Discover the 5 top restaurants to eat in Val d’Orcia!
Taking a food tour in Italy is a true bucket list experience, it’s like discovering the secrets behind one of the world’s most appetizing cuisines. And if you love Italian food (who doesn’t), traveling through Tuscany is a great way to go deeper than just eating great Italian food!
1. Podere Il Casale
A little off the beaten path in Pienza sits Podere Il Casale, along the 10th century pilgrimage roads that once connected Rome and Jerusalem with the small towns in the Italian countryside. The centerpiece of the property is a 600-year-old stone farmhouse where the owners live, cook, and service the restaurant. The farm is completely organic and the restaurant features much of what is produced here, such as homemade pasta, honey, cheeses, wine, extra virgin olive oil, saffron, and white truffles. We recommend to visit for lunch to enjoy the best views of the Tuscan landscape. The quality of the food exceeded our expectations and the service was so attentive and warm! This restaurant definitely deserves a mention in the top 5 restaurants to eat in Val d’Orcia.
2. Agriturismo Il Rigo
Agriturismo Il Rigo is where sustainability and great food are mixed with lovely hosts and natural beauty. We ate there and found heaven on earth. Their food is healthy, they only use organic, local and seasonal products. We especially recommend to visit for dinner as they offer a 4-course tasting menu – at a fixed price of 28€ per person – that changes daily. They respect the traditional Tuscan cuisine and use vegetables from their garden, grains and flour from the farm. An impressive variety of Tuscan wine is available. You can ask for advice from Lorenza, she’ll be enthusiastic to let you discover the great wine from this region.
3. Osteria del Leone
Osteria del Leone is the gastronomic heart of Bagno Vignoni. This restaurant is one of the oldest in the Tuscan region, and a stop for pilgrims on the Via Francigena. It is lead by young chef Andrea Caporicci that interprets the local flavors in a surprising way: hand-pulled pasta such as Tuscan pici or tagliolini with white truffles. Depending on the season, the menu features panzanella, seared pigeon, wild boar with juniper and bay leaves, organic goat cheeses, pecorino cheese and other specialties. Do not miss the homemade desserts. And the wine list is excellent: over 250 labels, with understandable attention to the great Tuscan reds. The food was definitely above expectations and even if the place has a Michelin mention, this does not reflect on the price.
4. La Locanda di Fonte alla Vena
Locanda di Fonte alla Vena is a cosy restaurant made from an ancient building recently restored and it’s just a few metres from the historical centre of San Quirico d’Orcia. This typical trattoria offers genuine cuisine made from organic products and is obsessed with Italy’s centuries-old traditions and recipes. The menu changes quite often according to the season products and they always have daily specials. How can we not include this in the 5 best restaurants to eat in Val d’Orcia?
5. Sette di Vino
This is the simplest and most typical restaurant you could hope for around here. It is the sort of place we could go eat everyday. Very friendly bunch of guys, including the owner. Trust the waiter’s recommendations and definitely get their house specialties. Dishes are little, so share everything and try as much of the menu as possible. It’ll be a wonderful, genuine Tuscan dining experience with incredible value, personable people and more than reasonable prices!
Do not forget to check out the places to visit in Val d’Orcia to create the best itinerary in this wonderful area!