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Posted on September 28, 2016 in Places to Eat


I read about this place on a few different sites so I was curious to see what all the hype is about. Just literally 2 steps away from the Duomo in Florence, this is an excellent location for a quick lunch or snack when you're on the go. No seating available, this shop is about the size of my closet!

In Italian the word "toast" has been adopted to refer to an anonymous grilled sandwich, typically filled with ham and cheese. The name I' Tosto is a Tuscan take on this English word, as it would be pronounced in the local dialect.

I stopped by and loved their menu hanging out on the wall outside with 16 different kinds of sandwiches, all with creative mixes of ingredients! For someone who has been living in Italy for the past 20 years, I can really appreciate this shop for its non-Italian interpretation of the sandwich -- large and filling as opposed to the more humble classic Italian panini which take 2 or 3 of to fill up your tummies. For a very reasonable 5 or 6, you get a hearty "toast" on extra large slices of daily-baked bread (you can even pick between white, whole wheat or multigrain!) packed with whatever fillings you crave, from sausages and eggplants to turkey and scrambled eggs. There is even a vegan sandwich with grilled veggies and soy cheese! And for that sweet craving there are sweet "toasts" at only 3 with peanut butter and jelly, nutella or honey and walnuts.

For the American in me, they also had one of my favorites: scrambled eggs and bacon! Unfortunately though, I' Tosto is still typically Italian in one doesn't open until 10am so grabbing that bacon and egg sandwich on the way into the office won't be feasible unless you get in late. In Italy breakfast is still strictly limited to cappuccino and pastries -- hearty sandwiches so early in the day would be a terrible Italian faux pas!

Toasteria Espressa Fiorentina
Via dei Servi 8/R, Florence (20 meters from the Duomo)
Tel: +39-055-051-5280

Delivery service available at lunchtime

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