Located about 3 miles from the city walls of Lucca, Villa Bongi is a lovely getaway from the city crowd. The old mansion’s pink walls pop out in contrast to the green hills and olive groves it is nestled in. Guests can dine al fresco in the terrace’s shade or eat inside the grand villa by the fire. Try Villa Bongi’s homemade pasta with unique, seasonal toppings like chestnut pappardelle with wild boar ragout and cream of potatoes or squid ink spaghetti made with squid, orange, and wild fennel. Reservations are recommended.
Villa Bongi, Via di Cocombola 640 Montuolo, Lucca, Italy +39 0583 510479
Dine on the veranda that faces the quiet square for a good view and a peaceful meal. Inside you’ll be treated to white tablecloths, complimentary prosecco, and traditional Tuscan cuisine with a twist of modern ingenuity. The chefs at Ristorante Giglio use seasonal, local products selected with thought and care. Try one of the meat or fish entrees, like the Florentine steak, guinea fowl, or grilled sea bass. Finish your meal with one of the fine house made desserts like chestnut cake with ricotta cheese or vanilla ice cream served with caramelized fruits.
Ristorante Giglio, Piazza del Giglio 2, Lucca, Italy +39 0583 494058
Located in the historic center of Lucca, Da Felice has been serving their wood fired pizzas for more than 100 years. Family owned and operated, Da Felice is the place to go for the most authentic Italian pizza experience. Don’t miss the cecina (a salted chickpea pizza), the necci (chestnut crepes made with ricotta cheese), and the castagnaccio (chestnut cake) specialties. The pizza and other treats are made with local ingredients according to traditional recipes.
Pan di Strada is the perfect place to go for a quick lunch when your schedule is packed with sights to see. The sandwich shop has more than 80 different varieties of panini sandwiches. Not only are the sandwiches a quick and filling lunch, but the tasty concoctions are extremely affordable. Tucked away in one of Lucca’s oldest neighborhoods, you can enjoy your lunch on picnic benches at the nearby city walls. Try a simple panini made with mozzarella cheese, fresh tomato, and oregano, or a fun combination of gorgonzola, almonds, cottage cheese, and slices of fresh pear.
Pan di Strada, Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi 34, Lucca, Italy +39 0377 100 9133