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Pictures of this restaurant (1)Tre Castelli, Gallicano -
Welcome back to the original Tre Castelli management. Workman's lunch at €10 (actually €9 because it is on promotion in June as part of the re-opening) was superb - Risotto of squash and bacon, turkey breast in a rich lemon sauce with French beans, wine, water and coffee. - TimA

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Cappuccetto Rosso, Borgo a Mozzano -
Opened on 5 July 2014, having been near Modena for the previous 7 years. Well regarded on trip advisor in the previous location. Yet to try it myself since the change of ownership. Used to be Al Cantuccio - TimA

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Ristorante Al Cantuccio [CLOSED], Turritecava -
This establishment has now closed and been taken over by Ristorante Cappuccetto Rosso - TimA

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Pasticceria Bini, Diecimo -
Very modern looking, but nevertheless excellent, coffee bar and pasticceria. Famous for its biscotti. - TimA

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Il Rifugio, Campocatino -
We tried this place many years ago and it was warm and welcoming; and the food excellent as far as I recall. We are going to explore again shortly to see if it is still as good... - TimA

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Ristorante da Beppe, Coreglia Antelminelli -
It has been years since we visited this out of the way establishment. Elsewhere the reviews are mixed. I remember a warm welcome and some great mushrooms - TimA

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Alpino, Barga -
Hard to believe that we pass this place on a daily basis but have never before ventured in. Some good reviews on trip advisor however tempted us in last week. It is a strange place to be sure: something of a time shift. If you want to see how Northern Tuscany was 30-40 years ago, this is THE place to go. Nothing has changed from other establishments I remember of that period. That said, the food etc of that time was great and so it is in Alpino. Service ever so friendly. - TimA

Pictures of this restaurant (2)L`Altana, Barga -
We have been visiting this restaurant for the last ten years and it is consistently splendid. The risotto is fantastic - how do they cut the vegetables so small and the pasta is definitely fatto in casa. A lovely atmosphere, always busy so do book ahead. The risotto recipe is featured in Beth Elon's book Tasting Tuscany but the real thing is even better. - Heather and Jim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Eliseo, Gallicano -
We have been coming to this restaurant since we first came to the Garfagnana ten years ago. Consistently good with a small but excellent menu in this family run restaurant. Great for practising rudimentary italian in a traditional comfortable restaurant with great value and great craic - Heather

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)La Taverna di Emma, Pisa -
What a find (thanks to TripAdvisor). We had a sumptuous prompt one course feast here today and were delighted. Friendly service, chef came round to say hello, brilliant assortment of bread, clear that passion went into the cooking. Air-conditioned! And very reasonable. Worth the extra 20 metre walk from the tourist traps next to the leaning tower. Did not have wine so cannot comment. - TimA

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Locanda Belvedere, Pieve Fosciana -
Superb spot for lunch on the outside terrace. Lovely people. Turn right for Sillico from the main road and follow the windy road for 4km. Superb views across the valley. Outside terrace. No menu. They will tell you what they have and if necessary take you and show you. A trip without lunch here doesn't feel right. - Bob Milsted

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Il Pozzo, Pieve Fosciana -
Very relaible restaurant which can accomodate larger parties without a problem. Large outside terrace. Good food and service. Pizzas only in the evening. - Bob Milsted

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Triti, Castelnuovo -
Above average food. Very good pizzas. Suitable for families. Good service. Easiest to park in the car park behind the electrical shopp by the bridge and walk the 200 yards to the restaurant. - Bob Milsted

Pictures of this restaurant (1)La Lanterna di Mario, Lido di Camaiore -
Returned for lunch to this haunt of a good many years ago as we were passing that way this week. Almost a time warp: nothing had changed. I cannot say we tested the current offer very hard, because we only had a plate of pasta, but that was good and the people at the table next to us seemed to be tucking in with gusto (and not for the first time, I think). - TimA

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Al Barchetto, Turritecava -
Great value Sunday lunch. Four of us ate really well for 80 euros. An antipasto misto and fried pasta with stracciata was more than enough for four and delicious. For mains we had the fillet of beef with lardo, spag bol, fritto misto and tagliata - all excellent and large portions. Rounded off with coffees, wine and water we all had a thoroughly good time. And all the while a peaceful view of the lake under the awning but 'fuori'. Service was attentive but not intrusive. No wonder the place was heaving. - BargaTim

Pictures of this restaurant (1)La Poiana, Camporgiano -
Another new restaurant for the Camporgiano area! And another really good one at that! The restaurant is part of a new 'holiday village' that's being developed in a beautiful spot in the hills between Camporgiano and Vitoio. The restaurant is bright and airy, with a large panoramic terrace. The 10 euro weekday lunch menu has all the classic Garfagnana dishes. We tried the zuppa di farro, pasta ragu, roast beef and a fresh fruit and local cheese plate. Everything was truly excellent. There was an impressive wine list but were more than happy with a very good house red. The service was marvellous and the chef even came out to ask if we'd enjoyed our meal. A nice touch, I thought. We plan to return to try the special fish menu which is available on Friday evenings. I'll report back! - Luisa

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Terrazza, Borgo a Mozzano -
How many times must we have passed this place without a second glance. Not quite true; we did notice the car-park full of trucks at lunch-times. So we gave it a try this week. It was full of workers for the `menu di lavoro` at 12 euros. If that doesn't deter you, then you will be very pleasantly surprised by the selection available, the quality of the food and the friendly service, oh and the air-conditioning (it was 35 outside). The carpaccio di manzo con rucola e parmigiana was brilliant. Linen napkins a decent house white (included in the 12 euros) all made us plan for a definite return visit. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Cantina, Ghivizzano -
The restaurant has been sold. It is not known at this point what the new owners` intentions are. Let me know if you find out. - Admin

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Ristorante Cristallo, Fornaci di Barga -
We first went here a few weeks ago for a birthday lunch. The food was really good and the service was excellent. We recommended it to other friends who have since tried it and agree that it is an exceptional place. We went again for lunch today and thoroughly enjoyed the risotto and cannelloni for our first courses and everyone had the veal Valdostana for mains. Absolutely delicious! Again, the service was excellent and the price, 10 euros per person including wine, was amazing. - Luisa

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Ristoro Kanagia, Camporgiano -
Great little place recently opened in the main piazza of Camporgiano. Does a 10 euro lunch menu Tues-Sat. We thoroughly enjoyed the pasta course, the veal in mushroom sauce was really tasty and the house red wine was very good. We also ordered a mushroom pizza, cooked in the traditional pizza oven. It was excellent. The service was friendly and the atmosphere most welcoming. We're delighted to have such a nice new place in our area. - Luisa

