the piazza.
Piazza de’ Cimatori 4r,
Indoor and outdoor dining at this tiny place, where I lunched once a week. So authentic. They just put the bread and mortadella right on the table, which is covered with construction paper.
Fave dishes: Ravioli, fried zucchini, tiramisu.
Pitti Gola e Cantina
Piazza de’ Pitti, 16
Adorable wine bar and the perfect place before or after visiting Pitti Palace, for a light lunch or appertivi.