Vico del Carmine
Via Pisana 40-42R, Florence, 50143
- Recommended for:
- Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Foodies, No fuss, People watching
Expert review of Vico del Carmine
Done out as a typical Neapolitan side street (‘vico’) complete with washing hanging out to dry, this place gets my vote for the best pizza in town. It comes with the sort of noisy, crowded atmosphere that you would find in a similar place in Naples, but that just makes it feel more authentic. Don’t risk what I’ve often tried to do and trek out here without booking; there’s always a queue outside the door.
The pizzas come Neapolitan style with a puffy, light crust and are baked in an authentic pizza oven; ingredients are strictly sourced from the Campania region (the quality of the tomatoes and the mozzarella are fundamental to a good pizza, as is the flour), along with most of the wines. There are also pasta and fish dishes, although most of the punters come for the pizza.
My favourite pizza is the unpronounceable ‘a chiummenzana’ which has a folded over crust stuffed with ricotta and a base covered with cherry tomatoes and smoked scamorza cheese.
Noisy and crowded; it could almost be the real thing.
Rushed and rather brusque: the owner is notoriously un-simpatico.
it is a five-minute walk west of the old city gate of Porta San Frediano just south of the river.
A pizza and a beer here will cost around 18 euros; you’ll pay considerably more if you go for the fish dishes.
More information on Vico del Carmine:
- Price guide:
- Pizzeria, Restaurant
- Italian, Pizza, Traditional
- Via Pisana 40-42R, Florence, 50143
- 055 233 6862
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat 7-11pm. Closed Sundays.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential