Do you love pizza? Of course you do, who doesn’t? Just admit it, whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, paleo, pescatarian or whatever else you could possibly identify as, you most definitely love pizza in all of its forms. Aside from pizza, you probably also love burgers (more or less), in all of its shapes and sizes. For all of you vegans and non vegans alike, I have found the perfect location in Florence to indulge in these mouth watering treats. Also, if you’re looking for something a bit healthier, this place also offers several fresh pressed juice stands, salad stands, and more.
Welcome to Mercato Centrale Firenze, a.k.a. Florence’s famous Central Market. By day the downstairs portion of the completely indoor market is home to local food vendors as well as vendors from several places around the globe, each offering their delectable delights. Local vendors produce fresh pasta right in front of your eyes, while fruit and vegetable vendors offer only the freshest foods of the season. Vendors from different parts of Italy sell their fresh olive oils, spices, balsamic vinegars and truffles. It is the perfect place to do your grocery shopping, however the downstairs portion of the market closes by 2pm each day.
If you happen to find yourself stumbling upon the market near 2pm and begin to see the vendors packing up downstairs, have no fear because the mini restaurants upstairs are open all day and night. They each offer contrasting cuisine ranging from pizza to sushi and everything in between.
By night this location portrays an atmosphere that is suitable for those on the hunt for a nice glass of wine and a classy meal, as well as those searching for a casual Peroni and pizza. Mercato Centrale is one of my favorite places, and in my opinion should be at the top of anyones to-do list in Florence.
(Picture via: Insidecom SRL)
Veg & Veg:
About: Vegan and vegetarian burger vendor. Also sells soups and create your own salad bowls. Soup of the day always changes, and ingredients are all clearly written out in english. They offer a variety of fresh pressed juices and smoothies.
Pros: Affordable, speak english, healthy, vegan, vegetarian, great food, menu is easy to read, great place for non-vegans and vegetarians as well, can modify to suit dietary needs.
Soup is served in a bread bowl (yay), salad is served in a tortilla crust. Ingredients are clearly stated. Clear images of food so you know what to expect.
Image left: soup and salad
Image below: each burger
Cons: Short menu, small stand so there is a long wait when it’s busy, don’t serve water. Other than that it’s great.
Images of food:
Below are images of the Popeye burger. It was very good. The sauce was a bit on the sweet side so if you prefer all savory, do no get this one. Otherwise, it was good.
(Picture via: ioamofirenze.it)
About: Best marinara pizza (pizza without cheese) and margherita pizza in Florence. Each pie ranges from 8-10 Euros depending on what you get. They have an upstairs seating area if you don’t want to sit amongst a crowd of others also eating in the market.
Pros: Offer vegan pizza (a.k.a. pizza without cheese), friendly staff, affordable, customizable pizza, english speaking staff, english menu, seating area, suitable for vegans and non vegans.
Cons: Slightly on the pricey side for pizza. You can get pizza elsewhere in Italy for about 5 euros. Other than that, it was good.
Picture above: Marinara pizza. It is served with olives, oregano and fresh garlic.
Visit Mercato Centrale, find your own favorites, and comment about them below. For now try the ones I’ve mentioned above, it will only be the veganing.