The ‘Cupino’ and Valentine’s Day at Pino’s Sandwiches

  Every year, Salumeria Verdi (also known as Pino’s Sandwiches) launches their Valentine’s special: the “Cupino,” a panino is only available on February 14.  Schiacciata bread (a type of focaccia) is filled with thinly sliced finocchiona salame, brie cheese, bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and either truffle or hot sauce, then lightly toasted. The sandwich costs €6 and is available to eat in or pick up to take out from 9 am to 9 [...]

Pizza Margherita & More at the Sophia Loren Restaurant

  Neapolitan pizza made UNESCO’s Intangible Culture Heritage list on December 6, 2007, and the anniversary was commemorated with a Google Doodle on the same day in 2021.  Although it takes some searching, good Neapolitan pizza can also be found in the quintessential city of the Renaissance. The legendary Italian actress, Sophia Loren, has collaborated in a new restaurant and pizzeria in the heart of Florence.  The restaurant, Sophia Loren Original Italian Food,  [...]

Delicious Food Al Fresco at Ristorante L’Accademia

For 27 years, Ristorante Accademia has been an anchor on Piazza San Marco, providing warm hospitality and delicious food to Florentines and visitors. With the onset of the Covid pandemic which led to restaurant closures, the owner, Gianni Icovetti, had to adapt so his restaurant would remain successful.  During these difficult times, the staff at Ristorante Accademia has consistently provided delicious food and exceptional service with the options of patio dining, take-out and [...]

Food & Sweet Treats for a Florence Valentine’s 2021

SWEETS FOR YOUR SWEETIE Vanilla Cake Piazza Niccolò Acciaiuoli, 7r The Vanilla Cake bakery creates the cutest pastries and delicious treats that are always on theme with holidays. With heart shaped cakes and cookies, macarons, and cupcakes, the love will be felt all around. For a rich and delectable dessert, relish in their cream tart hearts with layers of red velvet or chocolate cake and whipped cream, topped with raspberries, pieces of candy [...]

Christmas Desserts for the Holidays in Florence

Even better than the gifts we receive ourselves are the treats we can share with others. From Christmas cookie exchanges, to yule logs, gingerbread houses, and the traditional Italian panettone and pandoro, the winter holiday season brings an abundance of sugary delights to make everyone happy. JACKIE POLLIS Known for her DIY cookie kits in fun themed shapes, Florence resident Jackie Pollis is offering Christmas and Hanukkah-themed sugar cookie decorating kits complete with [...]

Wild Buns Pop-Up Bakery Pauses

Florence’s wildly popular Wild Buns Pop-Up Bakery is taking a winter break, from November 19, 2020 to early February 2021.  The Estonian-born owner Robert Marrandi is going home for the holidays and will be back next year.  After the mandatory two weeks of self-quarantine, Robert (or Roberto as he is known in Italy) will be back preparing and baking every single one of his Scandinavian buns, served straight out of the oven at [...]

Italian Chef Charity Night for Artemisia Anti-Violence Center

Sixteen Tuscan chefs – eight men and eight women – will each prepare a signature dish for a charity buffet open to the public at Forte Belvedere on September 6 (8 pm – midnight) to help raise funds for Florence’s Artemisia Anti-Violence Center.  A minimum donation of €25 per person is requested at the door, and the total amount collected will be given to Artemisia. This is the third edition of the Italian [...]

Florentine Specialties, Gluten (and Guilt) Free

The courtyard next to Santa Maria Maggiore will bustle with music and a smorgasbord of gluten-free food-stands on Thursday, July 19 for Quinoa Restaurant’s annual Sagra Senza Glutine. Florentine classics like mouthwatering porchetta and lampredotto panini are now guilt-free, baked with buckwheat and corn flour bread. Pasta, fried seafood, french fries, and hamburgers will tempt even the staunchest health foodies and satisfy many with dietary limitations. Quinoa was the first 100% gluten-free restaurant [...]

Music & Food from Livorno at Balagan Café

Thursday, June 22: Livorno, Crossroads of Culture Between Europe and the Mediterranean. Balagan Café.  Synagogue garden, via Farini 6.  7:30 pm. Free admission. Kosher Apertivo,  8 pm.  €10 for food and beverages. The Jewish Community of Florence, in collaboration with the City of Florence, presents the fifth edition of the Balagan Café,  this summer on the theme of “Travel, Migration, and Diasporas.” There will be six free entrance events reflecting on the relationship between [...]

Quinoa’s ‘Risi & Bisi’ Recipe

The following springtime dish is the creation of the gluten-free restaurant Quinoa (vicolo di Santa Maria Maggiore 1, near via Cerretani). RISI e BISI Ingredients 1 onion/350 gr. (12 oz) Vialone Nano rice/1 kilo (2.2 lbs) of fresh peas in the shell/50 g of bacon/60 g. of butter/ a pinch of parsley/vegetable broth/extra virgin olive oil/ salt and pepper to taste. Shell the peas.  Melt half of the butter in a saucepan and [...]