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Amazing Sandwich Shops You Must Try in Florence, Italy

Updated: Apr 24

Watching sandwich's being made at All'Antico Vinaio in Florence

Oh, Florence! Not just a feast for the eyes with its iconic architecture and rich history, but a paradise for food lovers too. While Italy is celebrated for its pizzas and pastas, Florence hides a delightful culinary secret in its quaint alleys—the world of artisanal sandwich shops. Each offers more than just a meal; they present a love affair with local flavors. Let's embark on a taste tour of Florence, where each sandwich shop weaves its own chapter in my ongoing love story with Tuscan cuisine. Some of the sandwiches are big enough to be two meals or split with someone in my opinion! Remember there are many meals in a day while on vacation in Florence.

Waiting in line for a snadwich at the famous All'antico Vinaio in Florence, Italy

1. All'Antico Vinaio: A Toast to Tradition

Nestled near the Uffizi Gallery, All'Antico Vinaio is more than just a sandwich shop; it's a culinary landmark. As a traveler who revels in the joy of eating, I find their panini to be nothing short of a celebration of Tuscan flavors. Laden with the finest local cheeses, cured meats like prosciutto and salami, and the sun-kissed richness of tomatoes, each sandwich here is a gastronomic symphony. Their "La Favolosa" is a must-try – a masterpiece of prosciutto, pecorino, and truffle cream that's utterly unforgettable. [Indulge at All'Antico Vinaio](

Looking at at sandwich from Pino's in Florence

2. Salumeria Verdi - Pino's Sandwiches: Where Heart Meets Flavor

Known simply as Pino's, this quaint spot has been a part of my Florentine escapades since the 1960s. Here, Pino, a maestro of sandwiches, crafts each panino with a generous heart and an artist's touch. The "Il Tartufo" sandwich is a testament to his craft – a luscious blend of truffle-infused pecorino and fresh ricotta, cradled in Tuscan ham. It's a culinary embrace that warms the soul. [Experience Pino's Sandwiches](

looking at an amazing Sandwich at Sandwichic in Florence

3. SandwiChic: The Chic Side of Sandwiches

A short stroll from Piazza San Marco, SandwiChic stands as a modern maverick in the traditional world of Italian sandwiches. Its chic interior mirrors the innovation in its menu. For a traveler like me, always in search of unique flavors, "The Brie-Zy Rider" is a revelation – a charming blend of brie, caramelized onions, and walnuts that dances on the palate. [Discover SandwiChic's Creations](

4. Semel: A Daily Delight

Hidden in the buzz of the Sant'Ambrogio Market, Semel is a gem waiting to be discovered. Each visit here is a new adventure, with a menu that changes daily, offering sandwiches that are as whimsical as they are delicious. Whether it's a panino with pear and pecorino or one with wild boar salami, Semel always surprises and delights.

Looking at the facade of I Due Fratellini in Florence

5. I Due Fratellini: A Bite of History

As I meander through Florence, a city that marries the old with the new, I often find myself drawn to "I Due Fratellini" – a historic nook that's been serving up tantalizing panini since 1875. This little spot, a mere crevice in the city's rich tapestry, is a testament to time-honored culinary traditions. Each sandwich here is a nod to Florence's past, crafted with the same dedication and love for decades. The "Caprese" with its fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, and fragrant basil is a classic that transports me to the heart of Tuscan summers with every bite. Stepping into I Due Fratellini is like stepping into a delicious slice of Florence's history, where each sandwich is a story waiting to be savored.

Getting a panini at Antica Porchetteria Granieri 1916 in Florence, Italy

6. Antica Porchetteria Granieri 1916: A Century of Flavor

Stepping into Antica Porchetteria Granieri 1916 is like walking through a delicious portal into Florence's past. Located in the heart of the city, this esteemed establishment has been serving up one of Italy’s most beloved street foods, porchetta, since 1916. With over a century of culinary tradition, Granieri isn’t just a sandwich shop; it's a historical landmark on the culinary map of Florence.

At Granieri, the porchetta is king. Slow-roasted to perfection, seasoned with aromatic herbs and spices like rosemary, garlic, and wild fennel, the porchetta is succulent and richly flavored, with crispy skin that crackles delightfully with each bite. Sandwiched between slices of freshly baked bread, it offers a taste experience that is both profoundly satisfying and unmistakably Tuscan.

In Florence, every sandwich shop I've discovered and cherished is not just a mere eatery; they are sanctuaries of flavor, where my cravings for authentic Tuscan cuisine are not just met but celebrated. They are intimate chapters in my ongoing love affair with Florence, each offering a unique taste and a distinct story. As you wander through this mesmerizing city, let these culinary jewels guide you to the true essence of Florentine life. Your journey through the flavors of Florence will be a vibrant tapestry of tastes, textures, and aromas, each sandwich shop a memorable stop on your gastronomic adventure.

Eating a panini at Panini and Vini in Florence

Bonus: Insider Tips for Enjoying Florence's Sandwich Scene

Local Ingredients to Look For


Dive into the heart of Tuscan culinary tradition by knowing what local ingredients to look out for. Pecorino Toscano, a sheep's milk cheese, and Finocchiona, a fennel-flavored salami, are must-tries. Incorporating knowledge about these ingredients can enrich your sandwich tasting experience and give you a deeper appreciation for the local cuisine.


Best Times to Visit


Avoid the lunch rush by visiting these popular spots in the late morning or mid-afternoon. Not only will you dodge the crowds, but you'll also have a better chance to interact with the shop owners and perhaps even get some personalized recommendations. Check out my article on what to wear in Tuscany for seasonal ideas.


Wine and Panini pairing in Florence

Pairing with Local Wines


Enhance your sandwich experience by pairing it with a glass of Chianti or Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Many sandwich shops in Florence offer a selection of local wines, and pairing your meal with the right wine can turn a simple lunch into a memorable dining experience.


Sustainable Eating in Florence


Support local and sustainable eating by choosing shops that source their ingredients from nearby farms and producers. This not only helps the local economy but also ensures you're eating fresh and environmentally-friendly meals. Whether it's Florence's pasta or panini, the city has amazing locally sourced options.


Take a Sandwich Tour


Consider booking a guided sandwich tour. These tours can offer you an insider’s look at the best spots, often hidden away from the typical tourist paths. Plus, they provide a great opportunity to learn more about Florence's food history and culture from local experts. A Florence tour is a fun and educational way to explore the city


Photography Tips


For those who love to document their travels, Florence’s sandwich shops offer picturesque settings. Capture the vibrant colors of the ingredients and the rustic charm of the shops. Early mornings provide soft natural lighting that’s perfect for food photography, and fewer people around means you can take your time to get the perfect shot.


Connect with Locals


Whether it's 3 days in Florence or a week you should engage with the locals at each shop. Many Florentines are proud of their culinary heritage and will share stories or tips about other places to visit. This interaction not only enriches your travel experience but also deepens your connection with the city.


Giotto Bell tower view in Florence

So, fellow food lovers, as you explore the enchanting streets of the city of Florence, remember to pause and indulge in these culinary treasures. Each bite is not just a meal; it's an experience, a moment of pure, unadulterated joy. Buon appetito, and may your journey through Florence sandwich shops be as richly flavored as the city's storied history. Also, don't forget the amazing Florence gelato after!🥪🍷🇮🇹


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