Le Volpi e L'Uva
Piazza de'Rossi 1, Florence, 50125
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Singles, No fuss, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of Le Volpi e L'Uva
This squeeze of a wine bar is one of my favourite early evening haunts and has a firm fan base of wine-buff regulars who come several times a week. Affable, knowledgeable owners Riccardo and Emilio seek out small, lesser known producers from all over Italy (and the odd one from beyond) with an eye to value-for-money and a constantly evolving wine list full of curiosities.
There’s a regularly changing choice of around 30 wines by the glass or bottle plus more on the shelves. These range from familiar Tuscan reds such as Chianti Classico and Rosso di Montalcino to wines from Piemonte, Sicily, Campania, Friuli and the Veneto. Only the most knowledgeable oenophile will recognise any of the labels. Delicious snacks include plates of properly-sourced cheeses and cold meats, sandwiches and a choice of melting crostone, a kind of rustic open sandwich toasted under the grill.
This is an example of a new generation enoteca; the decor is modern and bright and the wines are chalked up on a blackboard. There’s only room for about 10 people to perch on tall stools at the bar counter, but there’s more space on the terrace which is heated by infra red lights in winter.
Riccardo, Emilio and their team have an easy-going relationship with their regulars and are helpful and friendly to strangers, and always ready with advice about what wines to try.
It's tucked away in a tiny, quiet piazzetta in the Oltrarno, just behind the church of Santa Felicita and just off the main Ponte Vecchio-Palazzo Pitti tourist drag.
Wines by the glass start at 3.50 euros (for a white Arneis from Piemonte), with most coming in at between 4 euros and 6 euros. A full-blooded Brunello di Montalcino will cost 8 euros. Bottles start at around 8 euros; snacks from 5 euros.
More information on Le Volpi e L'Uva:
- Price guide:
- Wine bar
- Italian, Snacks
- Piazza de'Rossi 1, Florence, 50125
- 055 212 704
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat 11am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
- Accepts Credit Cards: