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Castellina: Al Gallopapa

Via delle volte, 14/16 , Phone: 0577.742939
Closing day: Thursday

Reviewed by: rick310 from USA, review #2638

When: 2007

Not my kind of restaurant. Michelin one star restaurant with artful presentations, not rustic cooking.

Not my kind of restaurant, which I realized as soon as we were handed water menus. (C'mon, do we really need a menu for water?!) This place is really trying to impress with presentation and appearances.

Especially in Tuscany, I really appreciate simple, well executed dishes. I'm more of a fan of rustic style cooking, which this place couldn't be further from. It is a Michelin one star rated restaurant, and the dishes come out on pretty plates and look very artful.

It's obviously some people's cup of tea, but not mine. This reminded me of a dinner we had at Cyrus in Healdsburg, CA - very artful, experimental and expensive.

Reviewed by: Angelika F. from Austria, review #1005

When: 2004

Gallopapa is the best restaurant in Tuscany I know. Every meal is mostly brilliant, the wines are perfect and the service is very nice, you can feel pleasant there.

I went to this restaurant often for dinner. Every meal that Tiziano (the owner) offers is brilliant. It's a feast for the eyes as well as a culinary delight. The wines are delicios and the whole atmosphere is very nice. Tiziano's way to service his guests is very brilliant; he is very competent, also humorous and very nice. The desserts and the dessert wines are absolutely famous. It's a place where you always feel well.

Reviewed by: KenC from MA, review #919

When: 2004

Gallopapa offers fabulous food and lots of atmosphere. Highly recommended!

Molto buono!, photo by KenC

We made reservations for Al Gallopapa Restaurant in Castellina because of the wonderful recommendations weve received from many travelers to Chianti. We were definitely not disappointed!

Al Gallopapa is found by walking through a medieval stone tunnel or passageway. The actual restaurant reminds one of a stone vault or wine cellar. It has lots of atmosphere and reservations are a must!

Tiziano, the chef/owner, is colorful, down-to-earth, and a real showman. We liked him a lot. He recommended several gourmet selections. I had pigeon and my wife selected lamb for our main course. Our wine was Le Corti 2000 superb! We split a delicious dessert, cioccolato bianco, la menta and enjoyed two cappuccinos. The food and wine were exceptional. Our dinner cost us 96. You might say that I ate like a pigeon and slept like a lamb -- highly recommended.

Reviewed by: Jane from CA, review #81

When: 2001

*****This was one of THE best meals we had in 40 days.

It is in side an old covered passageway in Castillina. Reservations are a must--usually several days ahead of time. Creative, sophisticated menu and yet still very Tuscany.


Reviewed by: Jean from MI, review #82

When: 2001

This is a wonderful restaurant with great atmosphere and delicious food.

Its located in what appears to be an old wine cave which adds to the mood. The waiters are friendly and fun, and the food is superb (but expensive). They are the only restaurant we went to where they had a non-smoking section. My husband is still talking about the Osso Buco.

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