81 Best Restaurants in Tuscany, Italy


$$ Fodor's choice

In the heart of the historic center, Prato's best restaurant has been serving since 1870, capably run by five generations of the Pacetti family (daughters Guja and Silvia are presently in charge). The food lives up to the building's colorful history—part of the structure dates from the 15th century, when it was a convent; it was later the seat of the Freemasons.

Via dell'Accademia 9, Prato, Tuscany, 59100, Italy
Known For
  • sedano ripieno (a Pratese specialty)
  • filetto al pepe verde (beef fillet in a creamy peppercorn sauce)
  • superb wine list
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Aug. No lunch Mon.


$ Fodor's choice

Cialde, a local specialty, are circular wafers made with flour, sugar, eggs, and almonds from Puglia. The Bargilli family has been serving them with their equally delicious ice cream since 1936. Try them at Bargilli, the family's shop and probably the best gelateria in town.

Buca di Sant'Antonio

$$ Fodor's choice

The staying power of Buca di Sant'Antonio—it's been around since 1782—is the result of superlative Tuscan food brought to the table by waitstaff who don't miss a beat. The menu includes the simple but blissful tortelli lucchesi al sugo (meat-stuffed pasta with a tomato-and-meat sauce), as well as more daring dishes such as roast capretto (kid goat) with herbs. A white-wall interior hung with copper pots and brass musical instruments creates a classy but comfortable dining space.

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Cantina Nardi

$ Fodor's choice

It's open only for lunch and it's well off the beaten path (even if it is in the center of Livorno's shopping district), but getting here is worth the trouble: this tiny place has a short menu that changes daily, a superb wine list, and a gregarious staff. Its baccalà alla livornese (deep-fried salt cod served with chickpeas) is succulent and crisp; soups, such as ribollita, are very soothing. You could also pop in to sample a glass at the wine bar or to browse the shelves filled with wines from all over Italy.

Cum Quibus

$$$ Fodor's choice

This is, without a doubt, one of the region's most creative restaurants—an intimate place with a menu that's Tuscan but not (its signature egg yolk starter is done with élan). Not a step is missed, and although it's possible to order à la carte, the tasting menu is also popular. When it's warm, you can sit outside in an enclosed courtyard.

Via San Martino 17, San Gimignano, Tuscany, 53037, Italy
Known For
  • marvelous tasting menu
  • incorporation of non-Tuscan ingredients into Tuscan food
  • amazing wine list with prices to suit all budgets
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed. and Thurs. and Jan. and Feb.

Da Caino

$$$$ Fodor's choice

At this excellent restaurant not far from Saturnia, specialties include roast veal tongue with blueberry-flavored onions, saffron, and capers, tortelli di cinta senese in brodetto di castagne e gallina (pasta filled with Sienese pork in a chicken and chestnut broth), and such hearty dishes as cinghiale lardolato con finocchi, arance e olive (larded wild boar with fennel, orange, and olives). Prices are among the highest in the region; locals consider it a serious splurge.

Via della Chiesa 4, Montemerano, Tuscany, 58050, Italy
Known For
  • fine wine list
  • serious splurge
  • innovative cuisine
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed., Jan., and 2 wks in July. No lunch Thurs., Reservations essential

Da Delfina

$$ Fodor's choice

Delfina Cioni began cooking many years ago for hungry hunters in the town of Artimino, 20 km (12 miles) south of Prato. Dishes celebrate Tuscan food, with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. Secondi such as coniglio con olive e pignoli (rabbit sautéed with olives and pine nuts—the house specialty) are a real treat. The seasonal menu is complemented by a fine wine list that draws heavily from superlative local vines, and the service is gracious.

