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“Best meal of our holiday”
Review of Il Gallo Giallo

Il Gallo Giallo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$33 - US$46
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best meal of our holiday”
Reviewed 5 August 2013

Il Gallo Giallo
This was our best meal during our one week stay in Tuscany, because the ambience, food and service all came together perfectly. Firstly, this restaurant is set within an idyllic spot, just off the main road between San Cascianio and Mercatale in Val di Pesa, surrounded by a serene garden, lovely views and located in a rustic Tuscan building with an open terrace. The service is family-based with the owner welcoming you and explaining the menu of the day. Our host was also very relaxed about our dog joining us on the terrace, which we appreciated. There is a good selection of traditional dishes such as Bruschetta, Crostini, and the famous steak, Bistecca Fiorentina. However, I was also pleased that special vegetarian dishes were on offer, such as a delicious Sformatino, a small Italian style soufflé made with vegetables and egg and topped with a tasty parmesan sauce. Our four main dishes were all excellent and creative, such as the pork skewers, home-made pasta and a local stewed beef, which was very tasty. At about 30 Euro per head, this place is well worth a visit, if you are in the Florence- Val di Pesa area. There is even a distant view of the city from the first floor of the building. The only slight negative was the lack of printed menu’s and any English translation, although English is spoken by the staff. Given all the good reviews, they may have to invest in such menus to please the growing number of foreign fans!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Barbara W
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Frederiksberg, Denmark
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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“Nice and cosy dinner in the countryside - worth the drive”
Reviewed 17 July 2013

We visited this restaurant based on the good ratings on Tripadvisor during a trip to San Casciano and were not disappointed. The restaurant is situated about 2 km outside of the city of San Casciano which makes it very easy to park your car, not having to worry about the "trafficante limitado zones" which are imposed in every Tuscan city. We were seated outside in nice and cosy countryside surroundings and had a very good meal and good service too. Every ingredient was fresh and the food had been well prepared. Try the Florentine steak which is simply delicious!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank kosmopolitten
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“Delicious”
Reviewed 14 June 2013 via mobile

My wife and I went here for dinner and the food was amazing! The atmosphere was great and the staff was so friendly. I will definitely be back and would recommend!

Visited June 2013
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Thank MCabanaUR
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Los Angeles, California
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very Good Food”
Reviewed 11 May 2013

This is the best place to eat in San Casciano in Val di Pesa. The food is like homemade bistro cooking and the service is excellent for Italian. Here in Tuscany every restaurant in the area offered the same mono food and after few different places becomes boring. Here and there almost the same with a little difference in the after test usually in result of the ingredients they use. I was surprised this year that most restaurants we visits here in Italy had this non pleasant after test commonly erupt from used of non-fresh products or cans. In this town that was the case for most of the place we visit but this one no. This one hit the spot with freshness and quality. Also people was friendly and the atmosphere is relaxing. It is a small restaurant/osteria not too expensive but it deserves way more attention than the tourist trap restaurants in the center of the town. We ate here two times and brought friends also. I recommend this place and we’ll go again soon.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Monsieur E
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Waterbury Center, Vermont
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“The Best in SC VdP”
Reviewed 10 May 2013

Nothing but the highest praise for the food, service, and ambience. The only issue would be for people who cannot manage to climb stairs as the dining room is upstairs and the kitchen occupies the ground floor. Our GPS was pretty useless to find this place but some friendly young guys in SC VdP pointed us in the right direction and the signage was good once we got there. The pasta was perfect, all three varieties we had. The wine list is great with many very tasty local wines at very reasonable prices. The decor is beautiful, welcoming for a gathering with friends or even for a romantic dinner for two.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank NorSkiVT
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