Tuscany - Greve/Lucolena, Sicily - Taormina
I am travelling for my honeymoon to Italy and will be staying for 1 week at a place in Lucolena (near Greve in Chianti). Are there any suggestions for can't miss places near by? I've seen some posts about Florence, Siena and various other areas but not too much about this specific area. Of course we can drive to a real destination place but would prefer to have some of our meals close by.
After the week in Tuscany we are taking the train to Taormina for 3 nights. I have reservations at Casa Grugno which I've seen suggested all over, but is there anything else authentic and down to earth in this very touristy town?
Thanks in advance, and if you ever have any questions about NYC and specifically Astoria let me know!
In the small village of Mercatale di Cortona, in the Arezzo province, is Trattoria Mimmi. Frances Mayes ("Under the Tuscan Sun") goes often with her husband to eat. Not a big place, but be prepared to roll out the front door. Mimmi is probably in her 80's now. No menu, just whatever she cooks for the day. About 10 courses, 3 appetizers, 3 pastas, 3 meats with different veggies, salad, dessert and all the house wine you can drink. About $25/person. Enjoy. You've got to go to Cortona, just fabulous.
I would like to suggest the following restaurants:
(1) La Locanda di Pietracupa, in San Donato in Poggio (Tavarnelle). This restaurant offers a superb, modern Italian cuisine for a very reasonable price. Tel. 0558072400;
(2) Osteria Antinori, near the Abbey of Passignano (Tavarnelle). The Osteria is owned by the Marchese Antinori, a renowned winemaker. In the shop you can buy several wines of Antinori. The cuisine is innovative and modern. The prices are slightly higher than the Locanda di Pietracupa. Tel. 0558071278;
(3) Casalta, near Monteriggioni. This very sympathetic restaurant offers beautiful modern Italian dishes. Tel. 0577301238;
(4) Pensione Ravizza, in Siena. The restaurant is part of a beautiful stylish traditional hotel. You can park your car in the special parking place of the Pensione Ravizza. The food is of very good quality and is served in the garden where you can enjoy the Siennese countryside. Tel. 0577280462.
I do hope you enjoy your honeymoon. Don't forget to visit Perugia, Cortona, Montepulciano and Pienza. Or the Val d'Orcia where the American writer Iris Origo (The Merchant of Prato) lived with her husband the Marchese Origo.
Castelmola, the town above Taormina, is a hike but well worth it for the eats and relative peace. Taormina is beautiful but a little dear and over crowded. La Griglia is good on the Corso. Across from the public gardens are a few good eateries that are a little less jammed sometimes.
Delfino da Angelo in Mazzara (below town) is supposedly good.
'A Zammara Via F. lli Bandiera 15
Il Ciclope Corso Umberto
There is a salumeria on the north side of the square in Greve that specializes in wild boar hams, salami, etc. Sooo good! Also a little bakery on the east side of the square where they sell a sweet bread that looks like foccacio but is covered with crushed grapes and seeds. I can't remember the name, but it was wonderful. Have a great time!