The Apuane Alps & Garfagnana restaurants

Top Choice Tuscan in Barga

Locanda di Mezzo

Local lads Giulio and Francesco provide the creative fun and energy behind Barga's top address, its tables enviably strewn in summer across photogenic Piazza Santissima Annunziata. Traditional Tuscan dishes get a di…
Top Choice Osteria in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana

Osteria Vecchia Mulino

Run with passion and humour by the gregarious Andrea Bertucci, this 160-year-old osteria has no menu but rather a symphony of cold dishes crafted from local products and brought to shared tables one at a time. Bottl…
Gelato in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana

Fuori dal Centro

Dare we say it: having tried and tested dozens of Tuscan gelaterie, this bright modern ice-cream shop comes out tops. Fuori dal Centro's regional-inspired flavours are magnificent. Try chestnut, fig and honey, pine …
Tuscan in Bagni di Lucca

Buca di Baldabò

Perched on a hillock above chestnut and walnut forests, this is an iconic address every local foodie knows about. Hidden at the back of the village bar, it has no printed menu. Listen to what's cooking that day and …
Osteria in Carrara

Osteria nella Pia'

It's worth getting lost in Colonnata's tangle of narrow lanes to find this family-run osteria, a local favourite for tasty lardo platters and imaginative pasta dishes. The penne con lardo e pesto d'ortica (penne wit…
Tuscan in Carrara

Dalle Zie

Locals rave about this tiny family-run trattoria on Cathedral Sq, aptly called 'By Auntie' and with an inviting 'Cibo e Vino' (food and wine) strapline. Cuisine is strictly local, with plenty of traditional, potato-…
Tuscan in Barga

Sosta dei Diavoli

It might seem to be just another humble, family-run cafe-bar in rural Tuscany, but the Devil's Stop is wickedly good. Come 7.30pm, owner Lorenzo Giuliani dons his chef's apron to cook up a small but sensational choi…
Tuscan in Carrara

Locanda Apuana

This traditional trattoria, just off central Piazza Palestro, is the place to feast on crostini caldi con lardo (warm toasts topped with lardo), deliciously paired with caramised figs, capers and white onion rings p…
Tuscan in Bagni di Lucca

Circolo dei Forestieri

Quell hunger pangs at the former home of the Foreigners' Club, an elegant belle époque building on the river side of Viale Umberto I, southeast of the casino. Its chandelier-lit dining room provides a splendid setti…
Tuscan in Carrara

Ristorante Venanzio

Even those who initially find the idea of noshing on a hunk of pork fat off-putting are bound to be won over when sampling it melted over piping-hot focaccette (small, flat buns made of wheat flour and cornmeal) at …