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Pienza: Trattoria Da Fiorella

Via Condotti, 11 , Phone: 0578.74905

Closing day: Wednesdays

Reviewed by: Doru from Canada, review #2775

When: 2007

A culinary experience in an elegant setting.

Directions: From Porta Al Prato continue on Corso Rossellini and take the first street on the left after passing Relais Il Chiostro.

Trattoria Da Fiorella is a beautiful, elegant, rather small restaurant, in which food is considered serious business and feeding customers a mission. The staff is mostly the owner family Neri, the table settings immaculate, the spacing between tables just perfect to ensure privacy, the service discreet. To a great extent, the atmosphere at Da Fiorella reminded me of the Michelin three-starred restaurant L’Astrance in Paris, although prices are much, much more affordable here. It was probably the best restaurant we’ve been at in South Tuscany, well worth a pilgrimage from much farther than ours, as we stayed next door, in one of apartments of Il Giardino Segreto.

We were three for dinner, and had a great one: bruschetta casereccia redolent of freshness (aglio, pomodoro fresco, basilica e olio - a home-made bruschetta with garlic, fresh tomatoes, basil and olive oil); crostini rustici con prosciutto; crespelle al forno ripiene con zucchini e pecorino fresco (baked crêpes filled with zucchini and young pecorino cheese); agnello scottaditto (grilled lamb chops); tagliata di manzo agli aromi (grilled beef with a mix of spices); melanzane grigliatte con aglio, peperoncino e prezzemolo (grilled eggplant with a light garlic sauce, pepper and parsley); tartuffo nero; mascarpone con frutti di bosco (mascarpone with a jam of berries); ¼ l. of wine, mineral water, coffee. A wonderful dinner. We would go back any time!

The final tally was very reasonable for this exceptional culinary experience: 82.80 euro for three people. And Da Fiorella was also the only restaurant in Pienza that charged us for coperti!

Highly recommended and reservations are a must.

Reviewed by: Kevin Clark from Italy, review #2421

When: 2007

Another great find in Pienza - we enjoyed it so much that we ate here twice in one day.

Directions: Via Condotti runs off Corso Il Rossellino (the main street) at the corner of Palazzo Piccolomini

Da Fiorella was recommended to us by Nico (of Sant'Antonio resort) who told us it was run by a good friend of his and was very good. We tried a couple of times to walk in and always found it to be full (disappointing, but another good sign). When we finally were able to get a table, for lunch on our last day in Tuscany, we decided that its popularity was well deserved.

The dining room is small, with around 8 or 9 tables downstairs and a few more upstairs. It's run by two guys who might be brothers; both were very friendly and the service was excellent. The menu was small but varied and there were several specials including fresh fagiolini and carciofi for contorni.

Mom and Dad both began their lunch by sharing plates of these vegetables. Kim had verdure grigliata con pecorino, a nice assortment of vegetables topped with shaved cheese. I had a nice plate of carpaccio di vitello. Kim and her mom followed this with crespelle con succhini e pecorino in a light bechamel sauce. Dad had tagliarini con ragu di anatra and I had pici con ragu. Both pastas were fresh and very good. With house wine, water, and coffee lunch cost 85 euros. We enjoyed our meal so much that we made a booking for dinner before leaving the restaurant, which earned us big smiles and a warm welcome when we returned in the evening.

For dinner, Mom started with a salad and Dad had the verdure grigliata that Kim had tried for lunch. I had ravioli con spinachi e pecorino, and Kim had the tagliarini con anatra. For secondi, Mom and I had filetto di maiale con funghi porcini while Kim and Dad both had tagliata con rosmarino. The pork was very good and the tagliata was some of the best beef we've had in a long time - perfectly cooked and very tender. We shared a bottle of a very nice Rosso di Montepulciano. I didn't see the check, but would guess that the bill was a little higher than lunch since we'd had secondi and a better wine - maybe 90 or 95 euros.

This has quickly become one of our favorite restaurants in Tuscany and I hope we will be able to return soon and often.

Reviewed by: Sandra Pierce from IL, review #997

When: 2004

Like being invited to an Italian home for dinner - very homey and cozy.

This little restaurant looks like grandma's house with its lace curtains in the window. It is not very big and it also has a few loft tables overlooking the dining room. Service is very friendly. We stopped in about an hour before we wanted to eat to reserve a table and, good thing, because it filled up.

We started with antipasti rustico - combination of crostini, proscuitto, and salami. Primi were ravioli cacio e pepe, pici with garlic and tomatoes, and 2 tagliatelle pomodoro for the kids. Rex had a breaded lamb cutlet, I had a grilled veal chop with lard and rosemary (tasty), and Stephanie and Alex split taglati agli aromi - a sliced steak that they enjoyed. Kids had gelato and Rex and I shared mixed pecorinos with honey and walnuts. With a bottle of wine and waters, the bill was about €115. Very enjoyable meal.

Reviewed by: millie from NY, review #973

When: 2004

Stumbled upon this restaurant on an unplanned stop in Pienza and had one of the best dining experiences of our trip!

We really enjoyed this restaurant, which we knew nothing about until we crossed the threshold. The grilled vegetables with sheep's cheese and balsamic vinegar was splendid. The crepes with sheep's milk cheese and zucchini were rich but very tasty. We had to order a second portion of the the ravioli con cacio e pepe because it was the best. My husband also enjoyed the variety of old, medium and fresh peccorino with walnuts, honey and apricot mustard marmalade. We had no room for dessert.

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