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Ara: E Sicilia

#31 of 217 Dessert in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
San Marco
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Via Degli Alfani 127 R, 50121, Florence, Italy
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3 reviews
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We came to Ara: E Sicilia to try arancini and ordered gelato as well. Pistacio gelato was OK, but ricotta gelato was absolutely outstanding, divine!!! I have never tasted anything like this. Although, we visit Italy regularly and taste gelato in every city we visit. We tried ricotta gelato in other shops in Florence and came back to Ara: E... More 

Thank Galina S
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We asked few people from Florence where can we find the best cannoli and all of them pointed us to this place. No regrets, best I've ever had! Apparently the ice cream is also very good, but we haven't tried it YET.

Thank Ewa P
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went there on recommendation by locales. Apparently the best cannoli in Florence. I don't know if it's true, because I didn't try all of it, but I can say that it's the best ones I ever ate! I didn't try the ice cream, but it's supposed to be very good as well.

Thank Loic D
New York City, New York
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family really enjoyed this small (somewhat hard to find) gelateria and pastry shop. The gelato is creamier and a bit less sweet with earthier flavors. Really enjoyed the pistachio and almond.

Thank antiques223
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Traveling with a 17-yr old, it wasn't hard to get sucked into a "quest" for the best gelato in italy. Honestly, I'm surprised I didn't come home 10 pounds heavier. Not only did we have gelato every day, at two places (here and at a place in Venice), we had it twice in one day. If they were open for... More 

Thank mangohead2017
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

I go to Florence for business more then a couple of times a year, I've been eating here and there always at decent restaurants.

Thank Maurilio P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The place is very cute, the waiter is pleased to help. The cannolo is wonderful and the Pizzole di pantalica (kind of sandwich in pizza pasta) is delicious.

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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We were feeling peckish before dinner and knew of this places reputation ao we thought why not. Dayummm did this place provide us with that hunger fix, the aranchini balls are sensational.

Thank Steven C
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Reviewed 13 December 2016

Even on a cold winter day....I had to try the gelato. And it was totally worth it! Carmelo knows how to make everything just a little bit better and more delicious. Don't miss it!

Thank AnnaKMorris
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Reviewed 6 December 2016

The David is one of my favorite things. I lose track of time, which means I'm hungry when I leave. Ara is the spot to stop after a visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia. Their arancini balls fit perfectly in an adult hand, are a great value and one completely fills the stomach. The ragu is great for novices, the verdure... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Mediterranean
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Degli Alfani 127 R, 50121, Florence, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Florence  >  Florence>  > San Marco
  • Neighbourhood: San Marco
  • Phone Number: 3331983927

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Staying in San Marco

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San Marco
The pleasant atmosphere of this residential area, a stone’s throw away from the Duomo of Florence, surprises everyone. A continuous flow of backpacking students provides the tranquil surroundings for the elderly residents who sit in Piazza San Marco to read the daily newspaper. Home to several universities, including the Academy of Fine Arts, San Marco is one of the most vibrant cultural centers in the city. A bridge connecting the modern cultural activity of Florence to its classic art, represented by the everlasting magnificence of the original David, resonates as a symbol of Florence and of Italy as a whole. Get lost in a Neoclassic world, a journey back in time through historic buildings like Spedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents), San Marco church, Basilica della Santissima Annunziata, and natural jewels like the Botanical Gardens.
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