Ristorante il Garibaldi

While driving past San Quirico d’ Orcia, you’ll see Ristorante il Garibaldi, which is one of our favorite road-house truck-stops. After a brief closure it has re-opened with new management and remodeling. Still they carry on the excellent Friday & Saturday special fish and seafood menu! Located at the Tamoil Petrol stop on SS2, Via Cassia. Tel. 0577-898-315 ($$)… Read More

Vegan travel guide debuts in Italy

The Guide highlights 130 restaurants and lifestyle sites across Italy. (ANSA) – Rome, April 29 – A travel guide devoted to vegetarian and vegan restaurants as well as veg-friendly hotels across Italy is poised to make its debut. ‘Viaggia Vegan’, or Travel Vegan, is aimed at travelers who seek cuisine and lifestyle options by highlighting 130 sites, primarily restaurants. Tour packages with veg-friendly itineraries are also included in the guide, which is published by Del Gallo Editore. An initiative… Read More

Osteria Da Gagliano

Osteria Da Gagliano in Sarteano features fresh seasonal cooking by Chef Angela who trained under the Michelin starred chef Alain Ducasse. Menu is inspired by recipes from her grandmother. Angela’s husband lent his name to the place, and you find Gagliano there meeting and greeting the guests. Order anything with truffles! Closed Tuesdays. Via Roma 5, a few steps from the main piazza in the old town. Best food in Sarteano but bring cash as they don’t take credit cards!… Read More

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Osteria Le Logge

Osteria Le Logge is a well-known restaurant in Siena serving excellent Tuscan cuisine in an elegant old-world setting with best tables on the ground floor (we like the corner table), also outside seating. The chef’s here put real finesse into their dishes. It’s our top restaurant for delicious fresh pasta and fabulous desserts! Closed Sundays. Located just off the Campo on Via del Porrione 33. Beware of the small step down just inside the front door! … Reserve table 0577-48013. Read More

Osteria il Grattacielo

Osteria il Grattacielo in Siena is a classic little corner Osteria that seats few people inside and more at outside tables under the high arch of the covered alley. They put together very good antipasto platters, salads and sandwiches. Order at the counter and ask them to prepare a big sharing platter for your group, point out what you want, here it’s very easy. Last visit in June 2013. Closed Sundays. Located at corner of Via Pontani (8) and archway… Read More

da Quinto al Ceppo

da Quinto, 10 minutes north of Siena, in its recently remodeled restaurant has served classic Tuscan cooking for many decades, with rustic pasta dishes and even game on the menu, antipasto selection laid out for self-service. Very popular with locals. Closed Tuesdays. About 7 km north of Siena along the old Via Cassia at the T-section to Fungaia, Riciano. 0577-593-387. ($$)… Read More

Osteria Lornano

Osteria Lornano is located in a small hamlet just north of Siena, they serve excellent Tuscan cooking at a very pleasant outdoor seating area – it’s a nice looking place inside, too. Closed Mondays. Stop by here for a delicious lunch on your way to the Chianti. To reach the village, take Badesse exit just north of Siena and follow signs to Lornano. 0578-309-146. ($$)*… Read More

Locanda dell’Amorosa

Locanda dell’Amorosa near Sinalunga serves some of the best food in Tuscany, under wide brick arches of the converted stables, where they can accommodate large groups. Delicious experience in every way, we really enjoyed our last visit few years ago. Part of a charming country hotel. Restaurant is closed on Mondays and also no lunch on Tuesdays. It’s a stunningly beautiful place, drive up to have a look even if not going to lunch. Located up a long cypress lined… Read More

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Pizzeria La Compagnia restaurant Torrenieri Tuscany

Pizzeria La Compagnia restaurant Torrenieri Tuscany Pizzeria La Compagnia in Torrenieri has the best thin-crust Roman style pizza in Tuscany! I really mean this, we crave their pizza when away from Tuscany. The pizza menu has over 30 choices, but I urge you to try my favorite, the gorgonzola and onion pizza, it’s amazing. We usually have a starter and one pizza per person, but you can share a pizza if you also have a meat course. Besides delicious pizza,… Read More

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Ristorante Conte Matto

       Ristorante Conte Matto in Trequanda is one of our all-time favorites, they serve excellent meals at good value.  Choose from a seasonal menu in addition to the regular one. We often have an antipasto that’s in season based on asparagus, zucchini and other vegetables. They also have snails, anchovy and tartar as starters this summer. My favorite 1st courses are the delicious handmade pastas, including spaghetti and tagliatelle with truffles and other sauces, and the smooth… Read More