Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany for 2020

1 three-star, 4 two-star and 36 one-star restaurants

Helen Farrell
November 6, 2019 - 16:27

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 2020 Michelin-starred restaurants in Tuscany, which vaunts five new 1-star entries for the region: Santa Elisabetta and Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura, in Florence; L’Asinello, Senio Venturi, in Castelnuovo Berardenga; Virtuoso - Tenuta le Tre Virtù, in Scarperia; and Lunasia, in Viareggio. Poggio Rosso, in Castelnuovo Berardenga, and Winter Garden by Caino, in Florence, have both lost their stars this year. Enoteca Pinchiorri, in Florence, maintains its three stars, and 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 36 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 2020.)

 

 

 

3* Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany

 

 

Enoteca Pinchiorri

 

 

For decades Pinchiorri has represented luxury and haute cuisine at the highest level in Italy. The restaurant has a number of dining rooms, including a historic room, which has an almost museum-like feel. Highly attentive service from the legendary owners, Annie and Giorgio, and an excellent menu featuring the best of Tuscan, Italian and international cuisine. The wine list is renowned across the globe.

 

Via Ghibellina 87, Florence

055 242757

enotecapinchiorri.it

 

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

 

 

 

2* Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany

 

 

Bracali

 

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This small, fairly ordinary district is home to an unexpectedly elegant restaurant which serves original dishes, some of which have little in common with local traditions. Two brothers, one front of house and the other in the kitchen, are responsible for this little gem in the Maremma. Accommodation is also available in the historic centre; the owners provide the transport.

 

Via di Perolla 2, 58020 Ghirlanda

0566 902318

mondobracali.it

 

 

Caino

 

Situated in a small, isolated medieval hamlet accessible via a network of narrow, winding country roads, this restaurant introduced the world to the cuisine of the Maremma, reinterpreted in elegant and contemporary fashion by talented chef Valeria Piccini. Her legendary dishes full of flavour have made Caino famous and established its reputation as one of the most inviting restaurants in Italy. 

 

Via della Chiesa 4, 58050 Montemerano

0564 602817

dacaino.it

 

 

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

ristoranteilpiccoloprincipe.com

 

 

Arnolfo

 

“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

arnolfo.com

 

 

1* Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany

 

 

Virtuoso - Tenuta le Tre Virtù - New for 2020

 

 

 

Just a few kilometres from Florence and yet immersed in rural landscapes, this restaurant pays tribute to Tuscany thanks to its chef, who has forged strong links with local producers while also showcasing modern culinary techniques. The same emphasis can be seen on the wine list, which prioritises regional wines – some not particularly well known – which are full of character.

 

Località Lucigliano 13, 50037 Scarperia e San Piero

055 0763619

www.tenutaletrevirtu.it

 

 

 

Lunasia - New for 2020

 

 

 

 

The success of this restaurant’s modern and creative cuisine lies in its emphasis on excellent ingredients and careful preparation. After recent restoration work, the restaurant has returned to its ground-floor setting and now occupies an elegant space that is more than equal to its previous location.

 

viale Manin 4, 55049 Viareggio

0584 44449

www.plazaederussie.com

 

 

L’Asinello - New for 2020

 

Situated at the entrance to a romantic village in the Chianti region, this former stable has been converted into a quiet, elegant restaurant by a friendly young couple. At the helm in the kitchen, the husband champions traditional cuisine which is minimalist in its choice of flavours and made from just a few well-balanced ingredients. Simple but welcoming service adds to the appeal. A real Italian culinary gem!

 

via Nuova 6, località Villa a Sesta, 53019 Villa a Sesta

0577 359279

www.asinelloristorante.it

 

 

La Tenda Rossa

 

 

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

055 826132

www.latendarossa.it

 

 

Ristorante Al 43

 

 

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

www.locandadellartista.com

 

 

Ristorante Giglio

 

 

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

www.ristorantegiglio.com

 

 

Osteria Perillà

 

 

The introduction of works of art to this restaurant adds extra elegance to the decor, providing a stylish setting for the carefully prepared, top-quality cuisine served here. The regional ingredients used in the dishes are locally sourced from small producers, or even come from the restaurant’s own farm. Full of flavour and resolutely creative, all the dishes are beautifully and carefully presented.

