Alicina Hosteria Porto Ercole seafood restaurant

Alicina Hosteria in Porto Ercole is an unmissable treat for the lovers of fish and seafood. In this small and simple Tuscany restaurant the menu is refined and interesting, and our waiter was very helpful and spoke quite good English. The tasting plate for starters is an eye-opener into Mediterranean seafood delights! Food is fresh and delicious so the prices are higher, but it’s well worth the price for a marvelous authentic experience. If you’re in Porto Ercole and love… Read More

il Poggio restaurant Celle sul Rigo Tuscany

il Poggio restaurant Celle sul Rigo Tuscany il Poggio is a country hotel and a horse riding destination with an excellent large restaurant. The location is in the south end of Siena Province at the village of Celle sul Rigo. This restaurant is comfortable and furnished with well spaced out tables. There’s also covered outside seating with wonderful views. It’s the perfect restaurant for long lunches and late evenings when you combine excellent food and wine with fun and conversation. Read More

Valserena Tuscany restaurant

Valserena is a local trattoria halfway between Siena and Buonconvento at Lucignano d’Arbia. Valserena is a neighborhood restaurant with the basic traditional menu, but it’s definitely the best simple eatery in this valley and visited by the locals for their grilled meats. Great atmosphere, loud conversations, and everybody seems to know everybody. Come here for a good evening with delicious and really inexpensive food, drinkable house wine, and very friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We have feasted on their delicious spare ribs… Read More

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Osteria La Porta Monticchiello restaurant

Osteria La Porta is an excellent restaurant and wine bar in Monticchiello with a lovely terrace. It’s been recently refurbished and a popular Tuscany restaurant for the Italians who come to enjoy the fresh and creative interpretation of local specials at this spellbinding hilltop village. Excellent antipasto and homemade pasta courses. Ask for a table on the terrace with panoramic views. Last visit in May 2016. Closed on Thursdays. Small restaurant, best to make a reservations. English spoken by Daria,… Read More

Ristorante il Goccino Tuscany restaurant

Lucignano is a charming town in Val di Chiana, where the exiting Ristorante il Goccino is known for excellent cooking, it’s creative and fun, one of the best in the region. Set inside the town walls, this is an eatery of high quality, both in food and service. The menu created by Chef Susanna is loaded with seasonal food, including, a surprisingly large selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes! I love the marvelous mixed antipasto platter of tasty treats. From… Read More

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Trattoria della Filiera Castelmuzio

Trattoria della Filiera is a new eatery in Castelmuzio, located under the large parking area facing Montisi in a light and bright building with an entire wall of arches filled with windows. The charming Daniella runs the dining room while her brother is the chef, cooking traditional dishes such as the excellent lasagne. They also offer familiar treats for tourists, like hamburgers and sausages. This is a great place for groups, because there’s a lot of space indoors, plus 2… Read More

Ristorante San Valentino

Ristorante San Valentino is part of the Piccolo Hotel San Valentino just 2 miles from the Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey towards Buonconvento. From the road you drive up and around the back for parking. There’s a covered terrace that’s good for lunch, and inside a large dining room but step thru to the wide open garden patio for dining outside in the warm season. The cook’s name is Gigliola and she’s a pro in preparing the classic Tuscan menu with… Read More

Restaurant guide for Siena Province

Restaurant guide for Siena Province Updated June 2017. This list is our personal recommendation for eating well. The restaurants where you should make reservations are noted with *. During the summer call at least one day in advance for dinner (cena) reservations (pre-notazione). Kitchen is typically open for lunch from 12:30 to about 2:00 pm, for dinner: 7:30 – 9:30 pm, and later on weekends. In restaurants, pizza is served at dinner only. During the day, buy pizza by the… Read More

Osteria Etrusca

With all this good food around, sometimes only one important thing can make a restaurant stand out. Now I’m talking about hospitality. Our recent meal (May 2015)  in Chiusi was in the center of the old town, at Osteria Etrusca. Hospitality here is like magic; the charm, warmth and kindness of the owners, father and daughter, is beyond comparison. They both speak English. We sat at a covered outside table watching the street scene at the end of the day,… Read More

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Ristorante il Garibaldi San Quirico d’Orcia

While driving past San Quirico d’ Orcia, you’ll see Ristorante il Garibaldi at the Tamoil Petrol stop on (SS2) Via Cassia. This is one of our all-time favorite road-house truck-stops. After a brief closure it has been remodeled and reopened. Still they carry on the excellent special fish and seafood menu! Don’t miss this special treat! Located at the Tamoil Petrol stop on SS2, Via Cassia. Tel. 0577-898-315 ($$)… Read More