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Recommended restaurants in the hill towns of Umbria and Tuscany


Assisi
Hotel Umbra Restaurant, Via degli Archi 6 (Piazza del Comune)
Umbrian specialties on an outdoor terrace off the main square. What could be wrong with that?
Phone:  0758.122.40
Hours:  Monday through
Saturday noon
to 2PM and 7:45PM
to 9:30PM;
Closed January 10
through March 15
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   5.20EUR

Il Medioevo, Via Arco dei Priori 4b
This elegant restaurant in the medieval part of town offers homemade pastas, classically prepared meats, and specialties with truffles. Try the roast lamb.
Phone:  0758.139.68
Hours:  Thursday through
Tuesday noon to
2:30PM and 7:30PM
to 9:45PM;
Closed January 7
to February 7
and July 1 to 20
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   8.25EUR

Ristorante Buca di San Francesco, Via Brizi 1
You can dine here in the cozy cellar or in the lovely garden. Food is first-rate and makes the most of local ingredients. This is a very popular spot.
Phone:  0758.12.204 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday noon to 2:30PM and 7:30PM to 9:45PM; Closed July 1 to 15.
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   13EUR

San Francesco, Via San Francesco 52
Dishes here are more ambitious than the usual and nicely executed. The chef makes the most of truffles and mushrooms.
Phone:  0758.123.29
Hours:  Closed Wednesdays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Fixed Price Menu From:   18EUR

Civita di Bagnoregio
Al Forno, the main square
The only restaurant in town serves good wine and a nice plate of pasta.
Phone:  0761.79.35.86
Hours:  Lunch and dinner daily June through October
Credit cards accepted:  

Lucca
Buca di Sant' Antonio, Via della Cervia 1
Lucca's best-known, and arguably best, restaurant is not far from Piazza San Michele. Classical dishes are imaginatively updated here and the 18th-century ambience is cozy and inviting.
Phone:  0583.55.881
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday noon to 3PM and 7:30PM to 10:30PM; Closed for two weeks in July.
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   10.50EUR

Da Giullio in Pelleria, Via delle Conce 45
Not far from the Pinoteca Nazionale, this busy trattoria offers hearty Tuscan cooking and good value for money.
Phone:  0583.55.948
Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday noon to 2:30PM and 7:15PM to 10:15PM; Closed in August
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   4.25EUR

Giglio, Piazza del Giglio 2
For classical Tuscan dishes, 15th-century ambience, and first-rate service, Giglio is a sure bet. In summer, there's a nice outdoor terrace too.
Phone:  583.494.058
Hours:  Thursday through Tuesday noon to 3PM; Thursday through Monday 7PM to 10PM
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   10.50EUR

Il Gazebo, in Locanda l'Elisa, Strada Statale del Brennero 1952
Two miles from the center of town, Locanda l'Elisa was once the home of Napoleon's sister's lover. Her villa was across the avenue. The restaurant here is set in an English-style conservatory. It's expensive, but meals are exquisitely prepared and service is impeccable.
Phone:  0583.379.737
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 12:30PM to 2:30PM and 8PM to 10PM
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   15.50EUR
Fixed Price Menu From:  44EUR

Trattoria da Leo, Via Tegrimi 1
Close to Piazza San Michele, this lively trattoria is the genuine article.
Phone:  0583.49.22.36
Hours:  Monday through Saturday noon to 2:30PM and 7:30PM to 10:30PM
Credit cards accepted:  No
Main Courses From:   9.30EUR

Monteriggioni
Il Pozzo, Piazza Roma 2
This cozy tavern off the square serves classic Tuscan fare.
Phone:  0577.304.127
Hours:  Closed Mondays; January 7 to February 7 and August 1 – 7
Credit cards accepted:  

Orvieto
La Volpe e L'Uva, Via Ripa Corsica 1
Reasonably priced dishes at this bustling trattoria in the heart of town.
Phone:  0763.81.62.12
Hours:  Closed Mondays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, V
Fixed Price Menu From:   15.50EUR

