Say Hello to the Newly Renovated First Floor of the San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze

After only five months of heavy renovation, the first floor of the Mercato Centrale Firenze is about to open it’s doors. The total investment amounted to more than 5 million Euros and will, when fully implemented create over a 170 jobs. Yeah jobs!

San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze

Anteprima – Sneak Preview

Here is a sneak preview of what you will find in the newly renovated 1° floor of the San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze.

This multifunctional space of over 3,000 square meters not only offers top quality food and wine, but offers a space for cooking classes, a bookstore and even a bank, just to name a few! I have listed out everything you will find inside the new Mercato Centrale Florence.

Il Mercato Centrale: The Main Botteghe (Shops)

    San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Chianti Classico

  1. Vino (Wine): L’Enoteca del Chianti Classico
  2. San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Mozzarella di Bufala

  3. Mozzarella di Bufala: La Mozzarella di Bufala Campana
  4. San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - i Formaggi

  5. I Formaggi (Cheese): Casa del Parmigiano di Franco Parola
  6. San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Pasta Fresca

  7. La Pasta Fresca (Fresh Pasta): Raimondo Mendolia
  8. San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Il Pane e Pasticceria

  9. Il Pane e La Pasticceria (Bread & Pastries): David Bedu, Silvia del Priore, Giovanna Iorio, Domenico Montano – PANK La Bulangeria
  10. San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Il Cioccolato e Il Gelato

  11. Il Cioccolato e Il Gelato (Chocolate & Gelato): The Chocolate Passion Project di Cristian Beduschi
  12. San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Il Pesce Fresco

  13. Il Pesce Fresco (Fresh Fish, Molluscs & Sea Shellfish): Pescheria Rosellini
  14. San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Carne

  15. La Carne e I Salumi (Meat from Italian Poultry/Cattle & Cured Meats from Cinta Senese Pork): Azienda agricola Savigni di Nicolò Savigni
  16. San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Il Fritto e Le Polpette

  17. Il Fritto e Le Polpette (Battered/Fried Delicacies, Coccoli & Meatballs): Marco Rosi e Paolo Soderi
  18. San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Frutta & Verdura

  19. La Frutta e Le Verdure (Fruit, Vegetables, Dried Fruit & Plant/Vegetable Concoctions): Filippo Viana, Alessandra Camèra, Mariangela Potenza, Edgar Barreto
  20. Il Lampredotto (Lampredotto Sandwiches): Lorenzo Nigro
  21. I Tramezzini (Sandwiches with homemade bread, Salad, Single Course Dishes): Amblè di Fabrizio Bodini, Barbara Fontani, Lorenzo Nardi
  22. San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Pizze

  23. Pizze (3 Delicious Pizza Choices): Sud
  24. San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Tosca

  25. Ristorante Tosca (Tuscan Cuisine à la carte): Tosca chef Giulio Capotondo
  26. Il Mercato Centrale: In Addition to the Shops

    San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Bar

  27. Il Bar Caffetteria (Coffee break): Caffè Italiano e Flò
  28. San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Birreria

  29. La Birreria (Beer): Birra Moretti
  30. Eataly (Italian Products & Kitchenware/Tools)
  31. Il Mercato Centrale: Services

    San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Cooking School

  32. La Scuola di Cucina (Cooking School): CUCINA Lorenzo de’Medici
  33. L’Enoscuola (Secrets of Wine Tasting): Luca Gardini
  34. San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Speedy Florence

  35. Le Consegne Ecologiche (Shipping Services in town, in Italy & Abroad): Simone Bastiani – Green Speedy – Speedy Florence
  36. La Libreria (Bookstore): Giunti al Punto
  37. La Banca (Bank): Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Signa
  38. Fiorentina Store (Fiorentina Soccer Store): ACF Fiorentina

Hours of Operation

Downstairs the current butcher shops, fruit & veggie vendors and the other operators will continue to work the traditional market (open from Monday to Saturday – 7:00a to 14:00pm).

The Florence Central Market upstairs will be open every day of the year except Christmas and New Year’s Day, seven days a week from 10:00am to midnight. Yes, midnight! So if you have a midnight craving for some gelato or pizza, get yourself to San Lorenzo and check out the mercato centrale.

San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Dario Nardella

Thoughts from Nardella

He ushered in the new first floor of the central market exclaiming his joy and giving thanks for this successful renovation. “We said four years ago,” said Dario Nardella, the deputy mayor of Florence, “this would be the city’s covered square, today it is a reality. A reality that was realized thanks to the quality of the food and the new work opportunities. A space given back to the city for culture, leisure, quality of life.”

San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Curry Pastry

My Favorite Things

Curry pastries were different and delicious from Il Pane e La Pasticceria. The vellutata dei radici (warm silky sauce) made with potatoes, beets and carrots with some edible flower petals. Divine! Not to mention their green smoothie made from spinach, apple, orange and carrot – healthy & tasty.

Non-food related, I thought a brilliant addition to the mix of services was the International shipping by Green Speedy. Imagine, you buy a bunch of stuff and don’t want to lug it around on your journey (let’s say 6 bottles of Chianti wine), there is this great eco-friendly delivery service run right there. Hand them your items and ship them anywhere in the world. Two thumbs up everyone!

San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze - Renovation

Public Opening Day

There are still some renovations to finish up, but the expected inauguration of the first floor of the new mercato centrale will open it’s doors to the public on April 24th. Are you excited?

San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale Firenze

Mercato Centrale Florence

Mercato Centrale Florence proposes a perfect spot where you can buy food and enjoy it on the spot, with 500 seats to choose from and free wifi to entice you to stick around. Mark your calendars and go check it out!

What are you looking forward to tasting or trying out? If you go, leave me a message and let me know what you think.

loading map - please wait...

mercato centrale 43.776530, 11.253449

San Lorenzo – Central Market

Piazza del Mercato Centrale
Downstairs: Monday to Saturday – 7:00a to 2:00pm
Primo Piano (first floor): Everyday – 10:00a to midnight

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *