Located about 50 miles south of Florence, the ancient city of Arezzo is well worth a visit. Dating back to around the 5th century BC when it was one of the most important Etruscan cities, the Romans then took over in the first of many changes of power. Now, it offers fascinating ruins, beautiful churches, and a calm atmosphere for visitors. Here are our favorite restaurants in this beautiful city.
Gastronomia Il Cervo
Located right around the corner from one of Arezzo’s biggest draws, the Basilica di San Francesco, you might not expect Gastronomia Il Cervo to be much more than a tourist trap. But here you can find one of your best meals in the city. Their menu is chock full of some of the best dishes that Tuscany has to offer, all of which will come lovingly prepared in very large portions. Insider tip: go for the half portions and share several dishes so that you can try as many of them as possible.
Gastronomia Il Cervo, Via Cavour 38, Arezzo, Italy, +39 0575 20872
Ristorante Cio che Piace
It can be rather difficult to find a high-quality seafood meal in this area of Tuscany, but Ristorante Cio che Piace is the perfect remedy for that. Just a few blocks from the main square, this place may not look much from the outside, but the inside is charmingly decorated, and the menu will wow you. Some of their seafood highlights include mussel and clam appetizers, grilled calamari, octopus in tomato sauce, and grilled tuna steak, which will melt in your mouth.
Ristorante Cio che Piace, Via S. Lorentino 12, Arezzo, Italy, +39 0575 371287
Vineria Ciao is a charming family establishment, offering you the whole package when it comes to tasty food, great wines, and excellent service. As they warn all guests with a sign on the door, don’t come here expecting to be in and out quickly. The food is cooked slowly for the greatest quality, giving you a chance to relax in the atmosphere and really enjoy the courses as they come. You will recognize most of the dishes on the menu, but they’re done so well that it gives them a second life.
Vineria Ciao, Via G. Garibaldi 16, Arezzo, Italy, +39 0575 182 2174
Dario e Anna Gastronomia
Visitors have long recognized Dario e Anna Gastronomia as one of the best options not only in Arezzo but also in the surrounding region. This is fine Tuscan dining at its best, with fine wines and impeccable service to complete the experience. They are rightfully proud of their meat selection, which comes mostly from the different regions in Italy. Order a steak and it will come with a hot stone to complete the cooking process at your table and to your liking. Another dish that comes highly recommended is the truffle pasta – irresistible, as the smell of truffle oil will engulf you as soon as you walk in.
Dario e Anna, Via Vittorio Veneto 14, Arezzo, Italy, +39 0575 902473
Panini & Co.
Sometimes, you’re just in the mood for a quick, tasty sandwich. When that mood strikes in Arezzo, head over to Panini & Co. They’ll set you up with a sandwich made with hot, fresh bread, filled with practically any ingredients you can imagine. There are almost 50 sandwiches on the menu, so it may take a while to decide. Each one, however, offers perfectly balanced flavors in entirely new combinations, so you can just assume that whatever you get will be delicious. This place gets quite busy at lunchtime, but with the smells surrounding you, you won’t mind the wait.
Panini & Co., Via Pietro Aretino, Arezzo, Italy, +39 0575 182 4493
For another excellent quick lunchtime option, check out Dal Moro, a more traditional Italian sandwich shop. The sandwiches are made quickly right in front of you, and the prices are very reasonable. All of the sausages are made in-house, and you can buy whichever cheeses, meats, sauces, and wines that you prefer. The family of owners is always around to make recommendations and guide you towards the best options both to eat there and to take home with you. When it comes to sandwiches, don’t miss the porchetta or the lampredotto, which is a tripe sandwich, but you will be highly rewarded for stepping out of your comfort zone.
Dal Moro, Via Cavour 68, Arezzo, Italy, +39 0575 043208
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