If you are up around 1 or 2 in the morning and you can track down a secret bakery, I highly recommend it. We have gone on numerous occasions and not only is it fun but you get totally fresh, warm, amazing pastries (and sometimes pizza). Just knock and order (you have to know what you want).
Arte Del Cioccolato is the best chocolate shop in all of Florence (possibly in all of Italy). From gelato, to hot chocolate, to chocolate covered mandarinos, to champagne filled truffles, this is the place to go to get your chocolate fix.
Salumeria Verde has the best paninis in Florence (The Oil Shoppe is a close second). We went here several times over the course of the trip, not only because the food was so delicious but because Pino, the owner, is so much fun. Highly recommended and not at all expensive at 3.50/panini.
Enoteca Pozzo Divino
A wine cellar owned by Pino of the aforementioned panini shop, they do wine tastings for 15/per person, which for us included an amazing aged balsamic, olive oil, food, a bottle of white, a bottle of chianti, and a bottle of red. We agreed that all of the wines were amazing, though we thought that the chianti, because of its aggressiveness, was better suited for meals, and the red was best by itself.
Pino and his assisstant.
You might be wondering why a food post has a fashion tag — well here is your answer. You can eat at the Gucci Museo and at Roberto Cavalli. I had a hot chocolate at the former (which came with free cookies and some sugars shaped like the Gucci logo) and an amazing Caffe Completo at the latter (espresso, milk foam, hazelnut, and chocolate), plus some free tiny sandwiches.
The Gelato Festival.
For a few days last week in a few of the piazzas you could find gelato villages selling the ordinary and the extraordinary in gelato. For 15 Euro you got a festival bag, a cup, a balloon, a gelato cocktail, and 5 tastings. I had: a Filippo Brunelleschi gelato cocktail and Limone, Cream and Melone, Olio with spices (yep, olive oil and spices — it was fabulous), Azteca (dark chocolate), Ananas (pineapple — my favorite), Peach & honey & walnut, and Fragola (strawberries). It was an amazing time over the course of a few days and well worth the money.
Our farewell dinner on Wednesday evening. Thursday was my last night in Florence and at the moment I’m most likely on a plane from Amsterdam to Seattle, so I’ll post again from the states!