My husband and I are heading to Italy for our first anniversary; in the middle of our September trip we'll spend 3 nights in a villa outside of Lucignano. I've read TuscanLover's praise for nearby Da Toto so we'll likely have a dinner there. I've also booked a winery tour and lunch at Poggio Antico, but so far that's it. I’ve compiled a long list of CH recommended restaurants for each of the popular towns and I’m armed with both Italia Red Guide and SlowFood Osteria guide….we know we can eat well wherever we happen to be when hunger strikes. We’re willing to spend high if warranted and have no dietary restrictions. CH has Florence well covered so we are set there.
With that in mind, what is your favorite Tuscan culinary experience? Something worthy of planning around, even driving out of your way to reach, that is beyond the typical Lucca-Siena-San Gimignano circuit?
Best romantic dinner? I've heard San Gimignano is better than Siena at night, but most posters seem to agree that particular after-dinner drive is too far….so anything special closer to Lucignano? Locanda dell'Amarosa seemed to fit the bill perfectly, but alas, nothing but mediocre reviews for their food. Hosteria la Vecchia Rota is the nearest Slow Food establishment, has anyone been there?
For an Umbria day trip, which town would be better for a leisurely lunch... Perugia (detour into Gubbio for Taverna del Lupo) or Orvieta? We're thinking about doing that loop for ceramics shopping in Deruta and site seeing in Orvieto. Should we re-consider this piece for more time in Tuscany?
Thanks for your feedback (if anyone makes it through this long post)!