My favorite wine bar in Florence

written by Tiana Kai

I know it’s quite a commitment to say that a place is my ‘favorite’, but it’s true. I mean, don’t you have that one wine bar that always pops in your head?

There’s a place in Florence that’s that place for me and it’s called Il Santino, the little saint. It’s always the first place that pops in my head. Maybe because it’s small, smells of prosciutto and cheese, plus they serve Barbera wine. All the things I highly appreciate in life!

Il Santino wine bar

streets of Via Santo Spirito, prosciutto, cheese & wine, yes!

Il Santino wine bar

our cute little table outside our favorite Florence wine bar

Il Santino is located on Via Santo Spirito 60r, oooh, the cool side of Florence where you’ll find more locals and much less tourists!

Sadly, the New York Times included them as one of the top places in Oltrarno, meaning the other side of the Arno River part of town. This is amazing news for them, but think of my husband and me pushing our way to get in there once more people catch wind of this mecca of a wine bar. Actually, why am I even sharing this place myself!?

Side note —> They’re the same owners as Il Santo Bevitorethe drinking saint—which is next door and one of my favorite restaurants in Florence. They have amazing pasta and scallops. I love scallops!

Il Santino wine bar in Florence

brick walls always warm a place up

Il Santino wine bar in Florence

we always order the baccalà, cod

Il Santino wine bar in Florence

whipped baccalà!!!

Anyway…I’m a sucker for Il Santino’s baccalà dish, which is whipped cod and so damn tasty! Their prosciutto is amazingly tender and they have an awesome selection of cheese served with honey and toast.

The wine list is nice, not too long, but just right. There are 3-4 cute little tables along the wall, so we are talking cozy. It kind of reminds me of The Room in Miami because of the size, mood and chill factor.

My handsome man and I end up here more often than not. So, if you make your way to my favorite wine bar it’s a rule that you must invite the person who told you about this place, meaning me! 😉

Is that a deal?

18 comments

Georgette Jupe October 24, 2013 at 11:24 am

I absolutely need to check this place out! And its close to my house 🙂

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Tiana Kai October 24, 2013 at 11:28 am

Ahhh, you’ve never been, you must. Salute!

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Becky Padmore October 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I love the look of it, next time we’re in Florence I’m there 😉

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Tiana Kai October 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Yes, please, you can’t beat great quality food and wine!

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Tay Kai March 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Wow, I am going to have to check this place out! Have you ever been to Sei Divino on Borgo Ognissanti? It’s pretty awesome. I’ll have to try Santino, I’ve never been.

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Tiana Kai April 1, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Ya I actually wrote about Sei Divino on an old post, but Il Santino is much much cooler in my opinion. Both have great wine, but I love the size and ambiance of Il Santino.

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themandy August 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm

This post has me wishing the days until my trip to Florence next month will fly by. Are you still as in love with Il Santino as you were when you wrote this? It looks like an amazing spot for a food and wine obsessive like me.

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Tiana Kai August 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Yes I am in love with this place still and forever. They are really amazing and if you have time you should also try their restaurant next door at Santo Bevitore…amazing! Definitely one of the top places in Florence! Have fun and let me know what you thought!

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themandy August 31, 2014 at 10:20 pm

I will definitely be visiting Santo Bevitore as well. I see they’re open for lunch and dinner – is one better than the other? The husband and I would be glad to take you up on your deal to invite you for a drink at Il Santino! 😉

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Tiana Kai September 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Haha, that sounds like fun, you can email me at tkbrogi@gmail.com your dates since I am traveling a lot this month. Il Santo Bevitore is so amazing for lunch and dinner. Depends what you feel like: full menu or a winebar. Il Santino is usually our spot for wine and a snack before we go somewhere else for dinner, but most of the time we never leave once we sit down! 🙂

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