Mercato Centrale

Mercato Centrale, Florence: Address, Mercato Centrale Reviews: 4.5/5

Mercato Centrale
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Flea & Street Markets
About
Open-air market that has a cast-iron structure dating back to 1874, which offers a variety of food shops catering to local residents and restaurants.
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The area
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Neighborhood: Florence Historic Center
How to get there
  • Alamanni-Stazione Santa Maria Novella • 7 min walk
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ItalianLoveAffair
Toronto, Canada73 contributions
Food court on the top floor - don’t miss it!
Oct 2021 • Solo
GO UPSTAIRS! They have a food court that is fire. I had the best pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) in Florence at the pizzaria up there in the food court. The Mercato is awesome for Italian delicacies and ingredients if you have an apartment. But it seemed a lot less lively after the virus.
Written October 16, 2021
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Suzanne D
Phoenix, AZ62 contributions
Food and more fresh food
Oct 2021 • Solo
I enjoyed my visit at the market.
There were several stalls open with a great selection of food - pasta, seafood, meats, deserts, street food, etc. There was even a culinary school on the premise.
Social distancing was enforced. I was even ask by a police officer to show my Covid Card.
The prices were reasonable, the food fresh - they prepare in front of you.
There was live piano music.
I went around 9pm, on a week day. It was a bit crowded, but there were enough tables for everyone.
I highly recommend especially if you're with a group or want to try a variety of food.
Written October 15, 2021
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yasmineyvonne
Hitchin, UK92 contributions
Not the Best
Oct 2021 • Couples
I knew this was a risk due to mixed reviews, however after landing at quite a late hour, with this being open till midnight I thought we’d take the chance. I do feel slightly let down. After advertising they are open till midnight, a lot of the vendors start to shut down from around 10pm - this was quite disappointing. Of the dishes we did have the pizza was delicious as was the cannoli (you must try these if you go!!) there was a pasta stall which I had high hopes for, however I didn’t get the dish I ordered and the chef absolutely thought I wouldn’t notice - got the feeling he just couldn’t be bothered due to the amount of time till closing. Would also recommend the truffle tapas. I probably wouldn’t bother going back there again, I’ve heard it’s so touristy and full during lunchtime hours so that’s why I wanted to avoid those times but equally the evening just lacked any atmosphere. Deffo better places out there
Written October 10, 2021
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Chris B
Arlington, VA134 contributions
A bit overrated
Sep 2021
The Mercato was interesting to visit, particularly to see the displays that the vendors have set up to show off their produce. It must be time consuming but really nice to see.
As for some of the food vendors there, their products were not really that special. I tried some of the pizza and frankly, it was greasy and pretty tasteless. The gelato I had wasn't that great either.
It's a nice place to visit but there are much better places to eat in Florence.
Written September 30, 2021
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Kyeyune
Kampala, Uganda34 contributions
Has everything
Jul 2021
If you're looking for particular local foods, you will most likely find them here, very fresh.
If you want to go shopping for fresh food, this is your place.
Written September 19, 2021
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Adam G
3 contributions
Avoid the Tosca restaurant.
Sep 2021 • Couples
We visited the market for lunch and it was very busy. Mostly tourists. We ate at Tosca: poor quality food, slow and uninterested service, wine was undrinkable. Maybe our experience would have been better if we tried another place. Avoid Tosca.
Written September 19, 2021
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DudeWithGlasses
Los Angeles, CA333 contributions
Nice Place Holder when in between events
Jun 2021
Pretty cool place to visit. I love a good market. Plus, there were street vendors around the building. Great way to kill some time.
Written September 9, 2021
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Marek V
Bratislava, Slovakia6 contributions
Incredibly tasty pizza.
Aug 2021 • Solo
It is necessary to recommend visiting the Mercato Centrale if you want to eat a delicious food (pizza in my case) for an affordable prices. Staff have been very nice and polite and have spoken english quite fluently which is an huge advantage. It is in walking distance from Cappelle Medicee and train station Santa Maria Novella.
Written September 3, 2021
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JKS
Florence, Italy36 contributions
Excellent Pizza
Aug 2021
Went to Mercato Centrali for one of the best pizzas I have found in Florence. This one had taleggio cheese with a very pungent pepper/tomato/vinegar sauce. The sausage was a rough ground pork, a very interesting difference in texture versus the leopard skin crust. I ate all but 2 bites. I had to show my vaccine certificate for the first time. Masks on when you get inside.
Written August 28, 2021
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stevenenhilde
Antwerp, Belgium852 contributions
nice but not covidproof
Jul 2021
Mercatos are always fun. Now - in COVID-times- we didn't have a safe feeling. It was very crowded and no organisation.
Written August 8, 2021
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