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Chiusi: Zaira

Via Arunte, 12 , Phone: 057820260
Closing day: Tuesday in Winter

Reviewed by: H. Snider from USA, review #3304

When: 2008

Very good, one of the best. Reasonable prices . Risotto tartufo is to die for, drunken pork chop and steak Florentine

Directions: Need to park at lot behind park in old town, Keep going up to top of old town and follow signs to parking lot. Walk past museum continue straight up main street.


This restaurant is located in the Centro (OLD TOWN) of Chuisi. As noted in the directions you have to park in the public parking that is to the right past the pharmacy and essentially back of the little park that is just before the street goes into the restricted traffic portion of the town.

We have gone in just the two of us, and with groups up to 12 and have always had great service.

We have gone to this restaurant since 1998 and have never been disappointed. It is a husband, wife team. She is the cook and has had the same menu since we have gone there. The dishes we like the most are: Drunken pork chop- a healthy pork chop that is cooked in Vino Nobile. Risotto Tartufo - If you can buy the tartufo cream that she has for sale in their store associated with the restaurant and like tartufo we highly recommend it. It is a true tartufo flavor and it is easily stored. We just freeze it in small portions. It is great for flavoring eggs, pastas and risotto. Most of the tartufo product, oils etc have no or poor flavor. Try also the Cogneglia (unless you don't eat Peter Cottontail), it is excellent.

Everthing we have eaten there is good. They have a reasonably priced house wine but if you are a real wine nut you have the best selection of Vino Nobile that is in Italy because under the restaurant in Etruscan tunnels (Ask to See!!) Rinaldo Rubeci (the owner) has thousands (really) of bottles of wine stored in this labyrinth of tunnels. It is overwhelming!! And a real sight to see.

Dining here is a true experience. Once again it is on the verge of a change at least so go now. The prices are some of the most reasonable we have found for the quality of food. The only ticket I could find was in 2006. We had the whole spread including water, wine, risotto tartufo, two different vegetables, two meat dishes, two deserts and coffee for 58 euro. The most expensive dish we had was veal tartufo for 14.50 Euro. We have eaten there recently and the prices are similar.

You can even get your own tooth brush with paste from the vending machine in the bath room. This is native Italian, not to be missed.

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