Travel: Gluten Free Florence

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Florence tops many travellers’ Italy “must visit” lists and rightly so. From world famous artworks and frescoes to historic building and piazzas, the city is seriously beautiful. What’s more, for gluten free Florence visitors there is a whole world of gluten free delicacies to be discovered. So whether you are on the hunt for the best gluten free pizza or looking to cool down with a coeliac-safe gelato, you have come to the right place. Read on for my top gluten free Florence tips.

Gluten Free Florence

Where to Eat

Grom

Grom and I have had a long time love affair, starting over a decade ago when I was a hungry ERASMUS student spending a year in Padua. Since then, this excellent gelato chain has become fully gluten free. Chocolate-dipped cones, delicate biscuits and killer gelato and sorbetto flavours make this place a MUST VISIT for anyone coming to Italy. The gelato here is the best, in my opinion, and I have done some extensive taste testing in my time. Try the pistachio and fior di latte flavours and you can thank me later.

Starbene

This 100% gluten free bakery is part of a chain that can be found across Tuscany and is a very reliable pit stop for hungry gluten free travellers. I loved their gluten free spinach ricotta foccacia slice as a quick lunch on the go and their nutella-filled gluten free croissants were such a treat. However, the other gluten free cakes and the gluten free bread I tried were, I have to say, quite disappointing as they were fairly dry. I visited two different branches of Starbene and had the same views for each. Perhaps I caught them on an off day though as I have heard many other gluten free people raving about Starbene.

The chain is certainly worth a visit though as I will leave it to you to make up your own minds! They have a huge range of gluten free cakes, breads and products, making it a fantastic place for coeliacs to check out.

Quinoa

Another fully gluten free spot, this time a restaurant that has been accredited by the AIC (Italian Coeliac Society). The restaurant has a lovely open air courtyard that is set away from the bustling streets around it, quite a change from the city centre tourist humdrum. This is a great spot to grab lunch or gluten free aperitivo. The highlight of the food we tried was the gluten free fried chicken – delicious! They also offer dairy free and vegan options, plus gluten free beer and desserts galore.

Trattoria da Garibardi

Offering a huge gluten free menu and receiving rave reviews from coeliacs, this restaurant is a fab dinner spot in Florence. It is AIC (Italian coeliac society) accredited so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands. The gluten free delights on offer include fresh gluten free pasta, homemade gluten free bread, gluten free pizza and gluten free desserts.

Ciro & Sons

Feast your eyes on this burrata-topped gluten free Portofino pizza from Ciro & Sons in Florence. As soon as one of my followers on Instagram sent me a pic of her incredible gluten free pizza I knew I had to try this place! I had heard so many good things before I visited and it certainly lived up to the hype. The gluten free pizza base was EXCELLENT, definitely one of the best gluten free pizzas I have had. Ciro & Sons is safe for coeliacs as the restaurant has AIC (Italian Coeliac Society) accreditation. We were particularly impressed with the super friendly staff at this family-run restaurant. There are even gluten free desserts on offer (including homemade cheesecake), so what’s not to love.

FISHING LAB Alle Murate

Recommended to me by other coeliac travellers, this restaurant caters to gluten free diners very capably. A good spot for a swanky seafood dinner.

Pizzaman

A chain of pizzerias across Florence, Pizzaman caters for gluten free customers. The gluten free pizza dough here is also suitable for vegans and is safe for coeliacs.

Mister Pizza

Yet another coeliac-friendly pizza spot, in the centre of Florence. Mister Pizza offers a gluten free option for nearly all of its dishes. The gluten free items are prepared in a dedicated kitchen area so you don’t need to fret about cross-contamination, then served on a special coloured plate for peace of mind. Some of my Instagram followers said this was the best gluten free pizza they had ever tried. Mister Pizza can also cater for dairy free and vegan customers. There are two restaurants in Florence – one in via Pietrapiana and one in Plaza del Duomo.

Bottega Artigiana del Gusto

A fully gluten free restaurant with all sorted of delicious food available, including fresh gluten free bread and pizzas. They also serve homemade gluten free pasta and desserts – all AIC accredited of course. It’s a bit out of the centre but is a good one to visit if you have some more time to spend wandering around Florence.

Others to Try

There are also a tonne of other AIC-accredited restaurants (accredited as safe for coeliacs) in Florence, which you might want to check out, including:

  • Le Botteghe di Donatello
  • Giannino in S. Lorenzo
  • Lorenzo de’ Medici
  • Osteria Cipolla Rossa
  • Il Desco Bistrot
  • La Cucina del Garga
  • La Gratella
  • La Cocotte
  • Caffetteria Raffaella – Tapinassi Bar
  • La Capanna
  • B Roof c/o Grand Hotel Baglioni
  • Antica Gelateria Fiorentina
  • Hostaria Il Desco
  • Ti Do Una Pizza
  • Bacca Rossa
  • I Tarocchi
  • Cammillo
  • L’OV – L’Osteria Vegetariana
  • La Pèpinière
  • I’ Pennatini Bio
  • Pasticceria Gualtieri

McDonalds

If you get fed up of pizza or Italian food (surely impossible??) and fancy a quick gluten free burger, McDonalds in Italy offers gluten free buns. It is accredited by the AIC and the buns are safe for coeliacs.

Where to Stay

Hotel Brunelleschi

On our most recent trip to Florence we were kindly hosted by the beautiful Hotel Brunelleschi. The hotel cater wonderfully for coeliac and gluten free guests, even providing a gluten free mini bar. Check out my amazing breakfast in the pic below! Staff are very aware of safe preparation (my toast was prepared separately in the kitchen) and they provided a huge array of Schar products for me to choose from. The hotel itself comprises Florence’s oldest tower and is a a fantastic mix of historic buildings and modern comforts. Read more about our stay here.

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Safe travels! x

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