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4 Leoni  


Anthony Hopkins at 4 Leoni.

Founded in 1550, this bustling establishment still makes it feel like home. Just ask Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Isabella Rossellini and Lucy Liu, who have all dined here. Recommended: fiocchetti di pere e parmigiano in salsa di taleggio e asparagi (pears and parmesan inside pasta floating in melted cheese and asparagus), gran fritto dell’aia (mix of fried chicken, rabbit and vegetables). Open for lunch and dinner daily; no lunch on Wednesday. Reservations essential. — Kristine Crane

Major Credit Cards  
Via dé Vellutini, 1/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.218.562
http://www.4leoni.com


Accademia  


Accademia's boys are all right.

Warm in color and in welcome, excellent food at reasonable prices pulls in Florentine bankers, art professors, academics and other locals in this cozy spot across from St. Mark’s Church. Flaky mushroom strudel sprinkled lightly with poppy seeds has light Parmesan sauce on the side (€9), a heavenly combination. Lasagna noodles homemade from Saracen flour has its nutty flavor enhanced with toasted almonds in tomato-less lamb ragu (€11). Braised lamb on grilled polenta (€14), rabbit rolled with fragrant lardo di Colonata and artichokes (€13), and chicken involtini stuffed with sausage, apples, and greens (€13) show that chef Aldo ranges expertly from tradition to creative variations.

Gianni’s tempting wine list begins with whites and good local house red; Tuscans include Chianti (€12-38), Nobile di Montepulciano (€24-50), 25 Brunello (€55-90), medium-body reds like Morellino and Rosso di Montalcino (€18-20); plus other regions (noteworthy splurge is Valentini’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo '95 or '97 or inexpensive but exotic Luchetti’s Lacrima di Morro D’Alba); plus France. Tasteful modern art on pumpkin-colored walls, tablecloths at dinnertime, nice lighting, and interesting clientele. Young but experienced staff is fluent in English. Mamma is probably in the back making pasta. Open daily. — Judy Edelhoff

Major Credit Cards  
Piazza San Marco, 7r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.217.343


Al Casale  


Stylish Al Casale.

Rustic country touches in a lovely atmosphere with great food. Reasonable prices, too, in this casale that dates back 500 years. The selection of local salamis and cured meats was excellent. Try the pici, the local pasta served with ragù of anatra (duck in a tomato sauce) or in other sauce variations. The tagliata (local beef) is grilled to perfection — tender and tasty, accompanied by properly roasted potatoes and fresh greens. — Judy Edelhoff

Major Credit Cards  
Via delle Cavine e Valli, 36, Chianciano Terme, IT-SI Map
Tel. 0578.60501


Antica Osteria da Divo  


Cave dining...

When you see petto d'anatra al vin santo con patate allo zafferano, you can safely assume you're nouvelle Italian country. Truth be told, the duck breast of previous centuries might also have had some vin santo and saffron. But that's quibbling. This 21st century remake merges ancient stone and jazz tracks and slots tables into romantic nooks. The kitchen puts a spin on Tuscan basics, turning gnocchi into gnochetti di patate con erbe cipollina e pecorino di fossa (chives, oniongrass, melted pecorino). The main courses (including crossovers such as chicken and blueberry) come with a side dish, which isn't common in Italy. It all works out charmingly. — Katrina Maiano

Visa/Mastercard  
Via Franciosa, 25, Siena, IT-SI Map
Tel. 0577.284.381
Open Daily


Antica Trattoria Papei  


Ignore the stop sign...

Papei is quite serious about its bistecche, so if succulent sirloin suits you (bistecca alla Fiorentina) write this down. Located on Palazzo Pubblico, site of the city's fish market (and too much parking), this is hardly a Renaissance vision. But the kitchen moots annoyance. The pappardelle al sugo di cinghiale (thick, strip-pasta in boar sauce) and pici alla cardinale (pepperoncino and bacon) are both piquant. The coniglio all'arabbiata (rabbit with white wine, rosemary, and sage pepperoncino) also packs heat. Sienese marzipan is a delight for dessert. Book ahead, and in summer get an outside table. Indoors does't have much going for it — Cristina Polli

Major Credit Cards  
Piazza del Mercato, Siena, IT-SI Map
Tel. 0577.280.894
Closed Mondays


Beccofino  


Francesco Berardinelli rules.

Step in and forget you’re in Florence. Very modern but oozes warmth. Chef/co-owner Francesco Berardinelli changes his menu monthly, so you’ll have to hurry back if you want the same dish. Typical Italian ingredients but in a non-traditional way, such as pigeon with black cabbage, rabbit with lentils and pearl onions. Dinner only. Reservations recommended and essential in the summer. — Kelly Carter

Major Credit Cards  
Piazza degli Scarlatti, 1r (Lungarno Guicciardini), Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.290.076
http://www.ilbeccofino.com
Closed Mondays


Belle Donne  


Peccorino, in the trattoria tra

Remember your image of an Italian trattoria before you ever saw one? You’ll have déjà vu when you walk into Belle Donne. You’ll be seated wherever space can be found in this small busy room, maybe sharing a table with a small family. Vegetables and garlic ropes hang from the ceiling and "chairs" are actually small bar stools and benches. Worth the possible wait (no reservations) and minor seating discomfort. Lunch to 3 p.m., dinner 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. — Layne Randolph

Major Credit Cards  
Via delle Belle Donne, 16/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.238.2609
Closed Sundays


Buca San Lorenzo (da Claudio)  


Gamberetti to spare...

