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Craving raw fish in Florence and not sure where to get it? Problem solved. Here is a google map of sushi restaurants in Florence and reviews of those we’ve tried below. Florence’s best nightlife blogger, Elena Farinelli, is a big fan of Japanese food so if you can read Italian, you can find more reviews on “sushi reviews from Io amo firenze“.

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Mini-reviews of the ones we’ve tried

Hoseki: Via Il Prato, 64, Currently (2014) my favourite sushi in Florence, the fish is always fresh and they have a few dishes that you can’t get anywhere else, like onigiri, and various dishes with cooked salmon (see photo).

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Wabisabi: Via dei Mille, 53 and Via Romana, 80 – Owned by same chain as Sushi Mania, higher quality nori and higher prices. However, the lunch menu is a steal (also on weekends).

Niwa: Via Ponte alle Mosse, 16 – I Like this place a lot – big space, modern decor, with booths and a colour-sensory room. They serve both Japanese and Thai cuisine, and the sushi is quite good quality (not as good as wabisabi, but also cheaper). Service can sometimes be a bit “confused” and liable to mix up orders for a large table, although a recent bachelorette party there was a success (with no mistakes in the service).

Sushi Mania: Viale Filippo Strozzi, 10 and Via dei Servi, 79 – Best cheap takeout; lunch bento boxes even cheaper.

Porfirio Rubirosa (at aperitivo time): Viale Filippo Strozzi, 18 – La Nelli says this is the best sushi in Florence and I’m liable to believe her. This swank bar offers sushi at aperitivo time (which costs about 8 euros) with authentic japanese chef. Just step up to the bar and wait for him to hand you a little plateful. He will remember you though – don’t try to go twice!

Sushi Nami: Via Palmieri, 9 – Avoid the all you can eat lunch buffet despite the good price, as some friends got ill. However, their basic rolls or vegetarian sushi is okay for a lunchtime fix if you’re downtown.

Sakura: Via di Novoli 10 – Near the airport, not run by Japanese… and arttrav’s reviewer (my sister in law) once saw a cockroach run across the table beside her. Ah yes, and it was closed down twice by the health authorities. Although we don’t know if the ownership has changed, avoid this place.

Sushi/Japanese restaurants we haven’t tried yet

Rose‘s Sushi Bar: Via del Parione, 26 – This place has been around since before Japanese food became cool worldwide, but i have never been there because the prices are high.

Koko: Piazza Ferrucci

Eito: Via dei Neri, 72 – Firenze

Hoseki: Porta a Prato

Kome: Via dei Benci, 41 – Firenze

Masa: Borgo Ognissanti, 1 – Firenze

Momoyama: Borgo San Frediano, 10 – Firenze

Sushi Aurora: Via Ghibellina, 61 – Firenze

Tomo Sushi: Via pratese 126,128 – Firenze

Totoya: Via del Campuccio, 12 – Firenze

Yagura: Via Pisana, 16 – I haven’t been there but it’s recommended by Nelli as decent sushi and good for other Japanese foods.

Final Note: If you are interested not just in sushi but in other Japanese food, every Friday night the LAILAC Japanese Cultural Association has theme dinners in which you’ll be introduced to elements on a well-priced set menu, and entertained with a quiz towards the end of the night. Reservation required, see website for details.

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By: arttrav

Alexandra Korey aka ArtTrav is a Florence-based art historian and arts marketing consultant.

  • http://www.florence-journal.com/ Afinta

    I think Eito is very good – and also very expensive. Kome I would skip, just a little too factory like for my tastes. I have eaten at both several times. We have dinner occasionally at Sushi Nami and find it to be a pretty good price/quality ratio, and no one in the family ever got sick :)

  • Sabino

    I love Porfirio: I’d suggest that it’s not a sushi aperitivo but a real sushi bar!
    You can order the maxi sushi-sashimi: a very large dish of susi plus you can order and take it away
    :
    best Q/P ratio in town
    -)

  • http://twitter.com/viry costanza giovannini

    wow thank you!!

  • http://twitter.com/viry costanza giovannini

    Great job Alex!
    but you missed the one in Piazza Beccaria, it’s not unforgettable anyway…
    http://www.ristorantegiapponeseosakafirenze.com/
    :)

  • Emiko

    Being half Japanese, I am quite picky about sushi… Eito is by far and above the best place for Japanese food in Florence – authentic, delicious and yes, a little pricey but that’s because it’s proper sushi! Many of the other “sushi” places in Florence are run by Chinese (including wabisabi, sushi mania etc), so it’s cheaper (sometimes) and less authentic. Kome has Japanese chefs that do the sushi so I would recommend that too. Stay away from any place that has pre-made sushi! It needs to be made on the spot because the rice should never be refrigerated – it makes it hard and tasteless! Fish used should never come into contact with water, even in the filleting and cleaning process – you are eating it raw after all. Sushi making is an art form and there are lots of strict rules that go along with making it in Japan which makes it the delicious delicacy that it is – the “non authentic” places, I’m afraid, just don’t stick to the standards….

  • http://www.arttrav.com arttrav

    Excellent – advice from a real japanese. Thanks Emiko. I fully agree – in
    Toronto sushi has been “in” for much longer and there are many places run by
    Koreans – who actually do a good job. The real japanese places are the best.
    Personally being vegetarian it’s less important, but even then you can tell
    the quality of the nori and the chef’s skill at cutting the vegetables.

  • http://twitter.com/Nouv84 Chiara

    Mr. Sushi (http://www.mrsushi.it/) is the best.

  • http://www.arttrav.com arttrav

    Chiara, do you work for Mr. Sushi?