Chez L’Ami Jean

This legendary Basque bistronomique is a longstanding favorite. While prices run high, the portions are incredibly generous, and you don’t need to order much to leave feeling incredibly full. The setting is casual and friendly. Servers wear jeans and their own clothes. Arrive early and order a glass of wine for an aperitif and it will come with a small plate of sliced cured sausage. The … Continue reading Chez L’Ami Jean

Septime

Spare industrial chic, this beautiful unpretentious restaurant offers incredible value. Consider it one of the leaders of the bistronomique movement. The constantly changing fixed price five course lunch is a steal for this now starred restaurant. Service is friendly and accommodating. Garden fresh vegetables are a focal point. Raw Albacore is anchored by colorful roasted beets. Foie Gras in Lobster Broth, is a decadent duo, … Continue reading Septime

Golossary: Bistronomique

Probably one of the best things to happen to French food in the last few decades, the bistronomique movement sparked a renaissance of revitalized restaurants. Often tied to the birth of La Regalade, the bistronomique trend began when some of Paris’s top chefs abandoned their posts at fine dining restaurants and opened small casual bistros that were much less expensive. Many of these new restaurants have … Continue reading Golossary: Bistronomique

Settembrini

This sprawling café, cocktail bar and restaurant takes up nearly a full city block on the heavily trafficked Via Settembrini, but divided into distinctly different spaces, each maintains a unique character. The restaurant is a quite oasis, an elegant shift from the busy street. The décor is classy but personal, with a blackboard on one wall listing wines by the glass, and quirky books, beakers and … Continue reading Settembrini

Spring

Spring is a hip and happening modern restaurant. The dining room hums with activity, as crowds come to enjoy the wonderful updated French food. Tables are arranged closely around the small open kitchen, while servers expertly navigate the narrow spaces between tables. The hum of activity adds excitement to a menu full of surprises. In fact there isn’t a menu, the chef just cooks and … Continue reading Spring

David Toutain

Sophisticated, refined and elegant. It’s French with a strong Japanese accent. An Asian aesthetic carries through to a minimalist décor inspired by nature. Service is polished and professional, and with lots of space between tables, nothing will distract you from the food which demands your attention. Let them start you off with a glass of champagne, it is a gorgeous rose, and will set the … Continue reading David Toutain

Casa del Prosciutto

Locally “famous,” Casa del Prosciutto enjoys a strong reputation. This is the essence of Tuscan cuisine; meat, cured and grilled. It is a convivial little restaurant divided into multiple rooms. The downstairs is friendly and warm, upstairs is obviously overflow, crowded with harsh lighting and little charm. But sit at the entry and you can watch the staff at work, slicing salumi, pouring after dinner … Continue reading Casa del Prosciutto

Osteria Le Panzanelle

After the overdose of German, French, Dutch and English conversations you’ve heard at the tables of the other restaurants of Chianti, it is worth giving Osteria Le Panzanelle a try. Yes, you will still find tourists here. But you will also find Italians, lots of them; they come here for the great value. This small restaurant in a tiny town between Panzano and Radda in … Continue reading Osteria Le Panzanelle