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Al Vecchio Tino, Casola in Lunigiana -
What a great find. Not at all where we expected (it is in the Fraz. di Fivizzano, not Fivizzano itself which is 16 kms away). Having found it, the welcome was fabulously warm and the setting on a sunny spring day overlooking the valley peaceful and breathtaking all at the same time. Then the food: bellissimo. Antipasto della casa (half portion) would have served two (almost). Zuppa di canellini e cozze (mussels) was brilliant (and no shells - whoopee); Tagliata with mushrooms (half portion again plenty) was succulent and `melt in the mouth`. In place of salmon trout, the salmerino (brook trout) with carciofi and mushrooms had been braised in a bag and was a brilliant combination of flavours. House wines were not so great: drinkable, but next time we would probably select from a good wine list. 2.5 courses for two, water, coffee, wine, etc €60. Pretty good value and we were offered digestivi on the house. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Cantina, Ghivizzano -
Such is the popularity now of the "Menu di Lavoro" here that when we arrived as 1:15 on Friday last week, we and a few others had to wait to be seated. But it was worth the wait. Great zuppa di farro (a local delicacy and one of my favourites) and then delicious seppia (cuttlefish) with pisellini. Rounded off with a wine, water and a correto sambuca and I was very pleased to pay my €10 all inclusive. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Fratelli Lucchesi, Barga -
It is with great sadness that I report the sudden death on Monday night of Fabio Lucchesi, ever-present barister and joint proprietor of this wonderful bar and pasticceria. He will be very dearly missed by so many. Our condolences to his family and friends. - Admin

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Verdeluna, Barga -
The dining room at Verdeluna is intimate, particularly midweek in December. We were the only diners and our host had opened the restaurant just for us. Rather than making us feel intimidated by this, we felt extremely welcome. The food was excellent, with a strong emphasis on seafood, which was bursting with sea flavours. My cozze (mussel) starter was tasty, but a little overcooked. My wife's sardine fishballs were excellent. We followed with the most sublime seafood pasta I have ever tasted: slightly spicy and coked to perfection. Mains were fish again, baked bream for me, swordfish steak for my wife. Once again, the fish was perfect. Mains were served with quite salty and only just warm french fries. The wine included in dinner was fine and our creme brulee was served with a dessert wine which complimented the dish perfectly. This is a quite unusual dining experience and great for a special occasion. Given the quality of food and the level of personal service we reckoned Verdeluna offered good value for money if you are looking for a 'full' four course meal as there is (understandably) no option to pick and choose a la carte. - Tim R.

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Trattoria da Riccardo, Barga -
Unlike many other restaurants along the Serchio valley that offer the €10.00 'menu di lavoro' at lunch-time (not Sunday), Riccardos generally has few workmen taking up the offer. In any event the set lunch is exceptional value for money and well worth a visit. Two courses, a carafe of house wine, water, coffee, IVA all included. On the days that they serve it, Zuppa di farro is a firm favourite of mine. - TimA

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Verdeluna, Barga -
Second visit confirmed the previous experience, though this time there were three other diners sharing the small dining room with us. The set price menu price had increased (again) to €28 - a sign of popularity perhaps or the rise in global food prices. Everything was delicious. The service gracious and attentive. This time we did try the ice cream and chestnut purée and it was divine. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)L`Altana, Barga -
Oh Dio, che cena piacevole. Antipasto di prosciutto e crostini caldo era squisito. Il migliore per lontano. Filetto di maiale di pepe verde era una gioia completa, poiché era il sformato di cavolfiore. Ossobuco and pisellini erano magnifico. Vino della casa, etc tutto €48. - BargaDiner

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Gatta, Careggine -
Today we made the excursion to 1000+ meters. The spectacular views in this area are worth it alone. La Gatta was not hard to find. TomTom did not have all the roads but once we were close there were good signs. It is a cavernous place; decor a bit functional. However, the welcome was warm and helpful. The table well set out and cloth napkins (always a good sign). The menu is short, all meat, no fish, and inexpensive. There may be a workman's lunch/menu turistico, but we were not offered it. Ravioli caserecci alla primavera was interesting - standard home made and delicious spinach and ricotta ravioli with a slightly strange sauce of strong herbs and what tasted like blanched tomatoes - unusual to me, but not unpleasant. Antipasto misto della Gatta was a bit bready, nice salami, but slightly dry proscutto. Tagliata di manzo was brilliant and for €7 was exceptional value for money. Grigiliata mista was good and wholesome. Peperoni al forno as a cotorno was delicious. Coffees, water and wine made a bill of €40 for two. Good, but not exceptional, value. Worth a second visit. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Cantine Bernadini, Lucca -
Apparently closed for August - Admin

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Mora, Ponte a Moriano -
Regrettably this once great establishment has closed down following the sad death last year of its owner, Sauro Brunicardi. Very sad all round. I will leave the entry in place for a while in case it re-opens and in memory of some wonderful meals there. For those that have enjoyed the food, there are some great pictures here, including one of the staff. - Admin

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Cantine Bernadini, Lucca -
This elegant restaurant lives up to its brilliant reviews.Exquisite food and wine, beautiful surroundings, excellent service; we couldn't have asked for more. The vin santo reduction with the liver paté was incredible and the tortellini was light and creamy. The pork and the duck for our second course were both complete perfection and the chantilly cream dessert with almond and orange crisps was an utter joy. After an enjoyable discussion with the very charming Fabio, the Lucchesi wine we chose, Altair, was delicious. For a menu so surely heading towards a Michelin star or two, the bill was also most palatable. Around 70 euro for two, including 3 courses, wine and coffee. - Luisa

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Da Carlino, Castelnuovo -
Had a bad experience at this restaurant recently. Food was OK and waitress service good but when checking the bill we noticed that we had been over-charged by 10 euros. The owner was quite ungracious and without apology just put a 10 euro note on the bar and walked away. We won't be eating there again! - Luisa

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Osteria al Ritrovo del Platano, Ponte di Campia -
We dined here extremely well yesterday, to the point where we could not understand why there was only one other table occupied. The welcome was warm, the food good, the dining room warm and welcoming. Minestrone di farro and tortelli al ragu as a main were both delightful. My partner`s sformato as a starter and filetto di maiale were gorgeous. House white (5 euros for a half liter) was lovely. 38 euros all told. I`ve submitted separately that they also now have a website, perhaps that will drum up some more trade. - Mike

