The 3 best pizzerias in Florence

When people make a trip to Italy, eating pizza is usually somewhere on their to-do list and Florence is one of the top destinations in the country. And while Naples is the King of pizza in Italy, that doesn't mean you can't find a delicious pie during your stay in Florence. Pizza is a serious business here and there are even golden rules to follow if you are claiming to be an authentic pizzaiolo (pizza-maker) which involve the oven-type, the time allowed for the dough rising, number of years that the pizza men have apprenticed before claiming verace status and even to becoming a member of the Pizza Napoletana Association. Like wine, Italians take food seriously.Our picks may not be verace certified but they are the closest you will get to the vera pizza that originated in the bella city of Napoli:1. Caff Italiano. Here, choice is not a specialty and quality is emphasized over quality. That is why you will find only 3 pizzas on the men. And believe me, when a crust is done well, tomatoes picked right with fresh herbs and mozzarella that taste so fresh you'd swear it came straight from the dairy, you wont remember what other pizzas smothered in 13 toppings used to taste like. In fact, you will swear them off from now on. Address: Via dell'Isola delle Stinche 11/13r tel: 055 2893682. Il Pizzaioulo. In the buzzing heart of Florence near the historical Sant'Ambriogio Market, you have the closest thing to a southern Neapolitan pizza joint. Fresh mozzarella, burrata and buffalo milk mozzarella are brought in everyday from Campagna and Puglia where these cheesy wonders originate and dough is stretched and baked to perfection right in front of you in a large wood-fired oven. You must try the burrata antipasto (appetizer). Its a large piece of cheese that mostly resembles fresh mozzarella but with cream still oozing from the middle and it comes dressed with marinated tomatoes and olives. That with a diavolo pizza (spicy salami, black olives and basil) pizza- you will leave feeling as if you just died and went to pizza heaven. Address: Via Dei Macci 13R tel.: 055 2411713. Gustapizza. The family behind the gusta is a genius. This family-run establishment also operates an osteria and a panino shop and is a favored locale among Florentines, travelers, expats and Italians of all tastes and ages. They have no website, no connection to social media besides the raving reviews on tripadvisor, byvarious food bloggers, newspapers and freelancers...I wonder if he realizes his small empire is so well revered in the internet world. Here pizza is served and crafted in a Calabrese fashion and like Il Pizzaiuolo, authentic ingredients like spicy 'Nduja (spicy salami, so soft its like a paste) are shipped in from the mother Calabria land in order to make you one of the best pizzas in Florence- which depending on the mood come out shaped in a heart. Address: Via Maggio 46R near Palazzo Pitti and Piazza Santo Spirito tel:055 285068...Take a slice of Italy home with you and learn to make pizza from scratch with a cooking class by Le Baccanti!Le Baccanti Tours is a luxury travel company located in Tuscany, Italy. We have been specializing in gourmet food, wine and cultural tours of Italy for over 10 years. We pride ourselves on showing our discerning group of clients the authentic and beautiful Italy of their dreams. Contact us or visit our website to learn more.
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