Top 10 budget restaurants and lunch spots in Florence, Italy

Florence’s food scene is being celebrated at its annual Taste gastro-fest from 7-9 March but year-round the best of the city’s restaurants offer innovative meals that are perfect for travellers on a budget

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This weekend, food enthusiasts will be piling into the vast, early 19th-century spaces of the Stazione Leopolda in Florence for Taste, the city’s annual gastro-fest. The event, now in its 10th year, sees producers and industry pros, plus an estimated 10,000 visitors, come from all over Italy and beyond for two-and-a-half days of tastings, round-table discussions and food chat. Tickets cost €20 (€15 if you book at and allow you to feast on free tastings of the best gourmet food Italy has to offer. Look out also for the peripheral Fuori di Taste, with gastro-events held all over the city during the weekend. Taste is open on Saturday and Sunday from 1.30pm-7.30pm and on Monday from 9.30am-4.30pm. If you can’t make this festival of food but are planning a visit to Florence, there’s no reason why you can’t still explore its food scene in depth. Here, we select 10 restaurants that are good for the tastebuds without necessarily busting your budget.

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