La Bottega delle Nane

La Bottega delle Nane, excellent food at this highly recommended restaurant in Piazze, just south of Cetona. Some of the best meals in the area with lots of daily and seasonal specials. Last time no written menu for the specials – they tell you what’s available, waiter speaks some English. No house wines by the glass, only full bottles – but the local Monte Cetona wines are not expensive. They have a roof terrace open during the summer. Last visit… Read More

Ristorante La Vigna

In the village of Piazze, just south of Cetona, there’s Ristorante La Vigna, with outdoor seating in the back opening to lovely views towards the Fighine castle. Run by a charming elderly couple, Flavio and Savina have made this into a traditional cozy place where you eat very well. They specialize on fresh fish Thursdays and Fridays. In the evenings, pizza is baked in the wood oven by Savina. Closed Wednesdays. Via Provinciale 123, 53040 Piazze SI, center of town. Read More

Latte di Luna favorite restaurant Pienza Tuscany

Latte di Luna favorite restaurant Pienza Tuscany Latte di Luna is the best restaurant to offer delicious local cooking in Pienza. This is our favorite place to eat the locally homemade pici (= hand-rolled spaghetti, have it with ragu or with aglione, the garlic sauce) and superb steaks (filetto). Some days they also have rabbit and duck. But they are best known for the maialino = roasted suckling pig, this is the house specialty. Last time I had the gnocchi,… Read More

Ristorante del Falco

For a good Tuscan meal in Pienza, go to Ristorante del Falco, an established local restaurant where we always eat well. On our last visit in October 2013 we had seriously good homemade pasta, grilled lamb chops, and delicious desserts. We like the outdoor tables in the front courtyard. This classic local restaurant doesn’t rate highly in Pienza, because they haven’t changed their traditional home-cooked ways just to appeal to the modern tourist trade. Service is quick and friendly, English… Read More

Ristorante Daniela

In the spa town San Casciano dei Bagni, the Ristorante Daniela serves updated Tuscan cuisine restaurant-style. Highly recommended by our clients. Closed Wednesdays. Piazza Matteotti 7, center of town. 0578-58041. ($$)*… Read More

Trattoria Osenna

Trattoria Osenna, highly recommended restaurant in San Quirico d’ Orcia, with a wonderful setting for outside dining back in the courtyard under the enormous wisteria sheltering the terrace tables. Lot’s to choose on the menu. The ravioli is some of the best I’ve ever had. Their steaks (tagliata) are aged tender so you can almost cut with a fork, and delicious. Closed Wednesdays. Last visit June 2014. Via Dante Alighieri 42, center of town. Tel: 0577-897-541. ($$)… Read More

Osteria del Cardinale

Located on the main street of San Quirico d’ Orcia, Osteria del Cardinale took this spot 3 years ago from il Tinaio. This is an excellent restaurant serving high quality Tuscan food, much care is taken in presentation, food is both delicious to taste and attractive on the plate. There’s a high-vaulted dining room downstairs but we have always sat at the street-side tables. No inexpensive house wines here, only “fine” wines so the cost of the meal does go… Read More

Ristorante il Garibaldi

While driving past San Quirico d’ Orcia, you’ll see Ristorante il Garibaldi, which is one of our favorite road-house truck-stops. After a brief closure it has re-opened with new management and remodeling. Still they carry on the excellent Friday & Saturday special fish and seafood menu! Located at the Tamoil Petrol stop on SS2, Via Cassia. Tel. 0577-898-315 ($$)… Read More

Vegan travel guide debuts in Italy

The Guide highlights 130 restaurants and lifestyle sites across Italy. (ANSA) – Rome, April 29 – A travel guide devoted to vegetarian and vegan restaurants as well as veg-friendly hotels across Italy is poised to make its debut. ‘Viaggia Vegan’, or Travel Vegan, is aimed at travelers who seek cuisine and lifestyle options by highlighting 130 sites, primarily restaurants. Tour packages with veg-friendly itineraries are also included in the guide, which is published by Del Gallo Editore. An initiative… Read More

Osteria Da Gagliano

Osteria Da Gagliano in Sarteano features fresh seasonal cooking by Chef Angela who trained under the Michelin starred chef Alain Ducasse. Menu is inspired by recipes from her grandmother. Angela’s husband lent his name to the place, and you find Gagliano there meeting and greeting the guests. Order anything with truffles! Closed Tuesdays. Via Roma 5, a few steps from the main piazza in the old town. Best food in Sarteano but bring cash as they don’t take credit cards!… Read More