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Ristorante Vita Nova

Vita Nova is a good restaurant in the Province of Arezzo, located in the countryside near Castiglion Fiorentino. With a nicely furnished spacious restaurant and covered outside tables on a panoramic terrace, Vita Nova serves traditional Tuscan food with a modern touch. It’s located at a farmhouse estate in the hamlet of Brolio, in one of the most scenic and beautiful areas of the Valdichiana, just 14 kilometers from Cortona, and a short 10 minute walk from Villa de Michelangioli. Read More

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Ristorante La Terrazza Chiusure

The best deal in 2017 is at  Ristorante La Terrazza Chiusure (on Facebook) same as  Osteria Pizzeria Delle Piazze (on Tripadvisor), serving classic meals on the north side of the village in Chiusure, with big portions of inexpensive tasty food. Bring everyone with you, this is a great place for kids, too! 4 people can eat for 50 euros total, and the pizza is superb. I always ‘splurge’ and order the Antipasto Goloso and the Pizza Pazza. Tell the charming ladies, Giovanna… Read More

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Locanda il Paradiso

Locanda il Paradiso Locanda il Paradiso (on Facebook, Google) has been here in Chiusure for decades (10 km to Asciano and Buonconvento). It’s located on the edge of the village and offers a simple menu of summertime food with cold starters, hot soups and pastas at fair prices. Nothing is over 8 euros . The Paradiso has a wide covered terrace up front and a great view down to the Monte Oliveto abbey. This humble local cafe has become a favorite… Read More

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il Loggiato tavern Bagno Vignoni

il Loggiato is our current favorite in Bagno Vignoni spa town, it’s more of a wine-bar and a tavern, than a restaurant, so you don’t have to follow any rules of formal dining. In summer the best tables are outside shaded by big umbrellas, while in the winter the inside bar and dining area are downstairs. There you’ll find 2 dining rooms with rustic brick walls and cozy atmosphere. Very informal menu of bruschettas, cheese plates and other light meals… Read More

Canta Napoli seafood restaurant near Cortona

Canta Napoli seafood restaurant near Cortona When your travels take you to Cortona, in the valley below is Canta Napoli, a superb seafood restaurant just north of the town called Camucia. We discovered this memorable restaurant in June of 2014. It’s unusual to find excellent seafood this far inland, therefore this restaurant owned by 2 Neapolitan brothers should get every seafood lover’s attention. The shellfish was superb, featured first on the antipasto that we shared as a starter. It had… Read More

La Grotta restaurant best dining Montepulciano

You should definitely go to La Grotta for fine dining in Montepulciano.  This is a highly recommended and most pleasant restaurant with refined cooking and courteous professional service. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the splendid Vino Nobile wines with your lunch or dinner. Seasonal ingredients feature truffles, porcini mushrooms, and game. We like them for their delicate hand made pasta and the chef who cooks the best rack of lamb for the main course. Delicious deserts, too. Some people… Read More

Osteria il Ristoro Tuscany restaurant near Siena

Osteria il Ristoro Tuscany restaurant near Siena Osteria di Ristoro is the only restaurant in the little village called Ville di Corsano. It’s near Siena, just 15 minutes drive south from town. This is the perfect example of how good the authentic local cooking can be in a modest Tuscan restaurant. This is a charming country eatery. It has a popular coffee shop in front and the dining room in the back. Many ingredients are from nearby farms. Most vegetables… Read More

Ristorante Pizzeria il Botteghino Montefollonico Tuscany

il Botteghino restaurant Montefollonico Tuscany Botteghino is an established road-house restaurant and pizzeria in Tuscany on the way from Torrita to Pienza, near the town of Montefollonico. Their good and simple cooking is very popular with the locals and delivery van drivers. This is one of our favorite Tuscan “truck-stops”. We recently had dinner there and it was again superb. For starters, try the marinated anchovy fillets and warm crostini, they can easily be shared. For the pasta course I… Read More

La Locanda del Castello restaurant San Giovanni d’Asso Tuscany

La Locanda del Castello restaurant San Giovanni d’Asso Tuscany The restaurant La Locanda del Castello in San Giovanni d’Asso is a magical experience. Location is half an hour south of Siena. The setting at the ancient castle is romantic under the wide vaulted ceilings. During the season the outdoor balcony and the covered terrace are best places for dining. Lots of care and talent went into the furnishings and decoration. The tables are large and spaced far apart allowing for… Read More

Alicina Hosteria Porto Ercole seafood restaurant

Alicina Hosteria in Porto Ercole is an unmissable treat for the lovers of fish and seafood. In this small and simple Tuscany restaurant the menu is refined and interesting, and our waiter was very helpful and spoke quite good English. The tasting plate for starters is an eye-opener into Mediterranean seafood delights! Food is fresh and delicious so the prices are higher, but it’s well worth the price for a marvelous authentic experience. If you’re in Porto Ercole and love… Read More