Top 4 Panini Places in Firenze

Firenze: The City of Molti Panini. With a vinaio on every corner and lampredotto as far as the eye can see, it can be difficult to weed out which sandwich spots are worth your time and euros.

Tuscany is famous for pecorino cheese, unsalted bread, and salami Tuscano, but the panini possibilities are truly endless at the fine establishments below. If you haven’t checked them out, go now, before it’s too late!

I Due Fratellini 


Two Brothers? More like Too Delicious!!! Due Fratellini is definitely the best bang for your buck. For 3 euro and some change you can have a sandwich that will rock your gosh dang world! Add a nice takeaway cup of wine to the mix and you’ve got Italian street food at its best! Located right across from Chieso/Museo Orsanmichele and down the street from Piazza della Signora, this is the perfect pit stop for a quick and delicious sammys when you’re on-the-go!

All’Antico Vinaio

All'antico Vinaio en Firenze, Italia




All’Antico Vinaio is an absolute staple of Firenze.   Ordering a sandwich from All’Antico Vinaio is like buying a one-way ticket to Flavor Town, population: You. The thick focaccia bread and generous meat and cheese portions will fill you up without costing you the big bucks. Located right down the street from the famous Galleria degli Uffizi, All Antico Vinaio couldn’t be easier to find. Just look for the long line of hungry Italians waiting to get their hands on one of All’Antico’s savory sandoozles.

Salumeria Verdi (AKA Pino’s Sandwiches)

Pino's sandwiches

It is absolutely bananas how delicious Pino’s sandwiches are. If you’re near Santa Croce, you’ve just gotta to stop by Pino’s. My favorite is the “The Best.” This magic combo of tender roast beef, eggplant, la bomba (or “spicy” as Pino calls it), pecorino, arugula, and fresh tomatoes truly earns this sandwich its name.  In addition to the excellent sandwiches, it doesn’t hurt that Pino may just be the friendliest man in Firenze. The warmth and excitement that Pino exhibits anytime someone walks through the door is just an added benefit to his delicious sandwiches.

Vinaino di Parte Guelfa

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If you want a true, authentic Italian sandwich experience, look no further than Vinaino di Parte Guelfa. This hidden gem of Florence is run by the dynamic brother duo of Leonardo and Luca, who are happy to help you figure out which sandwich is best for you. Vinaino di Parte Guelfa is located behind the H&M on a side street of via Pellicerria and is frequented almost exclusively by locals, so it’s a great place to practice your Italiano! 



One of my favorite restaurants I have been to in Flornence is Zaza Trattoria.  Zaza Trattoria is located next to the Central Market in San Lorenzo.  Everytime I go to the restaurant, I am never disapointed.

Something that makes Zaza Trattoria unique is there wide variety menu.  Personally, I have never been to a restaurant with a menu as large as the one here.  When you are seated, the host gives you three different menus double sided as well as a small daily menu.  There is a whole menu for: truffle, fish, appetizers and first courses, second courses and grilled meats, and the daily menu.  These menus are also filled with different options from top to bottom.  This is great if you are with a large group of people because there is an option for everyone; no one will be dissapointed or unable to find something on one of the menus that they want to order.  You would think a restaurant with that many options would be on the more expensive side, but they are not.  They are reasonably priced.  There are options that are pricier, but many of their menu options are affordable for college students who are studying abroad.  My friends and I are always wanting a meal at Zaza Trattoria.

I highly reccomend students to go to Zaza Trattoria.  The meals are great, the prices are great, and you will want to bring your family and friends there as well.


Gusta Pizza, Me Gustas Tu!

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Ask any abroad student where to get the best pizza and without hesitation he or she will respond, “Gusta Pizza.” Hands down, Gusta makes the best pizza in the entire world! Exaggeration? Nope.
Gusta is located on Via Maggio, just across the bridge on the Arno’s south side, an area a bit less touristy than the city center. The small restaurant is run by Italians originally from Naples, and it’s always packed. The simple menu includes about eight types of pizza, each one more delicious than than the last.  My personal favorite is the classic Margherita. The sauce is to die for, the mozzarella actually has flavor and the crust is divine–not too thin, not too thick. Once you try Gusta, it is impossible to not go back, and I go as much as possible because I have never tasted anything like it, anywhere.
A Gusta pizza costs only five euro and is worth every centesimo. Gusta makes it seem perfectly natural (and oh so easy) to eat an entire pizza by yourself, without guilt! Check out this video where the men of Gusta show off their culinary skills!

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The Irresistible Caffè Serafini

by Alyssa Thermos

During my time abroad, I was lucky enough to live in an apartment in a residential area of Florence near Piazza Beccaria. This elegant area is bustling with Florentines, not tourists, and just across the street from my apartment on Via Gioberti–a great street for shopping–I discovered Caffe’ Serafini. I’ve been hooked ever since. At first glance, Serafini seems like a typical Italian pasticeria, where a multitude of sweet pastries are baked fresh each morning, but upon closer inspection, Serafini is really one-of-a-kind. The pastries are the most delicious I’ve tried in Florence, and the caffe’ is known for its specialty coffee, the fornacino (pictured below). This creamy chocolate and coffee delight literally melts in your mouth.

But don’t stop at breakfast! Serafini offers a variety of lunch items, too. From sandwiches and pasta dishes to meats and vegetables, this self-service lunch is the healthiest and most delicious  you’ll ever eat. It’s true that at first the same few regular employees found my broken Italian a bit frustrating, but after I’d stopped in a few times, they started treating me as if I was part of the family. That kind of hospitality is comforting when you’re far from home and I will certainly miss the staff at Serafini.

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Plus, if you’re looking for a casual and authentic aperitivo, Serafini charges modestly for a drink and provides lots of wonderful hors d’oeuvres.

I may not have found Caffe Serafini if it hadn’t been for the location of my apartment, which is a bit off the beaten path yet still a short walk to Santa Croce where I attend classes. I highly recommend getting out of the city center now and then to experience a real day-in-the-life of a Florentine, and there is no better place to do that than at Caffe’ Serafini!

downloadThis is what Italian fast-food looks like! (lunch at Caffe’ Serafini)