Via della Chiesa 1, Artimino, Tuscany, 59015, Italy
Known For
  • delicious grilled meats cooked on a roaring fireplace
  • gorgeous view
  • fine wine list
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No lunch Tues. No dinner Sun., Reservations essential

Enoteca Osteria Osticcio

$$$ Fodor's choice

This beautifully remodeled restaurant and wineshop serves a light menu that pairs nicely with the lovely wines here, the main draw. Upon entering, you descend a staircase to a tasting room filled with rustic wooden tables. The menu includes typically Tuscan ingredients such as pigeon, and bistecca in a Brunello wine sauce, with a wide choice of vegetarian options. Adjacent is a small dining area with a splendid view of the hills far below, and outside is a lovely little terrace perfect for sampling Brunello di Montalcino when the weather is warm.


$ Fodor's choice

This institution—it's been around since 1806—began life as a butcher shop and, indeed, it still is. But it also has a little restaurant inside the shop which serves great taglieri (plates of mixed cured pork products, usually, though cheese does prominently figure as well). Soups, lasagne, various tartares, and sandwiches are also on hand. The quality of the products is exceptional.

Piazza G. Matteotti 71, Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, 50022, Italy
Known For
  • cured meats using centuries' old recipes
  • great wines by the glass
  • outdoor seating

Il Giglio

$$$ Fodor's choice

Divine, cutting-edge food and Tuscan classics are served in this one-room space, where in winter, there's a roaring fireplace and, in warmer months there's outdoor seating on a pretty little piazza. If mushrooms are in season, try the tacchoni con funghi, a homemade pasta with mushrooms and a native herb called nepitella. A local favorite during winter is the coniglio con olive (rabbit stew with olives).

Piazza del Giglio 2, Lucca, Tuscany, 55100, Italy
Known For
  • creative menu with seasonal ingredients
  • fine service
  • the wine list, especially its selection of local wines
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and Wed. and 15 days in Nov.

La Grotta

$$ Fodor's choice

You might be tempted to pass right by the innocuous entrance across the street from San Biagio, but you'd miss some fantastic food. This tasty menu relies heavily on local classics turned out to perfection. Wash it down with the local wine, which just happens to be one of Italy's finest: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The desserts, such as an extravagantly rich triple-chocolate flan, are prepared with particular flair.

La Solita Zuppa

$ Fodor's choice

The name means "the usual soup," but there's hardly anything usual about the soups on offer—as wait staffers often explain, this restaurant is committed to cooking seasonally, using what's currently available at the market. Expect wonderfully tasty soups and brilliant secondi (second course), all served in a room with high vaulted arches dating from the 17th century.

Via Porsenna 21, Chiusi, Tuscany, 53043, Italy
Known For
  • cacio e pepe (pasta with cheese and black pepper)
  • seasonal soups and marvelous desserts
  • local favorite
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues., Reservations essential.

La Taverna Etrusca

$$ Fodor's choice

Elaborately prepared Tuscan fare is served at this elegant restaurant on Sovana's central square. For your starter, try the tortino di pecorino maremmano con miele di castagno, gelatina di pere e cialda croccante (local sheep cheese tart with chestnut honey, pear gelatine, and a Parmesan crisp); grilled meat and some fish dishes highlight the list of second courses, but a well-priced fixed menu might be a good way to go. Service is prompt and highly professional. A pleasant outdoor terrace provides plenty of fresh air in the summer months.


$$$$ Fodor's choice

The affable Lorenzo Viani has presided here for more than 30 years, and his restaurant still draws a well-heeled, sophisticated crowd. The menu relies heavily on creatures from the sea; a typical starter is spaghetti versiliese, served with shellfish and fresh tomato as is done in the northern Tuscan coastal town of Versilia. Proceed to the magnificent aquatic version of bollito misto comprising crustaceans and fish, boiled, served with a savory mayonnaise. Or request one of several tasting menus, and let chef Gioacchino Pontrelli prepare the freshest items of the day. You can also choose vegetarian and terra (meat) tasting menus.

Via Carducci 61, Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany, 55042, Italy
Known For
  • sophisticated dishes in an equally sophisticated space
  • tasting menus with the freshest ingredients
  • stellar service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No lunch Tues. or June–mid.-Sept., Reservations essential

Officina della Bistecca

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Local butcher and restaurateur, Dario Cecchini, has extended his empire of meat to include this space above his butcher's shop. In addition to two tasting menus—one heavily meat laden, the other with none—you'll find a homemade version of giardiniera sott'olio (pickled and preserved vegetables) that's second to none. All offerings are a nice change from the more standard options found at restaurants throughout Chianti. The bread on the table is exceptional (the product of much experimentation).

