LUXURY FOOD SHOPPING
“How nice would it be if I had this at home?” The thought of bringing back from your vacation a piece of the country you visit is a recurring thought of tourists. For this reason, we offer our help by recommending six “botteghine” where you will find high-quality products of the Tuscan tradition. In this way, you can bring a piece of Italy into your home, or more precisely in your kitchen.
A warning: if you travel by plane be careful about what you are allowed to bring with you.
Wine and truffles, name a better duo! This is what Procacci, the historical luxurious delicatessen founded in 1885, is all about. At Procacci, you can enjoy a glass of wine at the bar, while snacking on their little stuffed panini. Foie gras, truffled anchovies with butter, truffled artichoke cream, brie, caramelized onions… this is what it takes to convince you to take a look at their gourmet shop.
Via de’ Tornabuoni, 64R
This sophisticated grocery store is a stone’s throw from the Duomo and it’s even older than Procacci. The wooden interiors make you feel like you are being carried in another time period. When choosing what products to buy don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions to the staff.
Via dello Studio, 8
Eataly is a chain of grocery store/restaurants that gained incredible success all over the world. The concept of the shop is about being able to eat everything that you see on the shelves of their grocery store. Check on their website, if you are lucky you can find a cooking class taking place on the dates of your stay.
Via de’ Martelli, 22R
Rinascente 4th Floor
Rinascente is a high-end department store in Piazza Repubblica and its last floor is (in part) dedicated to Made in Italy products both sweet and salty. A personal shopper can help you prepare a Gift Box that you can bring home (or get delivered) to your beloved. After all, who doesn’t love a box of Italian delicatessen?
Piazza della Repubblica, 4
C-Bio – This small organic and sustainable supermarket is the latest child of the Picchi family, owners of the well-known Cibrèo Restaurant. At C-Bio ask for ancient Tuscan wheat flour to bake your own bread loaf. Also, check out their corner shop inside the Sant’Ambrogio Market!
Via della Mattonaia, 3A
Bottega della Frutta
It is quite different from the other shops listed as it is smaller and more rustic but don’t get tricked by its look, this place is a treasure of delicacies. Some of their best selling products are fine wine, highly sought-after craft beers and preserves for cheese.
Via dei Federighi, 31