Category Archive: Food and Drinks

Restaurants, tasting, where to go for a drink or a coffee

Florence is treating vegetarians right

Florence is renowned for its meat, of course — everyone knows about Florentine steak— but now it’s starting to pay attention to the culinary needs of those who have opted for vegetarianism, or even veganism. Whether out of ethical or health concerns, more and more people are saying no to meat. And even those who …

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Pescheria Di San Pietro: fresh fish and pasta

Everyone’s going to Pescheria San Pietro… but not to buy a trout like its name — meaning fish shop in Italian — might suggest, but to have a nice meal of fresh pasta and great seafood. This new seafood restaurant opened about six months ago in Via Alamanni. Here fresh pasta is king on the …

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Pescheria di San Pietro

Tutti alla Pescheria San Pietro… …ma non a comprare una trota salmonata, ma a farsi una bella mangiata di pasta fresca ed ottimo pesce. In questo nuovo ristorante di pesce aperto circa 6 mesi fa in via Alamanni si incorona la pasta fresca come regina del menù ed hanno ragione, i ravioli rana pescatrice e …

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Our new tapas happy hour

Grand Hotel Minerva is chock full of surprises this summer. We did work on our rooftop to turn it into two beautiful terraces, called Pool & Solarium Terrace and Chiostri Terrace. We are happy to make some big announcements: our swimming pool now features more room for lounge chairs and a jacuzzi, and we have …

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“Al Fresco” Restaurant’s summer opening

What should we do tonight? It’s hot, so how about going to an outdoor restaurant… the first that springs to mind is “Al Fresco”, Grand Hotel Minerva’s outdoor restaurant in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, which just opened a few days ago for the summer season. Just like last year, an elegant, laid-back atmosphere reigns. We …

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The New Upper floor of Central Market

Last April 23, the upper floor of Florence’s Mercato Centrale (Central Market) reopened, just in time to honor the 140 years since its long-ago opening in 1874. Once a fruit and vegetable market (now on the ground floor), the first floor has been closed for several years and is now reopening with a spruced-up, modern …

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Cucina Torcicoda

A few weeks ago our co-worker Claudio retired. To celebrate we all went out to dinner at a nice restaurant that recently changed management and was completely renovated. The restaurant is called “Cucina Torcicoda”. The restaurant is in the vibrant Santa Croce neighborhood, around the corner from the Santa Croce church. The restaurant is enormous. …

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Mouth-watering Events

On par with its world-renowned monuments and museums, Florence is famed for its culinary talents. The excellence of its cuisine attracts food lovers from around the world. It’s hardly a surprise that Florence is the perfect setting for top-of-the-line food and wine events, in addition to its plethora of restaurants, pizzerias, and gelaterias. Here are …

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Eataly Comes to Florence

Exactly one month ago, a new space opened in Florence, all for those who love good food. It’s called Eataly. Eataly was the brainchild of Oscar Farinetti, a new concept for a food store and high quality restaurant in one. The first Eataly was in Turin, followed by stores in Rome, Milan, Genoa, and Bologna, …

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Perfect for romantic dinners

Dining in one of Florence’s finest squares is a one-of-a-kind experience! Piazza Santa Maria Novella is a magnificent setting. Our restaurant “Al Fresco” is perfect for romantic dinners or an evening with friends, or even more formal occasions and work meetings! As I wasn’t sure what to choose from the menu, I took the advice …

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