We are often asked for hotel recommendations. These are some that we have heard good reports about and that you might want to consider for your trip to Italy.
Via Palazzo a Mare, 1
Marina Grande (NA)
Da Paolino has the most authentic Caprese cuisine on the island. The Caprese salad is sautéed with ravioli and stuffed with fresh ricotta cheese. Equally delectable is the penne with eggplant and fresh mozzarella, which you can enjoy in their dining area located under lemon groves.
Via Le Botteghe, 12B-14
La Capanina has a casual ambiance and a delectable menu featuring stuffed squid, ravioli alla caprese (filled with local cheese, marjoram, tomato and basil), lasagna with eggplant, or pezzogna (a local fish) with potatoes. The wine is local, harvested from the vineyards owned by the restaurant.
Via Traversa Lo Palazzo, 2
From its large terrace with a charming garden and lemon grove, La Pergola offers a magnificent view of the Bay of Naples, Vesuvius and the famous Piazzetta. In addition to the specialties made with ingredients from the restaurant's own vegetable garden, and those created alla marinara style using only the freshest of seafood, La Pergola is also known for its home-made pasta and delicious lemon soufflés.
Via Camerelle, 2
Qvisi is one of the restaurants at the Grand Hotel Qvisisana, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Qvisi Ristorante offers great cuisine and an extensive wine list in a simple, yet refined ambiance.
Torre di Saracino di Gennaro Esposito
Via Torretta, 9
Loc. Marina d'Equa
80069 Vico Equense (NA)
Closed Sunday sand Mondays.
Torre di Saracino is Michelin Star rated and boasts the great Chef, Gennaro Esposito, who makes the most of his dishes by using ingredients local to the area. Modern yet rustic, a diner can experience the best of both worlds over great food which is complimented by a large and diverse wine cellar.
Via del Brigantino, 19
84017 Positano (SA)
This beach front restaurant is hard to miss with its enormous outdoor terrace, endless racks of local wine and large lobster tanks. Seafood and pizza are among the specialties served which include: spaghetti with sea urchins, fried baby squid, and the famous zuppa di pesce, or spicy fish soup, which is the most prized item on the menu.
Il San Pietro
Via Laurito, 2
84017 Positano (SA)
Il San Pietro is Michelin Star rated due to the combination of traditional dishes and international delights to satisfy a wide range of palates, in a breezy Mediterranean setting. Positano has an old culinary tradition which has been carefully preserved and can be tasted in the fresh and unique dishes served here.
Le Hotel Sirenuse
Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30
84014 Positano (SA)
Chef Alfonso Laccarino leads the kitchen in their mostly Neapolitan cuisine. Large outside terraces make this a beautiful spot to indulge not only your taste buds, but all of your five senses. At night, over 400 candles give the dining room an elegant and romantic atmosphere making this one of the best spots to eat and relax in Positano.
Le Tre Sorelle
Via Marina, 5
84017 Positano (SA)
Piazza San Cosimato, 40
Located in the San Cosimato square, the heart of the old and popular neighborhood of Trastevere. Alberto Ciarla serves a fusion of Sashimi, marinates and raw Mediterranean fish dishes combined with more traditional Roman cuisine.
Piazza Aurelio, 7
Opened by 3 friends, this restaurant is very popular among the younger locals as they offer regional recipes in a chic and minimalist environment. The wine list has over 100 pages, complete with its own index, and the wine is stored in old Christian catacombs at a nearby church.
Via Aldrovandi Ulisse, 15
00197 Roma Italy
This restaurant is mentioned by Sergio in his book, Passion on the Vine.
Checchino Dal 1887
Via di Monte Testaccio
As stated by its name, Checchino Dal 1887 is one of Rome’s oldest restaurants, serving classic specialties in a beautiful and historic setting. The restaurant's cantina is also very unique, being built by excavating right into the Testaccio Hill.
Hostaria Antica Roma
Via Appia Antica, 87
Serving a rich menu of typical Roman food, Hostaria Antica Roma is romantically nestled into ancient ruins built by Emperor Augustus. The owner, Paolo, has a vineyard that produces wine specifically for the restaurant. Adored by the locals, this restaurant is a great place for lunch.
Via dei Bianchi Vecchi, 129a
With a very chic and modern décor, this restaurant boasts a sophisticated menu with very creative Roman food.
