On our first trip to San Gimignano, we stopped by this pub for a drink on their outside café. We chatted with another couple and enjoyed an hour or so just relaxing while overlooking the gorgeous Tuscan countryside. The service was good – not superior – it was at times difficult to get their attention, but once you got their attention they were so friendly and helpful. We just had wine and beer so I can’t compare the food, but I would go back again to try it. The atmosphere was lovely – it is situated outside the city walls so it isn’t as crowded as other places you can come across in San Gimignano.
I can't say anything about the food since we only had drinks, but I'm willing to go back again to find out!
We stopped into the Bar La Torri to sample the local wine, Vernaccia, and stayed longer than expected since so many of our class wanted to sample the gelato as well! Not only was the wine and the gelato first rate, but the service was impeccable – so friendly and willing to help out in any way! You don’t always see that with a group of 25 people! But I highly recommend this café for a sweet treat or a glass of white Vernaccia. It is located in the Piazza della Duomo – just across from the front of the Duomo (church).
Okay gelato fans – here’s your chance to experience World Champion Gelato! The Gelateria di Piazza, located on the left side of the Piazza della Cisterna as you enter from the Via San Giovanni, were the world champions in 2006-07 and 2008-09! And the gelato lives up to the accolades! They have many unique flavors of homemade gelato, including saffron, which I haven’t heard anyone complain about! In the summer there can be a line for the gelato, so patience is something needed if you are going to experience award winning gelato in a country that is famous for their gelato!
This is the worst Italian restaurant I went in. Overpriced, we ordered Panini's, the bread was stale, dry, and for 4 dl of coke in a glass, they charged 5€ !!! I put a picture of what I ordered with the picture that was on the menu.
And the waiters were not friendly, I thought I was in Switzerland again ;-)
We paid for 1 pizza, 2 paninis and one Tuscany plate 3 cokes and 1/2 liter open wine 57€ !!!
Favorite Dish: NONE !
This small but very popular Gelateria Di Piazza is very well known amongst locals and tourists for the best ice cream in Tuscany. The owner Sergio has won many competitions including the Gelato Del Mondo 2006-07 and 2008-09. On our visit there we saw pictures of famous people who have visited his gelateria. If you go there be sure to try out the pistachio flavoured ice cream, which is made from the finest Sicilian nuts !!!
A short menu without pizza, a selection of any of the dishes was a positive delight to eat. The emphasis is on modern presentation and you aren't overwhelmed by the quantities - it is possible to eat four courses
There is a huge wine list if you feel adventurous, but the wine from their vineyard was excellent
The restaurant feels like it is outside with lovely views of the woods and hills, but you are inside and very comfortable if the weather turns wet or too hot
Favorite Dish: Basil sorbet with a savoury tart.
Stuffed rabbit (vegtables are included with all main courses)
Mixed selection of deserts (about 8 different items to sample)
This bakery is on the main street Via San Giovanni. We met them because they own the Sangi Aparment were we slept so we had to come to the bakery to do the check in. We took a look and decided that was our breakfast place for the day after!
They have a great variety of pastry and rolls and candies.
We enjoied their cappuccino the morning after.
We asked them and they also gave us a short tour of their kitchen-workshop where they create their products.
We were looking for a good restaurant to celebrate and while we were walking around during the day we saw this one. It is in the very center, right on the main steet Via San Giovanni. We look at the menu that was a little expensive but interesting. We decided to try it and we went in and booked a table by the panoramic windows.
At night when we arrived the dining room was almost full, it is nicely decorated with a cosy athmosphere, the panoramic windows offer a stunning view over the countryside, great daytime and very romantic at night with all the sparkling light.
The service was excellent and professional, the selection of food and wine was adeguate to the restaurant level.
Reservation is advised and they are closed on Wednesday
Favorite Dish: Unfortunally I cant recall what I had there, I just remember everything was delicious, I particulary remember the dessert.
You can’t visit Toscana without going to San Gimignano. A nice lovely little city. Pizzeria/ristorante Beppone is a place to eat and drink and stay for lunch or supper. There are two rooms in a cellar vault. And outsides you can enjoy a garden terrace.
In the past years we have often eaten here. Now it's a new owner and we can't say anything about Prices, service and quality.
For reaching Beppone you go from piazza St Agostino down via delle romite for 150 meters. From piazza cistern you go down via castello passing museum of torture. After a few steps at the end of the street turn left and go down via delle romite 200 meters. Both times you are standing at the entrance of Beppone.
Favorite Dish: In past my favourite pizza is “vegeteriana”.
Because of changing of the owner I have taken off the detailed descriptions.
An Italian friend who has traveled extensively listed this gelateria among his top 5 in the country. So, we piled in around 9:30 in the morning for a "breakfast" of gelato. The owner, Sergio, is friendly and welcoming and we loved the selection. Some tried the more adventurous flavors like saffron while others of us opted for the fruit.
This tiny trattoria hosted one of the best meals I had in Italy. There are only a few tables and the menu is limited, but I believe it changes on a regular basis. This meal was a chance to eat a few of the dishes more common in the Tuscan countryside. It was also a place where locals - and not as many tourists - came to eat. The atmosphere was fantastic.
Favorite Dish: The boar meat ravioli was phenomenal. Everything we tried was excellent because we ordered on the recommendation of the owner. He was marvelous and friendly.
The second time I was in San Gimignano, it was before the trattoria was open and I could only snap pictures while salivated over the amazing aromas.
This is by far one of the best restaurants in San Gimignano. I am a professional Chef who has lived and trained in Italy so I know my restaurants. The duck terrine appetizer with white truffle is amazing and the Wild Boar pappardelle is the best in Tuscany. Ask for Francesco, he is the General Manager, Owner, Chef etc.. He can recommend some great wines to round out your experience.
Sergio Dondoli has been churning out award winning ice cream in San Gimignano since 1992, and if you want to taste what all the fuss is about then head to Gelateria di Piazza and sample a scoop or two.
Gelateria di Piazza is located on Piazza della Cisterna. It is one of two gelateria's on the square, both of which where doing a roaring trade on the sunny day we visited.
Most days you will have a choice of 30-35 flavours, served up in a cone or small cup (I prefer the cup as you don't have to worry about losing any delicious gelato through it dripping away). Speciality flavours include Sorbetto alla Vernaccia (flavoured with the locally produced white wine), or Spumante and Grapefruit ice cream. They also serve up the usual favourites like chocolate and pistachio.
Favorite Dish: We had two scoops each - I had coffee and hazelnut flavours, and Alex had coffee and chocolate. It was good! Nice and creamy, with strong flavours.
We sat by the cisterna in the middle of the square, savouring our treat and deciding if we should go back for just one more scoop ;-)
Having dined on superb Italian cuisine for nearly a week we decided to try this restaurant out as it had a good pizza menu. The steak my husband ordered was as tough as an old boot and when he tried politely to explain in broken italian to the waitress that it was inedible we were told that it was too bad and he sat and watched while I ate my average pizza. We were then totally ignored by the waitress who had served us and were offered no alternative meal nor a simple apology.
This was by no means our experience anywhere else where we ate excellent food with professional courteous service. An unfortunate blight on an otherwise excellent and beautiful week in San Gimignano!
On Piazza del Cisterna you can have the best icecream of Italy. Gelateria di Piazza received a prize for its icecream.
Favorite Dish: They have all kinds of flavours from traditional to fruity icecream.
For a cone with three scoops you'll pay 2.5 EUR