siena province

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

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

Locanda Amordivino

At Locanda Amordivino, enjoy lunch or dine at the best restaurant in Asciano, with a spacious well laid-out outdoor area in the back where you can see the chef grill steaks at a huge BBQ. Excellent pasta courses and good starters. Amordivino is located near our own home  so we eat very well here. Last visit in August 2014. Closed Tuesdays. Corso Matteotti, 126/128, 53041 Asciano, at the end of main street. Tel: 0577-165 660. ($$)… Read More

Ristorante Silene

Below the Amiata mountain, in the village of Pescina is the surprisingly good Ristorante Silene, offering fine dining and is worth a detour to this famous country Inn. Refined cooking and local specialties (truffles, mushrooms, game), also vegetarian selection. Enjoy delicious hand-made pasta and my favorite, the baked chocolate desert. Extensive wine list, professional staff, well furnished dining room. Closed Mondays & during November. At cross-roads, center of village, short drive from Seggiano. 0564-950-805. ($$)*… Read More

Ristorante l’Angolo

Ristorante l’Angolo, in Acquaviva di Montepulciano serves classic Tuscan cuisine in a pleasant restaurant with good service. Go for lunch while touring the Vino Nobile vineyards. They now have 2 sides to this place, the established restaurant and at the adjacent refurbished space is a modern fusion style new restaurant. Have a look at the different menus, share an antipasto plate, and taste the home made long pasta called “pici”. The bottle of high quality/low price red wine from a… Read More

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