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Cantine Bernadini, Lucca -
Once we had found the unobtrusive entrance, we were wowed by the decor and atmosphere. The staff were very attentive and knew their products really well. The carciofi e ricotta tortelli in ragu di anatra e brunoise di verdure were very delicate, though a little on the tepid side. Petali di baccala su crema di cavolo fiore was delicious. Anatra in sesame crust was quite fine, but the whole onion in its skin, though very tasty, was a bit odd. Baccala con pomodoro e porri was perfectly cooked. A Luchese wine for 8 Euros rounded it off nicely. 63 Euros complete for two. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Cantine Bernadini, Lucca -
This relatively new establishment inside the walls of Lucca is a big find - in two ways - it is tucked away off all the main streets and it is a treasure. Opened in May 2008 by one of the Bernadini family, Massimo, the vaults below the Palazzo used to be a night club. Now they are a beautifully restored temple to fine food, wine and olive oil from the region. - Admin

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Verdeluna, Barga -
After years of travelling away from Barga for good food, recently, the centre of town has been transformed and Verdeluna is certainly part of that transformation. Everything was wonderfully cooked - polpette di sarde beautifully subtle, warm seafood salad with a Caesar sauce packed with flavours, seafood and vegetariana lasagna were so refined and delicate (the vegetarian the biggest hit), and then scaloppine di pollo and swordfish steak in a divine emulsion of olive oil, lemon and oregano. There was pudding included in the set 24 euros but we resisted. The white wine also included was light and crisp. Be ready for the small dining room, but it is tastefully done and very welcoming. Definitely will be a favourite for the future. Booking ahead is a must. They only open mid-week if you book; so turning up on spec is high risk. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Il Flamingo, Gallicano -
Had the menu turistico today - two courses, vegetable, wine, water and coffee for 10 Euros a head. Brilliant. Hard to know how they manage to make a profit. Fusilli al chingiale was near perfect. Pork fillet delicious; Polpette also delicious. Understandably the place was teeming with people - workers, travellers, locals, etc. Now I understand why they provide so much parking! Service very efficient. Nice airy dining room. Wine (white firmo) was OK, but for what it was very drinkable. Overall great Value. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)L`Altana, Barga -
Forced to eat here by the November shut down for holidays of many other local establishments, we were very pleasantly surprised. The service was very welcoming. The dining room very pleasant and the food excellent. The cook, Camilla Gianotti, is also the mural artist. The house wine from cantine mini of Montecarlo was very good. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)L`Altana, Barga -
Many of my friends class this as one of their favourite restaurants. I don`t understand as I have tried it five times and each time I have found it worse than the last Inedible steak once. Dried out melanzane complete with burned toothpicks another time. I shall not return - TinTuscany

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Ristorante Al Cantuccio [CLOSED], Turritecava -
Twice now we have stopped here for the €10 menu lunch and neither time have we been disappointed. This is a local truckers' favourite and the deal is aimed at that market, so simple and good food; and amazingly good value (two courses, a side dish, wine, water and a coffee all for €10, no IVA etc. Fantastic). The food is wholesome too. Well cooked and traditional for the area. The wine (still white) was perfectly drinkable. - Admin

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Trattoria da Riccardo, Barga -
In the summer, eating out on the balcony is very pleasant. Hardly a view, but in the open. But that was then; and now it is Autumn. Inside the atmosphere is a bit dreary somehow. I cannot quite put my finger on it. But cloth napkins was a plus, something I appreciate. The fritto misto was lovely, as were the tortelli with ragu. House wine (bianco firmo) is very nice (€4 a half litre). But three dishes between two, plus wine, water and coffee was €33, which felt a bit steep. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Scacciaguai, Barga -
Fairly expensive compared to the meals we have had elsewhere, but still worth it if you like something a bit different. Italian cuisine with a bit of twist and you can watch the chef on a plasma screen preparing your meal. Friendly service and I would go for the specials as the waiter takes his time to explain them in very precise english. The chocolate souffle desert and the semi fredo were to die for. Our meal came to around 65 euros for two people, for three courses including wine and water. So a little more than we have been paying but still well worth it. - Sharo

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Verdeluna, Barga -
We ate at this little restaurant last night, and it is little! Only seats 8 people during the Winter months. But don't be put off, it is still very atmospheric. And what it lacks in size is more than compensated for by the quality of the food. The host freshly prepares and cooks and delivers three of the most beautifully prepared courses to your table in person. It is the best meal we've had so far for 19 euros including wine and coffee. If you go please be generous with your tip,. We cannot understand how he can do it for the price! - Sharo

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Scacciaguai, Barga -
Our second visit and again we were delighted. Warm welcome, really nice dining room (we were inside this time because Autumn is arriving). Good table setting. Fish lasagne was delightful; as was Sushi to start. Steak with pistachio crust on rocket was novel but delicious. Pork fillet with pear and cheese sauce was also delicious. The only negative, our choice because we like to go local, was the white wine from Gallicano. Probably best avoided… 58 Euros including coffee. Really good value. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Gelateria dei Neri, Florence -
Not one of the more famous names, and a bit off the tourist trail, but the best ice cream by a country mile. The cioccolata was just brilliant. Other flavours also amazing. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Il Ghibellini, Florence -
On the recommendation of our extremely helpful hotel reception, we gave this a try. It was well worth the short walk, even though our feet had covered a lot of ground in the day! The welcome was warm and the service attentive but not intrusive. We sat outside under the two giant umbrellas. No view of a church or ancient architecture, but pleasant enough. Pizza was well made and wholesome and so was the Insalata Beatrice. House wine (white) very drinkable and reasonable at 4.5 euros a half litre. In Florence this is exceptional value. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Verdeluna, Barga -
Sweet little resturant and a hidden gem in Barga Vecchia. The food is excellent and freshly cooked to order, so allow time, and great value for money. 7.50 Euro for lunch which is 1 course + wine + water. I highly recommend the Lasagne Classico, which is the best I have ever tasted !! 19.50 Euro for a 3 course dinner + wine + water , with numerous delicous fish dishes. Perfect place to spend a romantic evening or have a good chat with friends. Book in advance. - Sharon

