Via San Miniato, 2
Tel. 055 234 2864
Lunch Mon.-Sun. 12-3pm
Dinner Th., Fri., Sat. 7:30-10:30pm
Deli and Enoteca
Mon. & Tues. 9:30am-8pm
Th., Fri., Sat. 9:30am-10:30pm
Reservations highly recommended.
Zeb, which stands for zuppa e bollito (soup and Florentine beef), comprises a bistro, open for lunch and dinner, and a deli and wine shop, open all day on most days of the week.
Zeb is owned by Alberto Navari and the kitchen run by his mother, Giuseppina, and is a must-visit on a trip to Florence.
The restaurant is tiny, with only fourteen seats; prepare to sit at the bar, and for a wait if you didn’t make a reservation, especially for dinner.
The place has a modern, though not cold, feel to it; it’s almost reminiscent of an Italian “sushi bar.”
Although neither Alberto nor Giuseppina speak fluent English, they will be happy to do their best to guide you through their menu.
They have many delicious soups on the winter menu, including the zuppa di cavolo nero e fagioli (black cabbage and white bean soup), zuppa di cipolle (onion soup), and vellutata di piselli e patate (velvety pea and potato soup) that will be sure to warm you up on a cold day. During spring and summer, try one of their signature pasta dishes, which change based on availability of their fresh ingredients.
For a lighter meal, try one of their salads or sides, which include a delicious insalata Greca (Greek salad) and the softest, lightest burrata con verdure. Burrata is mozzarella cheese like you’ve never had it before; once you slice into the rounded side, you are greeted by soft, milky cheese, perfect to put on bread or to enjoy by itself.
The secondi here are hearty meat dishes, ranging from the bollito, a traditional Florentine preparation of beef simmered with onion, celery and carrot, to the trippa Fiorentina (Florentine tripe or cow’s stomach). If you didn’t get a chance to try it in Rome, where tripe is also commonly found, be sure to sample it here.
For dessert, try the torta di fichi e crema (fig cake with vanilla custard) or perhaps the classic torta di mela (apple cake).
From the wine shop, which stocks a wide selection of wines from all over Italy but specializes in small production Tuscan wines, try something new!
You might not find it anywhere else, so take advantage. In the food shop, you’ll find classic salumi (cured meats), a wide variety of cheeses, jarred sauces, and dried pasta so that you can take a taste of Zeb with you.