Over the many years of travelling the regions of Italy, the Trembath & Taylor team have accumulated a long list of favourite places to stay, eat and drink. From the main cities to small villages, the guiding principle of our selections is not Michelin stars or famous chefs, its about the generosità and ospitalità that truly defines the Italian table. We’ll be happy to make some suggestions for you and arrange a winery visit where possible.
ARMANDO AL PANTHEON
Salita dei Crescenzi 31
Tel: 06 6880 3034
Just a few steps from the Pantheon, you shouldn’t go to Rome and not eat at Armando! Open ‘working hours’ which means they are closed Saturday night and all day Sunday, its a small dining room so you must book. Classic Roman dishes and a very cool wine list with a combination of new and classic, leaning to sustainable/low intervention.
OSTERIA LE PANZANELLE
Lucarelli (Radda in Chianti), Tuscany
Localita’ Lucarelli 29
Tel: 0577 733 511
Closed January, February and Mondays
This small osteria doubles in size when the courtyard is in action but you need to book as its always busy. Great Tuscan food and a tight little selection of local wines. The fresh pasta is fantastic and its pretty common to run into a winemaker or two.
Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany
Tel: 055 852 700
Dario Cecchini is famous for many things. He has the biggest hands Ive ever seen, sings and recites poetry (Dante) and is the most famous butcher in the world. Vegetarians do not bother! Located in Panzano, there is the Macelleria (butcher shop), Dario Doc (his take on a burger, Tuscan style), Solociccia (set menu with all the offaly bits and our favourite, Officina della Bistecca. Its a meat degustation finishing with the famous biestcca alla Fiorentina. And, its BYO so grab some great Chianti Classico before you go.
Frazione San Fruttoso (Camogli), Liguria
Tel: 333 172 0236
If you’re in Santa Margherita or Portfofino and feel like a day trip, take the ferry to San Fruttoso for a swim and lunch on the terrace. The menu is a daily selection of whatever they got from the market and the Mediterranean.