WE RECOMMEND

a few suggestion for the best food in the area...

TREVINANO: 5 minute drive from Podere Palazzo

Trattoria & Bar Gianfranco
A typical small town place with tasty regional specialties and pizza at affordable prices. Reservations needed on weekends when people come all the way from Rome for hearty home cooking (Inexpensive)

La Parolina
The closest restaurant to the house is also one of the most original in the area. Run by two young creative chefs you will be served delectable food that is respectful of Italian traditions and is made from the best of locally produced ingredients. A warm room with formal service. Nationally recognized. Reservations are a good idea (More expensive)

ACQUAPENDENTE: 10 minute drive from Podere Palazzo

Trattoria Toscana
A favorite of the locals. Good food at good prices. When in Acquapendente, eat with the Acquesianos (Moderate)

Al Pugnalone
A creative restaurant that serves traditional and elegant food rooted in local tradition (moderately expensive)

Pulvano Dino Bakery
A great bakery just off the main square. Pizza, bread, cakes, cookies and sweet goods of many kinds... they have it all.

SAN CASCIANO DEI BAGNI: 10 minute drive from Podere Palazzo

Daniela
Daniela is the place to see and be seen as well as to eat wonderful traditional Tuscan cooking. The restaurant, situated in the former stables of the palace of the Bologna family, is simple and elegant. Reservations recommended (Moderately Expensive)

Bar Daniela
Next door to Daniela. This is a good place to get a morning cappuccino and a cornetto or a gelato in the afternoon or evening. A wide assortment of European newspapers and the International Herald Tribune can be purchased here. The outdoor cafe has a nice view across the piazza to the valley below.

La Fontanella
In the newer part of town, the comfortable dining room of a small hotel. Savor the very best of regional cooking. Meats, pastas, and desserts are prepared with care and are always delicious. A great wine list. Reservations recommended (Moderately expensive)

Pasticceria Il Duomo
A terrific bakery. Try their biscotti with espresso or cappuccino. If you are cooking dinner at home, buy something for dessert.

The Bar at the Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort A beautiful full service bar at the hotel-one of the ’Leading Hotels of the World’-just a few minutes from the house. White jacketed waiters. Elegant service. A great place for a night cap (Expensive)

ORVIETO: 35 minute drive from Podere Palazzo

Trattoria Vinosus
This restaurant is considered one of the best in the area and is especially known for their exquisite wine selections. The owner Luca will guide you personally through the wine list and the chef Rita will delight you with typical Umbrian recipes with an updated touch. It is located right next to the beautiful gothic cathedral of Orvieto and In the summer you can eat outdoor on their terrace with a lovely vista of the impressive black and white marble flank of the cathedral (Moderately expensive)

Charlie
This is one of the most popular spots in town for pizza and personally we think they make some of the best pizza in central Italy! The restaurant/ pizzeria has a beer garden style courtyard for outdoor dining in the summer and a spacious interior during the rest of the year. It can be hard to find a table especially on weekends but it is worth the wait! Their appetizers of cold cuts and local delicacies and cheese are always very satisfying and their dessert called “sbrisolona” just perfect! The atmosphere is relaxed and casual and the service very informal. Located a couple of blocks rom the Piazza della Repubblica (Fairly inexpensive)

Osteria del Grillo
This restaurant is not in the center of town but just above the train station in Orvieto Scalo. While the location is not ideal if you are touring the old town, the food is outstanding. They do not serve any pasta but only fresh and beautifully prepared appetizers and delicious local organic meats. The restaurant in fact has a butcher counter where you can pick your own cut of meat and have it roasted on the spot in the wood burning oven. Yum said the vegetarian! The place is full of locals and the wine list, while not extensive, is delightfully local (Moderate)

Il Pozzo Etrusco
Orvieto has many good and established restaurants but this one is one of the most authentic, genuine and a relatively newcomer. Serving great traditional recipes with the freshest ingredients and a special touch. Friendly service, great street side experience (Moderate)

 

CETONA: 30 minute drive from Podere Palazzo

La Frateria di Padre Eligio at Mondo X
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This 12th Century Franciscan Monastery has been converted into a hotel and gourmet restaurant and is a self-sustaining community for recovering drug addicts. It is worth a visit just to see the monastery and its art but it is also a wonderful place to have dinner and support a good cause. Make a reservation and be sure to get a tour. Plan a stop in Cetona before your visit and take a beautiful walk toward the highest point in town to see intimate views of the unique landscape that has made this town a haven for the rich and famous. You are in good company as you admire the landscape-Valentino has a house here (Expensive, reservations needed)

Il Sobborgo
Refined local cuisine served in the well restored cantinas of an old building on the main piazza or under a pergola in a secluded alley. Either experience is delightful. Don’t forget to take a stroll before or after dinner in the street of beautiful medieval Cetona. A snack bar part of the same establishment serves good ice cream and drinks on the piazza (Moderately expensive)

PIENZA: 30 minute drive from Podere Palazzo

Osteria Sette di Vino
Known for its pecorino and its piazza, the mother of all Renaissance piazzas, this delightful, not to be missed town in the magnificent Valley of the Orcia River is also home to the unique 'small plate' Tuscan style food served here. This is simple tasty peasant food prepared with love by its charming owner who does it all, including telling you what to order (Moderate)  

PITIGLIANO: 30 minute drive from Podere Palazzo

Ceccottino
Located in a beautiful Piazza at the center of town. The atmosphere is delightful and in the summer months you can eat outdoor al-fresco. The food is always fresh, wonderfully prepared and very local and seasonal.

SORANO: 30 minute drive from Podere Palazzo

Locanda dell’Arco
In the old city center it offers authentic and good simple food in a family environment with charming hosts (Moderate).  

MONTEPULCIANO: 45 minutes drive from Podere Palazzo

La Grotta
Just outside of Montepulciano near the church of San Biagio. Considered one of the best restaurant in the province of Siena. It offers exquisite food that is refined and inventive with local and genuine ingredients. Good service and a great selection of wines. The patio next to the beautiful church of San Biagio is delightful in the summer months and the entire experience of eating here is memorable (Moderately expensive)

 

 

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