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Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Tuscany

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With all the classy wines around, finding some good affordable places to eat in Tuscany can be quite a challenge, so here's our personal selection of the locals' favorites. These are all great Italian taverns that serve traditional Tuscan cuisine with a twist, so expect to be treated like one of their own and choose a great spot on a warm summer terrace to enjoy some home made pasta. Nello La Taverna has been around for more than 50 years, so it is one of the local legends, along with the slightly creepy Maria Frullini that functions in an 11th century crypt. The best calzone in town can be found at Lorenzaccio (Il), while a great stop for an affordable seasonal dish assorted with a great crowd and an even better wine waits for you at Bar-Enoteca Coquinarius. read more about Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Tuscany

Osteria Castelvecchio

Osteria Castelvecchio

  • Via di Castelvecchio 65
  • Off Via San Pietro
  • tel:+39 0577 4 9586
  • Siena, 53100
Sosta di Violante (La)

Sosta di Violante (La)

  • Via di Pantaneto 115
  • tel:+39 0577 43 774
  • Visit website
  • Siena, 53100
Enoteca i Terzi

Enoteca i Terzi

  • Via dei Termini 7
  • tel:+39 0577 4 4329
  • Siena, 53100
Osteria Trombicche

Osteria Trombicche

Nello La Taverna

Nello La Taverna

  • Via del Porrione 28
  • tel:+39 0577 289 043
  • Siena, 53100
Osteria Antica Mescita San Niccolò

Osteria Antica Mescita San Niccolò

  • via di San Niccolò 60r
  • tel:+39 055 234 2836
  • Florence, 50125
Lorenzaccio (Il)

Lorenzaccio (Il)

  • Piazza della Signoria 32
  • tel:+39 055 29 4553
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122

The specialties consist of the wood-burning oven pizza presented to you hot right out of the brick oven.   Another favorite is the Calzone which is as large as your head, literally.  It is an enticing adventure in your mouth with so much mozzarella and ricotta.  The Pizza Lorenzaccio created by my friend, Michelangelo, topped with the famous prosciutto crudo, sun-dried tomatoes, arugala, black olives, mozzarella.  By the same name but an insalata(salad), Insalata Lorenzaccio is another favorite, consisting of prosciutto of parma, fresh tomatoes, mouth-watering mozzarella, black olives and lettuce of course.  It really is refreshing and full of flavor.  Perfect for a hot summer day.  Topping it with fresh olive oil and red wine vinegar,  I wouldn't have it any other way.  read more about Lorenzaccio (Il)

Cuculia Liberia con Cucina

Cuculia Liberia con Cucina

  • VIa Serragli 3R e 1R
  • tel:055.2776205
  • Firenze

The white cafe has a comfortable feeling as you enter. Located right over Ponte della Carraria, you would not normally see this hidden cucina(kitchen). With white tables and walls, the atmosphere is calm and relaxed. The entrance has tables chairs outside for smokers and there is also a back room for private functions or parties. The rooms are filled with books from child size to all the cooking books you can imagine. They serve every meal, Brunch is a common thing nowadays and they offer it for only 10euro. The aperitivi are originally done. For only 6euro for your drink, there is a buffet of chicken with rice, veggies, and potato like casseroles. They have on display Art from locals and special chocolate in the pastry window. Brunch in Florence, now that is a great idea. read more about Cuculia Liberia con Cucina

Bar-Enoteca Coquinarius

Bar-Enoteca Coquinarius

  • Via delle Oche, 15r
  • tel:39 55 230 2153
  • Florence, 50123

It is a room full of warmth and the scents of a seasonal menu.  Coquinarius has a small menu of different types of bruschette for antipasti, tasty meats and fish. Salads are a forte here; creative choices include toppings such as sun-dried tomatoes, eggplant, sunflower seeds, zucchini flowers or pear. This elegant and striking enoteca has a wide range of wines from Italy, California, Argentina, Austria and Chile. The camerieri(waitstaff) are very kind and full of life.  It is a great place to sit for the afternoon, bring a book, enjoy the chiacchiere(chatter) of the other patrons, or get lost in the glass of wine.  Wines are served by the glass or bottle in this relaxed, inexpensive experience of true Italian style.
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Sei Divino!

Sei Divino!

  • Borgo Ognissanti, 42-red
  • Firenze, 50123

A cozy wine bar located on Borgo Ognissanti closeby where the Arno calmly flows by.  Aperitivo starts at 7pm until 10pm, for 7 Euro you may enjoy a glass of wine and a hearty buffet of food.  The outdoor seating is usually packed in the summertime but in the winter all the tables inside are filled.  The staff is very friendly and always willing to recommend a good wine.  Sei Divino is perfect for reading a book, a secluded evening for two or a night out with the girls.   read more about Sei Divino!