Our Favorite Florence Restaurants by Neighborhood: Oltrarno

The Billy Goats Gruff were onto something when they crossed the bridge to eat the sweet grass on the other side of the river. Thankfully, there aren’t any bothersome trolls when you cross the Arno river in Florence to enjoy the sweet Oltrarno restaurants! 

View of Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence taken from a grassy lawn
Head across the river and discover the many delicious delights in Oltrarno! Photo credit: Bianca Ackermann

The Oltrarno neighborhood is a vibrant spot packed with museums, historical sites, and of course bars and restaurants. To help you plan the culinary part of your day on the other side of the Arno, check out our list of the 10 best Oltrarno restaurants. 

1. 4 Leoni 

Trattoria 4 Leoni is contemporary, elegant, and definitely not your average Tuscan trattoria. Their menu is so fresh and seasonal that they have new specials daily, but evergreen menu items include typical Florentine tripe or bistecca, and their famous pear-stuffed pasta with taleggio cheese and asparagus sauce. 

2. All’Antico Ristoro di Cambi 

With a rustic but gorgeous interior, the historical All’Antico Ristorante Cambi is a must-visit Oltrarno restaurant for Tuscan food lovers. The case of cured meats and fine steaks at the entrance of this family-owned restaurant will have your mouth watering before you even reach the table.  

For the adventurous eater, try fried brain! Want something more normal and still totally Florentine? Then enjoy a perfectly grilled bistecca alla fiorentina. 

Raw steaks in a restaurant case with bowls of garnishes on the shelf above
Incredible steaks ready for the grill at Cambi. Photo credit: Cambi

3. La Pépinière 

Gluten-free and vegan eaters, rejoice! La Pépinière serves delicious and elegant meals to suit plant-based lifestyles. 

Every dish is completely organic and made with local and seasonal produce. The unique flavors at La Pépinière really must be tasted to be believed, like quinoa and vegetable meatballs. 

4. Trattoria La Casalinga 

Get a taste of the Tuscan countryside at Trattoria La Casalinga. Founded in 1963 by two friends that left the hills of Chianti Classico to open a restaurant in the big city, Casalinga is still an old school family-owned restaurant. 

Trattoria La Casalinga serves hearty pastas, beef stew, and other filling dishes to “help the mouth carry the legs,” as Nello, one of its founders, used to say. 

Overhead shot of long, wide pasta with meat sauce and herbs in a bowl against a dark background
Casalinga is one of the best places on this side of the river for hearty Florentine-style pasta dishes. Photo credit: Nicholas Grande

5. Bistrot a Modo Mio 

Located in the cool San Niccolo’ area, Bistrot a Modo Mio (Via di San Niccolo’ 48R) defines their cuisine as “International Tuscan.” Bistrot a Modo Mio is also great for the budget conscious traveler, as they offer “bite” sizes of their main dishes for just €5.  

6. Gustapizza 

No need to cross Ponte Vecchio just to get a pizza when Oltrarno restaurant Gustapizza (Via Maggio 46R) is open for business! In their wood-fired oven, Gustapizza makes quick and delicious Neapolitan-style pizzas from their signature soft dough. 

Try to arrive early, there might be a line out the door at this popular pizzeria! 

Close up of Neapolitan margherita pizza garnished with fresh basil
There’e’s no need to go all the way to Naples for incredible Neapolitan pizza. Photo credit: Rene Strgar

7. Ditta Artigianale 

Did someone say brunch? For brunch in Florence, Ditta Artigianale has you covered. 

The posh Ditta Artigianale serves artisan coffees to fuel your day sightseeing, and classic cocktails at night to help you wind down. You can even grab a bag of their specialty coffee to bring home the flavor of Florence. 

Interior of a cafe-bar in Florence in neutral colors with window seating
Ditta is the perfect stop at any time of day. Photo credit: Ditta Artigianale

8. Alla Vecchia Bettola 

Don’t be surprised if you’re the only table speaking English at this local hot spot! Alla Vecchia Bettola (Viale Vasco Pratolini 3/5/7) unabashedly serves Tuscan favorites like butter and anchovies for an appetizer or crunchy cantucci and vin santo for dessert. 

Plate of biscotti-like cookies on a table beside a bottle and a small glass of sweet wine.
Cantucci and sweet vin santo: a match made in heaven. Photo credit: Alberto 1×3

9. Il Santo Bevitore 

Taste Italian food of the 21st century at the trendy Oltrarno restaurant Il Santo Bevitore (Via di Santo Spirito 64/66). Enjoy the best of both worlds with simple Tuscan flavors served with an Instagram-worthy preparation. 

Il Santo Bevitore also has an excellent wine list, so don’t be afraid to ask for help when making the perfect pairing for your meal. 

Spaghetti served on a white plate with ground meat and fresh herbs
Incredible pasta at Il Santo Bevitore. Photo credit: Darren & Brad

10. Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina 

Plan your tour of Palazzo Pitti during the day to end your Oltrarno visit at Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina (Piazza Pitti, 16). Enoteca Pitti is great for wine lovers, as they specialize in small production, handcrafted Tuscan wines. 

Sample a flight of four wines or book a Wine Tasting Lunch or Dinner to go on a full Italian tour from your chair while overlooking the stunning Palazzo Pitti. 

Enjoy an evening full of fantastic Tuscan food and wine with us! Our Florence evening food tour will take you into our favorite wine bars and restaurants in the vibrant Oltrarno neighborhood. Bring your appetite!