21 October 2016

Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany.

The Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany

We’ve all heard about the Michelin Guide, with its magnificent restaurants all over the world. Here in Tuscany, there are many options to try, and enjoy the best quality of food that only Tuscany can offer.

The Michelin Guide is a series of annual restaurant guide books published by the French company Michelin for over 100’s of years in more than a dozen countries. The guide is followed more notably for high quality restaurants and is a trusted go-to for seekers of authentic fine dining.

Below is the criteria for their three star ranking system:

  • one star: “A very good restaurant in its category” (“Une très bonne table dans sa catégorie”)
  • two stars: “Excellent cooking, worth a tour” (“Table excellente, mérite un détour”)
  • three stars: “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey” (“Une des meilleures tables, vaut le voyage”).

According to the 2016 edition guide for Italy, Tuscany has: one 3-starred and four 2-starred restaurants, followed by a long list of twenty four 1-starred restaurants.

Here you can find five great options amongst the list:

  • ENOTECA PINCHIORRI – Florence | 3 stars ***

Screen Shot 2016-10-21 at 10.29.36One of Florence‘s temples of gourmet dining conveniently located in the historical center, this elegant Michelin 3-starred restaurant is most renowned for its legendary wine list, ideal for all wine enthusiasts traveling to Florence. The chef specializes in modern Tuscan cuisine and the regional products serve as the inspiration for Enoteca Pinchiorri’s highly skillful, imaginative and innovative cuisine. Website: http://www.enotecapinchiorri.com


  • BRACALI – Grosseto | 2 stars **

The restaurant takes inspirations from classic dishes and recreates them in new and exciting ways. The menu depends on the season, but typical creations may include Eel tempura with smoked lardo sauce, or Beef tartare with sesame cannelloni. The wine cellar is considered one of Tuscany’s best and has the perfect balance between classical Italian wines and exotic New World variety. Website: http://www.mondobracali.it/ristorante/


ARNOLFO – Siena | 2 stars **Screen Shot 2016-10-21 at 10.31.06

The restaurant Arnolfo is in a palazzo from the 16th Century. accommodated, lovingly restored and offers the simplicity of the furnishings and the attention to the smallest detail. The cuisine is a typically Tuscan, using organic products made from the best local ingredients and reinterpreted with creative and authentic flavors. Website: http://www.arnolfo.com/en/restaurant/


PICCOLO PRINCIPE – Lucca | 2 stars **Screen Shot 2016-10-21 at 10.32.25

This intimate and refined restaurant, is a favorite with guests and locals offering an exclusive menu and a selection of the finest wines from the wine cellar. These delights can be enjoyed in a relaxing and charming atmosphere and with the highest levels of service, making dining here an unforgettable experience. Website: http://www.ristoranteilpiccoloprincipe.com


  • IL FALCONIERE – Arezzo | 1 star *

The Michelin starred restaurant has a sublime cuisine with sunny flavours matched with great wines, like the ones produced in the Baracchi Winery with its vineyards and the wine cellar situated in the estate. A beautiful terrace with a breathtaking view over the valley will be the perfect ambience for romantic summer dinners. Website: http://www.ilfalconiere.it/pagine/il-ristorante-stella-michelin


Complete list of Michelin Starred restaurants in Tuscany:

3 stars***

  • Enoteca Pinchiorri *** Firenze (Firenze)

2 stars **

  • Bracali ** Massa Marittima – Ghirlanda (Grosseto)
  • Caino ** Montemerano (Grosseto)
  • Arnolfo ** Colle Val d’Elsa (Siena)
  • Piccolo Principe** (Lucca)

1 star *

  • Il Falconiere – Cortona (Arezzo)
  • Borgo San Iacopo – (Firenze) – New
  • Il Palagio – (Firenze)
  • Ora d’Aria – (Firenze)
  • La Bottega del Buon Caffé (Firenze)
  • Winter Garden by Caino – (Firenze)
  • La Torre – Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (Firenze)
  • Il Pellicano – Porto Ercole (Grosseto)
  • All’Acquacotta – Saturnia (Grosseto)
  • Il Silene – Seggiano (Grosseto)
  • La Pineta – Bibbona Marina (Livorno)
  • Lorenzo – Forte dei Marmi (Lucca)
  • Bistrot – Forte dei Marmi (Lucca)
  • La Magnolia – Forte dei Marmi (Lucca)
  • Butterfly – Lucca/Marlia (Lucca)
  • Romano – Viareggio (Lucca)
  • L’Imbuto (Lucca)
  • Lunasia – Tirrenia (Pisa)
  • Atman – Lamporecchio (Pistoia) – New
  • Il Colombaio – Casole del’ Elsa (Siena)
  • La Bottega del ’30 – Castelnuovo Berardenga (Siena)
  • Meo Modo – Chiusdino (Siena) – New
  • Castello di Fighine – San Casciano dei Bagni (Siena)
  • I Salotti – Chiusi (Siena)