Welcome back to Feasts of Florence!
This post will cover the most important meal of the day, and also my favorite meal: breakfast! Here in Florence breakfast, or colazione, is very different and much lighter. Back home while we might enjoy scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast, Italians usually eat pastries. For breakfast they might eat yogurt, fruit, a croissant, or just drink a cappuccino with bread and jam. As much as I love cappuccinos and croissants, some days you just miss brunch!
Here are two recommendations for a good breakfast spot if you miss omelets, bacon, and other American breakfast foods.
Rooster Cafe is a quaint brunch spot tucked away in the middle of Via Sant’Egidio. They’re known for their brunch specials and fresh juices and smoothies, as well as having vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. They pride themselves on using the freshest ingredients so their menu’s availability can change often.
They create US inspired meals using Italian ingredients, making Rooster Cafe loved by both tourists and locals. Something to note is that Rooster Cafe is very popular, especially with American students studying abroad. It’s a smaller location with only a few tables so if you plan on going, be sure to get there early to avoid a wait.
If you plan on going be sure to check their hours because they’re closed on Mondays.
Another popular brunch spot in Florence is Vespe Cafe. Relatively new, it was opened in 2013 by two friends, one from Florence and the other from Canada, who wanted to create Canadian brunches with healthier ingredients.
Like Rooster Cafe, they get their ingredients locally and focus on ethical practices. Their food is made daily and they change the menu seasonally to offer variety with new produce. At Vespe you can purchase reusable bags with their logo on it and even their takeout containers are made from compostable materials. The inside is a little small but they offer outside patio seating as well. Something to note is that Vespe offers free filtered water for each table and doesn’t have a cover charge; if you haven’t read my previous blog posts, read my one about differences in restaurant culture to understand why this is such a big deal.
If you enjoy juices, Vespe offers a wider variety of smoothies and juices, both blended and freshly squeezed. For dessert they offer vegan and gluten free options as well.
I hope you enjoyed this post! I gave you some brunch spots to try out on your next visit to Florence! See you next week.