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Eat Cheap in Florence


You don’t have to spend a lot in Florence to eat well. There are plenty of affordable meals and snacks to be had if you know where to look. This past weekend, I returned to ‘ino, a paninoteca and specialty food shop I visit religiously on each trip to Florence. There, sandwiches are made to order from fine cheeses and salumi. We tried one with mortadella and provola di bufala (provolone made with buffalo’s milk) and another called “Il Solito” (the usual) filled with soft pecorino, prosciutto, tomato, and olive paste. At 8 euros each, they are not the cheapest sandwiches in town, but may be some of the best, and they come with a complimentary glass of wine or beer.

Caught in the rain and desperate for some caffeine and a savory breakfast, we ducked into Cantinetta Verrazzano completely by accident. This was quite a lucky turn of events as this caffe’ and bakery makes amazing cappuccino and baked goods. We grabbed a table at the back near the focaccia oven and drank two frothy cappuccinos with focaccine for under 2.50 euros each. If you get there before noon as we did, you can sit at one of the tables free of charge. During lunch, a service charge is applied.

For a quick, cheap slice of focaccia head to Pugi, another bakery where slices of flat bread with various toppings are sold in a tiny storefront next to the bus stop in Piazza San Marco. It is a convenient place for a snack if you are headed to the Accademia or to the Museo di San Marco. Pugi also makes quite a nice range of desserts, including biscottini and schiacciata.

2016-01-07T14:37:51+00:00 October 27th, 2009|Categories: Florence, Restaurants|6 Comments


  1. […] Foodie and Rome resident Katie Parla offers some tips on eating well without spending a fortune in Florence. […]

  2. George Alexandrou November 2, 2009 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    One of my cheap eats in Florence has to be Fiaschetteria-Trattoria Mario just off the Mercato di San Lorenzo. In my opinion, the place for Tuscan steak. Always crowded, but worth the wait. Send my honeymoon couples there.

  3. Kim November 3, 2009 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Nice blog! I have another advice for people searching for a restaurant in Florence: http://www.diningcity.com/italy. Here you can find some of the best restaurants of Florence, very useful!

  4. Katie November 3, 2009 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    @george that’s a name that comes up again and again when i survey people about reliable fare near San Lornezo. Ill check it out next time for sure!

    @kim i know the site well. it is a great resource. thanks!

  5. florence tours September 13, 2015 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    In the streets of Florence, a favorite among even pickup trucks used to be shops that sell the traditional tripe sandwich, a typical food of Florence that retails for 04.03 euros.
    This sandwich is much appreciated by the Florentines who by all who taste it for the first time.

  6. Serena December 19, 2015 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    I live in Florence and I think Pugi’s one of the best places for a focaccia or I should say a Schiacciata. If the one in Piazza San Marco is crowded you can head to the one in via San Gallo, It’s just five minutes walk away and offers the same high quality snacks.

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