Via de'Tornabuoni 64R, Florence, 50123
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Mature travellers, People watching, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of Procacci
This is one of the few corners of Old Florence to survive the designer store takeover of Via Tornabuoni and is a favourite early evening stop-off of mine. The bar-come-deli still sports its original 19th-century wood-panelled décor (it was founded in 1885), marble-topped counter and a retro, rather genteel atmosphere that makes a perfect setting for a glass of prosecco and several of the minute truffle cream-filled sandwiches for which Procacci is so famous.
The recipe for the truffle cream that goes into these miraculous little paninis is a heavily guarded secret but boy, are they good! Other equally diminutive sandwiches include butter, anchovy and smoked salmon and there is also a choice of quiche, cheeses and the odd pate. In truffle season (October-December), the earthy, extravagant tubers arrive fresh every morning at around 10am and are best grated over a pile of buttery tagliatelle. Heaven! Now owned by aristocratic local wine producers Antinori, drinks here are limited to prosecco, wines (mostly Antinori) and, strangely, tomato juice. I said it was an old-fashioned sort of place.
It's retro and often full at lunchtime and in the early evening with a mix of smart shoppers, business people and tourists.
The staff are gracious and respectful.
It's bang in the middle of Via Tornabuoni, near Palazzo Strozzi.
A prosecco and a panino tartufato costs around 6 euros, but I can never stop at just one.
You can’t book them, but there are a few small tables if you want to linger with your prosecco and a newspaper (which come mounted on those old-fashioned wooden frames).
More information on Procacci:
- Price guide:
- Café, Deli, Wine bar
- Italian, Snacks
- Via de'Tornabuoni 64R, Florence, 50123
- 055 211 656
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat 10.30am-8pm. Closed Sundays and August.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible