Good to Great restaurants in the area

Bistecca in Piazza

On evry Thuesday from about 19:30 (mid June – mid Sep) it’s a street grill fest in the central piazza of Tavarnelle. It’s a cooperation between the local buthcher and the grocerystore and the restaurant of the piazza. You go to the butcher and choose the meat, then you bring the meat to the restaurant grill chef standing with the grill in the middle of the street. The waiter takes the sideorders to the grocery and serves you through the meal at tables set out in the street.
Its very popular so you must order a week upfront. They put up a phone # for an English speaking bookingservice.

Mob. + 39 349 5891 352. (2019)

Below you’ll find some of the other nice restaurant in the area.
Listed by distance to Villa La Citerna. It’s not an comprehensive list, and some of the recomendations are from the previous owner who had greate experience.

Area Distance Tittel Description
Local Lucardo 20min walk Cera Una Volta
Via Certaldese, 11
0025 Montespertoli FI
( 057 166 95 78 – closed Tuesdays)
This trattoria is in Lucardo just up the road, turn left.
It has simple but really good family cooking. Tell them you come from La Citerna. 20 min to walk up,
15 min home
Local Lucardo 20min walk Sacro Profano – Trattoria Toscana
Via Certaldese 6
50025 Montespertoli FI

+39 0571 669375

It’s on the opposite side of the road 100m before Cera Una Volta. Its a familydriven nice place, new in 2021 and has a variety of dishes, most of them you may add some Tartufo – black or white…
Local Fiano 20min walk Osteria di Casa Chianti
Via Lucardese 82
50052 Certaldo (FI)
(057 166 9688 – closed Monday)
Osteria di Casa Chianti you can see from La Citerna, looking south by the road down to Certaldo
A highly recommended Osteria in walking distance 20 min. through the
vineyards separating La Citerna from the restaurant. Bring a torch (in the hallway drawer) as it might be dark on you way home.
Local Fiano 30min walk Pizzeria Il Fiano Di Orsi
Lido & C
Via Firenze, 94
50052 – Certaldo (FI)
057 166 9029 – open Wed to Sun
Great Pizza !!  Very simple
furnishing but order a table outside if the weather allows for it. Otherwise excuse the style, the pizza makes up for it. It’s down in Fiano and you have
to follow the road (can’t reach it across the fields) so walking would take near 30 min.(6 min. by car)
Marchialla 8 min car Taverna Del Fiorentino
+39 339 754 4916
Via Bardazzi, 14,
50021 Marcialla (FI)
Continue from the piazza in
Marchialla about 40m towards Tavarnelle its on the right side. Very nice couple doing everything, simple good italian dishes.
Tavarnelle 15 min car La Fattoria
055 807 00 00 – closed Tuesdays
This is in Romita. You drive
through Tavarnelle and go towards the raccordo in the Firenze (not Siena)
direction. One the crest of the hill, just before you get to the raccordo,
you will see a sign saying la Fattoria on the right. You eat outside in the
courtyard in summer and inside in the winter, late autumn. Quite fun, lots of color.
Tavarnelle 15 min car Pizzeria La Fornace
+39 055 807 6310
Strada Lavatoi 2
50028 Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (FI)
A nice Pizza restaurant
accross the road of the Coop in Tavarnelle. Go out of the coop parking, down
the mainroad (50m) towards the roundabout, take the left exit 3/4 of the
roundabout, and you get the parking for the Pizza directly on the left side
of the street you enter. (Its a laundry there sharing the parkinglot.) Very
good pizza and nice service.
Sambuca, Tavarnelle 20min car Francini Massimo – butcher shop / lunch place
+39 055 807 1640
Via Antonio Gramsci, 10,
50028 Sambuca, Tavernelle Val Di Pesa (FI)
A great lunch place at the
buthcher in Sambuca, on the other side of the raccordo(as if you went to
Firenze) but turn right along the raccordo in direction. A few km on the
small road you get to the Samuca center at there you find the
butchershop/lunch place. If you want to get space outside you must book afew
