Restaurants out of town near Florence for a lunch to remember
Our top list of the best addresses of taste not far from the city
To take advantage of the flavors and the beauty that our Tuscany gives us, here is our selection of restaurants surrounded by nature, waiting for you for a fabulous lunch or dinner, a few kilometers from Florence (if you want to stay in Florence, here is our final selection with the restaurants not to be missed in the city).
Do you prefer to move towards the sea? Here are the best restaurants in Versilia and those not to be missed in the Maremma!
Via Cassia per Siena, 133 - Località Bargino, San Casciano Val di Pesa
Rinuccio 1180 is the name of the famous restaurant where excellent cuisine and love for wine create a memorable combination. The restaurant is located in the monumental Antinori winery in Chianti Classico and offers its customers a magnificent view. Absolutely not to be missed is the fresh pasta, made and hand-rolled by the owners themselves. Another perfectly made traditional dish is the delicious Florentine steak. The restaurant service is available from Friday to Sunday from 12:00 to 16:30.
Castello di Ama
Località Ama, Gaiole in Chianti, Siena
We are in the Chianti Classico area of Siena. Here the Ristoro di Ama offers recipes with ancient flavors prepared as they should be. Definitely do not miss the peposo all'Imbruneta and the Florentine steak. In addition, we recommend ordering their pasta, which is handcrafted by the skilled hands of their cooks and accompanied by their delicious homemade ragout. For lovers of good wine, this place is worth visiting immediately! In fact, their wine shop offers a wide assortment of fine wines that we recommend you try. Open only for lunch from Wednesday to Monday from 12:00 to 14:30. As 25 place settings are available, reservations are required.
Osteria di Passignano
Via Passignano, 33 - Badia a Passignano
Without a doubt, Osteria di Passignano is a restaurant that deserves to be visited. In fact, despite being a delightful country restaurant, it makes starred wonderful dishes. Moreover, under its enchanting pergola and in the shadow of a millenary abbey, we suggest you to try what is considered its most renowned specialty.
Osteria di Brolio
Loc. Madonna a Brolio - Gaiole in Chianti
Wrapped in the embrace of Chianti, Osteria di Brolio is the place where the flavors, scents and landscapes of Tuscany come together. A pleasant terrace is ready to welcome customers in the green, under the walls of the homonymous Castle of the Ricasoli family. Thanks to its desire to respect tradition and use quality raw materials, this restaurant is definitely a certainty for all those who seek genuine flavors. Moreover, a nice novelty accompanies the reopening of the Osteria: the return of Franco Sangiacomo, well-known hospitality professional. The restaurant service is available every day (except Thursday) for lunch and dinner.
Villa Medicea di Lilliano
Via Lilliano e Meoli, 82 Località Grassina – Bagno a Ripoli
Immersed in the Chianti countryside, a peaceful and exclusive retreat surrounded by 60 hectares of certified organic vineyards and olive groves, guarded by the embrace of the Tuscan hills. A culinary destination not to be missed is the restaurant 'Staccia al Fresco', born from the collaboration with the award-winning Osteria Staccia Buratta dell'Antella. The protagonist is a cuisine rich in genuineness where the territory merges indissolubly with unforgettable flavors (For info and reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org o 055-642602).
Via XX Luglio, 11 Panzano in Chianti
For those who choose the wonderful Panzano stop for lunch at the legendary butcher Dario Cecchini, an institution in the region. There are four options: the Antica Macelleria, where the owner welcomes you every day with a smile and the ready wit of a true Tuscan to recommend the best cuts of meat, Cecchini Panini Track (specialty MAC Dario, hamburger in a bread crust served on a bed of salad, tomatoes and baked potatoes or sushi or tuna of Chianti), or the more classic Officina della Bistecca and Solociccia where you can book.
Osteria Torre a Cona
Via Torre a Cona, 49 - Rignano sull’Arno, Firenze
Osteria Torre a Cona is located inside the lemon house of the 18th century villa Torre a Cona, on the first hills east of Florence. The dishes served in this restaurant are made by the skilful hands of Maria Probst and Cristian Santandrea, two important names in the Tuscan gastronomic scene who have chosen to marry the philosophy that guides the entire property: simple elegance, contemporaneity and relaxation. Their pici with fennel seeds and Cinta Senese ragout are worth a try; their ricotta and lemon ravioli with Gallo Nero ragout; their lamb scottadito with agretti and artichokes or their boneless roast rabbit with tomato, orange and capers sauce. Don't miss their wine list full of local and designer labels.
Via Citille, 43 - Greve in Chianti, Firenze
In Greve, Santa Margherita Tenimenti Toscani is the wine bistro whose dishes are a condensation of experiences, memories, research and contaminations. In fact, the taste for tradition here blends with research and innovation. Not to be missed is the innovative tasting menu proposed, which can be followed in 3 different ways: 5 courses tasting (65 euros), 7 courses tasting (75 euros) and 8 courses tasting (85 euros). Among the delicacies presented you will find: red prawn crudo, tomato water, ash oil and broad beans; pater rigati, sage, lemon and cuttlefish; amberjack, smoked yellow bell pepper and radish. For dessert, we recommend you try the goat's milk with chocolate and red fruits. Open for both lunch and dinner Thursday through Monday. Reservations required.