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Zi Meo, Castelvecchio Pascoli -
After years of thinking this establishment had closed, we saw a light when passing yesterday and thought we would change our plans and give it a go. Not the best decision. The carpark being empty should have told us something... We were the only people there. The setting is delightful if a little `tired`. The welcome was warm - possibly because customers are so rare! We had a pizza and piece of veal (ie one course). Not the best but by no means poor. But it was very expensive for what it was. Euros 7.5 for the pizza, 9 for two very small pieces of veal, 3 for a basic salad, etc. With half a litre of house white (in itself not bad at all), and two coffees - Euros 32.50. That is about 50% over market rates... Now we see why the car park is empty. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Ristorante Pizzeria Il Gallo, Gallicano -
First impressions of the new management of what was Il Flamingo (they have moved down the road to what was Tre Castelli) were good. A few small changes to the outside dining area, for the better. A huge plate of tortelli al ragu was good, tortelli probably bought in rather than home made, but good nevertheless. Pizzas at 4.5 euros were OK, not the best. House white 6 euros a litre was quaffable, as they say. Staff did not seem to have much zip and zing, helpful enough, but not really any enthusiasm. Overall, as an outdoor summer pizzeria, worth a look and very reasonable. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Caffe Capretz, Barga -
I have just returned from barga and can honestly say that this is my favourite restaurant there. The bistecca di manzo is second to none and their pizzas are the best in town with excellent service from guiseppe. To top it all off the veiw of the rooftops and the mountains from the terrace is breathtaking especially at sunset a perfect backdrop to an excellent meal. - Mickyboy

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Osteria al Ritrovo del Platano, Ponte di Campia -
Tried the new chef. Facilities and welcome just as before. Antipasto was huge and varied enough. Cheese crepe was inbcredibly cheesy and a bit doughy. Bisteccha di miaile turned out to be a mixed grill. Nothing exceptional. Maiaile con lardo was very nice in contrast, A well presented and sensible sized portion. House white was very pleasant enough but 10 euros is too much. - Tim

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Il Molin del Sassone, Fornaci di Barga -
There was a pleasant enough outdoor area, but the evening was not that warm, so we went in. The dining room was spacious and well appointed, paper cloths and napkins and chunky water glasses a bit out of keeping really. The welcome was warm, perhaps because we admitted that a friend of the waiter had recommended it. The food was good: antipasto varied and plentiful; ravioli delicate and correctly cooked. For mains, the bistecca di maiale was absolutely brilliant, soft aromatic and perfectly cooked; the pizza was nice and crispy; but not exceptional. House wine (white) at 8 euros was lovely but a bit pricey. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Verdeluna, Barga -
Verdeluna has been open for a couple of years now and got off to a shaky start trying to do too much. They now have an excellent limited menu at fixed prices. Lunch at Euros 7.50 is a choice of lasagne including classic, vegetarian and seafood; the dinner menu at Euros 16 for 3 courses and wine is fantastic value with a menu predominantly fish. The owner/chef is from Puglia in the far south so the food is predominantly from that region. As the restaurant can only handle 12-14 people at once it can be like private dining. There are outside tables in the piazza. Excellent quality and value. Service can be a bit erratic on busy nights. - Bargadining

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Fratelli Lucchesi, Barga -
Watch the kitchen at work on YouTube HERE - Admin

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Il Molin del Sassone, Fornaci di Barga -
Not yet tried this place, but on the recommendation of a local, we will give it a try next time. - Admin

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Scacciaguai, Barga -
Despite the two strong recommendations, it has taken us 2 years to try this relatively new restaurant in the centre of Barga. We were not disappointed. We sat on the small terrace at the back of the restaurant. There is another on the street. The cottage cheese and spinach appetizer, warm foccacia and sparkling aperitif were lovely. A light calametti and polpe soup (special of the day) was delightful. Miaile with pear, cheese and a balsamic sauce was perfect. Capelletti of mozzarella in a pancetta and cheese sauce was also very special. A pinot from Collio and two coffees rounded off a delightful meal, which for 53 Euros was also excellent value for money. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Eliseo, Gallicano -
Six of us ate, four adults and two children. Adults all had various delicious pasta dishes followed by steaks, veal and mixed grill. Mario served the biggest fillet steaks I have ever seen for only 8 euros. Kids also had steaks with side orders of fries and salad. All this was washed down with two bottles of house red and two bottles of water. Some of us finished off with perfect creme caramel and the kids devoured icecream with hot chocolate! For the two of us who could not make our minds up, Mario suggested we let chef Franco create something special and he did not disappoint with a medley of desserts being produced. Last but by no means least came the limoncello, ice cold from the freezer to aid digestion of our feast. The bill came to 130 euros and was well worth every cent. The atmosphere is relaxed in this family run business which is in our opinion a Garfagnana gem. Nora and Niall, N. Ireland - Nora

Pictures of this restaurant (1)La Mocchia, Barga -
This osteria was recommended to us by our holiday hosts and at first sight of an enormous TV screen, I wondered if it would be an experience best forgotten. However, much to the delight of myself, husband and two sons, we were treated to an unforgettable experience. Our meal consisted of very tasty, spit roasted chickens, roasted vegetables and for dessert, freshly picked mountain blueberries. I was so excited and touched when Lorenzo announced with pride that the latter were available. Where in England would one be offered these and for less than £3 a huge portion? No it is not a swanky, sophisticated, over priced restaurant where the elite meet to eat and talk about nothing. This place was alive with real people, having real conversations, enjoying real food - the atmosphere of which one wishes one could bottle for use on cold, winter days. Our hosts were warm and friendly and the bill at the end came to less than £40 for all of us. We would most certainly return. - W bloo

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Osteria al Ritrovo del Platano, Ponte di Campia -
How many times have we passed this place and not stopped. Well, we did today and it was a pleasant surprise. Very agreeable dining room and warm welcome. Tortellini with ragu were delicious (a bit salty if I am being very critical). Pork fillet in 4 cheeses was delicious. Sformato verdure lovely, roast potatoes a bit soggy. House wine quite drinkable. 45 eruos for two all up - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Terrazza, Albiano Barga -
Twelve of us all ordering pizza at once stretched the four-pizza oven, but then authentic pizza doesn`t come in batches of 12. And it was authentic as ever. Worth going out of your way for, and we don`t have to, whoohoo! Still not venturing back to the house white but the pinot was lovely. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Cantina, Ghivizzano -
We were surprised by how few other diners there were for supper mid-week in August. Not at all like the previous year. Credit crunch? Nevertheless, the food and service were up to the normal good standard and we enjoyed a very pleasant meal outside. Tortelli ragu and pappardelle chingiale were brilliant starters, as was `fritto misto` for the secondo. House wine (white) light and crisp. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Albergo The Marquee, Castelnuovo -
Hate to give it away but this is by far the best restaurant in the Garfagnana. Friends drive up from Bagni Di Lucca to watch Alfredo do his magic at the table with his steak tartare and crepe suzettes. The escargo put the French to shame. The chateau briande for two was done perfectly. This is an Albergo with a luxurious new swimming pool added recently but the standout is the dining room, reasonably priced, I don`t know how Alfredo and wife Maria the chef do it. - TinTuscany

