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Eating and Drinking in Tuscany

There are many resturants, cafès and pizzerias in Tuscany offering traditional typical dishes and if you're looking for an authentic place to eat at for experiencing the Tuscan true cuisine and top wines, then a few suggestions from locals may be helpful for selecting the best ones.

When one is abroad, chosing a place for eating at is not always as simple as it may appear. Many restaurants and cafes show flashy signs for drawing tourists with misleading advertising: generally, the fact that a place is crowded with tourists only, is always a negative signal. On the contrary, if you notice many locals eating at a certain place, then take a seat with no doubt: traditional Tuscan dishes and good value for money are guaranteed!

We've listed those place where we've eaten at for sharing with you our impressions about their outside/inside locations, about the staff and the service, the menù and the relative presentation and, obviously, the prices, so you'll be able to select those restaurants that best satisfy your expectations, getting a good value for your money.

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