Posts Tagged ‘restaurants’

Top tip from Aurore:

Best Pizza place in the area :
La Zinfarosa at Foiano della chiana
Piazzetta S. Domenico 4
Tel : 0575640146
Close on wednesday
The owner is very friendly and this is the best pizza we experienced here. They have also some typical tuscan appetizers or pasta if you don’t want to eat pizza. Large terrace and parking as well

….if you are still hungry…

you can finish your meal by eating a very nice Gelato in Fior di Latte Gelateria
corso V.Emanuele, 105
walking distance from Zinfarosa


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Just inside the old city walls of the beautiful little medieval hill town of Lucignano is the restaurant Il Goccino. It is another favourite of the Il Pino community, with consisently good gourmet food, wine and service. The chocolate fondue is heaven and the Chianina beef tagliata is one of those dishes you have to order every time you go there rather than miss out. We have also bought wines from their enoteca and have found their recommendations to be excellent.

At the back of the restaurant there is a terrace with lovely views out over the Val di Chiana, and at the front another tiny terrace fronting the village road with a few tables and chairs, a pleasant shady quiet spot for a long afternoon lunch. 

It is best to book ahead to make sure you get a place, especially in the peak season.  To book call: 0039 0575 836707 . Their website with wine list is www.ilgoccino.it

To get to Lucignano, drive to Foiano della Chiana, go through Foiano heading north following the local road signs to Lucignano, it should take about 20mins from Il Pino.

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This is my favourite restaurant in Florence.  With so many to choose from it is nice to have a place you can totally rely on for great food and great service.

Located in Oltarno (South of the Arno) it’s a little off the beaten track, but well worth the short wander over the Ponte Vecchio, after which take your 3rd right down Via Della Sprone, the restaurant is in a lovely little square at the end of that road.

The food is wonderful, I hardly know where to start for recommendations!  I guess my favourite main is the Lombatella di Vitellone… an exquisite veal chop.  However, we’ve been with friends and family several times and never been disappointed by anything.  The staff are very helpful and all happy to converse in English if you’re struggling with the only Italian menus.  35 Euros a head will satisfy most appetites and thirst quenching requirements!

Despite the non-central location 4 Leonie has been full by 1.30pm practically every time we’ve been there, so I would recommend booking a table if you’re organised enough.  Outside in the summer is lovely.  Here’s the website…


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Highly recommended restaurant in Siena just off the Campo. Find it by making your way to the Campo, face the flat side (will make sense when you are there) with the tower (Pallazzo Publicca) in front of you. Take the side street to the left of the tower but still on the flat side and it is about 30metres off the Campo on your left – or just ask local they will know it. Great food – pasta, salad of asparagus and broad beans braised Ox Cheeks all highly recommended. Menu more for grown ups than kids. What was also amazing was eating late into the evening then strolling back down the dark side street into the magnificent Campo which is all lit up at night and literally takes your breath away with its beauty.

Contact details:Osteria Le Logge
Via del Porrione, 33
I-53100 Siena


T +39 0577 48013

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A Manhattan skyline in Tuscany. Amazing. Apparently they built the towers to be nearer to god. The richer you were the higher the tower etc.. wonderful but a tourist mecca and therefore very busy. Try just out of season and definitely try the ice cream in the main square – world champion no less. Find San Gim by heading to Siena then follow signs to Firenze. Take the first exit for Poggibonsi and follow the signs.

Fab walled town, views are amazing. famous wine is Vernaccia (OK but not a world beater). Cantucci great and also try Osso de Morte (probably spelt wrong but means bones of the dead – nice) a bit like Cantucci and great dipped in Vin Santo. Enjoy.

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La Galleria – Via Del Commercio tel 0577 982 356

Fish/Seafood restaurant which is spectacular (although the surrounding does not do it justice). Go here for the food the restaurant is in a shopping centre in town which is best passed through but try the food I had one of the best meals of my life here – Martin T.

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