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San Gimignano: Ristorante Il Pino

Via Cellolese , Phone: 0577.940415

Closing day: Thursday

Reviewed by: doug from FL, review #1255

When: 2005

Nice high end restaurant with great service and great food

Il Pino was recommended to us by our host in San Gimignano to celebrate our anniversary. After reading some reviews on it we agreed to go. The setting is higher-end with white tablecloths. You are greeted at your table with a glass of sparkling white wine. The food is excellent and the service just as good. They do feature a lot of local dishes like wild boar and rabbit which are well prepared. The two of us had a bottle of the house wine, primi, secondi and dolce with coffee and the bill was about €90. Il Pino takes credit cards (MC/Visa) and reservations are recommended. We ate here twice during our 10 days in Tuscany and enjoyed both meals immensely.

Reviewed by: KenC from MA, review #918

When: 2004

The food is amazing! We would definitely come back here again. Highly recommended!

Il Pino is a classy restaurant with fine tablecloths and nice table settings. It’s a place where the locals eat.

Our waitress suggested potato gnocchi with truffles in a cream sauce (€13). We shared this course and also ordered a mixed salad, two glasses of Rosso di Montepulciano, and a bottle of plain water.

When we tried our food my wife and I looked at each other and smiled. This was too good to be true! We have never tasted anything that delicious. After lunch we enjoyed a tiramisu and two cappuccinos. The tab for this meal was €31. This was a bargain considering the quality of ingredients and delicious taste.

This is one of those places where I would definitely drive the extra miles to track down. It’s a keeper and one of the best meals we’ve had in Italy! Highly recommended—a real gem!

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