Le volpi e l'uva
Enoteca Le volpi e l'uva (The fox and the grapes) is one of our favorite hidden gems not just in Florence, but in the whole of the world. The only thing that keeps this charming spot from not being completely overrun with tourists is the fact that it is tucked away in a tiny piazza just off the main tourism thoroughfare that runs from the Ponte Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti.
It really isn't all that secret - you will find it in most guide books and on many websites and Top 10 lists - but somehow it seems to maintain its sense of a being an "off the beaten path" kind of place that only certain people have knowledge of.
So what makes Le volpi e l'uva so special? Like most places in Florence that are worth pointing out, it's the wine, the food, and the people. The selection of wine is for the most part reasonably priced and has been hunted out, sometimes exclusively, by the owners (who are also the people behind the counter). You are assured to get a quality glass here at a great price - and you can also find some unique French wines (rare in Florence!). Then there is their fantastic selection of Italian and French cheeses, along with various panini, bruschetta, salamis, etc. (but keep in mind, this is an enoteca, not a full service restaurant - don't come here looking for pizza and pasta.)
All of this is served up in the friendliest manner by the small staff who are always ready to make a suggestion to the beginning wine drinker or share some interesting facts about the wine and food being served. Our favorite thing here (well, one of them!) is the "Quattro Formaggio Francese" - their selection of four French cheeses (see the photo above), that comes with some radicchio and sliced tomatoes, as well as a basket of bread. We usually add a bottle of Vouvray from France too.
If you want to while some time away in a quiet corner of Florence and enjoy something special, we highly recommend enoteca Le volpi e l'uva.
Here is a neat video of wine bars in Florence - the first one is Ciro from Le volpi e l'uva:
Le volpi e l'uva on the map: