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Restaurants in Italy: The Dievole Guide to best restaurants in Italy

Italian flavors have long since been a favorite, and the country’s top wine is best tasted with its culinary counterpart. So here at Dievole, we’ve narrowed down the selection and handpicked the top Italian restaurants that assure only the best gastronomic experience; from comfortable fine dining to snazzier spots, these four Michelin-star restaurants are must-try eateries in and beyond the Tuscan capital – and you’ll be sure to find Dievole wine on their extensive and carefully selected wine lists.

La Bottega del Buon Caffè

Inside La Bottega del Buon Caffè | Photo from La Bottega del Buon Caffè Facebook page

A farm-to-plate philosophy guides this stylish restaurant and lounge bar in the heart of Florence’s Oltrarno. Located beneath the tower of San Niccolò, La Bottega del Buon Caffè merges the comfort of Tuscan tradition with the luxury of fine dining. Inside, the upscale yet cozy atmosphere reflects the cool eatery’s culinary experience; Michelin Star Chef Antonello Sardi sources ingredients directly from restaurant’s own farm at Borgo San Pietro, merging local Tuscan flavors with innovative tastes. Let your eyes wander to the open kitchen while savoring your meal, a theatrical touch that places consumers and creators in a single space. And in line with Florentine traditions, the seasonal menus are designed around the region’s unique gastronomic heritage and vibrant culinary culture.

Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini, 69/R, Florence – Tel. 0555535677

Borgo San Jacopo

The final touch | Photo from Borgo San Jacopo Facebook page

Found in one of Florence’s most enchanting spaces, this exclusive eatery is known for the menu’s originality and creativity. Borgo San Jacopo is divided into two main dining rooms, though its stunning balcony takes center stage, a romantic space for dining while overlooking the picturesque Arno. The restaurant is housed in one the city’s most luxurious hotels; Michelin Star Chef Peter Brunel offers the finest Italian flavors in playful and stylish dishes. And with over 900 labels in its cellar, you’ll be sure to find the perfect wine to accompany this spot’s inventive dishes.

Borgo San Jacopo, 62/R, Florence – Tel. 055281661

Ristorante Massimiliano Poggi

Chefs at work in Massimiliano Poggi’s kitchen | Photo via Massimiliano Poggi Facebook page

Chef Massimiliano Poggi guides his joyful restaurant with a clear goal in mind: to maintain the flavors and authenticity of Emilia’s traditions through thoughtful reinterpretation. Ristorante Massimiliano Poggi is located in the historic building of former Ristorante Il Sole; this 19th-century country home links your culinary experience to the charm of Italy’s past, though modern furnishings verify Poggi’s creativity and forward-thinking style. Visit this stylish space in the summer to enjoy an elegant meal in a delightful outdoor garden. And don’t miss a chance to dine in the space’s special room reserved for a maximum of 10 people; here, a menu-free experience takes you on a flavor-filled journey through Poggi’s on-the-spot creations, high-quality meals in both their traditional and revisited form.

Via Lame, 67, Trebbo di Reno (BO) – Tel. 051704217

Il Papavero

Ristorante il Papavero’s beautiful outdoor dining area | Photo via Ristorante il Papavero Facebook page

Located on the edge of Eboli’s historic city center, Ristorante Il Papavero is a swanky space that maintains its original bourgeois-apartment look. Thirty-five seats dot the restaurant’s rooms, which are generally divided into more intimate settings. The décor is a pleasant cocktail of designer furniture and funky modern pieces, not to mention the enchanting outdoor dining area. In the kitchen you’ll find Chef Fabio Pesticcio and Pastry Chef Lilli Tudorache, the hands behind the menu that exudes excellence in both concept and execution. This spot is known for its inventive meat and fish dishes accompanied by a wine list that offers selections by the glass. And this starred restaurant is one of the few you’ll find offering quality cuisine at a reasonable price.

1 piano, Salita Ripa, Eboli (SA) – Tel. 0828330689