La Cova Tapas Bar - Spain in Florence

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again. Florence is not the best city to get your international food on, but slowly but surely the Fiorentinos are working on it. 

Literally steps away from Pitti Palace, you’ll find La Cova Tapas Bar’s tiny storefront. As the name suggests, this delightful gem of a Spanish restaurant is as authentic as it comes. Divided into two separate dining areas decorated with small details like traditional Spanish tiles and vintage Spanish film posters, guests are able to dine either in a more informal atmosphere in the front room (at the bar or on high tops), or in traditional tables in the back area. Our preference is the former, as it is a bit more airy and laid back, almost like being in Madrid on a lazy Saturday afternoon. 

 
 

The menu is fairly comprehensive for tapas lovers and ranges from pinxos that change daily (think of them as tiny bruschettas), to jamón, to Spanish cheeses and the ubiquitous croquetas and patatas bravas (which are to die for). The drinks are also on point, with freshly made – what else – sangrias, and even Spanish beers like San Miguel. And to finish off on a sweet note, the Cova team whips up desserts like crema catalana and tarta de santiago (a Galician specialty). Gracias for the addition to the Florentine scene, La Cova Tapas Bar! Olé! 

La Cova Tapas Bar, Sdrucciolo de' Pitti, 19r, no phone (they are too cool for school),

Second location in Prato.