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“Best in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of La Vecchia Lira

La Vecchia Lira
Ranked #2 of 88 Restaurants in Volterra
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$16 - US$33
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Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Drinks, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Best in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

We have been coming to Volterra for around 10 years, 4 or 5 times a year, and have eaten in almost every restaurant in town. The top choice is, however, La Vecchia Lira. Time after time it never let's you down. I couldn't imagine coming to Volterra and not eating here. It is a member of the "Slow Food" movement-- always a good sign in Italy--and specialises in local dishes and ingredients. The menu changes with seasonal specials. We were there just a couple of days ago. I had the Zuppa di funghi porcini followed by Tagliolini al'astice (pasta with lobster). My husband started with the Tagliolini and then had the wild boar stew which he always says is the best he has tasted (and he has tasted a few). Excellent and reasonably priced wine list, specialising in local wines--though there is no need to look past a carafe of the excellent house wine.The restaurant is always busy no matter what time of year you go--and the clientele is largely local people, so it's better to book. It's closed Thursdays.

  • Visited October 2013
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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

We ate dinner here on two occasions, once with four people and the second time with seven times. Both times the dinners were absolutely fantastic, and for a very reasonable price. Everything we ate was perfect: the antipasti, the primi, the secondi, and the atmosphere also is terrific. Don't miss this place!

  • Visited September 2013
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Lovely place for an evening meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

Stumbled across this quaint little restaurant while staying near volterra and decided to go in for a meal, so pleased we did! The staff were very friendly and helpful, recommending wines etc and helping us decipher some of the more traditional dishes! My husband and I shared the traditional Tuscan sharing plate for starter and it was lovely. Would highly recommend it, although you do get a lot! For mains we both had the special of the day which was a pasta dish with mushrooms, cheese and 'sausage' of some sort... Again it was lovely! All in all a very lovely evening with lovely food, nice wines and a great atmosphere.

  • Visited September 2013
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Jerusalem, Israel
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lousy restaurant. Don't go there!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013

The food was not tasty, not fresh and expensive for a self-service restaurant. The courses were small and there was very little choice. They even had the nerve to charge us 4 Euros as "cuperto" although self-service restaurants are not supposed to charge "cuperto".
In short, stay away!

  • Visited August 2013
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Winchester / Hampshire
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“great difference between lunch and dinner experiences”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

I noticed a recently published review stating she was very disappointed with her experience at La Vecchia Lire. What I only recently appreciated is that the restaurant operates in 2 very different formats.

I had been previously and it was self-service and fairly underwhelming.

My wife then told me she had eaten an amazing meal there so I tried it again and had one of the best meals.

I think they do self-service at lunchtime to cater for business people, then the proper service in the evening.

Our evening was spent amidst many locals (police, families etc) and we had some fantastic pasta ( I had truffle shavings and prawn, my wife had Tagliata Fiorentina, one daughter had seafood gnocchi and the other had black squid spaghetti). All were superb and the house wine was great and reasonably priced.

Very personal service where the owner describes the menu and checks everyone is happy.

  • Visited August 2013
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