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Radda: Villa Miranda

Reviewed by: davi mondt lowman from MN, review #1047

When: 2004

Believe the bad reviews for Miranda!

I have been traveling to Tuscany for many years. Along with my own personal experience, I have very good friends in Radda who will confirm the negative reports on anything Miranda has connection with whether it is the restaurant or the hotel.

I sadly learned that she is only interested in taking your money. The food and lodgings are deplorable. Unfortunately, she has several large, attractive signs posted along busy scenic roadways that entice tourists.

Please believe all the reviews published here and avoid doing business with Miranda.

Reviewed by: PD from CA, review #1045

When: 2004

Beware Villa Miranda... Definitely a scam!

Surprisingly, this restaurant was highly recommended by Frommer's, which had a great track record with their restaurant recommendations. We were the only people in the restaurant on a Friday night, which was the first bad sign. We were a little concerned, but Mamma Miranda, who seated us, seemed very sweet and we felt obligated to stay. She did not give us menus and instead recited the menu to us verbally. We did not at all expect to be taken advantage of by her, so neither of us were concerned initially about not seeing a menu.

A couple of the dishes were very good--the vegetable soup and ravioli, but the meat entree was overcooked and very salty. We were shocked when we got the bill, which was 130. The prices for each item seemed very high, especially relative to other expensive restuarants.

As the other reviewer stated, because there were no menus, we didn't really have a basis to challenge the prices. After paying the bill, I noticed a group of locals had sat down behind us and they had menus. As we walked out, I found a menu on one of the tables, opened it and looked up the published prices for what we ordered. We were charged double for our entree compared to the published price and 30%-50% more for the other items we ordered!

They clearly take advantage of tourists here, which likely explains why there was nobody else in the restaurant besides us. Others should definitely avoid this place.

Reviewed by: Maria from NY, review #675

When: 2003


Given we visited in off season - there were not many restaurants open and Villa Miranda was the only one. We were extremely disappointed.

The food is mediocre, but a meal for two people, without wine, salad, side dishes or coffee/dessert liquors, was over 100 euros. It was obvious we were being scammed; it was arbitrarily priced, there are no menus so there is no basis to complain.

The restaurant is dirty, the cook and staff unkempt and equally filthy. After living in Italy for over six months and returning many times, this was the WORST meal I have ever had. AVOID VILLA MIRANDA at all costs.

Reviewed by: Cathy from MN, review #111

When: 2001


Directions: East of Radda.

Villa Miranda is a quaint looking roadside place right on the main drag northeast of Radda. Looked for all the world like a great family-style trattoria, but in fact the only families were other hapless tourist families who'd blundered in like us. Bad uncorked wine cost 20.00 a bottle. Overcooked pasta with no hint of flavor was 14.00 ... meat of questionable origin that I pushed away in disgust. It cost us 100.00 US and that was 10 years ago. Perhaps Villa Miranda has had an epiphany since that time, but I wouldn't take the chance.

Pauline's Notes: The Parker Company restaurant list says to "be warned" about this restaurant. The Rough Guide lists it as "a rather grubby if occasionally inspired restaurant". Cadogan do not include it in their restaurant list, but say the hotel "has occasioned more readers' letters to us than any other establishment in Italy; none were complimentary".

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