From ‘Old England’ Comes ‘Souvenir’

Old England, an independent historical clothing store located on Via dei Vecchietti, 28, once popular among many Florentines, re-opened under new management on Sept. 8 as Souvenir, a contemporary women’s clothing boutique. The new store will continue Old England’s up-scale styles while adding a contemporary twist. First established in 1924, Old England was like no other in the city, known for its English wool sweaters and other English-style clothing, fabrics and umbrellas. Aside [...]

Seafood & More Seafood

Il Ristorantino di Pesce, Piazza Giorgini 20/r. Open every day except Monday. Tel. 055/0351155. Info: Ristorantino di Pesce is a small Florentine seafood restaurant focused on serving a mixture of tasty fish-based dishes. Available for walk-in meals and aperitivos, Tuesday through Thursday between 12-3 pm and 7-11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 7-11 pm. Owner Samuele Gallori, founder of Panino Tondo in 2010, is behind this new establishment and demands only the most fresh and [...]

A New American Brunch Spot in Florence

Hotel Helvetia&Bristol, via dei Pescioni 2, Florence. Sunday from 11.30 am to 3.30 pm. In recent years, brunch has become an important part of the Florence food scene, with more and more American-style venues appearing across the city offering alternatives to the traditional cappuccino and croissant colazione. Florence’s latest contributor to this brunch phenomenon is Hotel Helvetia&Bristol. This 19th century palazzo stands elegantly in the heart one of the city’s most prestigious areas [...]

Bar e Cucina: Modern & Bold Dining

A new wind of change has arrived on the local restaurant scene (see video) with the recent inauguration of Bar e Cucina (via dei Neri 12/R). The establishment represents a homecoming for owners Matteo Mechelli and Matteo Boglione—both of whom returned to their birthplace, Florence, after a career in New York. Both share a modern and bold vision, one reflected in Bar e Cucina. “We wanted simplicity in a city layered with history,” [...]

L’OV Vegetarian Restaurant

A new gourmet restaurant, which offers vegetable friendly renditions of traditional meat based dishes, has added shades of green to Florence. Open just over a month, L’OV (L’ Osteria Vegetariana), piazza del Carmine 4/r), provides diners with healthy alternatives to complement a vegetarian diet, and with certain menu options, a vegan diet. Click here to see a slide show. Previously a fish market, customers can enjoy L’OV’s rustic atmosphere. Laced with hanging plants, [...]

Florence’s First Vietnamese Restaurant

Florence’s newest restaurant, Com Saigon (via dell’Agnolo 93/r), which means “Saigon’s Rice,” offers a variety of Vietnamese specialties to the Florentine community following its grand opening on June 1, 2017.  Click to see a slide show. The kitchen, located in the entrance in order to display food preparation, is run by three Vietnamese women. Upon entering, customers will be able to taste popular “finger-food” dishes. In the lounge on Via de Pepi, guests [...]

Gourmet Southern Italy at ‘Gourmettino’

A gourmet restaurant with a homemade twist is a new addition in the center of Florence. Il Gourmettino (Via Matteo Palmieri 31, not from Santa Croce), inaugurated in November 2016 and continues to please customers well into the new year. Customers can find Southern Italian delicacies at affordable prices and a chic atmosphere to accompany it. Local artists’ works are displayed on the walls for the customers to enjoy, cushions line the seats, and [...]

San Niccolò 39: Simple & Sophisticated

A few steps past the Arno River and a few more from your mother’s kitchen, is San Niccolò 39, the go-to restaurant for fish, meat, and veggie lovers alike. The entrance creates a sense of chicness yet feels like home with couches and pieces that could be straight out of a modern art museum. Garden seating or inside seating are both available. The atmosphere is warm and the staff is more than accommodating. [...]

Florence’s Cafè 19.26 Experience

Located on Via Niccolini, not far from the Sant’Ambrogio market, Cafè 19.26 is neither a restaurant nor a trattoria. It was born from the idea of a Florentine family who, alongside chef and visionary Romeo Perri, wanted to make their own contribution to the 19th century area of Piazza d’Azeglio by creating an entirely unique dining space. “We wanted to bring something different to Florence,” says Perri, chef and owner of Cafè 19.26. [...]

Jewelry by Angela de Nozza & F.lli Piccini

A disciple of a Florentine painter, Pirzio, Angela de Nozza has designed and announced a new collection of contemporary jewelry inspired by metaphysical painting, the Florence countryside, constellations, and animals. This line can be found at Fratelli Piccini  on Ponte Vecchio and includes pins, bracelets, earrings, and textiles. In Pitti Palace, there are five museums and one — the Silver Museum — contains jewelry donated by Armando Piccini. Following in the footsteps of [...]