The growth of the vegetarian movement is astonishing. Twenty years ago, the word was virtually unknown, so when it was announced you were vegetarian, the barrage of questions seemed unending… foreign? Not any longer. Strange how much things change in a short 20 years.
Today though, it is so common that in most countries and cities in the U.S. and abroad, you can dine like a king or queen on some of the best vegetarian food available anywhere. Italy is no exception, and with their well known culinary expertise, it’s likely you’ll feel like you have dined and gone to heaven.
Italy is such an amazing country – nearly every place you visit is steeped in history and art – the landscapes display fields of fresh crops, and rows and rows of some of the most spectacular gardens imaginable.
It definitely has it’s mind on growing fresh food in the most unusual places – as is evident in the hillsides and in the unique terrain used. Its as if each piece of land is usable to grow something – anything, regardless of the unusual geography.
Hills are full of fruit trees, and rows and rows of veggies, and lots of grape vines. Yes, Italians love their vino!
Its no wonder that finding a great veggie eatery is so easy in Florence, the city well known as the birthplace of Michelangelo and the home of his ‘David’.
Here are some of Florence’s more popular vegetarian and vegan cafés and restaurants:
Via San Gallo 92r – 50129 Firenze
- Anyone who enters for the first time at the Dolce Vegan does not believe their eyes! All the pastries are without milk and eggs and sugar….. But Sweet Vegan as well as being the first vegan bakery offers a different menu every day for lunch and dinner.
- Incredibly light and tasty vegetable specialties, seasonal vegetables, pasta, bread and cake of production.
Customer review: Dishes and containers [are] biodegradable corn for consumption on site and carry out. Why not save the animals, the environment and our health without sacrificing the pleasures of good food? Try it!
Via delle Ruote 30r, Firenze.
- Since 1981, a point of reference for those who want to eat vegetarian and genuine in the center of Florence!
- Our menu is different every day, is not large (we offer a choice of 3 / 4 as many first and second), and draws on both the Tuscan and Italian tradition in general, that the ethnic cuisine of various countries.
- We use only fresh ingredients and cooked specifically for the various dishes (from the beginning we decided not to use frozen and stored!
Customer review: The system is quirky, the surroundings simple, the food fresh, tasty and bursting with goodness. This place is extremely popular and deservedly so.
via dei vagellai 18r, Firenze
This incredible place not only serves vegan and vegetarian food, but is also a library (Libreria).
- The menu offers vegetarian and vegan diets, which may vary depending on the season. Some of the products used for the preparation of the dishes are of biological origin, or administered from local farms.
- The BRAC houses collections and bibliographic paper devoted to contemporary arts.The space-time period investigated was due to last two decades. Within the library you can browse and / or purchase (taste and / or eat) books on architecture and design, photography, cinema, video art, theater, dance, illustration and graphic design, painting, sculpture, arts permormative, comics.
Customer review: It offers home atmosphere, tasty vegan and vegetarian meals, presented and cooked personally by Sacha. You can enjoy the library with a book or have a delicious meal. The yard turns into local talents performance scene on selected weekdays giving the place an artistic, alternative trend. Try the vegan pasta – it was the best I had ever tasted.
Via Luigi Carlo Farini, 1-3/r, Firenze
Local and very cozy, candlelight and soft music create a romantic atmosphere, especially the furniture and walls burgundy warm.
- Sedano Allegro, vegetarian restaurant in Florence since 1990. The family-run restaurant offers its guests for over twenty years. Vegetarian in a kitchen in which the vegetables are well cooked by chef Virgil, who together with his sons Sri Hari and Alexander offer delicious dishes following the seasonality and quality of products available.
- The idea of vegetarian food born from the desire to adopt a power plant where proteins, especially given the seitan and vegetables, replace the animals very well.
Customer review: I went to Il Sedano Allegro with my wife three times when we were in Florence recently. The food we had was all quite good, and the owners are a charming, very friendly older couple. This really is a family-run restaurant. I highly recommend this place to any veg*n visiting Florence. The food is great, and the owners are wonderful.
Whether you are vegetarian or not, it’s always a good idea to leave animals off your plate a few times a week, just like the doctors suggest! Here are some great places in which to do that – and still not miss a spectacular or palate pleasing meal!