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July 28, 2021

The best restaurants in the islands of Tuscany

Elba, Giglio and Capraia: the top addresses where to eat

To the islands of Tuscany, a small paradise of sea and taste, where it is easy to come across real temples of fish cuisine. Here they are:

We dock on the Island of Elba

Molo G-Osteria Portuale
cantieri navali Esaom, via G. Cacciò, Portoferraio
Tel. 0565 915024

An old seafood tavern located in front of the washing basin of the shipyard; in summer you can eat on the pier. The cuisine is pure Elban cuisine and simple: grilled octopus with potatoes and olives, mussel soup and penne in boat with clams, egg yolk and parsley; interesting is the goat's milk ice cream, produced by a local farmer. The cellar is 90% Elban.

Molo G-Osteria Portuale

La taverna dei poeti
Capoliveri in Via Roma, 14
Tel. 0565968306 – Cell. 3476633395

First slow food garrison in Elba. Paolo Paolini, the owner of the restaurant, took over the local Taverna dei Poeti founded in 1909 by Elisabetta Cardenti, Bettina per tutti, who opened it under the simple name of "Trattoria", and it was the first restaurant in Capoliveri. The Taverna dei Poeti has forty seats in all, a very well-kept back room and intimate dining room and in summer two tables for two outside in Via Roma which, from the main square of Capoliveri, leads to the church and a breathtaking viewpoint over the sea where you can enjoy the stunning sunsets. The protagonist is a tasty cuisine in the wake of tradition, with simple cooking and the use of the freshest raw materials and fish: tuna in a cuttlefish black crust in a veal sauce with roast potatoes, caught during the day in the livornese style.

La taverna dei poeti

Il Chiasso dal 1973
Vicolo Sauro 9,
57031, Capoliveri
0565 968709

The restaurant was established in 1973 in the historical centre of the small Elban village of Capoliveri, where the alleys are called Chiassi, hence the name of the restaurant with the characteristic tables placed on the stairs of the alley. The owner Luciano Casino historical and sole owner began his adventure 44 years ago giving life to unique culinary pleasures and revisiting the dishes of the past such as octopus soup.

Capo Nord
Loc. La Fenicia, Marciana Marina LI
Tel. + 39 0565 996983

The Capo Nord restaurant in Marciana Marina, on the splendid island of Elba, is one of the polar stars of Elba's restaurants: tables overlooking the sea on the beautiful Fenicia beach, wooden furnishings, quality raw materials and a spasmodic search for a balance between tradition, innovation, territory and passion.  Between the lines of the menu, in the midst of elaborate and innovative first courses, there is Spaghetto with octopus ragout in the manner of Mamma Fillide, a recipe invented by the owner's mother Attilio (until recently she prepared it herself for the restaurant's customers) that outlines a great emotional bond, which starts with the Adriani family, goes from love for Elba to the heart of the people who come to eat at the Capo Nord restaurant.

Ristorante Capo Nord

Ristorante Calanova - Tenuta delle Ripalte
Loc. Ripe 57031 Capoliveri
Tel. +39 0565/94211

An enchanting place by the sea, where the aromas and colors of nature create a dream location, a pier that makes it accessible from the sea, this and much more is Ristorante Calanova. Here you can have lunch and dinner outdoors, in the shade of centuries-old cork trees, enjoying the festive cuisine of Simona and Cristophe, prepared with the best fish recipes and typical Tuscan dishes, always accompanied by the excellent wines of our production. During the day there is also an exclusive bar service for guests on the beach in front of the hotel.

Ristorante Calanova - Tenuta delle Ripalte

Osteria dei Quattro Gatti
Market Square 4, Porto Azzurro
+39 320 601 1747

In a fine and elegant environment, with attention to detail, a small treasure chest dedicated to the flavors of the sea. The menu is rich, varied, never banal. A very pleasant culinary surprise in the heart of Porto Azzurro.

Conte Domingo Restaurant
Lover's Bay, Capoliveri
Tel. 0565.968934 - 348.4314490

The Conte Domingo restaurant, which owes its name to the Spanish nobleman protagonist of the legend of the lover, overlooks the beautiful bay. The Conte Domingo is a typical restaurant, with tables under a pergola of vines. When the sun goes down, the atmosphere becomes magical, the colours and scents combine with the special taste of our dishes mainly based on fresh fish.  Let yourself be guided by Fausto's experience and friendliness in choosing the menu that in a romantic setting will make your dinner special. 


Trattoria da Mario di Meino
26 Via Provinciale, Isola Del Giglio
0564 804087

Located in Campese, certainly one of the best restaurants on the island. Typical and welcoming restaurant characterized not only by the courtesy and friendly owner, but especially by the typical Gigliese cuisine with excellent fresh fish.

Trattoria da Mario di Meino

Restaurant La Vecchia Pergola
Via Thaon de Revel, 31 Isola Del Giglio
0564 809080

An inimitable family management for a place with the taste of the sea that is a real cult of Giglio. a single room and a terrace, overlooking both the village and the port, where you can taste seafood delicacies.

Ristorante La Vecchia Pergola

Da Santi
via S. Maria 3, Giglio Island
Giglio Castello 

With a magnificent terrace overlooking the Gulf of Campese and the island of Montecristo, an unforgettable setting that offers tasty and genuine seafood dishes, such as tagliolini with lobster and grilled vegetables and fish rolls. Among the desserts: the croccantino (semifreddo with hot chocolate).

Da santi


Il Carabottino
Via Dè Mari, 28
0586 905037

Fish of the day (the fish is bought directly from fishermen) and a few frills for a restaurant that is definitely worth a visit. Among the proposals there are lesser known fish such as sanpietro, barracuda or tombarello in oil of own production also because the owner does not throw away anything of the catch of the day, including fish eggs, entrails, liver. Dinner is a fixed menu, about 38 euros, every day different.

Il Carabottino

Restaurant Al Vecchio Scorfano
Via Assunzione 44, Capraia
0586 905132

A pleasant and welcoming environment, in seafaring style, overlooking the port in front of the moorings, with the possibility to eat outdoors in summer. Historical local of the port of Capraia Isola managed by the fourth generation of the family Mugnai - Della Rosa, has a veranda in Douglas wood made in the 60s still original seafaring. The proposed cuisine is classic, tending to creative and specialized in dishes based on fresh fish. The Restaurant Al Vecchio Scorfano, located in Capraia Isola in the province of Livorno, also has an excellent wine cellar, with a careful selection of Tuscan labels.

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