There is a great choice in the area of San Niccolò, Lungarni, the streets behind Ponte Vecchio, for a good meal sitting down with a hope-to-b- good Italian style service. There are literally dozens of good restaurants, trattorie, osterie that could fit the bill for your lunch or dinner while touring Florence city center.
Let’s review some options right off Ponte Vecchio, not in particular order:
1) Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco
The Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco is one of the most known Osterie / restaurants in Via di San Niccolo, just right after Ponte Vecchio. It’s a typical Tuscan and Florence Osteria with a great selection of wines, a full menu with typical Florence dishes: ribollita, pappa al pomodoro, bistecca and more.
2) Trattoria Ponte Vecchio in Florence
Trattoria Ponte Vecchio is another great trattoria in Florence, a great location a friendly staff and once again typical dishes including fresh tomato and basil bruschetta mixed Florentine crostini, Fresh “Pici” Pasta in tuscan sauce, fresh Pappardelle with boar, tagliatelle “fresh pasta”with porcini mushrooms.
3) A small selection of high end wines from all over Italy! Enoteca Pitti all the wines you like!
If a traditional meal is not what you are in the mood for and instead you like to enjoy good wine by the glass or why not by the bottle, you can stop by Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina. The three young owners bought back the business from the original owner in 2008, they opened for new year eve that same year and since then they managed to build one of the most popular Enoteche in Florence. They offer a selection of high end wines from small productions all over Italy, they very well know brands and wines from producers you’ll hardly find in a classic restaurant menu.
In addition the chef Marzia from Montalcino prepares appetizers and tastings for Clients matching the selection of wine of the current selection, if you like guidance for a great bottle of wine this is the place to stop! For more information on their Dinner with an Owner and more general info, check their web site!