Procacci

Price guide: Budget

Via de'Tornabuoni 64R, Florence, 50123

Price guide: Budget

Procacci

By Nicky Swallow, your Florence expert

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#15 of 25
expert-rated restaurants in Florence
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.8
4.8
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Mature travellers, People watching, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Procacci

A classic Florentine stop-off for prosecco and truffle sandwiches.

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.

Food and drink: 

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.

Ambience: 

It's retro and often full at lunchtime and in the early evening with a mix of smart shoppers, business people and tourists.

Service: 

The staff are gracious and respectful. 

Location: 

It's bang in the middle of Via Tornabuoni, near Palazzo Strozzi.

Price advice: 

A prosecco and a panino tartufato costs around 6 euros, but I can never stop at just one.

Tables to book: 

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:
Budget
Type:
Café, Deli, Wine bar
Food:
Italian, Snacks
Address:
Via de'Tornabuoni 64R, Florence, 50123
Telephone:
055 211 656
Serves:
Lunch
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 10.30am-8pm. Closed Sundays and August.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible

Have you been to Procacci? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

The truffle cream sandwiches and a glass of prosecco are the perfect way to cap off a wonderful day of wandering the streets of Firenze!