Via G. Giraud, 53
While L’Altro Mastai has modern décor it cannot hide the fact that it is located in a 19th century palazzo. Chef Fabio Baldassarre worked at La Pergola (Cavaliere Hilton) and is Michelin Star rated.
Via Giuseppe Giocchino Belli, 59/61
L’Arcangelo is located a few streets off Piazza Cavour and the must see old Castel S. L’Arcangelo, was the setting of Puccini’s opera TOSCA.
Via Viminale, 44
This restaurant is recommended by Sergio as a great introduction to a traditional Roman dining experience.
Via della Rosetta, 8
La Rosetta was the first restaurant in Rome to serve fish and seafood exclusively, when it opened in 1966. Located a short distance from the Pantheon, the chef, Massimo Ricciolo, creates high-quality meals using only the freshest ingredients.
Via Ludovisi, 45
Located on the 6th floor of the Hotel Eden (Le Meridien), La Terrazza offers a magnificent panoramic view of the city and a sweeping view of St. Peter's Cathedral. This award winning and elegant restaurant serves delectable Mediterranean cuisine with a wine list fit for a connoisseur.
Ristorante Dante-Taberna dei Gracchi
Via dei Gracchi, 266/ 268
Ristorante Dante offers classic Roman fare in a casual, rustic setting. Diners must try its signature dish: Le Bavette ai Gracchi.
Spirito di Vino
Via dei Genovesi, 31 A/B
Near Porto Portese
Slow Food awarded it the #1 restaurant in Rome; also featured in the Rachel Ray $40 a Day show, Gourmet and The New York Times.
Via A. Bosio, 20 A
Sud, located in Trieste, specializes in southern Italian cuisine, specifically Sicilian and Calabrese. This small restaurant has bright colors covering the walls and a menu filled with fragrant and exciting meat and fish dishes.
Trattoria Enoteca Infernotto
Via Macaggi, 64R
For the wine lover.
Salita Baratta, 16
16034 Portofino (GE)
Magnificent views of the bay can be seen from the outdoor dining area; elegant splendor can be found inside.
via Maroncelli, 1
Alessandro Ristorante is a local favorite, offering a fresh and modern approach to Milanese cuisine.
Via Victor Hugo, 4
Cracco Peck is Michelin Star rated and considered the best restaurant in Milan.
Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia
Via Montcuccoli, 6
Closed Saturday lunch and all day Sunday.
Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia is one of the highest rated restaurants in Milan.
Via Troglio, 14
Sadler is Michelin Star rated and boasts innovative, traditional Italian cuisine.
Trussardi alla Scala
Piazza della Scala
Trussardi alla Scala’s cuisine is decadent and sophisticated, complimented with a French and Italian wine list. Named by the 2007 Guide to Italy's Restaurants, as the best new restaurant of the year, Trussardi alla Scala Restaurant, on the first floor of the Palazzo Trussardi alla Scala, is a new landmark for gourmet cuisine in Milan.
Ristorante Gualtiero Marchesi
L'Alberta Locanda in Franciacorta
Relais & Chateaux
Via V. Emanuele IL n°23
25030 Erbusco (Brescia)
Closed Sunday dinner and Mondays.
Located in the Relais Hotel, L'Alberta, Marchesi's restaurant is Michelin Star rated and holds true to 3 fundamental principles of food: simple, good and beautiful. Some well known "classics" include: salad of spaghetti with caviar and chives, rice, gold and saffron, open ravioli, squid in ink sauce, and Marchesi's veal fillet Rossini.
Exit Asti Est-- Main Road
Il Cascinalenuovo offers some classic Piemonte dishes, such as: raw meat, handmade ravioli, braised beef etc., as well as some more modern creations. This restaurant and hotel match innovation and tradition to create bold flavors and memorable dishes.
Via Verdi, 22
Antica Corona Reale
Via Fossano, 13
12040 Cervere (CN)
Mentioned in Sergio’s book, Passion on the Vine, this Michelin Star restaurant enlightens you with home cooking-Piedmontese-style, including perhaps the finest rendition of tripe anywhere in the world. Wine options are extensive.
Piazza Castello, 5
La Morra (CN)
No longer owned by the Bovio family, it is under new management.
Closed Sunday evenings and all day Monday.
Belvedere is one of the oldest restaurants in Piedmont. It offers typical Piedmontese cuisine; the base ingredients of these dishes are carefully selected and are of the highest quality. When in season the restaurant also offers traditional dishes made with local mushrooms and the white truffles of Alba.
