Restaurants in Tuscany

David Cicconi

Hold onto your hats: architecturally, this is the most stunning winery in Italy, perhaps the world. Visible as a mere slit in the Chianti hillside, with... Read More

The refined, double-Michelin-starred restaurant combines impeccable service with Chef Gaetano Trovato’s creative dishes (suckling pig with cabbage... Read More

Bruscetta is a big slice of Tuscan bread toasted and rubbed on both sides with garlic and doused with freshly pressed olive oil on both sides. Crostini... Read More

At the touristy but still vital Buca di Sant Antonio restaurant, lunch on grilled baby goat cooked on the spit along with an artichoke pudding. Read More

Many times a year, we hit the Tuscan coast for this magnificent Livornese fish soup. Thick and replete with a dozen different fish, squid, and shellfish... Read More

OK. So this may just be the most beautiful spot on earth. At the end of the bucolic Argentario peninsula, on the edge of Mediterranean scrub forest,... Read More

At de Bondt chocolate shop by the Arno, Paul de Bondt, congenial, long-haired, and Dutch, was one of the original leaders of Tuscany’s cioccolate... Read More

A modern, hip shop near Florence’s Ponte alle Grazie, Ditta Artigianale is the new kid on the block, founded in 2013 by an Italian barista champion. In... Read More

Oy oy, leave your calorie counter at home. Clear, well-lit pastry shop that will turn your arteries into solids, Dolce Pisa is a stone’s throw from the... Read More

In Lucca's Piazza San Giovanni, across from the plaza's cathedral, is a small wine bar, Enoteca Calasto, which prides itself on both its wine and its... Read More

Centrally located in San Gimignano’s Piazza della Cisterna, Gelateria di Piazza has won awards for its owner’s (Sergio) creations. Taste unique flavors... Read More

Nothing tastes better on a hot Siennese afternoon then a delicious gelato. A bit off the path from the touristy haunts (but near the Bascilica di San... Read More

Pienza, a small hill-town of 2,000 and counting, holds more than just amazing views. It holds one fantastic gelato shop. Off one of the main roads,... Read More

Golden View Open Bar sits right next to the Arno River with a beautiful view of the water and the Ponte Vecchio. Pictures simply don't do it justice,... Read More

Firouz Galdo, an Iranian-born architect working in Rome, was brought in to create a contemporary space full of light, wood, and pewter—the whole... Read More

Our home away from home. This unpretentious trattoria specializing in fish is in the most beautiful countryside of Tuscany. The fish is always fresh ... Read More

A tiny restaurant with a delicious cecina (chickpea pancake) and thin-crust pizzas, is always first-rate. Read More

It’s no easy task creating a romantic restaurant in a city, but Il Palagio manages very well. Attached to the Four Season’s Hotel comprised of an old... Read More

Near the romantic fishing village of Porto Ercole, in one of the world’s most striking locations, is Il Pellicano. As only an Italian can, chef... Read More

Start the day with cappuccinos and cornetti at this small café, which recently opened opposite a colorful Keith Haring street mural. Read More

White candles illuminate the communal wooden tables at the family-run L’Enoteca Marcucci, a lively wine bar and restaurant. Michele Marcucci plies... Read More

This charming restaurant-wine bar, La Bottega del Nobile, is also a wine cellar. Their curated selection holds more than 300 types of wines available... Read More

This unique Florentine café, as per the name, is part bookshop, part coffee shop. They also serve wine and cocktails so be prepared to relax and stay to... Read More

Roccalbegna is a dramatically set and charming town in the south of Tuscany, and one of the regions well-kept secrets. La Pietra is another. Tiny,... Read More

The beach restaurant La Pineta may cater to Tuscan cognoscenti, but down-to-earth owner Luciano Zazzeri (a former fisherman) still gets his catch from... Read More

Inside the walls of Siena, just a few hundred yards from its famous Campo, is about as true a Tuscan food experience as you can find. The excellently... Read More

For a lunch of expertly selected cheeses and cured meats, stop at La Vena di Vino, a no-frills wine bar with barrel-vaulted cellars. The pecorino cheese... Read More

This is one of my forever favorites. Just inside the southern gate of Pienza (certainly the most idyllic medieval town in Tuscany) is a small trattoria... Read More

