Places to Eat
Generally, eating out need not be too costly for good quality and interesting dishes with which you may be unfamiliar. For the more rugged palate, local Wild Boar or vast Fiorentino Steaks (usually ordered by weight) are very popular, along with the ever present delicious Crostini to start. Of course, pasta, in a multitude of forms, figures highly and in this area of expertise 'just go with the flow' - you'll very rarely be disappointed. Similarly, pizza, once the epitome of poor man's food, like fish and chips to the British or hamburger in America, is both distinctive and a pleasure to eat when created by the originator.
Restaurants are not generally the place to experience the best of Italian ice cream. Ice cream parlours (Gelateria) abound with a range of flavours, textures (and even smells) that are truly sublime. Ice cream is a social activity in Italy so don't be surprised to find Gelateria packed at midnight and we recommend that you never miss the opportunity to enjoy ice cream here, it is truly unparalleled in both quality and flavour.
An example the local restaurants in Cortona we do often recommend are La Loggetta especially in the summer months sitting on the loggetta overlooking the historic square of Corotna, good food and reasonably priced, Taverna Pane e Vino great for simple food - but great for wine lovers, and Osteria del Teatro the food is good and the menu interesting. The atmosphere is very lively, the staff are fun, usually attentive and efficient
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A FEW Recommended local Restaurants
(€ = low prices - €€€ = Higher prices)
Ristorante Da Muzzicone - Offering Great home cooked pasta and, really good steak.Outside dining in the warmer months open for lunch and dinner €
Passagio - Offering local and Tuscan cuisine and fish. Especially great during summer when you can eat outside! €
Antica Pieve: A real favourite of locals serving the best pizza in town along with a selection of pasta dishes and the famous Fiorentino steaks. Very reasonably priced – during the summer months, dining is outside and very pleasant €
Pietro: A real favourite of locals serving (another of the) best pizzas in town along with a selection of pasta dishes and the famous Fiorentino steaks. Very reasonably priced – a little chaotic just to add to the experience. €
Roggis: Similar to Pietro, but set high in the town, offering a range of meals. €
La Piana A new restaurant, fresh ideas and a good menu. For summer evenings a lovely terrace and for cooler nights, the interior is bright and welcoming.
Valley Ristorante, in the val di Chio , for Pizza and pasta €
Tonino: Under an umbrella of stars, dine on the beautiful terrace overlooking the Val di Chiana. The 25 course appetizer is a must. €€
La Grotto: Tucked away in a quiet courtyard off the busy main street, you will find great bruschetta, pasta and main courses served in a fine atmosphere both inside and out. €
Fufluns: Casual friendly pizzeria offering pizza, pasta and a range of other foods. €
Il falconiere: Very civilised dining in a wonderful setting. During the warmer months, tables are set on a magnificent terrace overlooking Cortona and the Val di Chiana. The style is modern Italian and world cuisine. It has earned a Michelin star which gives an indication of its level of kitchen. Service though is sadly often secondary. Prices are high, but, if you have something to celebrate and want to splash out – this might be the place €€€
Saffron This is somewhere we enjoy - it is not at all Tuscan - it is a great fusion of Japanese/Italian. Fairly priced. €€
Chiave D'oro. A modern Italian/world cuisine restaurant. Owned by a brother with two sisters, you can watch the chef at work whilst his sisters supervise he restaurant. Service can sometimes be slow, but the food is worthwhile. €€