Eat and be merry in Tuscany
We plan to be in Tuscany in October. Where are the best places to eat? Where would you recommend staying so we can be centrally located to get to the best restaurants and wineries?
Anywhere in the Chianti SE of Florence or in the Val d'Orcia SE of Siena would give you many possibilities for restaurants and wineries. Chianti is, obviously, home to Chianti, and the Val d'Orcia is home to Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Have you searched this board for places in Tuscany? - it has to be one of the most reviewed places in Europe on the chowhound site.
We just got back from Cortona and Sienna in Tuscany (and other places in Italy). Hostaria La Bocaccia in Cortona may have been my favorite place in all of Italy. Check out my blog at www.chadsworld.wordpress.com for details on where to eat and what the food looks like.
Hosteria La Bocaccia
Having just returned from Tuscany, I think it's hard to name a "best restaurant" in a province as large and uncommonly rich. Of the meals I had, my favorite was at the Tenute San Pietro in the foothills outside of Lucca...outstanding food, service, and views. At the end of the meal, the chef came out to greet every table and ask if we enjoyed the meal (and what a meal!). I've no idea if this is the best restaurant in Tuscany, but it was a memorable one that I would not hesitate to recommend.
I had a great time in Lucignano at Da Toto. Slept there and dinner there every night for 3 nights. it was a revelation in family cooking in Toscana. It's VERY basic (and delightfully cheap) in a charming untouristed but beautifully preserved elliptical walled fortress town.