Le Grotte del Funaro, Via Ripa Serancia 41
Located in a series of caves beneath Orvieto, this restaurant serves classic Umbrian cooking and good pizzas from a wood-burning oven.
Phone:  0763.343.276 Reservations required
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday noon to 2:30PM and 7PM to 1AM
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   8.30EUR

San Gimignano
Bar Enoteca il Castelo, Via di Castello 20
Bread, cheese, and cold cuts are available to accompany the many varieties of wine you can sample here. Glasses of wine start at 3,000LIT.
Phone:  0577.940.878
Credit cards accepted:  

Da Gustavo, Via San Matteo 29
This wine bar offers one of the widest selections in town. Glasses of wine start at 2,500LIT.
Phone:  0577.940.057
Credit cards accepted:  

Ristorante Bel Soggiorno, Via San Giovanni 19
This lovely restaurant looking out over the countryside features fresh produce from local farms. Wild boar and pheasant are specialties.
Phone:  0577.940.375
Hours:  Thursday through Tuesday 12:30PM to 2:30PM and 7:30PM to 10PM
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   10.50EUR

Ristorante Le Terrazze, Piazza della Cisterna 24
The two dining rooms here resemble a Tuscan country inn. Good food and nice ambience right off the main square.
Phone:  0577.940.328
Hours:  Thursday through Monday 12:30PM to 2:30PM and 7:30PM to 10PM;
Credit cards accepted:  AS, DC, MC, V

Siena
Al Marsili, Via del Castoro 3
Set in an 11th-century building, this restaurant is one of Siena's best. Ambitious dishes, beautiful prepared in lovely surroundings.
Phone:  0577.471.54
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday 12:30PM to 2:30PM and 7:30PM to 10:30PM
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   7.75EUR

Da Guido, Vicolo Pier Pettinaio 7
Great antipasto, grilled meats, and typical Tuscan ambience in this restaurant near the Piazza del Campo.
Phone:  0577.280.042
Hours:  Thursday through Tuesday 12:30PM to 3PM and 7:30PM to 10PM
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   7.25EUR

Enoteca I Terzi, Via dei Termini 7
This stylish wine bar has light meals and more than 100 wines by the glass. It's also open when everything else is closed.
Phone:  0577.443.29
Hours:  Closed Sundays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V

Osteria Le Logge, Via del Porrione 3
One of Siena's prettiest restaurants, Le Logge has outdoor tables, and two dining rooms. Game and fowl are specialties.
Phone:  0577.480.13
Hours:  Closed Sundays, and two weeks in June and November
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V

Spoleto
Il Panciolle, Via del Duomo 3
This popular trattoria has a romantic terrace surrounded by lemon trees. Good pasta and unforgettable ambience.
Phone:  0743.455.98 Reservations required
Hours:  Closed Wednesdays
Credit cards accepted:  AE. MC, V

Il Pentagramma, Via Martani 4
A modern Italian restaurant with more ambitious dishes than the usual trattoria.
Phone:  0743.223.141 Reservations required on weekends
Hours:  Closed Mondays
Credit cards accepted:  DC, MC, V

Il Tartufo, Piazza Garibaldi 24
The oldest restaurant in Spoleto, this popular spot specializes in dishes prepared with truffles, which are an Umbrian specialty. There are two dining rooms, one upstairs and one down. And those who don't care for truffles will find many other choices.
Phone:  0743.402.36 Reservations required
Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday noon to 3PM and 7:30PM to 10:30PM; Sundays noon to 3PM. Closed July 15 to 31.
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   9.30EUR
Fixed Price Menu From:  15.50EUR

Todi
Ristorante Umbria, Via San Bonaventura 13
The view from the terrace is great at this restaurant that's been in business for 40 years.
Phone:  0758.942.390
Hours:  Closed Tuesdays and for the month of July
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC V

Torgiano
Le Tre Vaselle, Via G. Garibaldi 48
Owned by the Lungarotti family, who produce the award-winning local wines, this restaurant set in a 17th-century country house, is a delightful spot for lunch.
Phone:  0759.880.214
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V