Localitia San Maurizio, 39
St. Stefano Belbo (CN)
Part of the Relais San Maurizio hotel, so always open.
Via Alba, 17 bis
La Morra (CN)
The Bovio family, one of the oldest families of restaurateurs in Piedmont, has now moved to a new location, in a panoramic position among the vineyards of Barolo. It is an informal but elegant environment, with delightful views of the vineyards and castles of the Langhe, seen through big windows in the dining area.
Trattoria della Posta “da Camulin”
12065 Monforte d'Alba (CN)
Closed Thursdays and Friday for lunch and for the month of February.
The philosophy underlying Gianfranco Massolino's cuisine consists of reproducing the great classical recipes of the Langhe and Monferrato territories. Recipes, handed down for generations, keep their own authentic tastes and simplicity. The care for ingredients, such as mushrooms and truffles, is outstanding. Along with Piedmont's traditional recipes Gianfranco Massolino likes to incorporate international cuisine, especially fish and foie gras.
Frazione Monterotondo, 56
15066 Gavi (AL)
La Gallina provides guests with the opportunity to taste the traditional flavors of typical Piemontese cuisine. The chef uses only the freshest of ingredients, obtaining his meat from the surrounding lands and his fish from the neighboring region of Liguria The main dining room provides a rustic, yet refined ambience while the outdoor terrace boasts beautiful panoramic views.
Via Scatilazzi 15
15011 Acqui Terme (AL)
Acqui Terme, away from the Barolo area.
AGATA E ROMEO
Via Carlo Alberto, 45
For the perfect marriage (pun intended) of fine dining, creative cuisine, and rustic Roman tradition, the husband-and-wife team of Agata Parisella and Romeo Caraccio is the top. Chef Agata is a well-known figure on the Italian restaurant scene, as she's a cooking instructor and cookbook author. She was one the first chefs in the capital city to put a gourmet spin on Roman ingredients and preparations, elevating local favorites and familiar staples like coda alla vaccinara (stewed oxtail with celery) and paccheri di Gragnano (special oversize ziti) all'amatriciana. Her signature style is both simple and elegant, perhaps best seen in her sformato di formaggio di fossa (a soufflé-tart of sheep's cheese aged in special caves) with a pear sauce and Acacia honey— a perfect balance between sweet and sharp. And the desserts! Any of the chocolate offerings are to die for, and the famous millefoglie di Agata is a winner. Husband Romeo presides over the dining room and delights in the selection and pairing of the dishes with great wines. Suggested by Paolo Domenighetti, DSWE.
Via Siena, 4
Cecina Mare (LI)
Via Lauretta, 5
57020 Bolgheri (LI)
Genuine Mediterranean flavors mixed with local Tuscan enotecas favorite. Fabulous wine list, offers tastings, fixed menus, wine and food pairings, and wine for sale. Perfect stop for lunch after a trio to the vineyards of Bolgheri
Piazza Della Vittoria, 13
57027 S. Vincenzo (LI)
Tel: 011.39 056 5701021
Fax: 011.39 056 5704542
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
This restaurant has a view of the Tyrrhenian Sea from their vast windows. It offers exquisite dishes which have earned the restaurant international prestige.
Via Pisana Livornese, 32
La Pineta di Zazzeri
Via Cavalleggeri Nord, 27
Marina di Bibbona (LI)
On the beach in Marina di Bibbona. Quoted as having the best fish in Tuscany. You can dig your feet in the sand while you eat. Extensive wine list and excellent food.
Viale Della Vittoria, 68
57023 Cecina (LI)
Osteria La Magona
Piazza Ugo, 2/3
57020 Bolgheri (LI)
Via Verdi, 22
Via Diaz, 23
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays for Lunch.
Pizzale F.lli Serini
San Vincenzo (LI)
Closed Wednesdays and Sunday Dinner.
Viale Italia, 13
Marina di Castagneto Carducci (LI)
Il Vecchio Frantoio
Via Gramsci, 8
Castagneto Carducci (LI)
Closed Thursdays .
Osteria-Enoteca San Guido
Localité San Guido, 50
Only Open for Lunch. Closed Mondays.
Hostaria Il Buco
Via della Pace, 39
Chianciano Terme (SI)
About 15 minutes from Chiusi, this ancient Etruscan and Roman city is known for its natural thermal springs. This restaurant, however, is known for some of its specialties, such as: Grilled bread with Pienza Pecorino cheese and lard; shredded Chianina ribs with oil, rosemary and peppercorns.
