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“Tucked away but worth searching out.”
Review of Il Vescovino

Il Vescovino
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Italian food restaurant specialized in local Tuscan products with the best view in the Chianti region.
Reviewed 12 October 2013

The soufflé with pear salad is a starter that is worth making a journey for. Friendly service and a fabulous view from the terrace. Food presentation is well above average, this combined with locally sourced produce and good cooking makes this restaurant worth searching out.

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Reviewed 9 October 2013

Great food, good service, good price. Perfect location, a terrace shaded by a tree, with view over tuscan wineyards and hills.

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Reviewed 14 September 2013

First of all, I've never had pigeon before. It was wonderful! Definitely the best meal we had in Panzano yet. It was quiet, the staff was friendly and helpful, and all of our meals were excellent. . Although definitely Italian, it seemed to have a hint of French cuisine - loved it.

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Reviewed 11 September 2013

A lot of reviewers praise the views from this restaurant. As it was evening, we couldn't see more than the lights in the valley. So I take it that the views are nice. The food though, was very well prepared. The starter - liver terrine - was spot on and the main course - pigeon - was perfectly cooked. This is really fine dining. This restaurant has also a very good wine list of which we had the 2005 Castell' in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva (the last bottle, as it appeared). I think this is one of the best restaurants in Panzano. I don't give full marks because the staff - although they probably do their best - do not create a very friendly atmosphere.

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Thank Sneaky_Pete66
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

I have been going to Il Vescovino for longer than I often care to admit (since 1991). Over the years the place surely has changed but the past few years, under Mario and his team, the food has generally improved. This establishment, in the upper part of Panzano, is housed in a building that is said to date back to the 13th century. The interior is in the Chianti style, with an arched ceiling, wooden beams and terracotta tiled floor. However, the real gem is Il Vescovino’s terrazza panaramica which faces the Conca d’Oro and provides a truly marvelous view and dinning experience on a warm evening as the sun goes down. If you reserve, ask for the table in the TripAdvisor picture, and get ready to be mesmerized.

My wife and I particularly enjoy the fish main which is prepared in what I believe is a Neapolitan style, simple and carefully cooked. One needs to go a long way from Panzano to get better fish in Tuscany (i.e. Florence). The pasta dishes (particularly the lasagna, the eggplant and the fresh pasta with boar sauce) are top drawer, as are the beef carpaccio and steak Florentina. The wine list is good and fairly priced however, we have found the house wines to be quite satisfactory and super value for money.

In the past three years, we have spent in the order of 40 days in Panzano and eaten at Il Vescovino 7 times. It is the one place we look forward to eating at as the service, food and view are all but impossible to match in Panzano. We believe it to be the one eating establishment that should not be missed. Thank you Mario and staff for making our evening on 30 August so memorable.

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