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Cantina, Ghivizzano -
While working on a house next door to this restaurant we tried at lunch for a simple plate of pasta, three adults and one child, no wine and the pasta was practically inedible. We were charged a total of 36 euro. Disgraceful!!. - TinTuscany

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Il Pozzo, Pieve Fosciana -
Food was O.K. but the owners concentrated on the locals and the late night young bar hoppers. Waited at the bar fifteen minutes to pay the bill, finally had to go and drag the owner away from his table of friends. - TinTuscany

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Butterfly, Marlia -
Went to a wedding banquet here. After being assured that there was no crab in the seafood risotto I finshed up on the floor having an allergy attack. The other guests said I didn`t miss anything with the rest of the meal. which was served in two tents which were infested with mosquitos. All in all not a happy experience and shall never return. - TinTuscany

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Il Tiro, Gallicano -
I have been eating here for some years and always found the place reasonable but I visited last week and found the place run down as if it was preparing to close down, I do hope they can get it up to it`s old standard again as I noticed that the regulars were just not there. - TinTuscany

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Il Flamingo, Gallicano -
We had great pizza, nice and thin, well cooked and generously filled and T-bones the way you only get in Italy. Washed down with a very respectable house white. Shame about the venue, but, as you will see, the owners are moving to better premises. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Il Flamingo, Gallicano -
Not a review as such, more a notice. The current owners of this restaurant have announced that they are moving on 1 October to take over the `Tre Castelli`, just down the road towards Lucca. We wish them well in their new premises. - Admin

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Bar Roma, Ponte a Moriano -
It is easy to see why this is the truckers` favourite. The welcome is warn, yet the bar is air-conditioned. Good coffee and a wide selection of cakes/sandwiches. Outside seating. Finding this is going to be difficult with the new road trying to divert you at every turn, but persevere: it is worth it. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Scacciaguai, Barga -
We had a beautiful meal here in October 2007. The service was first class, the food was excellent, and as for value for money......32 euros for 3 courses, wine and coffee for 2!!!......this meal would cost 3 times as much in Glasgow and it wouldn't have tasted half as good!! I'd recommend anyone visiting Barga to eat here. - Al

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Cantina, Ghivizzano -
We re-discovered La Cantina this week, in the sense that we went for a weekday lunch and had the €10/head set menu, which is what we had done in its old location 10+ years ago and so marvelled at the value for money. There was plenty of variety in the menu - I think 5 starters and 5 mains and 3 sides. The pappardelle with squid as a starter was really delicious. House white was suitably dry and crisp. - Tim

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This is my favourite restaurant in the area for the quality of its food, the friendliness of the owners and the amazing views from the dining terrace. The menu changes every day but we recently ate a tasty antipasti of crostini with fresh tomatoes and mushrooms (specially put together for my vegetarian guest), farro with mushrooms, home made maccheroni with ragu, and then roasted pork with sauted artichokes and fried potatoes, again home made, not frozen! The dessert was a mixture of bite-size pieces of a nutty tart and a ricotta cake, accompanied by an excellent dessert wine. The wine was a very drinkable house wine. The bill came to just under 25 euros for both of us. Marvellous! Need to point out that it`s not open for dinner on week nights during the winter months. - Luisa

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Lanterna, Piano di Pieve -
We stayed at La Lanterna recently. The hotel and its setting are very pleasant. The reception staff most accommodating (no pun intended). The restaurant served a good menu of local dishes and the wine list was pretty good too. The restaurant staff were friendly and helpful. There is a nice-looking terrace for outside dining in the summer. Would definitely recommend both the hotel and the restaurant. - Luisa

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Fratelli Lucchesi, Barga -
As ever a delight. Beautiful pastry and `valdostana`. Piping hot cappucini. Friendly service. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Il Vecchio Mulino, Castelnuovo -
Great and unpretentious deli/osteria with excellent wine and olive oil selection. Great for lunch! Let the owner Andrea guide you to the best coldcuts, prosciutto and cheeses all from small Tuscan producers you will have a hard time finding anywhere else. - Anon

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Il Pozzo, Pieve Fosciana -
Our very favourite restaurant. Delicious food, lovely staff, a friendly, relaxed atmoshphere and excellent value for money. - Anon

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Ristorante Da Vinicio, Bagni di Lucca -
We`ve been there several times. The pizza used to be the one against which others were judged and other dishes are good too. The down for us was the fact that the place seems to be run for the convenience of the management, rather than that of the customers. We`ve been bossed about by a very cocky, self-important young waiter/manager(?) once too often and won`t be going back. - Anon

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Hotel Il Casone, Casone di profecchia -
We drove up through the snow on December 22nd for a fantastic lunch. The skiing had not begun so il Casone was not as busy as it gets, but it was still set for about 200! The meal was, as always spectacular. Fantastic antipasto of fresh prosciutto, polenta fritta, ragu and porcini. Followed by varieties of fresh home made pastas. There were 4 of us so we just got a selection of everything. It was of course too much to eat. Main courses of cinghiale (wild boar), maiale and garfagnana sausage were all excellent. Coffee by the big log fire. Be sure to book at weekends as it can get very busy! - Bargadining

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Fontanamaggio, Barga -
The ristorante Fontanamaggio da Franco, in Parco Kennedy has been improved for this season by the removal of the barren marquee! The food is still excellent, particularly the fish. I had a mullet steamed en-papillote with fennel which was perfectly cooked. The pizzas cooked on the wood oven are still the best in Barga. Has a good wine list, but expensive by Barga standards. Busy in summer but often deserted out of season. - Bargadining

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)la Gelateria, Barga -
The family Bartolomei opened la Gelateria in Barga in 2006. It serves absolutely the best home made ice cream in the Garfagnana (also a branch in Fornaci di Barga) Interesting varieties depending on season. In summer the lemon and basil sorbet is refreshing. Their Fig and Ricotta ice cream is spectacular, or try the Amarena (cherry) Closed Wednesdays, peccato! Also do coffee and pastries. - Bargadining