Only five minutes from the Autostrada exit, the quality here merits a detour. A restaurant since the 1930s, the 13th-century medieval arches served as temporary bomb shelter during World War II. Outstanding seafood (meat is on the menu, too), excellent service, refined atmosphere. Claudio will steer you to excellent local wines. Closed in January and two weeks in July. — Judy Edelhoff

Visa/Mastercard  
Largo Manetti, 1, Grosseto, IT-GR Map
Tel. 0564.25142
Closed Sundays, Closed Mondays


Cafagi Ristorante  


Cafagi makes its own olive oil

Dates to 1922 but decor is vintage 1960s trattoria. Friendly, attentive three-generation family turns out real Tuscan comfort food plus a complete seafood menu (€7-14). Soups are winners, especially the black cabbage with wild herbs and a hint of cloves; or try farro (spelt) with tiny black-eyed peas or lighter vegetable soup. Hearty pappardelle (wide noodles) with wild boar sauce subtly spiced with peppercorns (€ 8). Tender vitello brasato is cooked slowly veal with vegetables, served with a side like artichokes (€10). Fried artichokes and brains (€ 13) or chicken (€11) were greaseless and tasty. Light menu, too, in summer. Andrea’s creme caramel is excellent. They make their own olive oil and wine — the red is light, smooth, very drinkable (1/4-L €2, bottle €6). Chiantis about €9 bottle, plus other wines. Excellent value — informal atmosphere but no culinary detail is overlooked. €3 cover. — Judy Edelhoff

Major Credit Cards  
Via Guelfa, 35r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.294.989
Closed Sundays


Caffe Alle Logge di Piazza  


Pause for castagnaccio.

Its outside loggia offers sheltered outside tables while inside the back room has a lovely view of rolling Tuscan hills and Brunello vineyards. Great for a quick breakfast of cappuccino and castagnaccio, a flat chestnut flour pizza with raisins, pine nuts, walnuts, and rosemary. Light lunch of soups (€7) or sandwiches, plus Brunello or other wines by the glass. Young locals pile in for an aperitivo and spill out into the street before they disperse for dinner. — Judy Edelhoff

Cash Only  
Via Matteotti, 1, Montalcino, IT-SI Map
Tel. 0577.846.186
Closed Wednesdays


Caffè Italiano  


Have a café and read the paper.

Located right off Piazza della Signoria, it’s remarkable that this charming spot isn’t swelled with tourists. A coffee and tea lover’s paradise, you can lounge for hours reading newspapers or books supplied by the espresso machines or, better yet, play one of the board games available upstairs in the quasi-family room. Lunch menu changes daily, and the food (pasta, sandwiches, meats, etc.) is all honest family fare. But the real draw here is that it is a place to truly enjoy a coffee and a chat. Open 8 a.m.–1 a.m. — Layne Randolph

Major Credit Cards  
Via Condotta, 56/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.289.020
Closed Mondays


Caffetteria di Pitti  


Nice panini at Pitti.

The Pitti Palace courtyard, Cortile dell’Ammannati, offers simple lunchtime bar fare in the Altr’Arno at prices that are not extravagant. A panino, wedge of vegetable pie, and prosecco or Chianti (Vallina 2003) are good options if one can’t bear to leave the Medici good life behind. A pleasant pause to extend the pleasure of the gardens or elegance of the palace — plus temporary exhibits here are planned with great care and often wit. Like any bar, one’s budget determines to sit or not to sit: espresso at the bar (€1); or courtyard table service cappuccino (€3.90) or hot chocolate (€ 4.50). Nice panini. — Judy Edelhoff

Visa/Mastercard  
Piazza Pitti, 1, Florence, IT-FI Map
Closed Mondays


Castel Petroso  


Sformatino di patate.

