2019 Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany

2019 Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany

Here’s an overview to 2019 Michelin-starred restaurants in Tuscany, which vaunts three new entries: La Tenda Rossa, Al 43 and Ristorante Giglio.

Fri 16 Nov 2018 2:15 PM

Italian cuisine has long since been a favourite, but in recent years chefs in Tuscany have been scaling the heights of culinary excellence. Here’s an overview to 2019 Michelin-starred restaurants in Tuscany, which vaunts three new 1-star entries for the region: Al 43, in San Gimignano; Ristorante Giglio, in Lucca; and La Tenda Rossa, in Cerbaia. Enoteca Pinchiorri, in Florence, maintains its three stars, a triumph in elegance, execution and oenology. Bracali (Ghirlanda, near Massa Marittima), Caino (Montemerano, in Maremma), Piccolo Principe (Viareggio) and Arnolfo (Colle di Val d’Elsa) all proudly continue to emblazon their chef’s jackets with two stars, while Tuscany now boasts 33 one-star restaurants, a hallmark of the region’s gastronomic vitality, ingredients, wine and wellbeing.

(The text in italics is the review by Michelin reviewers, for 2019.)

3* Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany

Enoteca Pinchiorri

“The cuisine at this restaurant is a fine balance of classic and modern, taking the best from both styles to create elegant dishes served in a luxurious and cosmopolitan ambience. The wine list here is legendary.”

Via Ghibellina 87, Florence

055 242757


For a more comprehensive article about Florence’s Michelin-starred restaurants, click here.

2* Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany



“This small and modest hamlet is home to a surprisingly elegant restaurant. It serves original cuisine that is often far removed from the usual traditional fare. It is a real jewel of the Maremma, run by two brothers – one in the kitchen, the other front of house.”

Via di Perolla 2, 58020 Ghirlanda

0566 902318



“Situated in the heart of a charming medieval hamlet, this elegant yet simply decorated restaurant introduced the world to the cuisine of the Maremma. Full of flavour, the dishes are locally inspired yet interpreted with all the character of an experienced chef.” Read more here.

Via della Chiesa 4, 58050 Montemerano

0564 602817


Piccolo Principe

“On the fifth floor of the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte, a panoramic roof garden acts as a delightful setting for creative and sophisticated cuisine, which is expertly prepared and beautifully presented. Simple decor with a few contemporary features and an open-view kitchen.”

Piazza Puccini 1, 55049 Viareggio

058 44011



“This restaurant is situated in picture postcard Tuscany, surrounded by rolling hills, cypress trees and medieval fortifications. The cuisine is also typically Tuscan, made from the best local ingredients and reinterpreted with creative flair. Delightful panoramic terrace for summer dining. A small hotel of rustic elegance, a bonbonnière in terms of elegance, care and size.”

Via XX Settembre 50/52, 53034 Colle di Val d’Elsa

0577 920549


1* Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany

La Tenda Rossa – New for 2019

“An excellent selection of ingredients, all perfectly cooked and beautifully presented in either classic or modern style – the cuisine here has a strong contemporary influence with only a few dishes betraying traditional roots. The wine selection is also excellent, with a pleasing number of wines available by the glass.”

Piazza del Monumento 9-14, 50020 Cerbaia



Ristorante Al 43 – New for 2019

“Simple yet meticulously prepared cuisine served in a small, high-quality restaurant where the chef takes his inspiration from regional ingredients and flavours. Attractive ambience, with lovely views of the Sienese hills.”

Loc. Canonica-Lucignano 43, 53037 San Gimignano

0577 955025


Ristorante Giglio – New for 2019

“A long-established restaurant in a beautiful 18C palazzo in the centre of Lucca, which has been brought back to life thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of three young chefs. Working together, the three share not only their friendship but also the same vision of modern cuisine with its roots firmly anchored in the region yet also with a hint of Japanese influence in some of the ingredients.”

Piazza del Giglio 2, 55100 Lucca

0583 494058


Poggio Rosso

The reputation of this gourmet restaurant in the San Felice hotel extends way beyond the confines of this charming little village. The recipes and produce used in the dishes are typically Tuscan, although the chef also adds a modern and imaginative twist to his cuisine. Delightful terrace for alfresco dining in fine weather.”

Localita’ San Felice, 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga



Osteria Perillà

This lively osteria in the centre of a medieval hamlet offers the perfect blend of traditional and modern. Enjoy simple cuisine made from excellent produce from the restaurant farm. Specialities include pici pasta with a free-range capon.”

