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Top 10 Restaurants in Tuscany

Destination(s): Siena

Eating in Tuscany is as much about the food as it is about the location, so you should always consider the best restaurants when it comes to seeing and being seen. This place is terribly self indulging as well, so the only serious restaurants you are going to find in Tuscany are with local specific, proudly serving their home made pastas and their finest cuts of beef. Pick one of the wines from the extensive local collections, and you are in for a truly Italian culinary experience. Be they local legends or tourist favorites, these restaurants are in a constant competition to add new twists to the traditional Tuscan cuisine, so they change their menu daily (like the Osteria Castelvecchio), brew their own beer (like at il Bovaro) or have a member of the owners' family come join you for dinner and let you in on some culinary secrets (like at Pangies Bistrot). Now that's authentic Italian! read more about Top 10 Restaurants in Tuscany

Ristorante Le Campane

Ristorante Le Campane

  • Via delle Campane 6
  • tel:+39 0577 28 4035
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  • Siena, 53100
Trattoria La Torre

Trattoria La Torre

  • Via Salicotto 69
  • tel:+39 0577 28 7548
  • Siena, 53100
Grotta di Santa Caterina di Bagoda

Grotta di Santa Caterina di Bagoda

  • Via della Galluzza 26
  • tel:0577 282208
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  • Siena, 53100
Nannini

Nannini

  • Via Banchi di Sopra 24
  • tel:+39 0577 236 009
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  • Siena, 53100
Osteria Castelvecchio

Osteria Castelvecchio

  • Via di Castelvecchio 65
  • Off Via San Pietro
  • tel:+39 0577 4 9586
  • Siena, 53100
Riflessi Ristorante

Riflessi Ristorante

It opens into a beautiful courtyard with the reflections of each window.  Riflessi is a restaurant that gives you a great experience with your food and surroundings.  The waitstaff are very knowledgeable about the wine, food and will make you stay a most pleasurable one.  If you have a question about pairing your meal selection with a specific wine, ask Pietro.  He knows all.
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Lorenzaccio (Il)

Lorenzaccio (Il)

  • Piazza della Signoria 32
  • tel:+39 055 29 4553
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  • 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)

Borgo Antico

Borgo Antico

  • Piazza Santo Spirito 6r
  • tel:+39 055 21 0437
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  • Florence, 50125

Borgo Antico is constantly packed with a relatively young crowd. Its location, opposite Santo Spirito church, makes it particularly enchanting. In summer, customers can eat in the outdoor cafe. The gigantic dishes that are offered include vegetable and fish starters and excellent meats with salad and tomatoes.  It also offers good pizza and great homemade desserts.  You can also get the pizzas to go.  Just say "porta via" and you are set to go.
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il Bovaro

il Bovaro

  • Via Pisana 3r(Porta San Frediano)
  • tel:055/22.07.057
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  • Firenze

il Bovaro opened on January 3rd, 2000.  It is the first of its kind, having a microbrewery right inside the restaurant.  Located right outside Porta San Frediano(one of the doors to the old city), the people that frequent this birreria are off all ages.  From the carpaccio to the bruchette, you will always leave this place satisfied.  As for the beer, they make a special brew.  The Riki is the birra chiara, then there is Axel, birra chiara doppio malto(double malt) and finally the big one, the Titan, birra rossa.  Ask the waitstaff which they recommend and enjoy an evening outside the city walls. 
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Pangies Bistrot

Pangies Bistrot

  • Via del Parione 43/45/R
  • tel:055 295439
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  • Firenze, 50123

Owned by a family, Mario, Antonella, Laura and Francesca know how to please their patrons. The food is all made with love and care.  The atmosphere feels as if you are sitting comfortably in their. home.  Mario, the father, sits down beside you and regales you with stories of the past and how each recipe is made. The busy hours are during lunch.  The evening hours are more relaxed.  
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