Yesterday I had a plate of homemade tortellini in a fresh meat sauce. The ingredients -- veal, cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes -- were simple and classic. And the pasta was perfect. We shared a plate of regional cheeses and meats (salami toscano, mortadella, pecorino romano, prosciutto crudo) served with crusty Tuscan-style bread. And, of course, we had a glass of the house wine, too. Everything was fresh. Everything was locally produced. And it all tasted fantastic.
If you aren't in the mood for a sit-down meal (or if the place is full, as is often the case), they also do freshly made take-away panini from the counter. Another delicious option.
Located around the corner from the Accademia -- and around another corner from Florence's Friendliest Apartments where I am staying again -- La Mescita makes a perfect lunch stop after a date with Michelangelo's David.
Via degli Alfani, 70