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San Gimignano: Dulcis in Fundo

Vicolo degli Innocenti 21 , Phone: 0577.94.19.19
www.dulcisinfundo.net

Reviewed by: FB-Bear from VA, review #3078

When: 2008

Fresh from the garden, delicious food, very friendly and accomodating

Of all the restaurants in San Gimignano, Dulcis in Fundo, is the one that stuck out for us because of the fine quality of the food, the beautiful presentation, and the quaintness of the place.

We had a list of the town’s restaurants that our hotel had provided us. When we took a stroll through the town, we looked at the menus of the restaurants we passed. Dulcis in Fundo caught our attention because of the mention of fresh garden products, their commitment to quality food, and the two cute tables on the sidewalk. The first time we stopped there, the place was packed and they couldn’t seat us, inside or outside. We reserved a table for the next evening.

We ate outside that night. The view of the rolling hills towards Colle di Val d’Elsa is absolutely gorgeous. The tables outside are small, but accommodate two people comfortably. Every course was delicious. The dishes are not overcomplicated and allowed each ingredient to speak for itself. The plating is very beautifully and artfully done. There is an extensive wine list with great Tuscan wines for every budget.

The owner told us that the restaurant owns a garden, where he works in with some help, in the mornings and afternoons. The garden provides the tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, beans, herbs, and other vegetables and fruit for the restaurant. No wonder the ingredients are so fresh and flavorful.

We ate inside the second time with my sister and her husband. The owner and staff recognized us and were very forthcoming and wanted to make sure we had a perfect evening. The food was consistently good. The interior has stonewalls with vaulted ceilings and beams. There is a wine cellar downstairs. We recommend this restaurant for its quality, service and wonderful food over any restaurant in San Gimignano. Reservations strongly recommended.


Reviewed by: Kevin Clark from Italy, review #2123

When: 2006

A very nice trattoria/enoteca just a little off the beaten track in San Gimignano. A nice view from the outside tables.

Directions: Down a small alley off Via San Giovanni

We had a very nice lunch here on a hot and very crowded day in San G. This restaurant is a little off the beaten track, so it wasn't as crowded as the rest of the town. There are a handful of tables outside which have a nice view of the valley, bit they were all occupied when we arrived. It was too warm there in the sun for us anyway so we were glad to get a cooler and quieter place indoors.

We both started with the sfoglia di verdure, a sort of vegetable strudel which was very good. We both followed that with risotto con funghi misti which was excellent. For dessert we shared a torta di cioccolato. We had a nicely chilled 2005 Vernaccia (Ca’ del Vispo Vigna in Fiore) with our lunch which was so good we bought a few bottles later to bring home. With water and coffee, lunch was just under €80, a little expensive but not unreasonably so.


Reviewed by: sharonzuk from NJ, review #1576

When: 2005

An unexpected delight- I was hungry, it was 7 pm and this was the only place that was open and looked interesting.

Directions: It's behind the Hotel La Cisterna.

This is a rustic, comfortable restaurant with good Tuscan home-cooking. The table were marble-topped with rough paper placements. "Stormy Weather" and similiar standards were being played. Even though I was early (there were only 2 other people in the restaurant), the service was gracious and welcoming.

My meal: Potato and sausage tart Tagliatelle with veal ragu Chicken Cacciatore Wine: Ca' del Vispo, Fondatore, 2001, a cabernet/cabernet franc blend Dessert: molten chocolate cake

When I was eating the tagliatelle, I kept thinking that the veal was so much stronger than we get in the US. When I finished eating, the waiter confessed that he had made a mistake. The kitchen had run out of the veal ragu, but had gotten some wild boar, so my tagliatelle had a wild boar ragu- that explains the stronger flavor!

The food was good and the portions just right.

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