Top Choice Tuscan in Oltrarno

Il Santo Bevitore

Reserve or arrive dot on 7.30pm to snag the last table at this ever-popular address, an ode to stylish dining where gastronomes eat by candlelight in a vaulted, whitewashed, bottle-lined interior. The menu is a crea…
Top Choice Tuscan in Santa Croce

Il Teatro del Sale

Florentine chef Fabio Picchi is one of Florence's living treasures who steals the Sant' Ambrogio show with this eccentric, good-value members-only club (everyone welcome, annual membership €7) inside an old theatre.…
Top Choice Osteria in Pistoia

Osteria La BotteGaia

Dishes range from staunchly traditional to experimental at this Slow Food–hailed osteria, famed for its finely butchered cured meats and interesting wine list. Aubergine and ricotta strudel in tomato sauce is one of…
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 – rather a symphony of cold dishes crafted from local products and brought to shared tables one at a time. Advance…
Top Choice Pizza in Pisa

Pizzeria Il Montino

There is nothing flash or fancy about this down-to-earth pizzeria, an icon among Pisans, student or sophisticate alike. Take away or order at the bar then grab a table, inside or out, and munch on house specialities…
Top Choice Pizza in Portoferraio

Il Castagnacciao

They work the pizza chef so hard here the dining room sometimes has a smoky tinge. To go local, start with a lip-smacking plate of torta di ceci (chickpea 'pizza'), then watch your rectangular, thin-crust supper go …
Top Choice Sandwiches in Oltrarno


It's dead simple to spot what many Florentines rate as the city's best enopaninoteca (hip wine and sandwich stop), with no seating but bags of square space and church steps outside – just look for the long line in f…
Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Seafood in Marciana Marina, Marciana & Poggio

Osteria del Noce

This family-run bistro in hilltop Marciana is the type of place where the bread is homemade and flavoured with fennel, chestnut flour and other seasonal treats. The miso mare del Noce (mixed fish antipasti), spaghet…
Top Choice Tuscan in Siena

Enoteca I Terzi

A favourite for many locals who head to this historic enoteca to linger over lunches, aperitivi and casual dinners featuring top-notch Tuscan salumi (cured meats), delicate handmade pasta and wonderful wines.