Montefalco’s latest addition, opened November 2007, keeps up the culinary interest for authentic Umbrian food at reasonable prices. Stave off hunger with bruschetta sprinkled with olio nuovo (€3), a winter treat. Then let chef Loretana go to town. Gnocchi al Sagrantino (€7) were small and dense, with tiny pieces of radicchio and guanciale (pork cheek) spiked with Sagrantino wine, a happy blend. Pasta e ceci al profumo di castagna (€7), chickpeas with chestnut and hint of rosemary, is a must for chestnut fans. Lumache in padella (€7) is Umbria’s answer to escargot, snails sautéed with herbs. Sformatino di patate (€4) is solid comfort food, nice followed with an insalata mista (€3). A blast from the past, chocolate fondue, is back served with fresh fruit (€5), but even better were the strudel di mele (€3) with fresh apples, an almond tart, and a lovely Catalana (€4) made with excellent cream. Fine red wine choices are the Rosso di Sagrantino by Antonelli, Perticaia, or Ruggeri (€15-16), or their full-bodied Sagrantino (€26-28), then finish with a Sagrantino passito. — Judy Edelhoff

Major Credit Cards  
Corso Mameli, 34, Montefalco, IT-PG Map
Tel. 0762.379.817
Closed Sundays


Certosa di Galluzzo  


"Charterhouse" liquor ...

The shop bar across from this monastery’s distillery is ideal for a post-lunch digestivo. Cistercian monks make liqueurs, a tradition carried on from the original Carthusian monks in the imposing hilltop monastery, Certosa di Galluzzo, built in 1341. Sample various liqueurs for €2 a shot. Stack them up with the original Chartreuse (means "Charterhouse" or "Certosa") famous yellow-green liqueur made in France, also available here with others to compare. Before tumbling downhill consider a visit inside the monastery: book a tour with a monk, leave a donation. Hours 9-12 a.m., 3-6 p.m. Two miles south of Florence through metal gates on west side of street uphill — no sign but monastery is visible. (Bus 37 or park on top). — Judy Edelhoff

 
Via Senese, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.204.9226


Come a Casa  


Fatto in casa...

Arched brick ceilings, warm salmon and peach decor. While you eat your typical Tuscan antipasti di crostini, or sformatino di pere blu di Corzano, you can watch the chef prepare your fresh pasta — tortelloni di carciofi, di zucca, di ricotta e spinaci. Try grilled fillet steak and bollito misto. Homemade desserts include ventaglio di pere tricolore, soufflée di nocciole. Open 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., evenings only. — David R. Deropolous

Major Credit Cards  
Via Pisana, 35r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.220.920
Closed Sundays


Da Trombicche  


Merry brothers.

A popular and lively taverna/enoteca opened near Piazza del Campo in the early 1990s, Da Trombicche and its co-managers Bobbe and Davide Porciatti do their job by delivering an array of simple local cuisine. The surroundings match the food: Chairs, long tables, and benches. For vegetarians, the verdure sott'olio (marinated veggies) does the trick. There are also many frittate, quiche-omelette based dishes. Meateaters try brasato al brunello or yield to one of many sausage and salami platters. House red is excellent but the vinaio is well-stocked. — Katrina Maiano

Cash Only  
Via delle Terme, 66, Siena, IT-SI Map
Tel. 0577.288.089
http://www.trombicche.it
Closed Sundays


Donnini  


Prints everywhere in Donnini.

Remodeled in 2006, tables were added inside with sepia photographs of old Florence. A reliable breakfast bar, does a reasonable primo for lunch or a panino. A friendly, pleasant bar that Florentines pile into on their way to work. Pastry and cappuccino at good prices. — Judy Edelhoff

Bank Cards (Bancomat)  
Piazza della Repubblica, 15/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.213.694


Enoteca Bengodi  


Stracotto di chianina.

Too many Chiantis and so little time. Let friendly Giuseppe steer you toward some of the area’s better Chiantis. Dine on stracotto di chianina con verdure cotte or a good tagliata. Great desserts including apple crumble or dense chocolate cake. Nice surprise is a modest bill, even with a great glass of wine. Cozy and friendly. Via della Società Operaia, 11. — Judy Edelhoff

Major Credit Cards  
Via della Società Operaia, 11, Castelnuovo Berardenga, IT-SI Map
Tel. 0577.355.116
Closed Mondays


Fuor d’Acqua  


Fish galore in landlocked Flore

Proof that there’s good seafood in Florence, and in a fancy setting complete with gold-colored tablecloths. The fish (langostino, prawns, seabass, etc.) arrives from coastal Viareggio fresh every evening and is still swimming when you order. The seafood here is straight-up, which means no elaborate fish-based sauces on the pasta. Start with the antipasti, raw and cooked. Reservations essential. Dinner only. — Kristine Crane

Major Credit Cards  
Via Pisana, 37/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.222.299
http://www.fuordacqua.it
Closed Sundays


Garga  


Garga has a flavor all its own.

If the vibrant, colored walls, painted by contemporary artists and owner Giuliano Gargani, don’t grab you then the food certainly will. Who knows what Donna Karan did to get her name on the menu, but don’t pass up the spaghetti alla Donna Karan or the veal with avocado. Save room for Sharon’s cheesecake, made American-style and guaranteed to melt in your mouth. Dinner only. Reservations essential. — Kristine Crane

Major Credit Cards  
Via del Moro, 48/r, Florence, IT-FI Map
Tel. 055.239.8898
http://www.garga.it
Closed Mondays


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