Borgo Maestro, 74, 53023 Castiglione d’Orcia

0577 887263


Cum Quibus

“A far cry from San Gimignano’s tourist options with their predicable menus, Cum Quibus is a top-quality gourmet restaurant with a small, rustic-style dining room and just a few tables. The cuisine is original and creative with a focus on typical Tuscan ingredients full of intense flavours.”

Via S. Martino, 17, 53037 San Gimignano

0577 943199


Il Pievano


“In the stunning setting of a 1,000 year-old monastery, this restaurant serves cuisine inspired by both Tuscany and Campania. As well as meat options, the menu features an excellent selection of fish – all in elegant dishes that are truly memorable. Dine alfresco in the romantic courtyard in summer.”

Località Spaltenna 13, 53013 Gaiole in Chianti

057 7749483


Lux Lucis

“Enclosed by large windows, this restaurant is full of natural light, which perfectly complements its elegant, modern and minimalist-style decor. The creative cuisine is the result of careful research, both in the culinary techniques used and in the selection of the best ingredients.”

viale A. Morin 67, 55042 Forte dei Marmi

0584 783636


Meo Modo, Borgo Santo Pietro

“Local tradition is eschewed in favour of more exotic fare in this highly elegant and stylish restaurant. In fine weather, book one of the tables under the arcade overlooking the romantic garden. Impeccable service.”

Località Palazzetto 110, 53012 Chiusdino

0577 751222


Il Falconiere

“Fans of Tuscan cuisine will be in their element in this restaurant. It offers the full range of local meat specialities, herbs and spices, as well as fish dishes. An elegant choice, perfect for special occasions.”

Località San Martino, 52044 San Martino (near Cortona)

0575 612679


La Torre

“The cuisine served here bears witness to the chef’s many years working in renowned and reputable restaurants, with a menu featuring memorable dishes which are full of flavour and substance. The elegant dining room echoes the smart decor elsewhere in the hotel.”

Strada Spicciano 7, 50028 Tavarnelle Val di Pesa

055 806470


Osteria di Passignano

“Enchanting location: beside the abbey, in the late nineteenth-century cellars of the Marquises of Antinori; on a par with the modern-style cuisine firmly rooted in the past.”

via Passignano 33, 50028 Badia a Passignano

055 8071278


Il Pellicano

“As soon as the weather allows, this restaurant serves meals on its delightful terrace overlooking the sea, which provides a truly romantic setting for the Mediterranean dishes served here. Varied cuisine with influences from Puglia and Tuscany.”

località Lo Sbarcatello, 58018 Porto Ercole

0564 858111



“Located in a quiet spot, this is an old inn which has been renovated over the years. Elegant dining hall with nice furniture. Traditional cuisine and innovative dishes.”

località Pescina, 58038 Seggiano

0564 950805


La Pineta

“You even have to park on the sand to reach the restaurant, which is almost built over the water. The sea permeates the dishes served raw, prepared either with a tomato sauce or more classically.”

Via dei Cavalleggeri Nord 27, 57020 Marina di Bibbona

058 6600016



“The choice, abundance and quality of the fish served here will amaze even the most discerning of diners. Choose between raw, steamed and grilled fish to be enjoyed in an elegant seafront setting that will make your holiday in Forte even more memorable!”

Viale Franceschi 14, 55042 Forte dei Marmi

058 489879



“Enjoy fine dining at this legendary 30-year-old restaurant. It has superb service and famous mayonnaise made in front of guests in the dining room. Fresh fish is the highlight here, the quality of which is guaranteed by the Lorenzo name.”

Via Carducci 61, 55042 Forte dei Marmi

058 489671


La Magnolia, Hotel Byron

“The new young chef at La Magnolia brings sunshine from his native Sorrento to this restaurant in Versilia, as well as experience from a number of Michelin-starred restaurants. He continues with the creative traditions of the restaurant, while at the same time adding his own authentic touch, which results in what he describes as “Tuscan-Campanian fusion” cuisine.”

Viale Morin 46, 55042 Forte dei Marmi

058 4787052



“Housed inside the contemporary art museum, this restaurant serves creative and imaginative cuisine that is in perfect harmony with its surroundings. Diners choose only the number of courses they want – and then sit back and enjoy the surprise!”

Via della Fratta 38, 55100 Lucca

329 0843180



“Set in a well-maintained garden is this 19C cottage where terracotta and beams combine in an elegant atmosphere. Family management, and elaborate cuisine that is tastefully presented.”

Strada statale 12 dell’Abetone, 55014 Marlia

058 3307573



“Although local fish dishes take pride of place here, the menu also features a few meat options. A winning combination of a friendly welcome, professional service and top quality haute cuisine.”