 

Borgo Maestro, 74, 53023 Castiglione d'Orcia

0577 887263

www.osteriaperilla.net

 

 

Cum Quibus

 

 

Discover top-quality cuisine in this small, rustic-style restaurant with just a few tables. Creative and original dishes made from mainly Tuscan ingredients.

 

Via S. Martino, 17, 53037 San Gimignano

0577 943199

www.cumquibus.it

 

 

Il Pievano

 

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Young, talented Stelios Sakalis, originally from Greece but now very much at home in Tuscany, took over as chef in this restaurant in 2019. After gaining huge experience in restaurants in Italy and abroad, the chef has now been in the Chianti region for ten years, combining Greek and Tuscan cuisine with real character. If you want an example, look no further than his panzanella Toscana hidden in a Greek salad!

 

Località Spaltenna 13, 53013 Gaiole in Chianti

057 7749483

spaltenna.it

 

 


Lux Lucis

Enclosed by large windows, this restaurant is full of natural light, which perfectly complements its elegant, modern and minimalist-style decor. The open-view kitchen allows diners to observe the chef as he creates his imaginative dishes, which are 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

principefortedeimarmi.com

 

 

 

Meo Modo, Borgo Santo Pietro

 

 

Allow yourself to be pampered in the elegant, individual-style dining rooms or under the 13C portico in this restaurant, which boasts a romantic ambience enhanced by dishes featuring seasonal herbs, spices and early vegetables, most of which are grown in the restaurant’s own biodynamic garden. In summer, the restaurant is perfumed with the scent of flowers.

 

Località Palazzetto 110, 53012 Chiusdino

0577 751222

meomodo.it

 

 

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

ilfalconiere.com

 

 

La Torre

 

A splendid summer terrace with views of rural landscapes of vineyards and olive trees fringed with woodland acts as the setting for delicious regional cuisine at this restaurant. Although the focus is on meat specialities, the menu also features a few fish and seafood options.

 

Strada Spicciano 7, 50028 Tavarnelle Val di Pesa

055 806470

castellodelnero.com

 

 

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

osteriadipassignano.com

 

 

Il Pellicano

 

 

Housed within the legendary hotel of the same name, Il Pellicano is one of the most romantic addresses in Italy thanks to its spectacular terrace overlooking the sea, the scent of aromatic plants all around, and the delicious cuisine prepared by a famous chef who has returned to his roots after working at other Michelin-starred restaurants. A stunning setting for Michelino’s cuisine which is essentially Italian, alongside a few international dishes.

 

località Lo Sbarcatello, 58018 Porto Ercole

0564 858111

ilpellicanorestaurant.com

 

 

Silene

 

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

ilsilene.it

 

 

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

lapinetadizazzeri.it

 

 

Bistrot

 

Bistrot, an elegant restaurant on the seafront, has long been a reference for fish-lovers, with its wide selection of fish in all its guises, from marinated raw dishes to grilled options. Spring 2019 has seen the arrival of a new chef, Andrea Mattei, at the helm.

 

Viale Franceschi 14, 55042 Forte dei Marmi

058 489879

bistrotforte.it

 

 

Lorenzo

 

“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

ristorantelorenzo.com

 

 

La Magnolia, Hotel Byron

 

Having gained experience in many well - known restaurants, the chef at La Magnolia demonstrates his ability to collect and develop traditional Mediterranean recipes, while adding his own authentic, distinctive and original touches. In summer, lunch and dinner are also served by the pool.

 

Viale Morin 46, 55042 Forte dei Marmi

058 4787052

hotelbyron.net

 

 

L’Imbuto

 

 

One of the most talked about and controversial chefs in Italy, thanks to his creative dishes and original combinations, Tomei has made his home in the former stables of the 17C Pfanner palazzo-museum. Here, guests choose the number of courses they want, let the chef know if they have any allergies and then sit back and enjoy whatever surprising dishes he creates for them.

 

Via della Fratta 38, 55100 Lucca

329 0843180

limbuto.it

 

 

Butterfly

 

Terracotta and exposed beams combine to create an elegant ambience in this 19C country house surrounded by a well-tended garden. This is a family affair, with the mother front of house and father and son working in the kitchen to serve up elaborate and carefully presented fish and meat dishes.

