Italian travel expert Carla Capalbo picks out five of the top places to dine in Florence, whatever your budget...

Top Florence restaurants

CiBi

Florence restaurants, CiBi

CiBi, Florence. Credit: www.cibifirenze.it

New places offer fun options for casual dining in hip contrada (district) Santo Spirito. At CiBi, local food is affordable and fresh, with pastas at lunchtime, from €8.

Via delle Caldaie 12/14r, Florence + 39 055 2381729 info@cibifirenze.it

Berberè

Berberè bakes the trendiest Bologna style pizzas (pictured top), using the best dough base you’ll ever taste, dressed with top-rate artisan ingredients.

Piazza De’ Nerli 1, Florence. +39 055 2382946

Every evening: 7pm – midnight. Friday, Saturday, Sunday lunch: 12.30pm – 2.30pm.

Trattoria Omero

Florence restaurants, Omero

Omero, Florence. Credit: www.ristoranteomero.it

Up on the hill above the Piazzale Michelangelo public square, with its fine views of Florence and the Arno valley, is an old favourite, Trattoria Omero. Enter under a flight of hanging hams, and dine on classic Tuscan specialities: bean and spelt soups, pappardelle pasta and grilled meats. Unbeatable; from €40.

Via Pian dei Giullari, 47 50123, Florence. +39 055 220053 omero@ristoranteomero.it

Lunch: 12.15pm – 2.30pm. Dinner: 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Ora d’Aria

For modern fine dining, try Ora d’Aria, where chef Marco Stabile cooks contemporary Tuscan in convincing fashion; his creative, hand-made pastas are exquisite at €25; tasting menu available from €70.

Ora d’Aria, Via dei Georgofili 11R, 50122 Florence. +39 055 200 16 99

Lunch: Tues – Sat 12:30 – 14:30 Dinner: Mon – Sat 19:30 – 22:00

Enoteca Pinchiorri

Florence restaurants, Enoteca Pinchiorri

Enoteca Pinchiorri, Florence. Credit: enotecapinchiorri.it

For one, blow-out meal in Florence, Enoteca Pinchiorri is a three Michelin starred restaurant (with tasting menus starting from €175) laying claim to Italy’s greatest wine cellar. The lists of Italian, French and other wines are contained in huge books, but the excellent wine service will help you navigate and enjoy them.

Via Ghibellina, 87, 50122 Florence. +39.055.242757. ristorante@enotecapinchiorri.com

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