My wife, my 2-year-old son, and my in-laws are spending two nights in Florence as part of an upcoming trip to Italy. I've been doing a fair bit of reading here and elsewhere, but could use some advice in narrowing down our dining options for Florence. First, about us: my wife and I are adventurous eaters, although my wife is a vegetarian (no meat/seafood), but is fairly flexible about finding what she can when traveling. Our son eats out a lot and is generally good in restaurants, but will not have the patience for long (>1.5 hour). My in-laws are not particularly adventurous but will be happy to go along.
We are staying in an apartment in Oltrarno, on Via de' Guicciardini. We arrive in Florence (by train) at around 6:30 pm, so our first night we will be looking for something close by. We have one full day, where so far the only thing planned is a 2:30 pm reservation at the Uffizi. Our final day we depart on the 3:08 pm train for Rome. So we are looking for 2 dinners and 2 lunches.
Here is what I've got so far. I would greatly appreciate suggestions / additions!
First night dinner: Casalinga (close to our apt and should be easy for a toddler) - but will we need reservations? We are arriving on a Wednesday night.
Second day lunch, either: 1) Buca dell'Orafo or something similar convenient to the Uffizi, or 2) something lighter, perhaps panini ('ino? somewhere else)? How well will a toddler do at a panini place (not so much concerned about the food, more about the seating)?
Second day dinner, either: 1) Al Tranvai (if we have a light lunch - but is it too similar to Casalinga)? or 2) Le Volpi e L'Uva (if we have a big lunch - would it work for a toddler and vegetarian)?
Final day lunch: any suggestions? Could be panini again, or pizza, or a sit down place? We had lunch at both Pizzaiuolo and Trattoria le Mossacce in 2005 and thought Pizzaiuolo in particular was good, but I can't find any recent reports on Chowhound.
For gelato, I think this thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/696560) pretty much covers it.
Thanks in advance for your help