Florence, although home to the traditional Italian cuisine, is exclusively known for its lampredotto and trippa. Lampredotto, also known as Lampredottai, is made up the fourth stomach of a cow. It is usually slow cooked with tomato, onion, parsley, and celery until it starts to resemble roast beef. It tastes best when served on a crunchy bun that has been soaked in broth or spicy sauce. Centuries ago, Lampredotto was known for being a peasants food. It is very uncommon to see it on a restaurant menu, but you can find it on pretty much every corner in the city center. Trippa is the edible lining of a cow’s stomach. It is commonly found in sandwiches, but you can also eat it plain. This meat is also found in other parts of the world, but is very popular in Florence!
To help you find the best of the best, Here are our top 5 Favorite places to eat Trippa and Lampredotto.
1- Trippaio del Porcellino
(Piazza Del Mercato Nuovo Corner with via Capaccio)
This stand is just a few steps away from Piazza Signoria and is considered to be one of the best in all of Florence to get lampredotto and trippa. It is a free standing cart so it is easy to spot, and never disappoints!
2- Panini e Vini
(Via di San Niccolò 69R)
This cafe is located right in the heart of San Niccolo and is a true Italian experience. The owners are extremely friendly, and genuinely warm. They are very generous with their serving sizes and have a lot to offer on their menu. They specialize in their lampredotto panini, and it is to die for!
3- Il Trippaio di San Frediano
(Piazza de’ Nerli)
This stand is located in Borgo San Frediano and is known for its outgoing and friendly owner, along with their lampredotto. THis stand has something for the entire family! Along with the Florentine sandwich they also have hamburgers, hotdogs, and sandwiches. They also have specialty glasses of wine that pair perfectly with the sandwich. A meal here will cost you about 3 or 4 euros depending on what you get.
4- Il Trippaio di Sant’Ambrogio
(Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti)
This stand is located inside of the Sant’Ambrogio market which is one of the most ancient and traditional markets in all of Florence. This is the perfect meal or snack for anyone who is looking through the market or just around town!
5- Il Magazzino
(Piazza della Passera ⅔)
This is the perfect place to grab something to eat after a long day of walking. The food is excellent and puts a twist on the classic lampredotto dishes you find in Florence. They offer Lampredotto sushi, meatballs, and ravioli, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. If you can’t decide between all the options, order them all! They offer great serving sizes and an authentic Italian atmosphere to enjoy your meal in.
by Julia Wright