SU Abroad: Florence’s Best Paninis

By Tess Berger

If you’re feening for a salty, creamy, crunchy panino but don’t have the time between class to wait in the never-ending line at All’Antico Vinaio, don’t stress. Florence is filled with yummy sandwich shops from the city center all the way to the outskirts of town. From build-your-own delis near campus to hidden gems with unique fillings, here’s where to go for a satisfying lunch — or, pranzo in Italian — that won’t break the abroad bank. 


Semel by Greedy Guts

Semel: Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti, 44

Distance from SU Florence: 20 minutes

Located right next to the Sant’Ambrogio market, Semel flaunts some of Florence’s most interesting paninis for just €4. From bologna and sautéed broccoli rabe to pear and herring, you’ll keep coming back to find out what cool combo Chef Marco whips up next. If you’re not in a rush, grab a €1 wine glass, stick it in one of their cute wine cubbies, and chat with the locals at their standing bar.



Semel by Girl in Florence


UnCaffe by Indie Travel Podcast


Un’Caffe: Via Cesare Battisti, 3

Distance from SU Florence: 10 minutes

This is a great spot halfway between campus and the Duomo, right around the corner from the Galleria dell’Accademia. It’s the perfect place to grab a bite after admiring Michelangelo’s David. This place is full of options: Un’Caffe has a set menu full of delicious sandwiches, but you can also choose to build your own. If you’re not too hungry, they’ll make you a half sandwich, and you can choose to have it hot or cold. Bonus: their playlist is fire.


Punto Simply Market: Via Degli Artisti, 28

Distance from SU Florence: 3 minutes

This little supermarket is located behind campus and has everything you need for a nice lunch in the piazza — paninis, fresh fruit, cookies, and the all-important wine juice boxes. Head to the back and stuff your schiacciata (what Florentines call focaccia bread) with a variety of meats, cheeses, and spreads. My go-to was pesto, thinly-sliced salty zucchini, prosciutto, and stracchino, which is essentially the creamy insides of burrata cheese. The deli also has homemade to-go pasta and a variety of hot dishes like lasagna and roasted potatoes.


Antica Bottega del Pane by Foursquare


Antica Bottega del Pane: Via Frà Bartolommeo, 18

Distance from SU Florence: 3 minutes

As soon as I discovered this deli, it became my number one spot. Not only are the paninis to die for, the staff is so friendly and helpful. Ordering is easy because they have a list of all the fixings and their prices: at least a dozen meats, plenty of cheesy options and veggies to keep it fresh — you could get something different every day. Make sure you try the mortadella — it’s cheap and delicious.


L’Antico Noé 


L’Antico Noè: Volta di S. Piero, 6/8/r

Distance from SU Florence: 20 minutes

Hidden under an old archway, L’Antico Noè is a quintessential abroad student panini shop — but that doesn’t mean it’s a tourist trap. Locals and visitors alike gather here for filling paninis and larger dishes like pasta. You can order a sandwich at the counter, or kick back on the patio. All the sauces are delectable, but you must try the rosé and walnut sauces. My personal favorite sammy? The “#9”: Roasted turkey, caramelized onions, brie and spicy sauce — but I swap out the spicy for the rosé. If you’re not in Florence, check out their location in Manhattan.


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