day upfront.
Barberino Val d’Elsa 20 min car Paese dei Campanelli.
+39 055 807 5318 – closed Sundays
Localita Sovestro, Borgo di Petrognano
50021 Barberino Val d’Elsa (FI)
Drive to Barberino and
through the village towards Siena/Poggibonsi. A couple of hundred metres
outside Barberino there is a turning to the right towards Petrognano! Take
this road and after about four kms you will come to the restaurant, which is
off a turning on the right hand side.
Certaldo 20 min car style=”line-height: 115%; color: black;”>Osteria Del
+39 0571 667809
Via Rivellino, 3.
50052 Certaldo  (FI).
A nice restaurant and a great
place to take a glass of vine on the terrace with a great view looking all
the way to La Citerna…
Bagnano, Certaldo 25 min car style=”line-height: 115%; color: black;”>La Botteghina
Di Wilma
+39 0571 660072
Frazione Bagnano, 238/239
50052 Certaldo (FI)
A beautiful Lunch place with
inn the tuscan countryside hills, that could be a perfect stop on a bike
roundtrip. Delicious smaller dishes to mix and share. Very nice local family
Badia a Passignano 30 min car Osteria di Passignano.
055 807 12 78 – closed sundays
Via Passignano 33
50028 Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (FI)
This is an excellent slightly
upmarket restaurant in a tiny village, which houses an abbey and a lot of
Antinori vineyards, the other side of the raccordo. You basically need to
drive to Tavarnelle, cross the raccordo, and take a right turn. There are two
roads on the right make sure it is the correct one which is signposted.
Further along this road you will come to a left turning, again signposted to
Badia a Passignano.
Badia a Passignano 30 min car La Scuderia
+39 335 8252669 – Closed Tuesdays
via di Passignano 17
50028 Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (FI)
  lang=”EN-US” Is another an excellent slightly upmarket restaurant in the same
village as Osteria di Passignano, just across the road.
Colle di Val d’Elsa 40 min car Arnolfo
+39 0577 920549 – closed Tues&Wednes
Via XX Settembre, 50
53034 Colle di Val d’Elsa (SI)
This is an extremely good
upmarket restaurant, which rates two stars in the Michelin guide. In the
upper part of Colle Val d Elsa. Must book.€160
Colle di Val d’Elsa 40 min car L’Antica Trattoria
+39 0577 923747 – closed Tuesdays
Piazza Arnolfo di Cambio, 23
53034 Colle di Val d’Elsa (SI)
Trattoria in the lower part
of Colle Val d Elsa on the main square. Good family
restaurant with particularly good wine list.
San Gimignano 40 min car Le Terrazze Restaurant
+39.0577.940328 – open all days
Piazza Cisterna, 23
53037 San Gimignano (SI)
The La Cisterna Hotel is
located in the main square of San Gimignano and offers its customers a free
shuttle service and an upscale restaurant.. Quite
adequate, very good views. Wonderfull carpaccio.
San Gimignano 40 min car La Collegiata
+39 0577 943201 – closed one day/wk
Località La Collegiata
53037 San Gimignano (SI)
A hotel restaurant much
favoured by Tony Blair. In San Gimignano nevertheless good, but expensive
restaurant with wonderful views over San Gimignano from the dining terrace in
the summer. It is slightly outside of town.
Castellina in Chianti 40 min car La Torre
+39 0577 740236
Piazza del Comune, 15
53011 Castellina in Chianti (SI)
A pleasant functional family
run restaurant in the pretty main square. Reasonably
Castellina in Chianti 40 min car Al Galopapa
+39 0577 742939 –
via del Volte 14
53011 Castellina in Chianti SI
Upmarket, good restaurant
Castellina in Chianti 40 min car Albergaccio di Castellina
+39 0577 741042 – closed Sundays
via Fiorentina 63,
53011 Castellina in Chianti (SI)
Smartish with pleasant
atmosphere – upmarket.
Firenze 35 min car LA BUSSOLA
+39 055 293376
Via Porta Rossa, 58/R Firenze
They claim to be the first
Pizza resturant in Florenze est. 1960. Nevertheless they serve excellent
pizza and other nice meals 300 m from Ponte Veccio. Good beer and wines too. Reasonably priced.