San Lorenzo Food Market in Florence, Italy – Part 2

FoodStrolling around the San Lorenzo market soon builds up and appetite and there are some great eating places where you can take time out to get refreshed and re-feulled before heading out again to check out whatelse the market has to offer.

Da Nerbone’s – a trattoria that first opened in 1865. They only open for lunch. Here you stand in line and once you have collected your food you may or may not be lucky enough to find a seat at one of the few tables that are available, otherwise you simply stand and eat at the bar, a high marble table. Nerbone’s serve a variety of tasty home style pasta’s, stews and soups.

Fiaschetteria-Trattoria Mario – situated behind the Mercato di San Lorenzo in the Piazza Mercato Centrale. This establishment is also only open for the lunchtime trade Monday to Saturday. This place is so popular that you will always have to line up to get in, so try and get there before noon. Delicious dishes to try are the vegetable soup, Zuppa di Verdura which is service over a slice of toasted bread. And if you are a meat lover then try the Florentine steak with French fries. A particular favorite is the Braciole in Salsa which is a dish of thin beef slices pan fried in their own juices with maybe a little olive oil.

Pany Da Lory – inside the Mercato di San Lorenzo. Drop by here to find great varieties of breads, pasta, biscuits, sauces, Tuscan liver pate, Wild boar’s Ragù and wines. And if you are lucky enough to live in the area you can have the ingredients for a full Tuscan style meal delivered to your home. Each box contains not only the ingredients but also the complete cooking guide for the recipes. There are a number of different types of meals to choose from.

Food 1Trattoria Zà-Zà – situated in Mercato Centrale. Sit yourself down for a feast of Tuscan soup, pasta, crostone – large slices of bread spread with garlic and good quality olive oil, stracotto – braised beef, cacciucco (similar to bouillabaisse) Chicken ala Hunter, Tripe ala Florentine and follow any of these filling, great tasting dishes with smooth creamy chestnut torte.

These are just the very smallest sample of great eating places in the San Lorenza Markets. You will want to keep going back to sample the food, wine and sweets, and pick up fresh produce to prepare at home if you are staying longer than a couple of days.

Opening Times

The San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale is open from 7am to 2pm Monday to Saturday.

How to get there

San Lorenzo Mercato Centrate
Via dell’Ariento
San Lorenzo District

Head towards the San Lorenzo outdoor market in the Piazza San Lorenzo. The San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale is located in a large building behind this outdoor market

A great resource is providing information on San Lorenzo and a detailed history of the San Lorenzo market.


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  1. Krish says:


    I always enjoy coming to this site because you offer great tips and advice for people like me who can always use a few good pointers. I will be getting my friends to pop around fairly soon….