Vico del Carmine

Price guide: Mid-range

Via Pisana 40-42R, Florence, 50143

Price guide: Mid-range

Vico del Carmine

By Nicky Swallow, your Florence expert

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#23 of 25
expert-rated restaurants in Florence
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
3.9
3.9
Location:
3.9
3.9
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Foodies, No fuss, People watching

Expert review of Vico del Carmine

Noisy, crowded and fun, this Neapolitan restaurant serves one of the best pizzas in Florence.

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.

Food and drink: 

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.

Recommended dishes: 

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.

Ambience: 

Noisy and crowded; it could almost be the real thing.

Service: 

Rushed and rather brusque: the owner is notoriously un-simpatico.

Location: 

it is a five-minute walk west of the old city gate of Porta San Frediano just south of the river.

Price advice: 

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:
Mid-range
Type:
Pizzeria, Restaurant
Food:
Italian, Pizza, Traditional
Address:
Via Pisana 40-42R, Florence, 50143
Telephone:
055 233 6862
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 7-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

Have you been to Vico del Carmine? Would you recommended it?