Thanks to all who replied a few months back to request for restaurant recommendations - the responses were enormously helpful and as a result we enjoyed wonderful meals during our stay in Florence. Never had any problems with our daughter, but we ate at 730 most evenings which was helpful. All restaurants were easily accessible from our hotel which was near the Duomo.
We also used Elizabeth Minchilli's app "Eat in Florence" to guide us as well - highly, highly, highly recommend it (as well as her blog!) and all her picks were great. Quick reviews are listed below - all the food we had was very good - well-prepared with high quality ingredients which makes it difficult to identify any one or two dishes as a "must have." We asked for recommendations at each restaurant and were always pointed towards good dishes.
Trattoria i Due G: located near the train station. We originally intended use this pick to sample the bisteca, but the rest of the menu was so appealing that we all wound up with different dishes, none of which were bisteca. Varied menu, All very good, authentic tuscan food. My FIL's veal stood out as the highlight of the meal. With a bottle of the house wine, 2 antipasti, 2 primi, 2 secondi came out to a reasonable 80E. They accept credit cards. We felt this was a good option near most of the tourist sites.
Trattoria Casalinga - we ate here for lunch on our first trip to Florence, liked it so much that we came back from dinner. Was happy to see that not much has changed in 2 years! Bustling trattoria located near Santo Spirito church, with very, very reasonable prices; cash only. Extremely friendly towards our 16 month old. We shared 2 antipasti, 3 primi, 1 secondi; carafe of the house wine came out to 55E. Excellent value. Varied menu with authentic tuscan food and each dish we ordered was great. Would return here in the future.
Osteria Antica Mescita - our favorite dinner of the trip. Located next to San Niccolo church, probably a 15-20 minute walk from Santa Croce. We sat in the lower level of the restaurant, in what used to be the crypt of the church. This restaurant had the most limited menu of the places we went to, but we felt the food was the highest quality. 2 of us had the pasta specials (fresh pasta, fresh vegetables), one the lemon chicken (felt that it was a very generous portion size, high quality chicken) and one had a salad. All delicious. We regretted not ordering the antipasti which looked great, but had previously enjoyed one crostini too many at Enoteca Fuori Porta - we know for next time to leave room! The above with a bottle of wine was about 55E. Excellent value for the quality of food. This is a great restaurant to stop at if you are coming/going from Piazzale Michelangelo. They take credit cards.
'Ino - we found this sandwich shop from the "Eat Florence" app. By far our favorite lunch - went back multiple times during our visit. We tried 4 different sandwich's, all were great. Best ones we had were when we asked the staff to make us their recommendations. Great location near the Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi but far enough off the beaten path that it is not (yet) touristy. 1 block away is Carapina, which was a favorite gelato place. Each sandwich is 8-10E and were split by 2 of us (though my daughter managed to inhale one all on her on)
Porks - Mercato Centrale. My DH and enjoyed this place on our first visit, went back this time. Friendly staff but felt the food wasn't quite as good as it was previously. We had the pork sandwich and various caponatas. Nerbone is the better option in the Mercato IMO, and I probably wouldn't return here.
Le Volpi e l'Uva - Oltarno. A little difficult to find, but well worth it. Very interesting and varied wine selection; had 5 glasses to share along with a generous cheese platter. 35E, well worth it. Had the place mostly to ourselves at 6pm, but filled up quickly afterwards with most of the tables reserved. Would come back here in a heartbeat.
Enoteca Fuori Porta - 2-3 blocks from Osteria Antica Mescita. Another lovely place to enjoy a glass of wine before dinner, adequate beer selection. Excellent crostini. Wound up ordering more food than we were planning as we enjoyed it so much! 4 glasses of wine, 2 beers, 2-3 crostini were 40E. Would return.
Gelato: We also manage to do a reasonable tour of the gelato offerings in Florence. Gelateria de Neri was the favorite, a close second was Carapina. Also enjoyed Vivoli (especially the riso flavor if you are a rice pudding fan; though prices are higher than at other gelaterias), Gelateria della Passera (good option on the oltarno, least expensive). The only place we didn't love was Grom - not quite sure why but felt it wasn't quite as good as the other places IMO.
Thanks again for the recommendations and hope the reviews are useful!
Via dell'Ariento, 87r, Florence, Tuscany 50123, IT
Via del Monte alle Croci, 10, Florence, Tuscany 50125, IT
Via dell'Isola delle Stinche, 7, Florence, Tuscany 50122, IT
via del Campanile, Florence, Tuscany 50122, IT
Piazza Guglielmo Oberdan,2r, Florence, Toscana 50136, IT