Florence is such an amazing city, and one of the best aspects of living here is indulging in the incredible food! Italy is renowned for its culinary excellence, and Florence is no exception. While there are so many great restaurants and food stalls throughout the city, studying abroad can be quite expensive and when you’re living on a student budget it’s important to balance your spending on eating out and cooking at home! So today I’m going to share with you my favorite places to eat out in Florence on a student budget, and next week I will share with you the best markets to visit when you’re feeling like channeling your inner Italian chef! Read on to see the best cheap eats in Florence:
TOP 3 STUDENT BUDGET EATS:
1. Gusta Pizza- Via Maggio, 46/red, 50125 Firenze, Italy
This pizzeria is by far one of the most beloved by students and locals alike here in Florence, offering amazing pizzas between 4-8 euro each. They are incredibly fast, even when they’re jam-packed (which is often) – so don’t let the long lines scare you from trying this amazing pizza. You can’t go wrong with the 5 euro Margherita, but they also have other specialties like the Napoli and Calabrese if you’re feeling more adventurous- all of which are unbelievably delicious!
Unless you enjoy crippling disappointment after a long day of Monday classes- know ahead of time that Gusta is closed on Mondays. Please don’t make the same mistake my roommates and I did by trekking across Florence on an empty stomach only to find out there is no hot pizza awaiting you on this “day of desolation” as we now call it.
2. All’Antico Vinaio- Via dei Neri, 74/R, 50100 Firenze, Italy
This is my absolute favorite place to go for paninis in Florence! The bread is the perfect balance of light and crispy, paired with the highest quality meats and cheeses, and the most amazing flavor combinations- you will not be sorry after biting into this mountain of goodness. The lines are always ridiculously long, winding all the way down the street- so look to see if they haven’t opened both shops which are located directly across the street from each other. Regardless- it is absolutely worth the wait; these paninis are INSANELY good. Most of the paninis are only 5euros and are HUGE and delicious and worth every penny. So once you’ve got yours, walk down the street and enjoy it while people watching outside of the Palazzo Vecchio.
3. Da Nerbone- Mercato Centrale, 50123, Florence, Italy
This gem is tucked away in the lower level of the central market in Florence, and is frequented by locals and visitors alike. They serve a variety of typical Tuscan foods for pretty inexpensive, but one of my favorite things to get here is their Porchetta sandwich. It is about 4-5 euro for a delicious Italian pork sandwich unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. I’ve also been told that their soups and stews are pretty amazing too, which is great for warming up during these colder days wandering around Florence. If you find yourself walking near the San Lorenzo/Central market, you have to stop by Nerbone and see for yourself why Florence is known to have some of the best food in the world!
Thanks for reading! Check back next week to find out where to go for the freshest produce and highest quality Italian ingredients in the many amazing markets around Florence. Ciao!