The best thing to do, instead of going to a busy and fattening fast food, is to eat typical Italian food at one of the numerous delicatessen stalls in the main markets in town.
1. Panini with lampredotto
The most distinctive Florentine street food is something that may sound disgusting but, believe me, once you have tasted it, you’ll want more: Panino con il lampredotto. Lampredotto is the final part of the cow’s stomach, and when it is stewed for hours, seasoned with hot red chili sauce or green parsley sauce and eaten inside a delicious Italian sandwich dipped in the broth, you just have to close your eyes and taste the flavors of Tuscany. The best places to find lampredotto are in Via Gioberti, Piazza Tanucci, San Frediano, and in two small villages near Florence, Grassina and Antella.
2. Frittelle di riso
Frittelle di riso (rice fritters) is another typical Italian food you can find along the streets of Florence: they are usually made for the feast of St. Joseph on 19th March, the day in which Italians celebrate Father’s day. The ingredients are: rice, milk, sultanas, pine nuts, eggs, rum, lemon zest, which give the fritters a delicious flavor you can smell from a long distance!
3. Panini with porchetta
You can also taste a tantalizing range of cheeses and cold cuts, and don’t forget to try a sandwich with porchetta, slices of a small pork which is roasted whole, heavily salted and stuffed with garlic and spices. Mercato Centrale in the heart of San Lorenzo is the ideal place to find a great number of delicatessen, and also to have a chat with very loquacious Italian vendors!
Photo of Florence food stall originally posted by phototram