It'd be a sin for any family to visit Florence and not drop by one of its premier gelato parlors to sample the rich Italian equivalent of ice cream. If the kids mutiny and absolutely insist on a hamburger, you could try the slightly American-style restaurant Yellow Bar, Via del Proconsolo 39r (tel. 055-211-766). But be warned: The hamburger doesn't come with a bun (a form of blasphemy among certain preteens). The Yellow Bar also serves pizzas. It's closed on Tuesday evening. A slightly more authentic sizzling taste of the West is to be found at The Diner. Il Cantinone is popular with students, and has long tables where your family can spread out and bite deep into crostoni (slabs of peasant bread piled with your choice of toppings, like a pizza). Il Latini can be one of the most fun places to eat in Florence with kids -- you're seated at communal tables under battalions of hanging ham hocks and treated to huge portions of the Tuscan bounty. No food is too fancy or oddball to offend suspicious young palates, the waiters love to ham it up, and a festive atmosphere prevails. It's much lower-key at Da Benvenuto: The dishes are simple and homey, and they're sure to have a plate of plain spaghetti and tomato sauce to please finicky youngsters. If your little ones like Chinese food, Hong Kong, Via dei Servi 35r (tel. 055-239-8235; www.ristorantehongkong.com) is a reliable central choice for Cantonese staples like sizzling stir-fry platters.
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