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Falciani: Osteria il Ciliegiolo

Via Chiantigiana per il Ferrone, 22--loc. Falciani , Phone: 055 23 26 327

Closing day: none

Reviewed by: Jane from CA, review #2290

When: 2007

We love this Osteria and make the 20 minute drive from Greve to eat here.The food is Tuscan but not just a typical tourist menu.Most clients are local Italians.

Directions: Between Ferrone and Falciani on the lower Chiantigiana (SR2 not the 222). Going towards Florence it is on the left side of the road. It is really along the road--not with other structures.

The osteria is very warm, cozy and inviting with a charming, tasteful country decor. In nice weather there is an outdoor patio which we enjoy, but our favorite for evening and winter is definitely inside.

We have eaten here 6 or 7 times--lunch and dinner. There is a daily lunch menu that is very well priced and whatever the selection it is good. Dinners have always been outstanding--traditionally dishes fixed in special ways that make them stand out.

I am partial to the lamb chops for dinner and whatever artichoke antipasta offered. Most recently it was hearts with warm mozzarella--outstanding. Their fried potato sliced potato chips are wonderful as are the other contorni dishes.

The staff is friendly and accommodating. We particularly enjoy Max who speaks English quite well and is fun.

Because this is an out of the way place unless you happen to be passing it at the right time to or from Firenze, I would recommend making reservations for dinner but they wouldn't be necessary at lunch as table turn quickly. I have seen many people order bistecca Fiorentina at lunch and it looks very good.

This is a favorite place for us.

Reviewed by: Jane from CA, review #2132

When: 2006

Osteria il Ciliegiolo is a favorite stop if we are on the way back from Firenze around lunch time. The daily specials on the chalk board are a great value.

Directions: On the Chiantigiana (Ferrone tangent) not far from the Firenze Certosa A1 exit. Coming from Firenze, it's on the right side of the road.

The menu here is fairly typical for Chianti osterias and trattorias but usually there are some special offerings for the day, and they are very good. We have had a sliced porcini, parmesan, ruccolo salad that was outstanding. The pastas are excellent. Truckers seem to like to stop here along with other locals. The bistecca fiorentina seems to be a favorite. The daily special is 12 for antipasto, primo, secondo and dolce. You can get just one for 4. We usually share an antipasto and then each get a primo.

In nice weather you can sit outside under the arbor, along side the creek below. The inside is charming and warm--we look forward to eating in there as the weather changes here.

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