Where to eat in Tuscany
Tuscan gastronomy offers many delicious specialties to suit all tastes, no matter what the personal preference of the traveller could be. There’s a huge variety of options: exquisite dishes composed just by vegetables and legumes, an excellent selection of pasta elaborated in the most varied ways, and the best meats of all Italy. As a matter of fact, the famous “bisteccas chianinas” are an authentic sign of Tuscan identity.
Sweet desserts, such as the “panforte” at the top of the list, are other delicacies of the Tuscan gastronomy which satisfy the most demanding palates and awake grand passion among the travellers that are inevitably seduced by the excellencies of a unique gastronomy.
Certainly, the marvellous Tuscan wines play a significant role. These irreplaceable main characters of most meals can be sampled lots of itineraries round the area.
Without a doubt, making a selection of the multiple offers widely available in Tuscany is a challenging task. Nevertheless, here we present a list of 5 restaurants that due to its singular characteristics and its price-quality relationship we consider that they deserve to occupy an outstanding position among the eating places not meant to be missed during a trip to the region:
LA PORTA DEL CHIANTI
Placed in one of the most beautiful villages of Chianti, in San Gusmé (province of Siena), La Porta del Chianti serves, among other excellent dishes, fried rabbit and the “gnudi” (typical pasta of this area prepared with butter and sage).
More information in: http://www.laportadelchianti.com
Typical Tuscan tavern situated in Castelnuovo Berardenga, which offers as an exclusive speciality the delicious "pici cacio e pepe", an exquisite and modest pasta dish with cheese (cacio) and pepper.
More details in: http://www.lavinsantaia.it
RELAIS IL CHIOSTRO DI PIENZA
Exclusive and elegant restaurant placed in a privileged place that offers marvellous views of a landscape surrounded by the beautiful and seductive city of Pienza. The specialty of this house is “mezze maniche alle cozze” (small ridged pasta tubes with mussels).
Further information in: http://www.relaisilchiostrodipienza.com/ristorazione.php
Typical Tuscan inn where is possible to taste one of the best Florentine bisteccas of the region. This is a place, in the beautiful town of Montepulciano, which meat lovers shouldn’t miss.
Further information in: http://www.acquacheta.eu/
Placed in Florence, this petit and traditional trattoria prepares one of the best roast-beef with potatoes of the city. It must be visited at lunch-time as during the evenings is closed.
More information and contact details in: http://trattoriamario.com/
We sincerely hope that you’ll be able to visit at least some of these restaurants during your future stay in the region and that you enjoy both its exquisite cuisine and its purely traditional Tuscan ambient.