We fell into this restaurant by chance, it read "Wine Bar" and it's a tiny place near the Duomo di Firenze. What we saw from outside said "eat me" so we entered. Sometimes we didn't understand much of the menu and it was a great advantage because we asked - and they always serve you well. The "roll" was stuffed with mozzarella, prosciuto and pesto sauce. A final curiosity, the site had no kitchen.
They say it's easy to eat well in Italy, but in fact finding homemade food of good quality, with an extensive menu of pasta, starters and fiorentina steak isn't the simplest thing in the world. But this trattoria, near the palace, makes it possible. All great, good value, in a lovely Italian atmosphere.
If you pass by Lucca, you can not leave without first having breakfast at Caffe Di Simo. You know you're getting close when you walk along the Via Fillungo because, suddenly, an aroma of fresh pastries invades you and from there, just follow your nose! ;) Besides being a place with much charm and thousands of delicious treats, the staff are really friendly and will advise you with kindness and patience, despite my poor knowledge of Italian! :) In the end, I decided not to complicate things and I played it safe: I went for a cappuccino and croissants, which were heavenly. Logically, Puccini is present throughout the city, and at Café di Simo you should not expect any less: it offers piano concerts on Saturday afternoons. Cappuccino, fresh croissants and Madame Butterfly, a perfect combination in Lucca.
Here you can find plenty of tradition, with homemade ceramic jugs. The variety of wines and spirits is large and convenient. The prices are a bit high for the food on offer, but the sandwiches for 4 euro are good. It opens at 7, and is usually quiet until 9pm, when it fills up and it's hard to find a seat.
Sorry for the lack of details that I'm giving you, but if you go to Sienna, you have to go to this tea room, unusual and original, but hidden from the typical tourist traps.
It's clear that if you're lucky enough to visit Sienna in the middle of the year when this place is actually open. The other half, the owner travels the world and brings a new tea back from each of his travels. No two are alike and each one has its own story. If you find yourself there in a good moment I'll briefly explain to you where the tea room is that's beckoning you in right now.
Everything in this tea room is a genuine original. The different rooms with different themes, with plush chairs and different furniture, the chill music in the back, the décor, with tea everywhere from all over the world. It's a little place with a lot of charm.
In Cortona, this lovely Italian village in Tuscany is where you can spend a relaxing day in a splendid landscape gazing out to Lake Trasimeno, which also invites you to visit. Without hesitation, it will not disappoint neither one nor the other. And if you finish the day with good homemade food at the Tractoria Dardano, it would be the day of your lives!
In this region is a precious treasure: the truffle. In this, as in other places, you can taste pasta (spaghetti or pizza) to the tartufo. One of the best pizzas and spaghetti I've ever eaten in my life. The pizza is accompanied with such an extraordinary mixture of flavors combined with fresh arugula leaves, I'm still savoring it.
This is a restaurant we came across by accident. They serve Tuscan cuisine. It was very quiet and there were only 3 tables were filled. We ate well, the dishes are not very abundant but were uncommon (macarromes with salmon and orange, or noodles with grapes and pine nuts) I recommend it even though the staff was not very friendly with visitors and tourists.
I came to this ice cream shop on the recommendation of Lorenzo de Medici, ve said in his guide to Florence th ice-cream shop in town. I struggled to find it because it is off the usual tourist streets and one side opens onto a square. It's a bit far, but as the city is not very big you can walk there in 10-15 minutes. If it weren't so famous, only Florentines would go there and although foreigners come by chance (at least outside of the summer), the employees still smile when they see us look on at the many flavors. The décor is very classical, with pictures showing the most typical sights of Florence. Upon arrival, you must pay the owner, ve is sitting in front of an old cash register. Already with the ticket in your hand, you can then visit the exhibitor and ask the waitress for your favorite flavor or flavors. Tables are available to customers at no extra cost. If you can't decide, it is better to go with the milky ice-cream, which is less cold and the most different to those you find in Spain. Without doubt, the tiramisu and meringue are amazing!
They advertise it as specialized medieval Tuscan food, and it's recommended in several sites I looked at. Situated on a beautiful street away from the hustle and bustle of Sienna, I would call for a reservation before going. I'll send you the website so that you can look their number up.
The food ends up being a better deal if you order off of the menus, or the "medieval tasting menu." It includes a drink and a dessert for around 25 euros and the portions are big. You'll eat dishes you've never tried before. The service is friendly and the place is cozy.
I remember it took us a long time to find this restaurant which was between streets, also it was late and we were starving, but we found it, this restaurant-enoteca was a vision of it's time, and there is still something about the atmosphere. The house specialty is pasta stuffed with cheese and pear, which is very good and homemade. The price is average, but in Florence treat yourself Find it because it's worth it.
If you're in San Gimignano and want to try good Tuscan cuisine, then this is the restaurant for you! It is located right next to Porta San Giovanni, one of the ports. It's a small restaurant with a friendly owner. Best to book in advance or you'll struggle to find a seat. I recommend the cut of beef with porcini mushrooms - delicious! The kitchen is open non-stop from 11 to 11.
My boyfriend and I went to this trattoria after searching among several; the prices are quite high here. At first we chose it for its prices (8 euros for a funghi risotto, 7 for a four cheese pizza). From the entrance it didn't seem like anything special, but after entering, it was amazing! A large yet intimate room, candle-lit, with friendly waiters. The risotto was rich, although it took a while to be served. The pizza was very tasty, with plenty of cheese and thin dough. Definitely a place to repeat if we return to the city, a pity we only found it on the last day.
This is more than a cocktail bar; it's also a restaurant. But we like to come here for the appetisers. The drinks are good and the buffet is plentiful, varied, and tasty! There are tables outside, and you can book sofas and tables for the evening. The music is loud and the environment is very trendy. They have live concerts and DJ sets quite often.
I asked a student for a good non-touristy place to eat and he sent us here. Locall cured meats, giant, delicious pizzas, some Tuscan wine (of course), and coffee ... all for less than 15€ / head. The service was good (but in Italian, of course) and the place was very charming since it was an old drugstore built in 1895.
This wine bar in the Grand Hotel Cavour in Florence is modern and cosmopolitan. With its high ceilings it is located in a eighteenth century palace. It is known for its cocktails and afternoon DJ sessions. Even during the week it is very busy during the afternoons. Located in the heart of Florence, between the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria.
This amazing city is full of monuments and has a curious provincial atmosphere. I wanted to get to know this place that so closely resembled something out of a Visconti film. It was a Sunday with flea market stands set up along the streets and good weather, so the streets were packed. I was lucky to get a table at this restaurant with its décor of crystal chandeliers, soft carpets, exquisite leather chairs and table-side service. The funny thing was that the waiters serve you in their street clothes, but a black apron would have been perfect. The menu consisted of a delicious lasagna and lemony scallops. No one really had dessert, just a delicious espresso. The total was 15 euros. The city theater is just around the corner, and the same building houses a hotel. The area seems like it hasn't changed a bit in years.
It's a little bit away from the downtown area, but it's not too bad, and in any case, the walk is very pleasant. There were only Italians inside, which inspired confidence, and we were right: it's great home cooking, high quality and not too pricey. Delicious: Bistecca for lunch (pictured) and Panna Cotta for dessert.