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How to Eat on a Budget in Florence

March 4th, 2020 by Prontopia

Although Florence is a very touristy town, it’s still on the cheap side – of course, if you know how to avoid tourist traps! If you're wondering what to eat in Italy, below, you'll find a guide for how to eat on a budget in Florence. Florence can be a difficult city to navigate. Prontopia is a platform that provides access to trusted in-person local assistants when and where you need it - schedule a Prontopia local assistant to help you today!


Aside from being an Italian staple dish, pizza is a great and cheap option for an informal or a takeaway dinner. You can either get a big slice of pizza from any cafe or takeout spot, or go to a pizzeria and order a full pizza. The most popular kinds of pizza are:

  • Margherita: a simple pizza with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.

  • Capricciosa: pizza with cooked ham, mushrooms, olives and artichokes.

  • Porcini: pizza with porcini mushrooms.

  • Salamino piccante: pizza with salami (in English, ‘pepperoni pizza’).

Wanna try something different? Calzone is made with pizza bread but is a wrap containing ham, mozzarella cheese, and sometimes tomatoes. 

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Some lovely restaurants and pizzerie you might want to try are Berberè San Frediano, Ti do una pizza (with lots of gluten free options), La Beppa Fioraia, Il Pizzaiuolo, L’antica pizzeria da Michele, Le stagioni, Fuori Piazza, La cucineria (mainly a restaurant) and more. 

Prices range from €6 for a basic Margherita to €10. 

If you wish to try a more local option and variation of pizza, go for ciabatta fiorentina! This is not a pizza like any other, as it is a typical Tuscan eat. Check out Mangia Pizza Firenze the best ciabatta maker. Its doughs are soft and well laid out in the traditional rectangular in shape.

Tuscan Panini 

You can find panini at pretty much any bar, though panini from an ‘Alimentari’ or a ‘paninaro’ (a ‘panini-maker’) will taste much fresher and better. Specifically, a new trend has recently spread: eating a panino or schiacciata farcita (filled flatbread) in the Via de’ Neri area and sit outside (despite local residents’ complaints, people tend to sit on the pavement and chat). Specifically, the Taverna All’antico Vinaio has recently become very popular for panini size and nice staff. In most cases, you’ll have to queue for a long time, as this tavern is highly requested! Other similar taverns are "I due fratellini", "La Prosciutteria", "Sandwichic" and "Panini Toscani" . Prices range from €7 to 13. 

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Another fun panineria is Sandwichic, an old sewing shop that was turned into a Sandwich café and where you can order sandwiches made with fresh, typical ingredients such as ham, salami, pecorino cheese, fresh vegetables and more. Prices range from €3,50 to €4,50 and red wine is only €1 per glass. 


Or cuddles: fried pasta which, accompanied with stracchino and raw ham, a perfect match. They are not only a delicious snack, but a very filling one as well!

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The best and most famous place to try them in the city center is Il Coccolo – Fritti e Cornetti or check out Pugi, a typical Florentine forno with a modern look that offers delicious coccoli and more.

Panino al lampredotto

Panino al lampredotto is perhaps locals’ favourite on-the-go sandwich and definitely a cheap option. It is warm, hearty and delicious. If you are wondering what the ‘lampredotto’ is, it is easily explained. It is the thinner part of the cow’s stomach, and it’s cooked with tomatoes, onions, parsley, and celery until it has the texture of tender roast beef. It’s served in a bun with broth or green sauce. 

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You can eat lampredotto at any ‘lampredottaio’ or ‘trippaio’ stand in the city centre. A panino usually costs around €4. 

As you know, in Italy, cuisine is highly localized - you won't find the same dishes in every city you visit! If you're wondering what the top authentic dishes in Florence are, you can find out here. ©Photo Credits: Photo by Andy Ciordia, Photo by Kirk K, Photo by Alexandra


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