 

Strada statale 12 dell’Abetone, 55014 Marlia

058 3307573

ristorantebutterfly.it

 

 

Romano

 

With a history dating back over 50 years, Romano is a real culinary institution both in Versilia and Italy, offering a warm family welcome and truly professional service. Top-quality fish takes pride of place on the menu, alongside other dishes which are full of flavour.

 

Via Mazzini 120, 55049 Viareggio

058 431382

romanoristorante.it

 

 

 

Atman a Villa Rospigliosi

 

 

Igles Corelli has moved to Rome and left his experienced sous chef at the helm at this restaurant, where the cuisine continues to combine tastes and flavours from all over Italy, while also introducing the occasional international touch. The first floor of this splendid 17C villa is home to four suites, all of which are spacious, charming and decorated in vintage style.

 

Via Borghetto 1, località Spicchio, 51035 Lamporecchio

0573 1603051

atmanavillarospigliosi.it

 

 

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

ilcolombaio.it

 

 

La Bottega del 30

 

On the 30th day of every month a travelling salesman used to stop in this delightful village. In the meantime, a young French chef arrived here and fell in love with Chianti and its cuisine. He named his restaurant after the travelling salesman and so the fairytale continues today, 30 years later.

 

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

0577 359226

labottegadel30.it

 

 

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

ilpatriarca.it

 

 

 

Castello di Fighine

 

 

A dirt track leads to this magical setting where a medieval castle offers views of the surrounding hills. Situated in the hamlet surrounding the castle, the restaurant has a beautiful terrace shaded by a wisteria for alfresco dining in fine weather. The cuisine here is the result of a successful partnership between a fine young chef from Campania and the three Michelin-starred Heinz Beck. Two apartments (run by the restaurant) are also available in the Casa Parretti.

 

Località San Casciano dei Bagni, 53040 San Casciano dei Bagni

057 856158

fighine.it

 

 

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

www.andana.it

 

 

Santa Elisabetta - New for 2020

 

 

 

 

Thought to date back to Byzantine times, the Torre della Pagliazza has had many uses over the centuries, including housing a women’s prison in the 12C. Today it is home to one of the city’s most famous gourmet restaurants, where the chef from Campania creates fresh, Mediterranean cuisine which is elaborate and imaginative in style.

 

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

 

piazza Santa Elisabetta 3, 50122 Florence

055 27370

www.hotelbrunelleschi.it

 

 

Gucci Garden Osteria - New for 2020

 

 

 

 

The cuisine of theatrical chef Massimo Bottura has arrived in Florence, demonstrating an openness to the rest of the world, with influences and reinterpretations of dishes from other countries, as well as Italy and Modena in particular. A visit to the Gucci Garden, an elegant museum on the upper floors dedicated to the famous fashion house, is highly recommended.

 

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

 

piazza della Signoria 10, 50122 Florence

055 75927038

www.gucci.com

 

 

La Leggenda dei Frati

 

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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!

 

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

 

Costa San Giorgio 6/a, 50122 Florence

055 0680545

www.laleggendadeifrati.it

 

 

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

ilpalagioristorante.it

 

 

Ora d’Aria

 

 

This restaurant behind the Uffizi comprises a basement room surrounded by walls dating back to Roman times, which is used for evening dining or as a private room, and the main ground - floor dining room which 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

oradariaristorante.com

 

 

La Bottega del Buon Caffè

 

 

 

 

Situated on the Lungarno, this elegant restaurant with a charming outdoor area and open-view kitchen combines an urban-chic atmosphere with Florentine style. The dishes here focus on top - quality products from various regions and traditions, which are intelligently prepared with creativity, spontaneity and expertise. Excellent wine list with a choice of over 1 000 wines.

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

 

Lungarno Cellini 69R, 50122 Florence

055 5535677

borgointhecity.com

 

 

Borgo San Jacopo

 

Housed in one of the most charming hotels in the city, this restaurant boasts the same elegant and exclusive style as the hotel itself. Having had experience working in top-quality restaurants, this is a return home for the new chef who creates refined fish and meat dishes from carefully chosen Italian ingredients.

 

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

 

Borgo San Jacopo 62R, 50125 Florence

055 281661

lungarnocollection.com

 

 

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