Restaurants

Ristorante il Goccino Tuscany restaurant

Lucignano is a charming town in Val di Chiana, where the exiting Ristorante il Goccino is known for excellent cooking, it’s creative and fun, one of the best in the region. Set inside the town walls, this is an eatery of high quality, both in food and service. The menu created by Chef Susanna is loaded with seasonal food, including, a surprisingly large selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes! I love the marvelous mixed antipasto platter of tasty treats. From… Read More

Trattoria della Filiera

Trattoria della Filiera is a new eatery in Castelmuzio, located under the large parking area facing Montisi in a light and bright building with an entire wall of arches filled with windows. The charming Daniella runs the dining room while her brother is the chef, cooking traditional items such as the excellent lasagne I had, and also familiar treats for tourists, like hamburgers. This is a great place for groups, because there’s a lot of space indoors, plus 2 long… Read More

Ristorante San Valentino

Ristorante San Valentino is part of the Piccolo Hotel San Valentino just 2 miles from the Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey towards Buonconvento. From the road you drive up and around the back for parking. There’s a covered terrace that’s good for lunch, and inside a large dining room but step thru to the wide open garden patio for dining outside in the warm season. The cook’s name is Gigliola and she’s a pro in preparing the classic Tuscan menu with… Read More

Restaurant guide for Siena Province

Updated May 2017. This list is our personal recommendation for eating well. The restaurants where you should make reservations are noted with *. During the summer call at least one day in advance for dinner (cena) reservations (pre-notazione). Kitchen is typically open for lunch from 12:30 to about 2:00 pm, for dinner: 7:30 – 9:30 pm, and later on weekends. In restaurants, pizza is served at dinner only. During the day, buy pizza by the slice from the snack-bars in… Read More

Osteria Etrusca

With all this good food around, sometimes only one important thing can make a restaurant stand out. Now I’m talking about hospitality. Our recent meal (May 2015)  in Chiusi was in the center of the old town, at Osteria Etrusca. Hospitality here is like magic; the charm, warmth and kindness of the owners, father and daughter, is beyond comparison. They both speak English. We sat at a covered outside table watching the street scene at the end of the day,… Read More

Ristorante il Garibaldi San Quirico d’Orcia

While driving past San Quirico d’ Orcia, you’ll see Ristorante il Garibaldi at the Tamoil Petrol stop on (SS2) Via Cassia. This is one of our all-time favorite road-house truck-stops. After a brief closure it has been remodeled and reopened. Still they carry on the excellent special fish and seafood menu! Don’t miss this special treat! Located at the Tamoil Petrol stop on SS2, Via Cassia. Tel. 0577-898-315 ($$)… Read More

Ristorante Dopolavoro La Foce Val d’Orcia

Ristorante Dopolavoro has now re-opened at La Foce, newly remodeled as a spacious open barn-like restaurant and highly recommended stop while touring the Val d’Orcia region. Located near the famous Origo villa and gardens, come here for lunch before taking the guided garden tour on Wednesday afternoon at La Foce (tours start at 3, 4, 5 and 6 pm). We had lunch there in summer of 2016, fresh and tasty food in a relaxing covered outdoor setting, with friendly service… Read More

Ristorante Arnolfo

Up in Colle Val d’Elsa, the spotlight is on Ristorante Arnolfo where the Trovato brothers offer the very best in Italian cuisine, with 2 well earned Michelin stars. For the fabulous tasting menu’s multitude of small courses, expect to pay over 100 euros per person, and you can also order a’ la carte. Peruse their excellent wine list. Make your reservation well in advance when you plan to drive to San Gimignano or Volterra, and spend a few hedonistic hours… Read More

Osteria La Solita Zuppa

Osteria La Solita Zuppa in Chiusi has a creative take on Tuscan cooking, serving good food in moderate portions. Closed on Tuesdays. Friendly service in a cozy restaurant. Via Porcenna 21, in middle of the old town where you should visit the wonderful Etruscan museum. Tel: 0578-21-006. ($$)* www.lasolitazuppa.it… Read More

Mondo X Ristorante La Frateria

One of the most memorable foodie experiences we’ve had is near Cetona, where Mondo X Ristorante La Frateria, located at Convento di St. Francesco, puts on a supreme culinary feast in one of the most elegant and historical settings, with pris fix tasting menus and a’ la carte options. It’s been a few years since our last time at this fine establishment, but by now the cost must be past 100 euros per person for their extensive tasting menu. Best… Read More