Castello Nipozzano - Frescobaldi
Via Casentinese Bassa, 16a - Pelago, Firenze
At the Castello Nipozzano estate, we are in Pelago, Chianti Rufina, the bistro Il Quartino enjoys a view stretching on the vineyards and a terrace where it would be worth eating even in wintertime for the view it offers. Here fast becomes slow, and a burger is not a sandwich, but a gourmet experience at Km0 made with Chianina IGP and Black Angus meat bred in the wild in the same estate, accompanied by homemade sauces and chips. Another specialty is the knife-beaten "tartare" with confit tomatoes, sprouts and burst amaranth. We recommend pairing all these delights with one of the wines in their careful selection. The restaurant is open every day (except Mondays) from 10.00 to 22.00 and is open for lunch, aperitif and dinner.
Castello di Fonterutoli
Via Gaetano Donizetti, 2 - Fonterutoli Siena
In the historical heart of Chianti Classico, a wonderful location where, if the weather is good, you can eat in the garden among the trees, surrounded by vineyards. Our advice: Pheasant salad, mushrooms and basil mayonnaise, Egg poché, cream of buffalo and green beans alla scapece, Chianti Tuna (rabbit macerated in extra virgin olive oil, cream of bell pepper and ricotta cheese). The restaurant is open according to the following schedule: Friday and Saturday from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 19:00 to 21:30; Sunday from 12:00 to 15:00.
Le Tre Rane - Ruffino
Via di Poggio al Mandorlo 1 - Quarate, Bagno a Ripoli, Firenze
This winery has a history of more than one hundred years and it is deeply connected to Tuscany and to the production of Italian wines. Gastronomy is entrusted to the wise hands of Stefano Frassineti, a native of Chianti's lands and a passionate cook since almost thirty years. Every day the kitchen proposes dishes with a particular attention to the seasonality and territoriality of the foods used. Symbol of the company is the tasting menu, realized in postcard format and perfectly usable to write thoughts to be sent to friends or relatives. Worth trying are the pappardelle "sulla nana" (which in Tuscan means duck) and the steak. The restaurant service is available for lunch from 12.30 to 16.00 and reservations are required.
Ristorante Da Delfina
Via della Chiesa, 1 - Artimino
"Customers are the lifeblood of every business" this is the motto of the restaurant. To eat at Da Delfina, there is no need for much introduction: the courtesy and authentic atmosphere, typical of trattorias, has remained miraculously intact in the rustic and cozy rooms, but with a touch of elegance and attention to detail that make it a fixed point of catering in Tuscany. In this restaurant the dishes are strongly linked to the season. Therefore, absolutely to try during this time of year are the taglierini with fresh peas, which are made following the traditional recipe and using only first quality products. The restaurant service is open every day (except Mondays) from 12.30 to 15.00 and from 19.30 to 22.00. There are 50 places available and reservation is required.
Via del Pian dei Giullari, 47 - Firenze
Trattoria Omero was born at the end of '800 as a bakery and then, bought by Omero Attucci in '43, was transformed into a pizzeria with the addition of a few tables to serve hot dishes. The historic Trattoria Omero is the ideal choice for anyone looking for an elegant yet rustic restaurant with a family atmosphere. Located in the winding hills of Florence, Omero offers a cozy atmosphere in a dream setting while enjoying the delicacies of traditional Tuscan cuisine. Do not miss the penne strisciate (pasta with beef ragout sautéed in a pan and enriched with a drizzle of cream) and steak. In addition, a real guarantee are the fried foods... a real treat made with care by the careful hands of their highly prepared cooks! The restaurant is open every day according to the following schedule: at lunch from 12.15 to 14.30 and at dinner from 19.30 to 22.00. There are about 30 places available, so booking is appreciated.
Tullio a Montebeni
Via Ontignano, 48 - Fiesole
055 697354 – 055 697799
An old trattoria just outside Florence, after Settignano. Frequented by an affectionate regular clientele that finds here a friendly welcome and a familiar warmth not easy to find. The cuisine is simple, with dishes cooked the old-fashioned way and above all with spectacular steaks served by Paolo, Carlotta and Paola. Not to be missed is their fried steak, very much appreciated by customers. There are 30 seats available and, therefore, reservation is required. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 12.30 to 15.00 and from 20.00 to 22.00.
Enoteca La Sosta del Rossellino
Via del Rossellino 2r - Firenze
La Sosta del Rossellino is a real institution about wine, not only about food. Born in 1990, annexed to the already existing pizzicheria and overlooking a magnificent Florence. Among the untouchable dishes are tagliatelle with Sauternes or gnocchi with Castelmagno cheese (undoubtedly their historical dish). Everything that is served is totally handmade. In addition, for the "pistachio lovers", absolutely to try is their homemade pistachio cake and of course gluten-free! This cake is a real treat made with genuine ingredients and with the authentic pistachio of Bronte ... not to be missed! The environment is romantic and unique, with a veranda overlooking the green or the night, a true affectionate niche for lovers of the formidable food-wine-feeling trio. The restaurant service is available from Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 16:00 and from 18:00 to 21:30. As 25 place settings are available, reservations are strongly recommended.
Corso del Popolo, 54 - Strada In Chianti
Da Padellina is a real institution for its famous penne sul gallo (feathers on the rooster), roasted nana muta (which means duck in Tuscan) and chicken in vin santo. The restaurant is open every day for lunch from 12:00 to 14:45. There are 40 seats available, so reservations are preferred.
Via di Citille, 4 - Greve in Chianti
If you want to breathe the fresh country air, surrounded by the famous Chianti vineyards, Terreno is the restaurant for you. Here the owner, Sofia Bebban Ruhne, had the vision to create a restaurant inside the family estate. The strong point of this restaurant is the fact that an important part of the ingredients used comes from their organic vegetable garden. Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12.30 to 14.30. Reservation is recommended.