Osteria del Conte

$ Fodor's choice

As high in Montepulciano as you can get, just behind the Duomo, this small and intimate restaurant is expertly run by the mother-and-son team of Lorena and Paolo Brachi. Passionate about the food they prepare, both have a flair for the region's traditional dishes—the pici all'aglione (pasta with garlic sauce) and the filetto ai funghi porcini (steak with porcini mushrooms) are mouthwateringly good. The wine list, though limited in range, presents a decent selection of wines from both Montepulciano and Montalcino. For a change from the usual Tuscan meat dishes, fresh fish is served on Friday. Outdoor seating is limited.

Osteria Sette di Vino

$ Fodor's choice

Tasty dishes based on the region's cheeses are the specialty at this simple and inexpensive osteria on a quiet, pleasant, central square. Try versions of pici or the starter of radicchio baked quickly to brown the edges. The local pecorino cheese appears often on the menu—the pecorino grigliata con pancetta (grilled with cured bacon) is divine. Can't decide? Try the pecorino tasting menu.

Piazza di Spagna 1, Pienza, Tuscany, 53026, Italy
Known For
  • pecorino tasting menu
  • bean soup
  • awesome vegetable options
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed., July 1–15, and Nov.

Osteria Vecchio Mulino

$$ Fodor's choice

"The old mill" has an antique marble serving counter filled with free nibbles and two large wooden tables in a room lined with wine bottles. The enthusiastic host, Andrea Bertucci, proudly touts local products on his simple menu, which usually consists of superior cheese and affettati misti (mixed sliced cured meats); traditional local dishes with farro grain, polenta, pecorino cheese, trout from the many local streams, and salami round out the selections. Finish your meal with a caffè al vetro con miele di castagno (coffee in a glass with chestnut honey). This osteria is open from 7:30 am to 8 pm in the warmer months and from 11 to 8 in winter.

Pino Ristorante

$$$ Fodor's choice

Locals swear by this small, unpretentious trattoria a couple of blocks from the beach, where the Artizzu family has been serving specialties from the sea since 1979. The house specialty aragosta alla catalana con verdure (Mediterranean lobster with steamed and raw vegetables) is pricey but divine, and the spiedino di sogliola (sole kebab) arrives with silken mashed potatoes topped with bottarga (a smoked-tuna product). If you can't decide, opt for the tasting menu, which gives you a little bit of a lot of the menu. Patrizia makes all the desserts; remember to leave room for them.

Via Matteotti 18, Viareggio, Tuscany, 55049, Italy
Known For
  • dishes vary depending on conditions at sea
  • crunchy fritto misto
  • Patrizia's must-try desserts
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed. No lunch Mon., Tues., and Thurs.

Ristorante Arnolfo

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Food lovers should not miss Arnolfo, one of Tuscany's most highly regarded restaurants, where chef Gaetano Trovato sets high standards of creativity; his dishes daringly ride the line between innovation and tradition, almost always with spectacular results. The menu changes frequently but you are always sure to find fish and lots of fresh vegetables in the summer. Perhaps the best way to thrill at this restaurant would be to engage in one of the tasting menus.

Via XX Settembre 50, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Tuscany, 53034, Italy
Known For
  • talented chef
  • imaginative dishes
  • superb wine list
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and Wed. and mid-Jan.–Feb., Reservations essential

Ristorante Enoteca del Duca

$$ Fodor's choice

Although this restaurant is on a tiny side street and can be easy to miss, do try to find it, as it serves fantastic food, with dishes listed on the seasonal menu under "L'Innovazione" (Innovations, usually, on classics) or "La Tradizione" (Tradition). Adventurous eaters should try such flights of fancy bavarese di fegato, which comes adorned with pomegranate seeds and redefines chicken liver pâté. The Del Duca family plays an active role in what food is brought to their tables.

