Top Choice Tuscan in Lucca

Ristorante Giglio

Splendidly at home in the frescoed 18th-century Palazzo Arnolfini, Giglio is stunning. Dine at white-tableclothed tables, sip a complimentary prosecco, watch the fire crackle in the marble fireplace and savour tradi…
Top Choice Gelato in Lucca


With enticing flavours like liquorice and mint, ricotta with fig and walnut, or pine kernel made with local Pisan kernels (nuts in sweet, crunchy caramelised clumps), the most recent addition to Lucca's artisan gela…
Gelato in Lucca


Natural and organic is the philosophy of this master ice-cream maker. Join the line of locals for a tub of caramel and pink Himalayan salt, yoghurt, tiramisu or seasonal fruit sorbet.
Tuscan in Lucca

Villa Bongi

Ask locals where to lunch on Sunday or to escape the city's stifling summer heat and the reply is invariably this dreamy salmon-pink mansion with a stone-balustrade verandah, 7km west of town. The grand old villa ov…
Tuscan in Lucca

Buca di Sant'Antonio

Gosh, what a fabulous collection of copper pots is strung from the wood-beamed ceiling! This atmosphere-laden restaurant has wooed romantic diners since 1782 and is still going strong. The Tuscan cuisine does not qu…
Burgers in Lucca

L'Hamburgheria di Eataly

A clever mix of fast and slow food, this modern Eataly eatery cooks up gourmet burgers crafted from Tuscany's signature Chianina beef alongside a tantalising mix of hot dogs, grilled meats and taglieri (wooden chopp…
Trattoria in Lucca

Trattoria da Leo

A much-loved veteran, Leo is famed for its friendly ambience and cheap food – ranging from plain-Jane acceptable to grandma delicious. Arrive in summer to snag one of 10 tables covered with chequered tablecloths and…
Tuscan in Lucca

Port Ellen Clan

'Ristorante, Enoteca, Design Ideas' is the strapline of this romantic candlelit space named after the town in the Scottish Hebrides where the owner holidays. Cuisine is imaginative with homemade tortelli stuffed wit…
Pizza in Lucca

Da Felice

This buzzing spot behind Piazza San Michele is where the locals come for wood-fired pizza, cecina (salted chickpea pizza) and castagnacci (chestnut cakes). Eat in or take away, castagnaccio comes wrapped in crisp wh…
Bakery in Lucca

Forno Amedeo Giusti

Join the crowd queuing in front of this excellent bakery to purchase fresh-from-the-oven pizza and focaccia with a var­iety of fillings and toppings. It’s the perfect place to buy picnic provisions.