Are you a food-junkie in Florence who doesn’t always want to cook and have a wallet on a special diet? If yes, welcome to the club – this post is for you! Here are 5 tasty meals under £5 in Florence, Italy!
1. All’Antico Vinaio’s Panini (Via Dei Neri 74/R)
This lively place is known to make the best panini in Florence! Whether one agrees or not, they always have a crowd of eager tourists and friendly pigeons hovering outside the shop for a taste. The staff is out-going and fun, and the £5 panini are the size of two palms combined! I personally loved the roasted-pork panino I had a few weeks ago. (*cough* Professor, notice I said “panino” instead of “panini” for the singular. *cough*) The place have no seating aside from a bench outdoor so many people take their panini to-go or eat them on the sidewalk with the pigeons. I recommend this place!
2. Kebab Babilonia’s Piadina Piccola (Via Dei Neri 73)
I eat this way more often than I really should! The small piadina costs £4 and it will surely satisfy your tummy! Chicken, french fries, tomatoes, onions, lettuce and chilli paste all wrapped in one heavenly piadina – this meal will not disappoint you. The shop is located right across the street from the famous All’Antico Vinaio so it is usually overlooked during day-time BUT it opens late (I’m talking 4AM) when all the shops are closed, so it makes a great place to crash after a late night out. They have a few seats inside the narrow shop for those who refuse to sit on the sidewalk and eat like many other Via-Dei-Nerians. There are many other similar kebab shops in Florence but I write about this one because it is on my street!
3. Xing Wang’s Noodles (Via Degli Alfani 26R)
I recently discovered this super affordable place. Everything on the menu is under £5, and they all come in decent portions. The fried noodles with shrimp, chicken and vegetables, pictured above, only costs £3! Aside from the noodles, they also have fried rice, spring rolls and other tasty food that can be found at a typical Chinese restaurant. You can sit-in at this restaurant which is always a plus. Great place!
4. Gusta Pizza’s Pizza Margherita (Via Maggio 46R)
Located on the “other-side” of the Arno River, 5 mins away from Ponte Santa Trinita, this pizza shop attracts many tourists and locals with its freshly made pizzas. The basic Pizza Margherita, pictured above, costs £5. Bring a pen with you to the pizza shop because you can write your name on your order receipt and leave it beneath the clear table tops for memory-sake. You can sit-in at this place although every time I went, it was really crowded so I always took my pizza to-go. Recommended!
5. Master Chips’s Small Fries With Wrustle Sausages (Via Nazionale 22)
Served in a paper cone with a stick, these Amsterdam fries and wrustle sausages taste DIVINE when paired with snack sauce! The fries come in three different sizes: small for £2.50, medium for £3.50 and large for £4.50. If you ask me, I would say small is a more-than-enough portion and would recommend adding the wrustle sausages which will cost you £1 more. The staff is great and the location is very convenient since it is near Santa Maria Novella Station. Obsessed!
I hope you get a chance to try these meals! Let a sista know if you have any other recommendation.