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“La Bucaccia -- Second to None”
Review of La Bucaccia

La Bucaccia
Ranked #3 of 103 Restaurants in Cortona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$38 - US$42
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 30 November 2013

Hugging the Tuscan Hills near Arezzo is the little town of Cortona, and nestled in a building down the tiny medieval street, Via Ghibellina 17, to the left of the 13th century Palazzo Comunale in Piazza della Repubblica, is the RISTORANTE LA BUCACCIA with its Cucina Tipica Locale.

Stepping into the attractively inviting ambient restaurant, the wafting aromas from the kitchen tantalize your taste buds and draw you into the Epicurean experience of a lifetime. from the extensive menu and impressive wine list, you have delightfully delicious choices, followed by a wish you lived nearby to enable you to return for more… and more.

In addition to the ambience and outstanding menu, you will also be greeted by the gracious owners Romano Magi and wife Agostina who instantly make you feel like family. During our visit November 6, 2013, the benevolent owners offered all their lunch guests complementary prosecco and olio novello tastings, mozzarella which Romano “manufactured” in the dining room for our enjoyment and assorted homemade sausages, breads, and crackers. A novel way to taste the olio novello was by placing in a small dish oil pressed from green olives and oil pressed from black olives. First, you savored the green olives oil, then the black olives oil, and finally the marriage of the two -- delightful.

As we were leaving, when the Romano and Agostina heard us comment about the wonderful way to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, they asked us to return to our table in the dining room. Within seconds, they turned on revolving “starlights” accompanied by anniversary music and presented us with another round of prosecco and a freshly baked sweet treat embellished with a candle. This we shared with the other lunch guests. Romano also took several photos of us, some of which were creatively taken through a partially filled wine glass. To top off the totally perfect culinary experience, they gave us a 2007 vintage bottle of Tuscan wine to continue our anniversary celebration after we returned home.

From the meticulously neat kitchen and restrooms to the artfully decorated dining room, this many generations family-owned restaurant is truly a credit to those who began this Michelin-rated restaurant years ago and continued today. When you are in Tuscany, go to La Bucaccia; you will not be disappointed!

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Reviewed 24 November 2013

I was excited about eating my birthday dinner at one of the Top 100 restaurants worldwide per Newsweek. When we arrived, we did not feel welcome as it took several minutes for the female host (short dark hair) to pay attention to us even though we were the only ones standing at the entrance. The restaurant had a very quaint old-world décor which we enjoyed -- -until the restaurant filled and we were so cramped it was uncomfortable to sit at our table. Too many tables are in the main dining area and I feel bad for the couple that got the table right by the door. The food was good and the wine too. The server (long dark hair) was very pleasant. The male host was a bit over the top in terms of antics and loud behavior in such a small place. He did take pictures of people which they seemed to enjoy. Overall, we were disappointed. We had the feeling that it was our privilege to be there -- not their privilege to have us.

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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Our family of four, including 2 young children ate here in September and simply put: we felt unwelcomed. That, and the food was not that good. I ordered the Pici pasta and it was good - no doubt - but I didn't find it as extraordinary as the many people on TA who raved about the dish did. I also ordered their "three servings of pork" (I'm mis-stating the name, but I don't care to find out the correct name). Here's the deal: IT'S COLD PORK MEAT! I had a hard, dry, chewy, COLD shoulder of pork...ugh.
But what bothered me was it really seemed, from the moment we arrived, that the staff did not want us, with our two little children, to disturb the atmosphere. The restaurant is small - with only ~a dozen tables. So our toddler fussing, or our baby crying, was seemingly unacceptable as it might've disturbed other diners. Sorry, but when we travel, we have to eat to, and we like to try places highly rated by TA.
Bottom line: this place may be good for couples, or adults-only, but certainly not for families...and I simply did NOT find the food that appealing.

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Reviewed 11 November 2013

La Bucaccia had been recommended both on Trip Advisor and by regular visitors to Cortona, so we made a reservation via email and received a confirmation from Chef Agostina. When we arrived on time at the restaurant, the host, who in some reviews had been referred to as a "character" castigated us for missing our reservation, insisted that he'd never heard of us and that as a small restaurant our large group would be a big problem. Much of this conversation took place in Italian, and I did my best to explain back in Italian that we had a reservation, we had asked for and confirmed two tables (for easier service than 1 large one) and apologized over and over for any misunderstanding. Not a good start! Once we were seated all seemed fine, but when our food was presented the host proceeded with more over-the-top behavior, grinding pepper into our laps and carrying on with the kind of buffoonery that perhaps charms some visitors but which we found completely off-putting. When the dining room filled he continued a bit with his singing and loud joking, and then disappeared for awhile - we thought perhaps to take a breather and because not everyone was delighted with his antics. We actually wondered if he were drunk! Chef A. appeared in his place, was charming and quiet, and her food was very good...but his behavior made this a never-go-back choice for us. We asked our taxi driver and our hotel concierge about it later, and both said he was known for this, so it wasn't just our group failing to appreciate his approach. After hearing their comments I wondered if perhaps his whole schtick about missing our reservation was just part of the game, but in any case - there are better places to eat, without the clowning, in Cortona.

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3  Thank Anne M
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

We were meeting friends for lunch in Cortona, and referred to TripAdvisor for restaurant recommendations. We decided upon this restaurant based on reviews and were not disappointed! The glowing reviews for this restaurant are all true, and reflective of the exceptional food, service and charm on offer. The meals were presented with flair, and the menu truly reflects the Tuscan cuisine. The tiramisu is the best we have ever had - absolutely heavenly!

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