Tuscany:Restaurants in a beautiful country setting or with a great view of the countryside...
Hi! I am gettting married in Siena and would like to have a small dinner reception in a restaurant in the tuscan countryside. I have narrowed(!!!) my choices to the below:
Siena:Palazzo Ravizza restaurant(good views).
Siena:Villa Scacciapensiere restaurant(good views)
Murlo:Bosco della Spina
Castellina:Osteria Alla Piazza
Radda:Relais Fattoria Vignale
Volpaia:La Bottega di Volpaia
Panzano:Oltre il Giardino
Lamole:Ristoro di lamole
Greve:Taverna del Guerrino
Greve:La Cantinetta di Rignana
Montalcino:Fattoria dei barbi
Montalcino:Osteria del Vecchio Castello
Any opinions or alternate suggestions?
I would very strongly suggest going to the town of San Gimignano--soooo close to Siena only about a 20-30 min drive. There are restaruants there that overlook the entire tuscan countryside. its the most gorgeous town ive ever been to, and my favorite town in all of italy i would have to say. very romantic, and some of the best food ive ever had. there is one restaurant in particular that has huge windows that look onto the hills--ill work on getting the name.
A lot of these (exx Montefollonico and Montepulciano) are a LONG drive from Siena, and driving around Tuscany on secondary roads can be extremely slow - where are your guests staying? How are they getting around? Getting parked and in and out of Siena also has to be factored in.
You probably should think out what the maximum distance/drive time ought to be and work within that radius. There are a whole lot of tuscan restaurants in the country or hill towns with great views!
San Gimignano is a nice town when the hordes of bus tourists arent there - crowding up the main street - problem is they are there dawn to dusk.
Get the book - "Too Much Tuscan Sun" It is written by a tour guide from the area. It is hilarious accounts of his experiences with visitors to Tuscany, in particular Chianti. He is serious about his food and his descriptions of his favourite places make me hungry and desiring to return. His book was recommended by a friend of his when I was paying a trade visit to Dievole. It was a great read. Dario (Castagna)now has his business based out of a Relais et Chateau property in Chianti. I suggest any Relais property for a nice experience. Many have fine restaurants, or the network of connections to get you to a nice property.
Congratulations and best wishes!
I love Bosco della Spina and the interior is wonderful with a great vineyard and countryside view fromt eh window tables. Very traditional cooking with modern style. Great wines.
In Castellina I prefer Il Pestello but the setting is not that great.
Locanda Amoroso in Sinalunga is close to Siena on a fast road, has great food, and is, as the name suggests, quite romantic...