Restaurants

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Ristorante Dopolavoro La Foce Val d’Orcia

Ristorante Dopolavoro re-opened at La Foce a few years ago, and now it’s a spacious open barn-like restaurant and a recommended stop while touring the Val d’Orcia region. Come here for delicious food in a relaxing outdoor or indoor setting, with friendly service and English spoken. They are open all day and the location is next to the famous Origo villa and gardens, making this the perfect place for lunch before taking the guided garden tour at La Foce on the weekends… 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

Osteria del Merlo

Osteria del Merlo in Cetona is a superb restaurant and serious competition to the perennial Osteria da Nilo. It opened just a few years ago, and has already carved out a reputation amongst the Italian foodies. Located at the south-east corner of Piazza Garibaldi, just a dozen steps to the left from Nilo’s and around the corner from the cafe, you see a large stone tower with covered outdoor seating at the front deck, and inside you take a few… Read More

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Osteria Vecchia da Nilo

Osteria Vecchia da Nilo in Cetona moved a few years ago from the narrow alley to a much better location at the end of the main Piazza Garibaldi #33. Osteria Vecchia is now known simply as “da Nilo” (at Nilo’s), after the owner himself. This is still the same beloved local favorite in a newly remodeled building and includes a popular bar with a wide covered outdoor area. Menu at Nilo’s has fresh seasonal and regional dishes, superb homemade pastas,… Read More

Canta Napoli

When your travels take you to Cortona, in the valley below is Canta Napoli, a superb seafood restaurant just north of the town of Camucia. Gary and I had a memorable lunch here on 18 June 2014. It’s rare to have excellent seafood this far inland, so this restaurant owned by 2 Neapolitan brothers should get every seafood lover’s attention. The shellfish was superb, featured firstly on the antipasto platter that we shared as a starter. It had fresh cold… Read More

Trattoria La Pace

In Celle sul Rigo is Trattoria La Pace where we go for delicious home-style cooking, like eating at grandma’s house! Come here to enjoy excellent hand-made “pici” at this friendly family restaurant. Besides the pici and the meats cooked “ai buglione”, the menu also offers specialties like tagliolini all’ortica (= ribbon pasta with nettle sauce), spinach and ricotta ravioli and pasta with wild boar ragu. Everything is home made from traditional recipes of grandma Amelia. Lucia is the cook with… Read More

Betulia

In the village of Bettolle, just 1 km from the Val di Chiana A1 exit you’ll find Betulia – a classic Tuscan eatery serving delicious home-style pastas and grilled meats. Seems that tourists have missed this establishment, which is a pity as this small restaurant serves constantly good meals. Closed on Saturdays. Via Vittorio Veneto 21, just inside the town from intersection to Sinalunga. Tel: 0577-624-131.($)… Read More

Bagno Vignoni restaurants and cafes

In popular Bagno Vignoni, the 3 osterias La Parata, del Leone, and La Terrazza have all been there for many years and are well known eateries. Usually you can get a table even during the summer. But on holiday weekends they get very busy and both service and food quality suffer. We’ve had many good meals and a few bad ones, too. This is a tourist hot-spot where the food scene is constantly changing and also the staff and management… Read More