Eat Your Way Through Florence On A Budget / by Shane Henderson

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Florence may be famous for it’s art and architecture, but lets be honest, we visited for the food. In the few days we had there I feel like we ate a few WEEKS worth of meals. There were so many delicious and affordable options that even with our limited budget we found ourselves restricted only by the size of our stomachs and not the contents of our wallets. Here are all of our favorites. For your tummy's sake, we don’t recommend visiting them all in two days like we did!

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Lunch/Dinner

Semel
This tiny, standing room only panini spot right across from the Sant'Ambrogio Market is perfect for an unbelievably tasty and quick lunch. Choose from the daily selection of tasty fillings like pear, pecorino, and black truffle or braised pork and vegetable ratatouille and chat with the very friendly owner as he prepares your meal. Each sandwich is only €4 and you can enjoy it with a cup of €1 house wine.

Trattoria da Rocco
For classic Florentine dishes at an unbeatable price head to this trattoria located inside the Sant'Ambrogio market. A first course (usually pasta) will only set you back €5, or just €6 for a main (usually a meat dish).  It can get packed at lunchtime but the locals eat quick so the wait is never too long. 

Gusta Pizza
It's not hard to find this popular pizza joint in the Santo Spirito neighborhood, just look for the line out the door! Their pizzas are incredible and a margarita only costs €6. If the tables are all taken you can do what the locals do - get it to go and eat it on the steps of the church in the nearby square. 

Le Volpi E L'Uva
I didn't expect to have one of the best French cheese plates I have ever had in Italy, but there ya go. This cozy wine bar has a great selection of affordable, local, organic wines by the glass and some tasty small plates, including the aforementioned French cheese for only €8.

Trattoria Sabatino
A little off the beaten path south of the river, this family-run trattoria is packed every night with locals and tourists alike who come for the tasty, homemade fare. At only €4 for a starter and €6 for a main, what's not to like?

Mercato Centrale
Another location of the artisan food market that we loved so much in Rome, the Florence Mercato Centrale is a little larger and has a totally different selection of stalls. We liked the Il Lambredotto stall for Florence's famous tripe sandwich (€4) and the Il Girrarosto stall for roast chicken dishes (€8). 

Gelato

Gelateria della Passera
Our favorite gelato in Florence. Great, seasonal flavors and only €1 per scoop! We loved the Ricotta and Cinnamon and the 7 Spice flavors. 

My Sugar
A wonderful artisanal gelato spot near the Mercato Centrale. €2.50 for a small cup (2 scoops). We tried the rose and the lemon-ginger flavors and both were excellent!

Il Procopio
Award-winning gelato near the Sant'Ambrogio market. €2.20 for a small. The Fondente Swirl flavor is to die for!

Perche No!
Another great gelato place with a bunch of unique flavors like curry or lavendar. €2.50 for a small. We loved the cream with sesame and honey flavor and the cream with cherries flavor!