The Central Market in Florence, which in a few years has become a real institution for lovers of good food, is frequented by tourists but also by Florentines who appreciate the quality and variety of what is on offer there.
Where is it possible to taste Sicilian specialities, vegan dishes, Chianina hamburgers, sushi, fresh pasta, dishes from the Tuscan tradition such as tripe and lamprey (“lampredotto”), high-quality meats, pizzas, fried food specials and artisan ice-creams, all under one roof? At the Central Market in Florence, a temple of taste located right in the city centre and housed on the first floor of the historic covered market of San Lorenzo, a magnificent example of iron and glass architecture built in 1874 from a design by architect Giuseppe Mengoni, also the author of the nearby Market of Sant’Ambrogio and the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan.
In this sort of modern agora for gourmets, in addition to the craft shops where you can shop in the usual way, you can also take a seat at the large convivial tables and enjoy one of the many specialities that are prepared there on the spot. In a territory such as that of Florence, which is famous for the genuineness and quality of its dishes, the aim has been to protect consumers to the maximum: all the operators at the Central Market in fact sign a quality specification whereby all the dishes prepared inside the market are cooked using only the raw materials on sale at the market itself. The market also holds food and wine tasting courses, book presentations and events of all kinds.