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Terrazza, Albiano Barga -
Pizza on a Saturday. Fabbrizzio still makes the best pizza I have tasted. Such a shame that it is only available two days a week. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Mora, Ponte a Moriano -
Lunch on Friday, straight from the plane. For about the first time we simply wanted fuel rather than to `eat out`. It worked brilliantly. About the best start to a long weekend you could imagine. Somehow they knew we were just there to eat and move on so service was brisk but as always first class. Food was a delight as always. - Tim

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Sala Mascagni, Pisa -
Once again we were impressed by this little dining room in the airport. For €55, the two of us had two courses each a bottle of wine and coffee. The food was excellent and plentiful (more than we could eat really). When you think you might pay this to enter the club lounge in some airports, it has to be a bargain. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Ristorante Da Vinicio, Bagni di Lucca -
Can get very busy in Summer, and consequently long wait for meals. Staff often seem disorganised, and lots of shouting goes on, but good family run restaurant with excellent Pizza. Good selection of local dishes. All good eating. - Anon

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Fratelli Lucchesi, Barga -
Been living near here twelve years and watched this bar attract the local English and Scots locals after it opened a few years back. It is still deliciously Italian however. Chocolates and pastries are made in a bakery across the alley and the smell and tastes are sublime.. - Terry H

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Da Carlino, Castelnuovo -
A fave for large parties. Trying just a bit too hard with fancy food. I have seen this place go more and more touristy over the last ten years or so. - Terry Hughes

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Pancino, Forte dei Marmi -
We found this place in the winter looking for lunch when pretty well everything else was closed. Penne al salmone had a rich salmony taste, but not not a sign of any actual salmon. Prosciutto in the antipasto was very soft and absolutely delicious. €46 for two courses, half litre of house wine and coffee. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Hotel Il Casone, Casone di profecchia -
A lovely place for dinner after a long hike up Mt. Prata. We visited during mushroom season and the fresh porcini were wonderful. We enjoyed the fried veggies and the beef steak fiorintina. Hard to find but worth the trip. - Minnesota Jim

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Il Garfagnino, Borgo a Mozzano -
A lovely local restaurant. The food is real garfagnana fare. I enjoyed the wild boar over polenta as a main course. There is nothing fancy about this place. Always great food and a great value. - Minnesota Jim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Terrazza, Albiano Barga -
The white house wine is not great, but the red is OK, and the food can be outstanding - Anon

Pictures of this restaurant (1)La Mocchia, Barga -
Those that have commented previously are either mates of Lorenzo or have wildly different standards to me. I can see that the noisy, bustling atmosphere might appeal to some, but not me, while the food was tepid on cold plates; the antipasto (also previously commented upon favourably) was very basic. Having said that the house white was drinkable and €30 for two is very reasonable. But this will be my first and last visit. - Silver-tongue

Pictures of this restaurant (1)La Mocchia, Barga -
Perhaps I should have paid more heed to the references to karaoke in previous comments. In the event I managed to escape before the `entertainment` started, thank goodness. Ravioli with ragu was tasty and plentiful, but tepid. Pizza was good. House white was very drinkable. Tap water in a carafe was charged for! €30 for two reasonable. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Terrazza, Albiano Barga -
On a busy night, the place was full and the service was a bit slow as a result, but as ever the food was wholesome and plentiful; the welcome warm; and the bill was €30. Pizza nostromo (tonno e cipolle) was as crisp and thin as ever (well done, Fabrizio). - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Il Flamingo, Gallicano -
Ravioli and ragu was delicious, as was pizza (tonno e cipolle). House white very drinkable. All up €30 for two - Tim

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Sala Mascagni, Pisa -
This is the airport `a-la-carte` restaurant, not the self-service. A tranquil small dining room, tucked away on the first floor away from the noise and queues, you can eat well here while waiting for your flight. €53 for two including a basic wine and coffee. Generous plate of pasta (perhaps a little over-cooked) and two juicy steaks, chips and vegetables. - Admin

Pictures of this restaurant (1)La Mocchia, Barga -
We found this restaurant, after recommendation by locals in the town, when we first visited Barga 2 years ago. La mocchia remains our favourite and I agree with previous comments, the Antipasto is a must and the tagliatia di manzo is the best you will ever taste all topped by great hosts, Francesca & Lorenzo, and of course, great wine! - S & A

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Simple food very well prepared. Staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. Good local wine. All in all, a true bargain! - Therese

Pictures of this restaurant (1)La Mocchia, Barga -
A real find! Very atmospheric with good food aplenty. A local haunt - cards and karaoke on the two nights I ate there in June. - Rona

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Mora, Ponte a Moriano -
On this lunch-time visit we had the fish menu degustation. It was a true delight. Everything cooked to perfection and a torrent of delicate flavours. Service was, as ever, super-efficient, by which I mean just right - neither rushed nor slow - perfectly orchestrated. A Buonamico white rounded it all off nicely. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Il Ponte di Ceserana, Ceserana -
Antipasto was not offered, which is normal without a reservation. Tortelli of various meats with a ragu and bechamel sauce were delightful. As were mushroom tortelli with a light pesto sauce. Neither piping hot, which was disappointing. Two meat dishes for mains with vegetables, water, a bottle of wine and coffee for 38 euros is amazing value. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (1)La Mocchia, Barga -
Lorenzo is a complete legend - go late and then ask him to put on the karaoke ! - Anon

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Cantina, Ghivizzano -
A gentle Sunday lunch. Too hot to sit outside, but the air-conditioning inside was great. Antipasto misto was a feast as usual. Tortellini al ragu was delicious but not quite piping hot. Orate was succulent, even if the `at your table` filleting left a few bones. House white was smooth and crisp, but lively, as they say (slightly frizzante). Service attentive but not intrusive, as always. Not quite at the top of their game this time. €54 plus tip. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Da Aristo, Barga -
The best value food and wine in the town, and for some miles around. This bar is also a shop and food can be purchased to take away. Go on spoil yourself and tell Marino I was asking for him. - Carlo Zambonini

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Osteria Angelio, Barga -
l`Osteria never fails. The food is always excellent and Riccardo and his staff are undoubtedly the friendliest around. The piatto dell`Osteria is a great antipasto, and the tagliata di manzo (grilled steak with herb/oil dressing) good value. Pecorino with honey and walnuts are equally good as starter or dessert. Excellent house wine. With summer arriving Piazza Angelio is becoming lively with live music. - Casa Fontana

