Florence is known for its incredible cuisine (We’ll take you there). But if you’re looking for a great meal, then panini is it. It’s Italy’s answer to the old-fashioned “sandwich”. The dish comes perfectly salty, crunchy, and packed with fresh, local ingredients.
Panini is a great way for us to enjoy a quick, tasty meal while on the go. Keep in mind that paninis are lighter than other versions, and usually have only two or three ingredients. They’re not trying to be stingy; they just want you to enjoy the Italian way.
Remember, one is a piano. Panini is made up of two or more panini. No, you wouldn’t order “one panini please!” (Except for Italy). Many panini shops do not accept credit cards so bring cash.
These are some of our top picks for a panini in Florence. You can order and eat on-the-go, or take your panino to a piazza or park. Or, you can sit down at traditional panniers for a relaxing meal.
All’Antico Vinaio is a great choice. It welcomes you with its friendly atmosphere and mouthwatering cured meats. This is why it’s ranked as the best restaurant of Florence by Tripadvisor.
Are you overwhelmed by all the options? You can tell the owners what you prefer and they will make you a sandwich. Don’t forget to order a glass of wine!
All’Antico Vinaio is located on Via dei Neri 65, close to the Uffizi Gallery.
Semel, a type of bread roll made of crunchy bread, is located in the middle part of town across from Sant’Ambrogio’s food market.
It also offers some of the most delicious and interesting paninis around. There are many options for meats, including duck, donkey, and pork. However, you can always be sure that the sauce is superb and that the meat will be perfectly cooked. Vegetarian? You can also expect lots of delicious vegetable options!
Semel can be found on Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti44/r in Sant’Ambrogio.
You are looking for a panino that will captivate and dazzle, starting in 1885? You might also like one that has a strong truffle flavor. A truffled panino, yes! These tiny little bite-sized pieces of gourmet heaven are perfect for after a day spent cruising around San Lorenzo’s market or the high-end shops along Via de’ Tornabuoni.
Procacci offers a close feeling to tea–in this instance wine time–since sandwiches are small, you can choose from a full plate of 4, 5, or more. Try a few different combinations, then return for more. Don’t worry, we won’t judge!
Procacci is located at Via de’ Tornabuoni 64, close to Palazzo Strozzi.
I’Trippaio di San Frediano
It’s time to cross the Arno River and the Oltrarno. (Don’t forget our post on great reason not to miss the Oltrarno District!) Get a taste of Florence’s “authentic” side. Grab a sandwich from I’Trippaio di San Frediano while you’re there. This paninoteca serves hot food at an affordable price.
Are you feeling adventurous? You might be feeling adventurous. It’s traditional… delicious! The spicy sausage with lots of vegetables is a great choice if you are looking for a savory substitute. You can’t go wrong with either!
I’Trippaio di San Frediano is located in the middle of Piazza de’ Nerli near Piazza Santo Spirito.
This paninoteca is a must-see if you are near the Stadio Artemio Franchi soccer stadium in Le Cure. Scheggi was established in 1952 and is well-known for its delicious panini.
They are also famous for the delicious sandwiches that they serve to the Fiorentina soccer league’s most prominent soccer players. You can also order a panino in purple to show your team pride!
Scheggi can be found on Viale dei Mille, 1/c/r.
Take a look at our Florence Food Tour to learn more about the best food and restaurants in Florence.