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San Gimignano: Trattoria Chiribiri

Piazza della Madonna 1 , Phone: 0577 941948

Reviewed by: Marybeth J from UT, review #3408

When: 2009

Best meal we ate in Italy in 12 days of traveling!

Directions: From the main entrance to the town, walk up Via San Giovanni (the main street) and turn left, taking a short set of steps up to the restaurant.

Trattoria Chiribiri provides a quaint and cozy atmosphere, friendly waitstaff, and impeccably prepared food.

The wild boar tagliatelle was mouthwateringly delicious, bursting with flavor and full of tender chunks of meat; the crepes with spinach were a creamy delight; the filetta di carne grigliatta con la gorgonzola was beyond words - the best secondo I've ever had; and the desserts (both 'fatto a casa,' made on the premises) were outstanding. The portion sizes were more than adequate, and the salad (which we split) was enormous. The coperto was only 1,50 euros each (we paid 2,50 euros in Lucca), and for both of us, the total charge was 39,00 euros, an extremely reasonable price for Tuscany, for Italy, and for this quality of food.

I will eat at Chiribiri every time I visit San Gimignano, and I cannot recommend it highly enough!

Reviewed by: doug from FL, review #1249

When: 2005

We stayed 10 days in San Gimignano and ate here 4 times. Great food and inexpensive but they only take cash. Reservations recommended as they only seat 26.

Directions: Upon entering the San Giovanni gates, take the first left up 3 stairs to see the back of the restaurant

This Trattoria was fantastic with outstanding food and very low prices. My wife and I ate here 4 times in our 10 days in Tuscany and never spent more than 60! For that we had 1/2 litre of wine, primi, secondi, dolce, coffee and after dinner liqueurs. Service is excellent and reservations a necessity as they only seat 26 people in a small intimate area. It is also warm due to the close proximity of the kitchen.

They feature local specialties of boar and rabbit but also other great foods like pumpkin ravioli in a mushroom cream sauce, spinach crepes with cheese, herb grilled pork, beef with roasted radicchio and the list goes on. Your tastebuds will be on sensory overload!! We also recommended tipping the staff well as you will be rewarded on future visits!

Reviewed by: A.Galvan from USA, review #1071

When: 2004

Trattoria Chiribiri was a highlight. Depending on the time of year they out do themselves when the mushrooms are fresh or the boar and rabbit are in season.

Directions: Entering San Gimignano from the south, take the first alley/street on your left. It's at the top of a steep walk. You will go past the kitchen... A treat in itself.

We enjoyed the ambiance. But, more than that the food was incredible. For a June dinner fresh mushrooms made the day. The ladies on the floor were wonderful, patient and helpful. The price of the meals was more than reasonable.

We will always recommend them and are looking forward to returning soon.

Reviewed by: azwaniecki from MD, review #684

When: 2003

Excellent creative food based on tradition in one of the best trattorias in Tuscany

Directions: On the left, deep in a tiny yard almost immediately after you enter through Porta San Giovanni

In this trattoria we had the best meal during our entire trip.

The restaurant looks like a whitewashed pit when one enters it and descends the stairs down to the dining level. But the food is great. We started with pasta with good rich wild boar stew but primi were real highlights. Nothing we had before and later during our trip beats beef with baked radicchio and rosemary and rabbit stuffed with meat and vegetables. It was an excellent example of creative cooking based on tradition.

Booking is essential because Chiribiri's excellent reputation has been spreading quickly. No credit cards.

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