Via Mazzini 120, 55049 Viareggio

058 431382


Atman a Villa Rospigliosi

“This delightful 17C villa is situated on the outskirts of town. Here, chef Igles Corelli creates bold and imaginative cuisine full of flavour with dishes from all over Italy.”

Via Borghetto 1, località Spicchio, 51035 Lamporecchio

0573 1603051


Il Colombaio

“Although Signora Mariva still keeps an eye on things in the kitchen, it is now the very capable Maurizio (Bardotti) who is at the helm. He continues the tradition – started many years ago – of creating updated traditional dishes with humility, enthusiasm and imagination.”

Strada provinciale 27 Casole d’Elsa-Cavallano, 53031 Casole d’Elsa

0577 949002


La Bottega del 30

“The characteristic stone-built village is worth a visit on its own, but its jewel is the restaurant. It is full of decorations like a shop, and has a romantic summer patio. Cuisine with refined Tuscan flavours.”

via Santa Caterina 2, località Villa a Sesta, 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga

0577 359226


I Salotti, Il Patriarca

“This excellent restaurant with an elegant ambience and just a few tables offers two tasting menus. One that focuses on Tuscan traditions (meat only) and another that is equally balanced between meat and fish dishes.”

Località Querce al Pino, Strada Statale 146, 53043 Chiusi

0578 274407


Castello di Fighine

“A dirt track leads to this magical spot, where a medieval castle offers views of the surrounding hills. Meals are served either in the attractive dining rooms or on the romantic wisteria covered terrace in fine weather. Fresh cuisine with a personal touch.”

Località San Casciano dei Bagni, 53040 San Casciano dei Bagni

057 856158


La Trattoria Enrico Bartolini

“Chef Bartolini has brought a breath of fresh air to this charming restaurant with a rustic yet elegant feel. While remaining true to regional traditions and cooking methods, such as charcoal grills, the cuisine also demonstrates the occasional modern twist.”

Localita’ La Badiola, 58043 Castiglione della Pescaia

0564 944322


La Leggenda dei Frati


“Things start well and only get better… Once you have entered the beautiful Villa Bardini not far from Palazzo Vecchio, you are plunged into an elegant and welcoming ambience. This serves as the perfect setting for delicious creative and modern cuisine. There is an additional treat: anyone who dines at the restaurant can also choose to visit the museum accompanied by the restaurant owner who has a set of keys. A truly multi-sensory experience!”

Costa San Giorgio 6/a, 50122 Florence

055 0680545


Il Palagio, Four Seasons Hotel

“The magnificent decor of one of the most impressive palazzi in Florence has been given a more contemporary feel in this restaurant. It offers delicious and carefully prepared reinterpretations of traditional Italian cuisine.”

Read more about the chef Vito Mollica here.

For a more comprehensive article about Florence’s Michelin-starred restaurants, click here.

Borgo Pinti 88, 50121 Florence

055 2626450


Ora d’Aria

“The dining room at this restaurant faces the open-view kitchen, allowing a continuous exchange of dialogue between chefs and diners. The cuisine focuses on mainly Tuscan produce served in dishes that blend traditional skill with contemporary style.”

Read more about Chef Marco Stabile here.

For a more comprehensive article about Florence’s Michelin-starred restaurants, click here.

Via dei Georgofili 11R, 50122 Florence

055 2001699


La Bottega del Buon Caffè

Antonello Sardi, of La Bottega del Buon Caffè
Antonello Sardi, of La Bottega del Buon Caffè

“La Bottega del Buon Caffè has changed premises for 2015 and is now on the Lungarno, with an outdoor terrace making it perfect for a fine evening. The distinctive creative style of the excellent chef at work in the open-view kitchen remains unchanged.”

Read more about Chef Antonello Sardi here.

For a more comprehensive article about Florence’s Michelin-starred restaurants, click here.

Lungarno Cellini 69R, 50122 Florence

055 5535677


Winter Garden By Caino

“Horse-drawn carriages once entered the old courtyard of the St Regis hotel, now converted into a winter garden. Enjoy delicious dishes from the Maremma created by Valeria Piccini in the luxurious surroundings of one of Florence’s most elegant hotels.”

Read more about Chef Valeria Piccini here.

For a more comprehensive article about Florence’s Michelin-starred restaurants, click here.

Piazza Ognissanti 1, 50123 Florence

055 2716


Borgo San Jacopo

The flavours of the region have been given a lighter touch in this restaurant, which also offers an excellent wine list of over 600 labels. In summer, treat yourself to dinner on the delightful small terrace overlooking the Arno, where the candlelight is reflected on the surface of the water.”

For a more comprehensive article about Florence’s Michelin-starred restaurants, click here.

Borgo San Jacopo 62R, 50125 Florence

055 281661


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