23 March 2018

5 best restaurants in Tuscany
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
Officina Della Bistecca
Beef feast
Meat-eaters unite! This one-of-a-kind restaurant in Panzano, Chianti, is not for ‘people of little appetite’. Linked to the butchers next door, Officina Della Bistecca offers a €50 fixed menu of multiple courses of the finest beef you’ll ever taste. However you like it, they’ll cook it to perfection and serve it with classic roasties and house sauces or pappa al pomodoro (Tuscan bread and tomato stew)… This place is known to have converted vegetarians, and you can even bring your own wine without a corkage fee.
Via XX Luglio 11, Panzano, Chianti
Tel: 00 39 055 852176 www.dariocecchini.com
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Il Santo Bevitore
Fine food in Florence
Just a few steps from the stunning Piazza Santo Spirito, Il Santo Bevitore offers the perfect mix of sophistication and Tuscan tradition. Enjoy classic local dishes such as homemade pasta, vegetable soups and risotto with cauliflower and quail, as well as foie gras and steak tartare. Attentive service and stylish surroundings make for a classy night out in one of the most atmospheric areas of one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
Via di Santo Spirito 66r, Florence
Tel: 00 39 055 211 264 www.ilsantobevitore.com
Da Rosanna
Live like an Italian
For traditional Tuscan cuisine, look no further. Set in the old village of Casal di Pari in the Maremma hills above the road to Siena, it’s well off the beaten track. The only restaurant here, it has been the focus of village life since the 1920s and the rustic feel remains – think simple plastic table cloths, wicker chairs and a few tables inside and out. Feast on Italian pasta classics, fresh ravioli and homemade desserts, washing it down with local Montecucco wine – all on a small budget.
Piazza Milazzo 1, 58040 Casal di Pari, Civitella Paganico
Tel: 00 39 0564 908810
Trattoria Bonini
Deal of the day
The sign of a great restaurant is the number of locals you find inside, and at Trattoria Bonini you may well be the only tourist. If you’re travelling from Florence towards the Mugello, stop here for a ‘working lunch’ of two courses for €12. This includes wine, water and fresh fruit, and you can sample the likes of authentic lasagne made with pasta rolled out on a marble slab, and spinach and ricotta gnudi, similar to gnocchi. Fresh bread from the family bakery tops off the temptation to dine here.
Via di Caselline 771, Pratolino
Tel: 00 39 055 40901
IO Osteria Personale
Tailor-made Tuscan
As the name suggests, IO Osteria Personale offers an inventive twist on traditional Tuscan cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh fish. Chef Nicolo Baretti serves up the likes of grilled anchovies with mozzarella, roasted octopus with chick-pea cream, and crispy veal with tuna sauce, ensuring that all ingredients are seasonal. A four-course tasting menu costs €40, while six courses will set you back €55. The wine list showcases a range of grape blends from around Italy that will have you wanting to try them all.
Borgo San Frediano 167r, Florence
Tel: 00 39 055 933 1341 www.io-osteriapersonale.it
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