Just back from one week vacation in San Gimignano and like to share our experiences with you.
We had booked Hotel Relais Santa Chiara which is situated just outside the old citycenter – act 10 minuts walk. Be carefull and book a room with view to the vineyards !
It was a great hotel with good service and really nice breakfast compared to Italian standards.
So, what do you do after you have walked around in the city for some hours ?
You could sit outside at diVinorum and enjoy a nice glas of Vernaccia di San Gimignano. The entrance to the wine bar is either from the Piazza della Cisterna or coming from the south; the small road to the right just before the Piazza delle Cisterna – across where the public toilets are.
Or you could go get a cup of coffee and a cookie at Pasticceria Armando E Marcella on Via S. Giovanni 88
If I should make a list of restaurants, where se had supper, and rank them, the list would look like this:
Except the Cum Quibus, all the other restaurants had more or less the same menu, which in the end is getting booring ! San Martino 26 is at least trying to rethink some of the dishes !
We choose the small tasting menu at Euro 55,- each.
Really delicious food 🙂 2 x tasting menu, 1 bottle of water and one bottle of beer and coffee – total Euro 132,-
Ristorante San Martino 26
Really delicious food – really good and friendly service . By the way, they also have 5 and 7 dishes tasting menus at eur 45 / 55 + 20,- for the winemenu. Insider info; its the son from Peruca 😉
With the help of Tripadvisor we ended up in this restaurant the first evening.
The rooms are rustic and dark. The restaurant was almost full and there were a good atmosphere.
The risottoen was fantastic. The rabbit was not totally boneless and the meat were hard and some of it dry. The cheese was good and so was the wine !
Le Vecchie Mura
Unfortunately, just after we arrived, a party of 22 dutch people arrived and thereafter we did not get much attension from the staff.
Really nice and tender meat !
For sure a nice restaurant, if you can sit outside. Inside there is no charm, its a cold room. The food and the wine were good, but the staff was difficult to get in contact with.
I tasted the suckling pig and must admit, it was barely seasoned and some of the meat was hard.
My dish looked really delicious. But the chef had not cleaned of the tendons from my sirloin 🙁 The crispy fried artichokes were really good !
All in all a restaurant that lives of its view – what a shame !
Hotel Ristorante Da Graziano
The receptionist our hotel recommended us this restaurant, which is just around the corner from our hotel.
When we arrived, there were only another couple in the restaurant. Later four more people came. For sure not their high season yet !
It is for sure not the same large truffle they use here as in the other restaurant in the old town ! But the Carbonara was okay.
It was clear that the chefs in the kitchen can cook ! The service was very professionel and I am convinced, when there are more guests eating there, it will be a good restaurant !