The 10 Best Restaurants In Arezzo, Tuscany

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9 February 2017

Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, Italy, the beautiful, old city of Arezzo is not only a haven for history buffs. With a community of charming restaurants serving a mix of classic and contemporary Tuscan cuisine, there’s plenty to please visiting foodies. We round up Arezzo’s very best locally owned restaurants, from old favorites to adventurous new venues.

Ristorante Dario e Anna

Opened in 1964 as a rotisserie by its namesake, the family tradition at Ristorante Dario e Anna is today continued by the original owners’ son chef Luca Scoscini, who transformed the popular local joint into a restaurant in 2010. The culinary focus is classic Tuscan fare with gastronomic flair crafted from locally sourced, organic ingredients with a particular emphasis on raw food. With a regularly changing menu, guests at Ristorante Dario e Anna are guaranteed new, exciting dishes each time they dine like the tagliolini pasta with white truffles and Florence’s favorite dish, bistecca alla Fiorentina.

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Ristorante La Lancia d’Oro

Ristorante La Lancia d’Oro is .ocated under the beautiful 16th century Vasari Loggia, designed by artist and architect Giorgio Vasari and what local film buffs may recognize from Roberto Benigni’s Oscar-winning 1997 film Life is Beautiful. Executive chef Leonardo De Candia anchors his menu around a mix of traditional Tuscan cuisine and contemporary, refined dishes, like suckling pig with pumpkin hummus, licorice powder and almond ricotta quenelles, which are all complemented by a huge selection of first rate wines. Dessert at La Lancia d’Oro is just as delightful with options like classic tiramisu and chocolate cannoli with hazelnut cream and raspberry sauce to choose from.

Ristorante La Lancia d’Oro, Piazza Grande 18, Arezzo, Italy, +39 05 7521 033

Tagliatelle al tartufo. Best pasta EVER. #foodgasm

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Gastronomia Il Cervo

Deli, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
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Nestled in the heart of Arezzo’s historic center just steps from the historic Basilica di San Francesco in a beautifully converted former pharmacy, Gastronomia Il Cervo is a bustling local deli and restaurant serving up traditional Tuscan cuisine. Upon entering the restaurant, guests are greeted by a deli counter showcasing Gastronomia Il Cervo’s cold antipasto while upstairs a number of cozy, welcoming dining rooms await. Start with antipasto like beef carpaccio with arugula and parmesan followed by hearty dishes like homemade fettuccine with wild boar and tagliata.

Trattoria Il Saraceno

Owned by the local Dragoni family for the past 30 years, Trattoria Il Saraceno is located in an old craftsman’s workshop on one of Arezzo’s oldest streets serving typically tasty Tuscan cuisine. Plenty of pizza and fresh pasta dishes are served while other standout dishes include ribollita, a classically rustic Tuscan soup of beans, vegetables and bread, and meaty mains like roasted rabbit baked with fennel. An extensive wine list featuring a bottle to suit every budget is also offered alongside indulgent desserts like profiteroles and ricotta and pear torte.

Trattoria Il Saraceno, Via Giuseppe Mazzini 6, Arezzo, Italy, +39 05 7527 644

Pici al cinghiale #tipicalfood #tuscany

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Antica Osteria L’Agania

Antica Osteria L’Agania has been delighting diners with its traditional Tuscan home cooking for over four generations and with its buzzing vibe and simple, straightforward yet scrumptious fare. Antipasto like bruschetta, seasoned sausage and panzanella (a popular Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes) is served with pasta dishes including pappardelle with mushrooms or gnocchi with duck ragu and hearty, rustic plates like roasted rabbit. Antica Osteria L’Agania’s wine list showcases the very best Tuscany has to offer with a focus on Arezzo, Siena and Chianti region vineyards.

Antica Osteria L’Agania, Via Giuseppe Mazzini 10, Arezzo, Italy, +39 05 7529 5381

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Bistrot 31

Bistrot 31, a collaboration between manager Lucca Fossi and chef Alberto Lachi, gains rave reviews for its creative reimagining of traditional Tuscan cuisine. A simple, chic space welcomes guests to try innovative dishes like ravioli stuffed with lampredotto (a kind of tripe) with butter, sage and caramelized onion or duck breast with American sweet potato cream and thyme. To finish try one of their deliciously inventive desserts like hazelnut millefoglie served with a sweet wine and tobacco infused mousse.

Bistrot 31, Via Guglielmo Oberdan 31, Arezzo, Italy, +39 05 7516 50757

Il lampredotto potete farlo anche così

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Il Cantuccio

Restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean, Soup, $$$
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Located just next to Arezzo’s lovely Piazza Guido Monaco, Il Cantuccio is a busy little restaurant popular with locals. It has a cozy, basement level dining room and street side seating perfect for a romantic al fresco meal. Plenty of classic Tuscan fare is served from cod Livornese with chickpeas to sausage and bean stew, but the real star of the show at Il Cantuccio is its homemade pasta dishes. Choose from hearty plates of tagliatelle with truffles or pici with chestnuts and porcini mushrooms.

Castello di Valenzano

4.5/5 (41 Reviews)
Around a half hour drive from Arezzo, just outside the small town of Subbiano is Castello di Valenzano, a beautiful, fairy tale-like castle that is home to a hotel and restaurant. The restaurant, a stunning space featuring several historic interior dining rooms and a picturesque terrace and portico perfect in summertime, is headed by chef Simone Brodoloni, whose monthly changing menu focuses on modern reinventions of classic Tuscan fare. Homemade pasta dishes include a herby ravioli with borage, marjoram, thyme and tarragon, while meat lovers will enjoy recipes like spinach stuffed quail served with white truffle and parmesan quiche.
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Antica Fonte Ristorante

Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, $$$
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Founded by owners Luca and Donatella, who is also the restaurant’s chef, Antica Fonte has been serving its popular, traditional Tuscan cuisine for over a decade. Classic dishes like chicken liver crostini and lampredotto in salsa verde feature on Antica Fonte’s menu alongside plenty of homemade pasta dishes and main courses like salt cod with onions and guinea fowl with truffles. Resident sommelier Luigi is on hand to suggest the perfect wine to pair with guests’ plates from the restaurant’s extensive list of both local and international varieties.

Albikokka Restaurant

Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, $$$
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Opened by the Cacioli brothers, Albikokka is an elegant addition to Arezzo’s community of restaurants that is already proving its worth amongst the city’s more longstanding venues. Though the restaurant’s culinary roots are traditionally Tuscan, chef Marco Cacioli brings creative, contemporary flair to the menu. Expect artfully plated dishes like lardo di Colonnata wrapped fillet of beef with a red wine and apricot glaze or shrimp stuffed seabream on a bed of baked mussel and cherry tomato stew. Try the equally innovative desserts like Catalan cream with lavender gelato.

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