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Arezzo: Trattoria Il Saraceno

Via Mazzini, 3a , Phone: 0575.27644

Reviewed by: Kevin Clark from Italy, review #2419

When: 2007

A very nice lunch in the center of Arezzo. Looks a little touristy but food and service were very good.

Directions: Via Mazzini is the continuation of Via Cavour (which runs in front of San Francesco) after it crosses Corso Italia

We'd planned to eat at Buca di San Francesco, because of several good reviews, but weren't all that impressed with the menu, so we kept looking. We were very glad we did, as we found a very nice lunch here.

It's a large restaurant with at least two big dining rooms. It looks like a pretty touristy place, and I think most if not all of the diners were in fact tourists, but it was much much better than many places of that kind. It's definitely not fancy but the food and service were good and we would definitely return.

Kim & I started by sharing the antipasto Saraceno, a nice selection of salumi, pecorino, and bruschetta. Her parents both started with plates of grilled vegetables. Following this, Mom & Dad shared pappardelle alla caccia, with a nice cinghiale sauce. Kim had pici all'aglione and I had pici al cinghiale. All of the pasta was homemade and fresh, and all three were delicious. We'd noticed the display of homemade desserts when we arrived and made sure to save room for some. I had a wonderful torta della nonna and Kim had a deadly torta rustica al cioccolato, a very rich dark chocolate torte. With house wine, water, and coffee lunch came to 90 euros.

A note on the address: my maps say that this street is called Via Mazzini, but the restaurant's business card says it's Via Massino. I don't know which is correct, but it's easy to find, close to the intersection of Via Cavour and Corso Italia.

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