Pictures of this restaurant (2)L`Eremita, Vergemoli Gallicano -
A recent visit to the Eremita was disappointing. The welcome was off-hand, the service was erratic and the speciality of the house `Spaghetti dei Frate` was extremely light on trout! Still an atmospheric venue and amazing setting. The grilled trout was excellent. - Bargadining

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Fontanamaggio, Barga -
Fontanamaggio has the best pizzas in Barga: wood fired, thin crust with a fantastic range of toppings, and all freshly made to order. 4 Stagioni is always a favourite, seafood is good to but the prosciutto crudo with mascarpone is fabulous. Eat in the restaurant or in the rather barren marquee annex, or carry out and eat in the park. Very reasonably priced at about € 6 to € 7 depending on topping. Excellent wine list at sensible prices. - Pizzamaster

Pictures of this restaurant (2)L`Eremita, Vergemoli Gallicano -
A fascinating place to visit and dine. In the spectacular setting of a former monastery carved into the cliff face, the restaurant opens onto a small courtyard in front of the church. Trout is one of the specialities, provided by local fish farms. Slightly off the beaten track on the road from Gallicano to the Grotta del Vento, it is well worth the effort of getting there. - Bargadining

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Il Garfagnino, Borgo a Mozzano -
The wood fired oven is used to perfection. A basket of freshly baked thin, crispy foccaccia will keep you going till the antipasto appears. The fantasia di antipasto is a meal in itself, prosciutto, farro salad, fried polenta with ragu; then there are the roast meats from the wood oven. Tagliata di manzo with ruccola was cooked to perfection. The lamb cops a bit overcooked. Four of us dined for Euro 100 including wine. Excellent food and friendly service. - Bargadining

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Magna Pizza, Barga -
Sadly Magna Pizza is not up to the `Barga Standard`...yet. The pizza is doughy and toppings bland. There are far better (and cheaper) pizzas in Barga, made in the traditional way. We hope that they will improve. - Pizzamaster

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Magna Pizza, Barga -
Opened on 20 May 2007. Not yet sampled, but perhaps one for the next trip to Barga. Grateful to have more information - proprietors, web site, email, telephone, etc. - Admin

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Scacciaguai, Barga -
Sophisticated Tuscan is a new concept in Barga! Take traditional garfagnino ingredients and serve with a bit of `nouvelle cuisine` panache, and watch the chef on a large screen as he prepared your meal! Luckily the fancy presentation has not detracted from the excellent quality of the food. Newly opened in a restored cantina, with brick ceiling. Try the grilled duck with chestnut tart or the rose of smoked salmon, both excellent. The bocconcino di vitellu was also great. Price reasonable (but may rise as the summer season arrives) Service was a bit erratic, but friendly and attentive, during their first week but will improve. Certainly a new experience in Barga. - Bargadining

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Rifugio La Mesta, Trassilico -
Trassilico is worth a visit. Set on a hilltop beneath the brooding Pania, it commands a view across the valley to Barga. Walk up to the ruined Rocca (castle) before your meal at la Maesta, a simple rifugio (hostel) with sleeping accommodation. The food is excellent, home cooked, with trout a speciality, and the best chocolate cake!! - Bargadining

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Il Garfagnino, Borgo a Mozzano -
On the main Lucca to Castelnuovo road just past Calavorno (going N) Simple traditional tuscan food. Excellent bruschetta; tasty bistecca di maiale (pork chop) Pleasant friendly service. Slightly bland interior and road noise outside, but a good simple osteria - Bargadining

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Trattoria da Riccardo, Barga -
On the Fosso just outside the mediaeval gates of Barga da Riccardo's is insignificant from the outside but for food it is unmissable. Riccardo is the master of the wood oven Try a warm seafood salad to start, then his mixed roast meats: rabbit, pork rib, chicken. Fantastic west facing terrace with spectacular view to the mountains. Great value at €10 lunch with wine. - Bargadining

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Da Aristo, Barga -
Bang in the middle of Barga life! da Aristo's is a bar with a difference. Ask for a piatto freddo and Marino will slice you a special selection of hams, salami, pecorino cheese and his special "linchetto" which you can eat indoors or at the tables in the piazza with a glass of his local red wine. A venue for impromptu music by many of the talented local musicians. - Bargadining

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Caffe Capretz, Barga -
Sadly in need of a facelift. The outdoor area under the loggia has some atmosphere but inside none. Basic tourist food and pricey. - Bargadining

Pictures of this restaurant (1)La Mocchia, Barga -
la Mocchia da Lorenzo is a traditional country Osteria, with good local food, and a great atmosphere. Slightly off the beaten track..it is worth seeking out. The antipasto is gorgeous. Tagliata di manzo cooked on Lorenzo's wood oven is a must. Excellent wines and a great bar - Bargadining

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Fratelli Lucchesi, Barga -
Caffe Lucchesi is the place for your coffee. The pastries are freshly made in the pasticceria by the Lucchesi brothers. Choose from delicious brioche (croissants) fresh fruit tarts and savouries. Always busy (closed Mondays) wth locals stopping off to collect their pastries. Cross the road from the post office, down the steps and you will find Caffe Lucchesi. - Bargadining

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Osteria Angelio, Barga -
l'Osteria is in Piazza Angelio, the heart of Barga Vecchia. In summer the piazza is dominated by a stage for music concerts for all tastes, classical, blues, rock opera, jazz. L'Osteria serves excellent home cooked local dishes in a lively, friendly atmosphere. Try to get a seat out on the deck. An interesting starter is the "pecorino con miele e noce" (sheeps cheese with honey and walnuts) try the "tagliata di manzo con erbete" (sliced grilled steak with herb oil dressing) with the "torte rustiche" (vegetable quiche) The house wine is excellent. - Bargadining

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Da Lorietta, Cerretoli -
Possibly the best restaurant in the area. exceptional food - Mike poulson

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Hotel Il Casone, Casone di profecchia -
This hotel appears to be on the market if you are interested http://www.realpointitaly.com/property/italian-property-tuscany-ITU1504.html - Admin

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Il Garfagnino, Borgo a Mozzano -
Excellent local home made and fresh food, at great value (Quarter litre of good house wine at just over 1 euro!). Had trout and roast lamb, both done to perfection (05/04/07). And not a plastic table cloth in sight! - Rael

