This city is the real deal, from the fake and the legit Michelangelo’s David to the trashy yet beautiful stalls on the Ponte Vecchio to the awe-inspiring Gates of Paradise.

By Mario Batali
Updated May 24, 2017
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Anything Fabio Picchi does is genius; the priests’ hats (triangular sausages) are truly spectacular.

Trattoria Mario

This no-reservations, cash-only spot is my go-to at lunch for home-style Tuscan food.

Ristorante Il Latini

A classic trattoria with delightful food and a killer wine list. Sit outside in the back.

Il Santo Bevitore

It’s hip, it’s designy. It’s…just try it. I love it!

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La Giostra

Old-school, slightly ornate and always delicious.

Mercato Sant’Ambrogio

The tripe and lampredotto (stomach) sandwich is me on a sammie.

Credit: © Sofie Delauw
Credit: © Sofie Delauw