S. S. 146
Localita Querce al Pino
Located about 5 km from Chisi, this elegant Michelin star restaurant is part of Villa Il Patriarca, a lovely ancient 19th century hotel. Expansive and picturesque gardens, scattered with Etruscan ruins, complete the backdrop for the dining area.
Via Porsenna, 80
Specialties include: Chickpeas and grass pea soup and Chianina filet with porcini mushrooms.
Osteria La Solita Zuppa
Via Porsenna, 21
Chiusi Citta (SI)
Located in the heart of the town, this restaurant offers a casual setting and a vast menu of traditional local specialties at a great value for both lunch and dinner.
Ristorante Il Pesce d'Oro
Via Sbarchino, 36
Specialties: Brustico and olive oil gelato.
Via Arunte, 12
Chiusi Citta (SI)
A casual restaurant that offers great local cuisine. Ask to see the wine cellar which is set in a natural cave.
Via Ghibellina, 52r
Closed on Monday, no lunch service.
Located in the heart of Florence, Alle Murate is known for its creative versions of classic Tuscan dishes served in this sleek and sophisticated spot. The main dining room has a rich, uncluttered look, with warm wood floors, paneling, and soft lights. Umberto Monbtano proposes curious and refined cooking, light and rich in flavor; a pleasant combination.
Piazza degli Scarlatti, 1R
Bar: 12:00-3:00; 6:00-12:00am / Restaurant 12:30-2:30; 7:00-11:00.
A new, sparkling restaurant and wine bar, elegant and modern, in a splendid ambiance enhanced by a pleasant design. The interior is original with a big oval American bar, raised tables and stools: a place to meet before and after meals. The menu is Tuscan in its ingredients, with a pleasant creative Mediterranean development in its proposals. Wine plays an important role, with a large selection of wines.
Piazza Antinori, 3
Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
A refined and elegant restaurant, which is popular amongst the Florentine high society. It serves traditional dishes, prepared with ingredients from the Antinori farm, but mitigated in their simplicity. Run by the famed Antinori wine-making family, this elegant but simple restaurant is located in a magnificent 15th-century palazzo which is also the private home to the Antinomian family. A great place for a nice lunch.
Via Dell' Ardiglione, 22
Closed on Sundays.
A delicious, enjoyable, and subtly in fashion restaurant in Italy. Cavolo Nero is set on a characteristic road in the Oltrano side of the city. Traditional recipes are reinvented with pleasing imagination. Dinner is eaten by candlelight. Notable wines.
Via Ghibellina, 87
Closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for lunch.
This restaurant is often described as the best in Italy, with the most furnished wine cellar in Europe (more than 80,000 bottles). The restaurant is situated on the ground floor of the sixth century Ciofi-Iacomettie palace, and offers an ambiance, which is equaled by its excellent cuisine, a mixture of French and Tuscan. Tasting menus with appropriate wine pairings for each course are offered.
Via delle Belle Donne, 3
Closed on Mondays.
A restaurant with a big atmosphere: frescoes and suggestive paintings, toned pastels, but above all suffused and perfect lighting. The first courses are abundant and served with style and taste. The opera blasting in the background go well with the bright colors and excitement that this restaurant encompasses.
Trattoria "Da Bule"
Via Cassia per Siena ,90/I
50026 San Casciano Val di Pesa (FI)
Very casual with amazing local food. The wild boar and bistecche are a must.
Via Dei Macci, 122r
Closed on Mondays and Sundays.
Beautiful restaurant with an old-fashioned charm and flair for authentic local cuisine. An inspirational menu with some very rustic foods which are different, unique and sometimes unidentifiable. The quality of the food is first class.
La Fattoria di Corsini
Via del Cerro, 11
Tavarnelle Val Di Pesa (FI)
Great place recommended by locals. Outdoor seating with great view.
Borgo Pini, 12r
La Giostra, which means "carousel" in Italian, is owned and run by Prince Dimitri Kunz d'Asburgo Lorena and his twin sons. The restaurant started out as a hobby and is now fully booked every night. The pastas are good and the atmosphere is comforting.
La Pentola dell'Oro
Via di Mezzo, 24-26 R
Closed on Sundays.
