Top Restaurants in Florence by IC Bellagio

Wondering where to eat on your next trip to Florence?

IC Bellagio’s finely handpicked Florence Restaurant Collection is ready to accommodate, with a wide range of restaurants for every palate.

For a little taste of the unique Restaurant Collection, here’s a look into two of the team’s all-time favorite eateries in the heart of the city. Off-the beaten track, quaint and truly Italian.

In the historical “Palazzo Capponi”, amongst the old-worldly charms of the Oltrarno quarter (on the left side of the Arno river), lies the charming Olio & Convivium.

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The perfect start for a foodie in Florence… with just ten wooden tables and chairs, this hidden treasure is a beautiful setting to sample some truly passionate Tuscan and Florentine cooking, amidst a cozy atmosphere. Add to the above, the utter friendliness of the staff as well as characteristic touches like the quirky antiques, the “Olive Oil Tasting Room”, the intriguing wall of wine bottles giving proof to the simply superb wine list, and the delicatessen shop selling a wide choice of oils, jams and pasta sauces and you are sure to list this restaurant as one to visit on your next trip to Florence with IC Bellagio!

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IC Bellagio’s top tip: A lovely find! Book a table beside the kitchen, to watch the talented Italian chefs work their magic.

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Once a simple Florentine Tavern, now a slice of Italian heaven, the Trattoria 4 (Quattro) Leoni is situated in the peaceful and interestingly shaped Piazza della Passera, just a few steps away from the Pitti Palace. A wonderfully homely atmosphere awaits you at this rustic trattoria, which is very much a secret find in the city.

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Split into two distinctive, yet equally as welcoming inside dining areas, as well as an outdoor space overlooking the Piazza for sunny days, gentle background music sets the mood for the perfect dining experience. Wherever you choose to sit, the pleasant vibe that the restaurant has, with a mixed crowd of tourists and locals, is a joy to behold, with everyone enjoying together the creative delights of the innovative chef.

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IC Bellagio’s top tip: Dine outdoors overlooking the quiet piazza, with a dish of the local’s favorite, mouth-watering, homemade Pear Ravioli.

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Boasting three Michelin stars and one of the best wine cellars in Europe, the fabulous Ristorante Enoteca Pinchiorri is located on the ground floor of sumptuous 15th century Palazzo Ciofi Jacometti.

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With the entrance through two granite columns, into the palace filled with high frescoed ceilings and bouquets in silver vases, professional Sommelier Giorgio Pinchiorri and head chef Anna Féolde welcome you to discover the ‘Best of Italy’ as well as an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

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IC Bellagio’s top tip: For a divine experience, explore the rare and exceptional collection of 4000 wine types which line the walls of the marvelous cantina, guided by the Enoteca’s passionate Sommelier at the heart of it all, Giorgio Pinchiorri.

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About the Author

: Andrea Grisdale, a British Citizen, made Italy her home back in 1992 when her position as Overseas Representative working for a British Tour Operator took her to the shores of Lake Como.

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Soon after she hung up her Tour Operator hat and began introducing her clients to her Italy, and all that the country that she so proudly calls home, in her role of Professional Guide and Tour Manager. As her clients continued to return to Italy and the word spread, her business today is still growing in a huge part thanks to Word of Mouth referrals, the requests for services became much further afield than her beloved Lake Como. Using her excellent network of contacts throughout the country and sticking by her policy, nothing is impossible, Andrea opened the doors of IC Bellagio in 1999 and began offering unique experiences throughout Italy.

As her clientele grew, so did her team, as the experiences that she offered her clients expanded so did her knowledge, her energy and above all her drive to offer each and every client the highest level of service and services when travelling in Italy and offering each and everyone of them a trip that was 100% about them whether it was a Villa Experience, a celebration of a special occasion, a trip for a multi-generational family, a honeymoon or quiet simply some first time visitors to Italy. Her service and services offered, many of which she proudly tells are ‘non googable’ and are quite simply ‘all about the people’ and an Amazing team of people throughout Italy is what she has created to assure even the most discerning traveller the most memorable experience.

We should also mention that Andrea has been named by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine (USA) as one of the Top Travel Specialists in the World for the last 7 consecutive years, whilst Travel & Leisure Magazine named her as one of their Top Agents in the World for the last 4 consecutive years, the luxury US Network Virtuoso named IC Bellagio as their top OnSite in 2006, 2009 and 2010 and Luxury Travel Advisor Magazine named Andrea as their Top Educator in 2009 in recognition of the IC Bellagio Academy and IC Bellagio was named ‘Best DMC in the World’ in the 2012 Awards of Excellence.

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Andrea Grisdale

Andrea Grisdale has been named by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine (USA) as one of the Top Travel Specialists in the World for the last 7 consecutive years, whilst Travel & Leisure Magazine named her as one of their Top Agents in the World for the last 4 consecutive years, the luxury US Network Virtuoso named IC Bellagio as their top OnSite in 2006, 2009 and 2010 and Luxury Travel Advisor Magazine named Andrea as their Top Educator in 2009 in recognition of the IC Bellagio Academy and IC Bellagio was named 'Best DMC in the World' in the 2012 Awards of Excellence.