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Il Ponte, Barga -
This is a convenient little place in the heart of Barga. We have always eaten well enough here but it is not special. - Garfagnana Food

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Ristorante il Nuraghe, Pisa -
We have eaten here only once, en-route to the airport and a little rushed. But the local clientele (always a good sign), atmosphere, friendliness and quality of food were excellent. Will definitely try again when we are passing. - Tim

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Ristorante il Nuraghe, Pisa -
Have dined here on two occasions, last time was Saturday evening 10 March. Staff welcoming and business-like. Sardinian specialities were good. Service fast, we will use again to get an early dinner before flying home to Stansted. - Dianne and Rob

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Bar Onesti, Barga -
Topped by Bar Lucchese, but convenient, being next to the bus stop. A bit tired. - Garfagnana Food

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Fratelli Lucchesi, Barga -
The best coffee bar in Barga, by a country mile. Best pastries, best coffee, best ice cream, best room, nice terrace, clean loos, friendly staff; what more can you ask? - Garfagnana Food

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Targa Bistrot (was Caffe Concerto), Florence -
Truly a delightful experience. Attentive staff, great food, lovely dining room. This is a real gem. But it is pricey. - Garfagnana Food

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Osteria Baralla, Lucca -
This is another firm favourite of ours. Really friendly service, excellent food, tasteful dining room. Centrally located, just off fillungo. Great Value. - Garfagnana Food

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Ristorante osteria del gambero rosso, Collodi -
If you are visiting the park celebrating the pinocchio story, this is a good alternative to the restaurants inside the park. It is only a few minutes walk away. - Garfagnana Food

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Ceragetta, Capanne (Isolasanta) -
Tucked out of the way in the hills above Castelnuovo, this restaurant takes its food very seriously. It is a set menu most of the time. The food is plentiful and it is frequently packed. But it has a huge dining room. - Garfagnana Food

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Il Flamingo, Gallicano -
Good all-round performance, a firm favourite. Pizzas are excellent. Good local dishes. Plastic chairs on the somewaht cramped veranda in the summer. - Garfagnana Food

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Il Garfagnino, Borgo a Mozzano -
This is a very basic pizzeria/restaurant. Good for large families. But the food is good if you can cope with `plastic table cloths`. - Garfagnana Food

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Da Giulio in Pelleria, Lucca -
A cavernous dining room welcomes tired feet on your walk around the fine old city of Lucca. Tucked away from the crowds it always pleases for good wholesome food. - Garfagnana Food

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Butterfly, Marlia -
We always enjoy eating here, especially for special occasions. Check the opening times, it is closed quite a lot. Food is exquisite and the dining room superb. Can be a bit pricey. - Garfagnana Food

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Buca di San Antonio, Lucca -
This is a sophisticated international class restaurant. As a consequence it loses some of the local charm but you can always be sure to eat well. Prices reflect the international standing and its prime location. Takes a summer holiday in August. - Garfagnana Food

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Buca dei Gracchi, Filecchio -
This is probably not somewhere you will pass. It is at the end of the road to Campocatino, but if you combine a walk in the high hills and a solid lunch, you will not be disappointed. This is wholesome rather than fine cooking. All typical of the area. Good value for money. - Garfagnana Food

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Al Barchetto, Turritecava -
Sister restaurant to Cantina, situated on the side of a man-made fishing lake. Does a fine BBQ. Big terrace for summer eating in the sunshine. - Garfagnana Food

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Cantina, Ghivizzano -
A firm favourite of ours. Always friendly. The food is excellent. Lunch is exceptional value for money. Pizza or antipasto di mare on the terrace on a hot evening is special. Wholesome soups in the snug dining room is very pleasant in winter. Has its own car park which is a bonus. - Garfagnana Food

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Terrazza, Albiano Barga -
When served (weekend and holiday evenings only) pizzas are the best for 20kms. Take-away service is available. Otherwise the restaurant is excellent value for money, wholesome and pleasant enough. Service is friendly, but can be slow if the restaurant is busy. House wines can be an acquired taste. If you are lucky, Sauro will be offering an `amuse` of focaccia with parmigiano. - Garfagnana Food

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Hotel Il Casone, Casone di profecchia -
High in the mountains, this is a ski resort in the winter and a delightfully cool retreat in the summer. Food is excellent, service friendly and good value for money. Really bustling in the winter, but worth the trip up the mountain in the summer too - and for the walk after lunch. - Garfagnana Food

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Mora, Ponte a Moriano -
This is our benchmark restaurant. It has yet to be beaten on quality, service, vfm. Outside the bustle of Lucca, it is nestled in a sleepy village, just beside the main road. The dining room is of the highest standard and there is a small terrace for hot summer evenings. Food is fabulous and beautifully presented. Extensive wine cellar from the enoteca attached. Very friendly and excellent service. I'm running out of superlatives. This is a `must visit` restaurant. - Garfagnana Food

Pictures of this restaurant (2)Il Pozzo, Pieve Fosciana -
A long-standing favourite of ours. The food is excellent and varied. The dining room inside and out is very comfortable. Pizzas are excellent. - Garfagnana Food

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Triti, Castelnuovo -
This long established restaurant has been generally good for us. Pizza's are a strength, but all round it scores well. Parking nearby can be an issue. - Garfagnana Food

Pictures of this restaurant (1)La Mocchia, Barga -
The best ristorante in Italia bravo lorenzo suluti di belfast Nick - Nick

Placeholder only, because there are no pictures of this restaurant (0)Il Tiro, Gallicano -
Dined here Oct/Nov 2006...with family from Cordoso...very very nice....owner lived in Manchester England..returned here....you must try it!!!!! - Ernie Laurenzi

Pictures of this restaurant (2)La Mora, Ponte a Moriano -
This is a long-term favourite of ours. The antipasto della casa is a must. Great wine cellar and sympathetic somelier. - Tim

Pictures of this restaurant (1)Il Ponte di Ceserana, Ceserana -
Claudio is a fine chef and always well worth a visit. A somewhat dull dining room, but the passion he puts into the food food makes up for it. It pays to phone ahead, especially if you want something special. - GF Admin

Pictures of this restaurant (1)La Credenza, Castelnuovo -
A very simple little pizzeria in the centre of Castelnuovo. Room and garden in the basement, not visible from the street. Pizza`s are great value for money, but the atmosphere and service are "basic". - Garfagnana Food

 
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