Alessi is a private club several blocks from Santa Croce. Guisseppe Alessi with his wife and son create food that delights and fascinates Florentines. He considers himself more of an alchemist than a chef, and the emulsions he creates are magical. He's a philosopher in the kitchen; if you can understand Italian, you will be able to appreciate the research he puts into modern interpretations of antique recipes. He's famous for his rendition of Brunelleschi's Peposo, a beef stew rich with pepper. He even works with wineries to create wines that are right for his dishes. Everything at Alessi is incredible except the bill which is low!
La Tenda Rossa
Piazza Del Monumneto, 9-14
Closed Sundays and Monday for lunch.
This restaurant is located in a Red Tent. The food is original and creative. The atmosphere combined with the cuisine is unforgettable and a truly memorable experience.
Osteria Dei Pazzi
Via dei Lavatoi, 1-3 R
Closed on Mondays.
The Pazzi were a famous family in the Renaissance, but "pazzi" also means crazy! Paolo Paroli, your host and chef, is crazy about food. He abandoned a teaching career to follow his passion and this wonderful restaurant is the result. He is the epitome of the old-style Florentine "oste"—joking and yelling, almost giving you a show with your meal. Fun and English are spoken here! Traditional Tuscan food prepared with care—crostini, bruschetta, spaghetti con polpo pestato, pasta with arugula, etc. His goal is to build a clientele of Florentines, so you know the food must be good. The atmosphere is great fun.
Via Canonica, 3
58050 Montemerano (GR)
Closed on Wednesdays.
In Tuscany, in the section called Maremma, the relaxed country atmosphere of this restaurant is a great pair for the traditional Tuscan food offered at this hidden restaurant. The food is outstanding and goes well with the vast amount of wine available from their 20,000 bottle wine cellar. The restaurant is designed with wooden cellar beams and fireplaces giving it a comfortable feel with a truly outstanding menu.
Piazza San Querico 1
Closed December to March and on Wednesdays.
Ristorante All’Olivo is in the heart of the ancient town Lucca; ""born"" as a historical ‘trattoria’ in 1944 and renovated in 1987 by its manager Corrado Petretti and his wife Mrs. Antonella. The restaurant is known for its fish, which arrives fresh every morning from Viareggio. It is located in one of the typical town squares in the center and is a small casual restaurant that offers regional cuisine from land and sea and really pleasant service on the veranda.
Antica Locanda dell' Angelo
Via Pescheria, 21
Recommended to Perry on his trip to Tuscany, a local favorite, offers a good wine list and a rustic atmosphere and elegant tone.
Buca di Sant'Antonio
Via della Cervia, 1/5
Has origins dating back to the 18th century, offers traditional and typical dishes. The restaurant offers typical Lucchese dishes using fresh local products and pasta homemade every day. Very rustic environment with copper pots hanging from the ceiling.
Via Carducci, 61
55042 Forte Di Marmi (LI)
In the center of Forte Di Marmi, a 45 minute drive from Florence. This restaurant combines quality, genius and precision for a unique dining experience.
Ristorante La Mora
Via Sesto di Moriano, 1748
Ponte a Moriano (11 Km from Lucca)
Closed on Wednesdays.
A stop at this charming former wayfarer's hostelry, close to Lucca on the Garfagnana road, is a must for gourmets who love genuine local flavors. In the kitchen, the couple who own the restaurant - the custodians of the gastronomic secrets of this generous area - give new life to lost moments with their tasty recipes that are a combination of contemporary and traditional cooking.
Via Mazzini, 120
Closed on Mondays.
This is a great restaurant known for its fish cuisine and delightful atmosphere.
Costa Castellare, 1/3
Sant'Angelo in Colle (SI)
A Local favorite and great choice for lunch.
Via dell Acquacheta
The Osteria offer a hearty food strongly based on local traditions. Only local ingredients are used after a careful selection. Here quality comes first followed by presentation. The ambiance is cozy and friendly. People just come to enjoy the food and the company.
Località I Poggio
53204 Montalcino (SI)
Chef/owner Roberto Minnetti proposes a cuisine steeped in local tradition and reliant on availability of fresh local ingredients. Highly recommended for dinner. Can taste wines of Poggio Antico estate, but run by different management.
Localita San Biagio, 15
Closed on Wednesdays.
Classic setting, food and service; elegantly situated in front of the Church of San Biagio.
Le Loggie del Vignole
Via delle Erbe, 6
Closed Sunday and Mondays.
