Cafés, Pizzerias and Restaurants
The following are some of the cafés, pizzerias and restaurants close to us at BelSentiero all of which I have been to and eaten at.
All opinions expressed are therefore my own! Other than for the cafés (bars) it is best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Normally most restaurants are closed at least one day a week and in season they can also be busy. When staying with us we can help you make bookings. All distances are as per Google Maps.
Birreria Le Notti Di Campiglia - (The local village café)
Distance: 800 metres
This cosy little café (in Italy called a bar) is located in our local village of Campiglia d’Orcia opposite the main piazza (the one with the fountain). It’s within walking distance of us and is a great place to stop for a snack (e.g. a panini) or an aperitivo, such as an Aperol Spritz or Prosecco. An aperitivo is a great Italian tradition – it’s that pre-dinner drink you go and have at the local cafe where you meet up with friends and have a chat, before moving on to dinner. So why not do the same? Aperitivo time is typically from 6pm until 8pm.
Tre Rioni Ristorante - (Our local restaurant)
Distance: 600 metres
This is our local village restaurant. It serves food typical of the Val d’Orcia region such as pici pasta with ragu, raviolli and beef and pork dishes. Their menu is fairly extensive although some items may not always be available if out of season. In season, game meat may also be available (such as wild boar ragu). For something different (and a bit sweeter), try the sliced turkey with chestnuts and honey. A dish that originated in the medieval period and that is from the town, as Campiglia is famous for its chestnuts! Within walking distance of us.
Ristorante i Lecci - (Located on the road to Castiglione d’Orcia)
Distance: 4.8 km
i Lecci is located in a renovated farmhouse in the middle of the forest on the road between Campiglia and Castiglione d’Orcia. This is a fine dining establishment which is elegant but in a countryside style. Dishes are traditional to the area. They have an excellent wine selection.
Ristorante Pizzeria Flora - (Located in Vivo d’Orcia)
Distance: 4.9 km
A very typical trattoria/restaurant for the region serving simple local fare and located in Vivo d’Orcia. We particularly like to go here for their pizzas. They have a proper wood fired pizza oven, which is best, and make very thin base pizzas (my favourite!).
Taverna Del Pian Della Mura - (Located in Vivo d’Orcia)
Distance: 5.3 km
This is a cosy restaurant in our neighbouring village of Vivo d’Orcia run by a husband and wife team. They serve seasonal dishes that are traditional to the region and in particular dishes from around Monte Amiata where Vivo is based. They also have a good wine selection. The quality of their meals is always excellent.
Osteria Lo Spugnone - (Located in Bagni di San Filippo)
Distance: 6.3 km
This osteria is located in another neighbouring village, Bagni di San Filippo (famous for its thermal spings and calciferous rock formations). It is also family run and serves dishes that are traditional to the region.
Il Cerchio delle Streghe - (located in Castiglione d’Orcia)
Distance: 13 km
This is a simple café cum trattoria located at the foot of the Rocca di Tentennano, an impressive tower fortress, in Castiglione d’Orcia. During the day you can also sit outside and there are some good views over the area. The indoor seating is not big so at times can be busy, with locals attracted by the passion of chef Luca for his cooking. A speciality is a secret family recipe, Fiocchi di Neve (snowflakes), a type of pasta filled with ricotta cheese and topped with truffles.
CLICK HERE for a more detailed review of il Cerchio delle Streghe.
Osteria Perillà - (located in Castiglione d’Orcia)
Distance: 13 km
A Michelin one star Restaurant
Osteria Perillà is located in the medieval part of the village of Rocca d’Orcia. As a Michelin starred restaurant this is fine dining at its best. Inside is fairly modern, but outside retains a certain old world charm due to the location. Dishes are broadly European (so not only from the region), but using local ingredients and as always with a Michelin starred restauarnt creatively presented.
Il Silene - (located in Pescina near Seggiano)
Distance: 14 km
A Michelin one star restaurant
This Michelin one star restaurant is the life’s work and passion of chef Roberto Rossi who started working in the restaurant already when he was a teenager. Many of the dishes are Tuscan in nature, but sometimes with a creative twist in their presentation. Ingredients used are seasonal and local with the olive oil coming from Roberto’s own olive groves in Seggiano (and Seggiano olive oil is renowend as some of the best in Tuscany!). A superb wine collection built up over many years.
Dopolavoro - (located on the La Foce estate, road to Chianciano-Terme)
Distance: 17 km
Part of La Foce, the Dopolavoro restaurant is housed in the former community centre for the farm workers of the estate. Today it is a elegant cafe and restaurant serving Tuscan dishes but sometimes with a bit of a more cosmopolitan slant. They have a good selection of Tuscan wines.
Trattoria Osenna - (located in San Quirico)
Distance: 19 km
This is the Tuscan equivalent of a steakhouse, and the place to go if you enjoy meat (such as a bistecca Fiorentina – those monstrous Tuscan steaks from Florence!). The family who own the restaurant also own their own beef farm and butchery so the majority of the meat is sourced from their own operations (and this is also where we at BelSentiero buy our meat from, especially when having a barbecue!). There is also a pretty outdoor garden with seating for use in the summer.
La Bandita Townhouse Ristorante - (located in Pienza)
Distance: 25 km
A restaurant located at the La Bandita hotel in the historic centre of Pienza. It has a pretty outdoor seating area with its own enclosed garden to escape the hustle and bustle of Pienza in the tourist season. Food is Tuscan but with a more cosmopolitan slant.
Gelateria Buon Gusto - (located in Pienza)
Distance: 25 km
This is one of the best gelaterias in Tuscany if not the whole of Italy and has been acknowledged as such by Rick Steves, the travel writer. Fresh gelato is made every day on site using fresh ingredients and using artiginal methods and as such flavours are rich and intense. In addition to the standard flavours of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, there are always a few unique flavours, often seasonal or once offs. So olive oil, celery and rosemary flavoured gelatos have all been reported back to me by past guests and all were apparently excellent!
Caffè Poliziano - (Located in Montepulciano)
Distance: 27 km
This elegant café / restaurant is located in the historic centre of Montepulciano. While a bit of a walk to get to, since Montepulciano is a classic hill town and built on the slopes of the hill on which it is located, this is well rewarded by the spectacular views of the Val d’Chiana once you arrive. Recommended for lunch when exploring the town, but in season it can be busy so booking beforehand is advised.
Drogheria e Locanda Franci - (Located in Montalcino)
Distance: 33 km
A smart restaurant located in Montalcino at the top end of the town near the Fortezza (fortress), close to the public car park. The cuisine is typically Tuscan but elegantly presented and often the menu also includes game meat. They have a fantastic wine collection especially from the Brunello region (of which Montalcino is the capital) and I just love the manner in which the bottles are displayed against the walls of the restaurant! One could easily spend an hour perusing what is available. A good stop for lunch when exploring the town and the surrounding vineyards.