My wife and I just spent a few days in your beautiful city and wanted to report back. Since we were in town for a conference we had little time to dine on our own so I went with the NY Times recommendations that came out last month. Since their 3 picks: Crush, Volterra and the Tamarind Tree were all outside of the downtonw core, it gave us a good excuse to explore. All 3 were winners. Gotta give Chris Soloman props for hitting it on the head.
Volterra: We visited Tuscany last year and the authenticity of the meal brought back great memories. Very strong wine list with an enormous selection of Tuscan wines. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the sauce of duck ragout delicious. Wild Boar was the favorite. Extremely welcoming and knowledgable staff.
Crush: We enjoyed the modern decor but the chairs were very painful for longer than an hour. We ordered several dishes to share. The shortribs were our favorite. Another great wine list. Enjoyable but staff aloof and made us feel more like we were lucky to be dining there.
Tamarind Tree: A score. We fell in love with the place and enjoyed the Tamarind Tree Rolls, noodle platter and the coconut ice cream. Super value.
After reading the recent posts on your board, we also lunched at Salumi which was a highlight. I also want to note that we had a really good breakfast at the Monaco hotel where we stayed.