Situated in the heart of the historical center of town, this restaurant offers two charming and elegant dining rooms.
LA BUCA DELLE FATE
Corso Rossellino, 38
Translated to "The Witches' Hole," it is considered the best restaurant in town; offers simple, traditional, and homey cuisine at a great value.
LA TAVERNA DI MORANDA
Via di Mezzo, 13-17
53020 Monticchiello (SI)
Known for traditional dishes, such as: stuffed pigeon, carré of lamb with herbs, truffles and game. Trying the local desserts and cheese is a must!
Trattoria Bar La Pergola
Localita Baratti, 23
57025 Piombino (LI)
A very casual atmosphere, more like a trattoria than a restaurant, but loved by locals for its fish specialties.
Via Settembre, 50
53034, Colle Di Val d' Elsa
Tel: 011.39 0577 920549
Fax: 011.39 0577 920549
Lunch 1-3; Dinner between 8-12; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
In the medieval center of Colle di Val d'Elsa this restaurant offers an exquisite cuisine of fresh and light ingredients used in a creative way. The rooms are all designed differently with bright colors. This restaurant is an experience of taste and atmosphere.
Antica Osteria da Divo
Via Franciosa 25-29
Closed on Mondays
This former trattoria has gone midscale and greatly improved its menu to offer excellent innovative dishes rooted in Sienese traditions in a classy, but not frosty, atmosphere of soft jazz. The main dining room is a crazy medieval mélange of stone, brick, wood supports, and naked rock, while the rooms in back and basement are actually Etruscan tombs carved from the tufa.
Antica Trattoria Bottega Nova
Strada Chiantigiana, 29
Antica Trattoria Papei
Piazza del Mercato, 6
Although tourists now know to filter behind the Palazzo Pubblico to this large family-run trattoria, locals still hang on vigorously, returning for the simple but wonderful Sienese fare. Although it is located in an unsightly piazza with a view of the Terza di San Martino, the New York Times considers this one of their top restaurant choices for Siena. If you're eating inside, head to the left of the door or upstairs for wood-ceilinged ambiance. If you go, make sure to try their signature dishes, the papardelle al sugo di cinghiale (noodles in wild boar sauce) and coniglio all'arabbiata (rabbit cooked in white wine, rosemary, and sage with a pinch of pepperoncino), or try anatra alla Tolomei (duck stewed with tomatoes).
Via Camollia, 72
Closed on Sundays.
Famous all over Italy, this enoteca allows itself to stand out by their unique food and perfect pairings. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and you will be very satisfied with the quality and flavor of the food. They offer pairings, fixed menus, as well as retail wine sales.
Via Fiorentina 81,
This cozy restaurant offers 3 rooms for dining all year round and, additionally, in the summer, you can sit outside under the pergola and enjoy the simple, refined cuisine. A favorite starter is the gnocchetti rosa with squid; for seafood you might try lobster with roasted potatoes; if seafood does not suit you, try the savory fillet of pork with basil or potato pie with black olives; and finish with an assortment of colorful, sweet cakes. A truly Tuscan treat!
Hotel Certosa di Maggiano
Strada di Certosa, 82/86
Il Canto gets its name from the old farm belonging to the Carthusian monastery that still produces the olive oil, and fruits and vegetables, which are the basic ingredients for the dishes offered. For an informal lunch you can sit in the old, rustic kitchen or the outside patio; for dinner you can sit in the dining room or beneath the ogival arches of the main cloister. Located in the Hotel Certosa di Maggiano, close to the center, outside the medieval walls of Siena.
La Gallopapa Ristorante
Via Della Volte, 14/16
53011 Castellina in Chianti (SI)
Closed on Mondays.
Very gourmet version of the typical Tuscan tastes. Their creative and imaginative spin of it can only arouse your curiosities and completely satisfy your tastes. Fragrant dishes with only the freshest local ingredients and menus planned on seasonal ingredients. Definitely a restaurant that leaves you very pleased. They offer fixed menus, tastings, and wine pairings. Contact: Tiziano. Michelin Star rated.
Via Salicotto, 7-9
You can usually trust a place that doesn't hide its kitchen. La Torre's is in plain view, next to a dozen tightly packed tables under an undulating brick ceiling. It's a popular place, so reserve ahead or show up early. All the pasta is homemade (none more deliciously than the pici and the plump tortellini) and served with the sauce of your choice and a generous heap of Parmesan cheese on top. Afterward, try the vitello arrosto (slices of roast veal) or piccione al forno (oven-baked pigeon).