Never ever go anywhere near Le Bontà when you’re hungry. It is a dessert lover’s dream and a calorie counter’s nightmare. Not only does it sell... Read More

With its rough-hewn ceiling, vintage cupboard wall hangings, and 1950's furnishing, Le Chiavi d'Oro wins the prize for the region's most outlandishly... Read More

Enjoy a glass from the large wine selection at Le Volpi E L’Uva, a local hangout tucked away at Piazza de Rossi. This cozy wine bar is a pleasant spot... Read More

Marco and his wife Cinzia treat gelato as any chef would his favorite masterpiece. Using only fruits in season and limiting the sugar so as not to mask... Read More

If you come here after visiting the Antinori memorial, you’ll be re-living Charles Dicken’s The Prince and the Pauper. But the view is majestic—eleven... Read More

You want romance? I give you romance. Oreade is a restaurant named after the mythological mountain nymphs. The setting is truly another world, another... Read More

This is a sentimental favorite. It was the first place we ate in Tuscany when we came to find a house here 27 years ago. It’s where we discovered how... Read More

A classic trattoria in a 19th-century former grocer’s shop, the convivial Osteria Le Logge is owned by local celebrity Gianni Brunelli, thrice... Read More

Chefs Omar Barsacchi and Gionata d’Alessi serve Tuscan-Maremman cuisine like ravioli stuffed with pappa al pomodoro. Read More

These dishes are celebrated handmade Tuscan pastas. Pinci—hand rolled—is thick, long, and irregular. Gnocchi (made with potatoes) are little nuggets.... Read More

The owners used to have a popular shack by the sea and now they’ve gone big in the city, creating an outdoor summertime oasis favored by up-to... Read More

Ribollita is a thick, white-bean and black-cabbage soup—best with submerged bruscetta. The second is leftover bread soaked (whole wheat, like it was for... Read More

The outdoor terrace is seductively shrouded in bougainvillea and the aromas of a superior kitchen. Tuck into a langoustine that might as well be butter,... Read More

Tuscan fish dishes are as simple and as remarkable as the rest of Tuscany’s cuisine. The key with them—even more so than with meats—is freshness. La... Read More

Lombardo specializes in very honest Lucchese cuisine, such as the stewed codfish with leek, and also represents some decent and inexpensive local wines.... Read More

With an unobstructed view of the most dramatic hill town of Tuscany, full of towers and spires, this winery, now in its 30th year, produces truly... Read More

On the Etruscan coast, between Livorno and Grosseto, lies the world-celebrated Bolgheri zone, home to such revered and pricey labels such as Sassicaia... Read More

One of Lucca’s oldest, well-known bakeries/cafes nestled by the Piazza San Michele, Taddeucci offers the buccellato, a traditional sweet cake developed... Read More

As cozy and welcoming a setting as you can ask for, with vaulted ceilings and even a fireplace. While clearly not serving espresso, Tea Room is a Siena... Read More

Sample Livorno’s famous dish, cacciucco, at Trattoria Antico Moro, a seafood restaurant that smells entirely like its wares. Cacciucco is one of... Read More

Now, you’ll ask, why of 2,000 restaurants in Florence, am I choosing one that’s a lengthy walk west along the Arno, completely out of the touristy area?... Read More

An airy, pleasantly undistinguished space smack-dab by the walls of Lucca. Read More

My favorite small medieval hill town, among the vineyards of one of the worlds’ greatest wines Brunello, this tiny, circular, little-visited jewel has... Read More

Halfway up the old volcano called Monte Amiata, hidden at the end of a road of a tiny hamlet, is this revered trattoria with a blazing grill in its... Read More

Our dearest Tuscan friend Rosana makes the pasta by hand and many other things by the heart. Luca (the owner) and his family are basically crazy about... Read More

Below the Campo, next to the marketplace, sits this timeless trattoria. I’ve loved this place for 25 years. The whole family—mamma runs the kitchen... Read More

A relaxing wine bar by the river, the family-operated Vicolo Divino caters to the locals with a quality wine selection and a friendly, quiet atmosphere.... Read More

Some call it “a little piece of paradise.” We stayed there this fall and I must say it’s pretty close. A half hour north of Siena or forty minutes south... Read More

Our neighbor Ofelio often regales us with big hunks of boar he hunted. The meat is chopped up into cubes, marinated overnight in wine with onions and... Read More

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