Ristoro di Lamole

$$ Fodor's choice

Up a winding road lined with olive trees and vineyards, this place is worth the effort it takes to find. The view from the outdoor terrace is divine, as is the simple, exquisitely prepared Tuscan cuisine—start with the bruschetta drizzled with olive oil or the sublime verdure sott'olio (marinated vegetables) before moving on to any of the fine secondi. The kitchen has a way with coniglio (rabbit); don't pass it up if it's on the menu.

Via di Lamole 6, Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, 50022, Italy
Known For
  • coniglio is a specialty
  • sweeping view from the terrace
  • your hosts Paolo and Filippo
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Apr.


$$$$ Fodor's choice

As at his other eateries, Dario Cecchini, Panzano's local merchant of meat, offers two set menus for lunch—one where beef products dominate every course and the other vegetarian. The musetto al limone e brodo vero (an interesting salame served with stunning beef broth) might kick off the proceedings. On the table is pinzimonio, a dish of raw sliced vegetables (carrot, fennel, onions) to be dipped into terrific olive oil and sprinkled with Dario's special house-made herbed salt.

V. Beny

$$$ Fodor's choice

Apricot walls hung with etchings of Pisa make this small, single-room restaurant warmly romantic. Husband and wife Damiano and Sandra Lazzerini have been running the place for two decades, and it shows in their obvious enthusiasm while talking about the menu (fish is a focus) and daily specials, which often astound. The ripieno di polpa di pesce a pan grattato con salsa di seppie e pomodoro (fish-stuffed ravioli with tomato-octopus sauce) delights. Seasonal ingredients are key throughout the menu; Sandra works wonders with tartufi estivi (summer truffles), artichokes, and market fish of the day. Remember to save room for desserts as they are scrumptious.

Piazza Gambacorti 22, Pisa, Tuscany, 56125, Italy
Known For
  • superb fish dishes
  • gracious service
  • terrific wine list
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and 2 wks in mid-Aug. No lunch Sat.

Vineria di Piazza

$$ Fodor's choice

It's set in a lively, historic market square and frequented by locals. The menu adheres to Tuscan tradition, often including high-quality bistecca alla fiorentina, but also indulges in some flights of fantasy, as evidenced by a whimsical dessert that riffs on a liquid Livornese classic.

Piazza delle Vettovaglie 13, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
Known For
  • inventive pasta dishes
  • baccalà (salt cod) served in inventive ways
  • charming, energetic staff



The fact that the dining room can seat only about 35 guests makes a meal here an intimate experience, and the ever-changing menu mixes traditional and creative dishes. In late September and October, zuppa di funghi e castagne (mushroom and chestnut soup) is a treat; grilled meats and seafood are on offer throughout the year. There's also an excellent wine list. When the weather is warm, make sure you dine on the terrace.

Via Fiorentina 63, Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany, 53011, Italy
Known For
  • creative menu
  • superb wine list
  • marvelous waitstaff
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Reservations essential

Bar Cantini


At lunch and dinner time, this social hub for San Miniatans turns into a full-blown trattoria serving up local specialties. You can't go wrong with any of the wonderful panini, which are made with bread baked on-site and which you can eat seated at a table with a splendid valley view.

Bar dell'Orso


This spot just outside the walled town of Monteriggioni is the perfect stop on the way to Siena from Florence or vice versa. The bar serves excellent coffees and sweets, and the highly informal dining room serves up terrific local specialties. Sublime panini, which can be topped with sott'olii (vegetables preserved under olive oil), can be taken to go, or you can sit outside with a nice glass of wine while you eat.

Bar Leonardo


It's a most unassuming bar a stone's throw away from a massive Medici villa up the hill, and you might be tempted to walk right past it. Besides serving the usual array of coffees, spritzes, panini, and wines by the glass, it turns out terrific pizzas.


$ | Duomo
If you're looking for a lovely spot to recharge, stop by this place (just around the corner from the Duomo), and have a fantastic sandwich, or a glass of wine, or a tasty salad, a coffee, or dessert. It's open from late morning to late in the evening.