The Tuscany region of Italy has one of the richest culinary cultures in the world. Tuscany has an abundance of fresh produce, first-class meats, and select wines. Chefs from around the world travel to Tuscany to learn the best ways to create a fusion of traditional and innovative dishes. The region has a variety of the best farm-to-table restaurants and the best modern restaurants in the world. Here are our picks for the top five restaurants in Tuscany, Italy.
Il Canto del Maggio
Il Canto del Maggio offers an intimate farm-fresh food experience in a picturesque setting overlooking the Arno Valley along the Pratomagno Mountains near the town of Arezza. Il Canto del Maggio is located in an ancient Borgo owned and managed by the father-daughter team Mauro and Simona. The site has eight apartments where guests can stay, a picturesque restaurant, swimming pool, terrace and a large garden and orchard. The garden is meticulously cared for by Mauro and the food made by Simona and her husband is created from local garden produce with locally grown meat, cheese and wine.
Il Canto del Maggio’s farm-to-table concept offers a variety of delicious dishes. The family creates community meals that include fresh pizza, fresh pasta, fresh salads, and homemade bread and cakes. The food served at Il Canto del Maggio includes artichoke souffle with pistachio, cheese plates with homemade jam, sliced fennel with oranges, duck egg with truffles and asparagus, beef tartare and deconstructed cheesecake. The family also offers cooking lessons, truffle hunting, sunset picnics, and excursions to local spas. Il Canto del Maggio brings the simplicity and elegance of the Tuscan region to every guest.
Il Faconiere is a complex located in the Cortona countryside, Arezzo. The 17th century residence is owned by Silvia and Riccardo Baracchi. It has the main residence and several private rooms. The property has gardens, olive trees and vineyards. Silvia offers cooking classes and Riccardo offers tastings and visits to wineries. The couple also offers falconry and wild boar and partridge hunting courses. The estate also has the Thesan Etrucan Spa. Il Faconiere offers a sustainable lifestyle without generating waste. The restaurant offers Tuscan cuisine created with locally grown produce, fruits, local dishes and wines made on site.
Il Faconiere’s restaurant has a Michelin star. The restaurant is housed in the estate’s old glass and wrought iron lemon house. The main dining room has vaulted ceilings and seats 60 people. There are more intimate dining rooms, one with 5 tables, another with a banquet table for special events, and the intimate clock room. The panoramic terrace is open seasonally and overlooks the hills and valley of the Tuscan countryside. Chef Silvia Baracchi offers an extensive tasting menu with all locally grown ingredients. Other menu items include beef carpaccio skewers with celery jelly, burrata cheese ravioli, and potato tagiolini with mint pesto, sautéed mushrooms and bacon. Traditional Tuscan cuisine includes homemade olive oil, fresh fruit and wines from the Baracchi winery.
Da Delfina is an award-winning Tuscan restaurant located in Artimino, Carmignano, near Florence. The restaurant specializes in authentic Italian cuisine made with local ingredients. The owner and chef is Carlo, son of the restaurant’s namesake, Delfina. Delfina began her culinary career feeding hungry hunters in Artimino, and her son continues his legacy of fresh Tuscan cuisine. Delfina can be seen tending Da Delfina’s gardens and carefully choosing the fresh vegetables, mushrooms and herbs that are used in the dishes of the day.
Da Delfina’s dining experience is traditionally Tuscan. Guests sit in one of the four comfortable rustic rooms with wood and brick alcoves or on the picturesque terrace overlooking the rolling countryside of the Medici Valley with its vineyards and olive trees. The house specialty is the rabbit sautéed with olives and pine nuts. The seasonal menu offers a variety of traditional Tuscan meals and sides with locally grown ingredients. Da Delfina also offers an extensive wine list with special attention to Tuscan blends.
La Bottega Restorante
Located in the charming Tuscan village of Volpaia, La Bottega Restorante is a family restaurant dating back 300 years. Family recipes have been passed down to today’s …