Restaurants

Top Choice Tuscan in Montalcino

Il Leccio

Sometimes simple dishes are the hardest to perfect. And perfection is the only term to use when discussing this trattoria in Brunello heartland. Watching the chef make his way between his stove and kitchen garden to…
Top Choice Modern Italian in Montepulciano

La Dogana

Chef and cookbook writer Sunshine Manitto presides over the kitchen of this super-chic enoteca overlooking the Palazzo Vecchio Winery. Windows frame vistas of vines and cypress trees, but the best seats in the house…
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La Terrazza del Chiostro

Chef Alessandro Rossi was one of the youngest-ever recipients of an Italian Michelin star and clearly has ambitions to reprise his success here. Dining on the gorgeous terrace with its panoramic view is the stuff of…
Top Choice Tuscan in San Casciano in Val di Pesa

L'Osteria di Casa Chianti

The type of restaurant that fuels fantasies of moving permanently to Tuscany, this ultra-friendly eatery bakes its own bread, makes pasta by hand, grills bistecca on a wood fire, specialises in truffle and porcini m…
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L'Incontro

L'Incontro's rear salone is a top spot to grab a quick antipasto plate or panino for lunch, and its front bar area is always crowded with locals enjoying a coffee or aperitivo. The house-baked biscuits are noteworth…
Top Choice Tuscan in San Gimignano

Ristorante La Mandragola

Nestled beneath the crumbling walls of the rocca, La Mandragola (The Mandrake) is deservedly popular –– book ahead, especially if you're keen to dine in the gorgeous courtyard. It's not exactly tourist-free, but the…
Top Choice Tuscan in Montalcino

Trattoria L'Angolo

We thought about keeping shtum about this place (everyone loves to keep a secret or two), but it seemed selfish not to share our love for its pasta dishes with our loyal readers. Be it vegetarian (ravioli stuffed wi…
Top Choice Tuscan in Gaiole in Chianti

Osteria del Castello

Chef Silvia Zinato creates modern twists on classic Tuscan dishes at this osteria on the Castello di Brolio estate. Her food is light and full of flavour, made with seasonal ingredients (including vegetables grown i…
Top Choice Tuscan in Siena

La Taverna di San Giuseppe

Any restaurant specialising in beef, truffles and porcini mushrooms attracts our immediate attention, but not all deliver on their promise. Fortunately, this one does. A favoured venue for locals celebrating importa…
Top Choice Modern Tuscan in Val d'Orcia

Dopolavoro La Foce

The founding members of this 1939 dopolavoro (recreational club) would be amazed to see its recent transformation. A stylish interior makeover has endowed it with a contemporary vibe, and the rear garden is a textbo…