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Caffè Rainer Firenze

via San Zenobi 97r - International, Vegetarian

Sweet and savoury delicacies of the Austrian cuisine are served in Florence, with a focus on artisanal methods of preparation. Caffè Rainer is an elegant café that adapts throughout the day, from breakfast – when a choice of 14 different pastries are served - through to lunch and dinner. Silvia Rabito, a Florentine originally from Padua, runs this place together with Rudolf Rainer, son of the founder of the historical Cafè Rainer in Innsbruck, who brought the flavours of his homeland to the heart of Florence after working for many years at the Cibreo restaurant. There’s free Wi-Fi and books on display for guests to browse through.

On the menu: an ever-changing choice of original dishes – choose, for example, between green (vegetarian), red and blue dishes. Specialities include the brown rice with glazed carrots, vitello tonnato (veal with a tuna sauce), piatto del rocciatore (potatoes, speck and eggs) and the cold tomato and basil cake. For lunch there’s a good choice of savoury cakes and brioches as well as a variety of schiacciata bread. Desserts deserve a special mention and range from sacher (chocolate cake) to strudels, stollen (a traditional German fruit cake) and French macarons.