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.
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.
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).
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- People watching