Osteria La Chiacchera
Costa di Sant' Antonio, 4
This is a tiny joint with worn wooden tables, terra-cotta floors, and barrel ends embedded everywhere. "The Chatterbox" proudly serves Sienese poor people's food. A choice first course is the penne arrabbiata (in spicy tomato sauce). Secondi are simple peasant dishes like salsicce e fagioli (grilled sausages with beans) and stracotto (beef and boiled potatoes in piquant tomato sauce). They also do a mean chocolate pie. This is on The New York Times list of best restaurants; it is one of the cheapest but most highly rated.
Osteria Le Loggie
Via del Porrione, 33
Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sundays
53035 Monteriggioni (SI)
Located in the Chianti area this would be a great stop for dinner on your way to/from Siena. Mainly Tuscan cuisine, this wonderful restaurant is set in the old rooms of an antique fort and is famous for its menu and attention to detail. Very refined and simple foods comprise the menu, created by using only the best ingredients; the plates come out looking like a work of art!
Trattoria La Torre
Via Saliciotto 7-9
You can usually trust a place that doesn't hide its kitchen; La Torre's is in plain view, next to a dozen tightly packed tables under an undulating brick ceiling. It's a popular place, so make reservations or show up early. All the pasta is homemade (none more deliciously than the pici and the plump tortellini) and served with the sauce of your choice and a generous heap of Parmesan cheese on top. Afterward, try the vitello arrosto (slices of roast veal) or piccione al forno (oven-baked pigeon)."
Vicolo di Provenzano, 1/7
I Sette Consoli
Piazza Sant'Angelo, 1a
Near Corso Cavour. Chef: Annarita Simoncini.
Osteria S. Patrizio
Corso Cavour, 312
Closed Mondays and Sunday night.
Ristorante Giglio D’Oro
Piazza Duomo, 8
Located right next to the cathedral of Orvieto offering a great view of the city's splendid cathedral.
Piazza Duomo, 15
Also wine bar; +300 labels; great terrace overlooking the piazza and cathedral; owned by Luca Fratini.
Enoteca Gio Arte e Vini
Via Ruggero D'Andreotto, 19
06100 Perugia (TR)
Part of the 4-Star hotel, Gio.
L’Osteria dei Tre Bicchieri
Via Baldeschi, 17
06100 Perugia (TR)
Fr. Morre, 05020 Baschi (TR)
Umbra Grill offers wine and food lovers the chance to sample gastronomic meals made only with the finest local products. The Grill is located on the grounds of the Todi Castle and has a superb outdoor facility perfect for parties and celebrations. Cuisine consists of barbecue, pizza and roasts, all baked in a Roman style wood oven. All recipes are traditional and prepared with their very own extra virgin olive oil.
Ca Dei Frati
Isola di San Clemente, 1
Closed Sundays, Mondays and January.
On the island of San Clemente, in the spaces of the old Camaldolese monastery, alongside the Renaissance church, stands Ca’ dei Frati, the exclusive gourmet restaurant of the San Clemente Palace. The exquisite delicacies of a refined cuisine d’auteur, consisting of soft lighting and sparkling crystal, with the crimson and gold finishings of the Cà dei Frati restaurant. This is an ideal setting for a romantic dinner and an unforgettable stay in Venice. Michelin Star rated.
S. Polo- Calle del Scaleter, 2002
Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Tucked away on a little calle off the top of Campo San Polo, Da Fiore is a favorite among high-end diners for its superbly prepared Venetian cuisine coupled with a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. A decadent seafood lunch or dinner here might include delicate hors d'oeuvres of moeche, scallops, and tiny octopus, followed by a succulent risotto or tagliolini con scampi e radicchio (with shrimp and radicchio), and a perfectly cooked main course of rombo or tagliata di tonno (tuna steak). Michelin Star rated.
The Bauer Hotel
San Marco, 1459
De Pisis, the Bauer’s gourmet restaurant, is augmented with exquisite terrace seating along one of the most spectacular sites in the world: Venice’s Grand Canal, complete with a view of the famous Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute in the distance. And for those who prefer the intimacy of interiors, the dining room is elaborately furnished in a style reminiscent of Venice’s past. As for the food, Chef Ciresa remains true to his Italian roots and locale and serves the freshest finds, enhancing their distinct flavors with Mediterranean essences and a dash of Asian influence. And did we mention experimentation…it’s what keeps them all coming back for more. Romance…fine dining…exceptional seating…and a view!!
