Here's a guide to my favorite wine bars and trattorias in the neighborhoods of major cultural attractions in Florence.

Look for my decal in the window. And tell them Divina Cucina sent you!

Galleria dell'Accademia
Via Ricasoli, 60

Via Ricasoli, 38-40R
Tel: 055-211-296
Now open for lunch & dinner; closed Sunday

Start with the marinated eggplant. You can dine on crostini, small toasts with various toppings, and your choice of several pastas. Small sandwiches, cheeses, and salami and prosciutto make a perfect meal accompanied by great wines by the glass. Be sure to have a slice of Beppe's cheesecake for dessert; it's the best!

The afternoon is the best time to avoid the crowds at Michelangelo's David and at Oliandolo. Visit the museum first and plan to arrive at Oliandolo after the lunch rush subsides around 2:30. It's more relaxed then and the service can be more attentive.

Gelateria Carabé (Sicilian ice cream parlor)
Via Ricasoli, 60R
Tel: 055-289-476

A real treat! Granite, Cassate Siciliane, and other specialties (Brioche -- Sicilian ice cream sandwiches!) brought to you by Antonio and Loredana Lisciandro. Be sure to try one of Loredana's Cannoli Siciliani! The freshest and best you've ever tasted! Also try the lemon granita with raspberry or any of their no-guilt creamless ice creams! They only use the finest and freshest ingredients. I love their pistachio, hazelnut, and almond ice creams.

Don't miss their web site which offers a printable coupon worth an upgrade on a cone or cup! If you're at the Tuscany beach, visit their new location in Forte dei Marmi.

Click on the sight below that you plan to visit and I'll recommend the best place nearby to stop for a bite to eat.

Galleria dell'Accademia

Cappelle Medicee

Museo del Bargello

Palazzo Vecchio

Mercato di
San Lorenzo

Mercato di
San Ambrogio

Santa Croce

The Duomo

Santa Maria Novella


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