When choosing a place to dine/dessert in Italy, I have five basic standards that help me understand whether or not I should invest my time and money into a restaurant or gelateria; especially in very popular cities such as Florence, Milan, and Rome.
2) Gelato Assortment
3) Gelato Displays
4) Tourist Menus
5) English Menus
Each guideline changes with the city… so here’s my opinion on how to Find Florence’s Dining/Dessert Scene.
Location: In general, when visiting popular tourist attractions, prices will rise and quality tends to go down.
However, Florence has tourist attractions throughout the entire city. No matter how far you walk, there will most likely be a famous and/or beautiful monument around the corner which means there will be business as well as competition. So as long as you look closely, it’s possible to find good food near the monuments.
Via Maggio 46R, 50100 Florence, Italy
Among the attractions yet hidden on a cozy street corner, GUSTA PIZZA is located across the bridge from the Uffizi and relatively close to a ginormous museum (umm yeah, IDK the name of the museum LOL). I literally stumbled upon this pizzeria by chance and decided to order one Margherita Pizza (basil, mozzarella & tomato sauce) to spilt into fourths with my family as a pre-lunch snack (BTW, one pizza is like two American Slices, possibly smaller).
After taking my first bite I asked, “Should we get more?? Should we get more??” until I heard the answer I wanted. At 5,00 (depending on the toppings you choose), I was amazed. Simple flavors, fresh ingredients and handmade dough cooked to perfection. Best part about GUSTA PIZZA (aside from the price)? The fluffy, yet crispy crust.