The Metropole Hotel
Riva degli Schiavoni, 4149
Michelin star. The atmosphere is intimate and sophisticated, the service attentive and discreet. Large windows offer a scenic view of the San Giorgio Island. It is the home of the creative cuisine of Corrado Fasolato. A genuine maestro, he reinterprets the Mediterranean and Veneto traditions, using the freshest of local produce and bringing to them imagination and artistry to work a successful alchemy combining the flavors and techniques of local cuisine with those of exotic Oriental cuisines. Unusual marriages and blends of colors, aromas and flavors attain a perfect equilibrium; the result is a veritable feast to delight the senses.
Piazzetta Peschiera, 6
Special attention is given to the flavors’ and perfumes’ identity, as they are used in different interpretations to inspire creative and curious ideas! Fine herbs and exotic fruits, sauces and spices from all over the world, run free throughout the cuisine. Because of this, they offer an interaction of gourmet products that harmonizes tradition and innovation; fused together to communicate taste’s true expression: the passion to meet and share together the colors of taste. Buan Appetito!
Via Arche Scaligere, 6
To be a guest of Giancarlo Gioco's restaurant means to be a guest of History. The restaurant is near two of the most romantic places: Juliet's Balcony and Romeo's House. This place, a favorite of the "gourmets," is full of history; and the restaurant itself represents that history. The 8th of October, 1879, was the day that Giancarlo's great-grandfather, Giuseppe Gioco, signed a contract with a council firm for a gas connection to his "trattoria;" but regardless of when the "trattoria" started using gas, its existence has been noted since 1420, when managed by a different family. At the beginning it was an inn, giving hospitality to travelers and their horses; a hundred years later, its hospitality is still offered to any who may stop for some great food and regional refreshment.
Bottega Del Vino
Via Scudo di Francia, 3
This is a favorite "hang-out" during Vin-Italy days.
Desinare A Santa Teresa
Via Santa Teresa, 77
Chef Domenico Burato proposes regional plates, but with horizons just as immense as the creativity with which he creates them. Often defined as the “wisdom kitchen,” this restaurant is compromised of young talent and promising chefs, and proposes an elegant and refined local menu series. It is the class and constant quality of the food and staff that makes this a more than obvious attraction in Verona. The efficiency in which the kitchen easily combines tradition and innovation explains the balance of scents and tastes of their authentic sapori found.
Via Dietro San Sebastiano, 7
Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Il Desco is Elia Rizzo and his family's restaurant and is located in a prestigious building in the heart of the city of Verona. Style and elegance are features of the furnishings which blend antique and modern elements just like the cuisine, which follows tradition but in a new and creative way. For twenty years Il Desco has been at the top of Italian restoration and even obtained two Michelin stars in 1997.
Via Porticheti Fontanelle, 3
Closed Sundays and Monday morning.
La Fontanina is an evocative restaurant in one of the most historical parts of Verona; near the Roman Theatre and Ponte Pietra. While the tradition of this inn dates back over 200 years, history speaks to us not only through the antiques but through the passion for food and wine. This restaurant has been managed by the Tapparinis since 1984 and offers creative cooking based upon meat and fish, complimented with a broad selection of wine.
Piazzetta Santa Maria
Closed Sunday evenings and Mondays.
The building, which houses "Alla Pergola," dates from the time of the Longobard kings 400/500. In the past it was the palace of the Prefect of Verona, and in 1743 it became a convent dedicated to the Virgins of Saint Maria of Solaro. In 1806 it was deconsecrated by Napoleon and sold to privates who converted it into a house and inn. The outside façade is still distinguishable today, a tabernacle, which dates back to the first half of XV century; and three blocks of red marble of the church which once stood on the site.
Vicolo Tre Marchetti, 19/b
There are very few restaurants that could match the standards of this trattoria—the staff is extremely courteous, the cuisine is classical and the decor, crockery, cutlery and glassware exceed the norm for a trattoria. Dishes include Prawn Salad, bigoli with tomato and aubergine, Fettucine with Porcini Mushrooms and truffles, squid, beef steak with truffles and a rocket salad with Grana cheese. The dessert menu includes Crême Brûlée with zabaglione and chocolate sauce and Tiramisù. The wine list, written on parchment, is another delight.