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Via Matteotti 19, 56048 Volterra, Italy
+39 (0)588 86180
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9:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Fri - Wed 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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  • 25
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pretty good quick lunch--oily!

We stopped here for lunch hearing it was cafeteria style and thinking it would be a nice quick meal. It wasn't too quick, which i don't mind, but all of the dishes were drowning in oil--it certainly didn't feel like a light or healthy meal, but all of the food was great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
DCTravelers69
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Arlington, Virginia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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Arlington, Virginia
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78 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We stopped here for lunch hearing it was cafeteria style and thinking it would be a nice quick meal. It wasn't too quick, which i don't mind, but all of the dishes were drowning in oil--it certainly didn't feel like a light or healthy meal, but all of the food was great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Lots of locals stopping in for lunch here. We picked up our trays and were hard pressed to choose between lasagne, beef stew and what we were told was "turkey." Everything looked delicious and fresh. The lasagne was melt in your mouth cheesy. The "turkey" did not appear to be that, but probably pork, perfectly seasoned with garlic and herbs... More 

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Home Sweet Home, USA
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

It was nice to go for a lunch on the run and be able to see and choose the food from the counter. The staff was very friendly and the food very good.

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Sunnyvale, California
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Cafeteria style, self service with home cooked food that was quite delicious. Price is good. Easy to find.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Unpretentious with nice quality food. Ideal for a quick lunch in volterra. Service is relaxed and friendly.

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Hove, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I've been visiting this value-for-money restaurant since it opened more than 10 years ago and the ever-inventive menu never disappoints. You will find the regular Tuscan dishes here like wild boar, but always something unexpected too. The fish and seafood is fresh and imaginatively prepared and served. Thanks to Lamberto and Massimo and their hard-working cook, Patrizia, the experience is... More 

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Tring, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

La Vecchia Lira is friendly, food excellent local cuisine created from locally sourced produce (also good wine). One member of the group is vegetarian but the chef was always prepared to adapt dishes to suit each requirement. Excellent value. During our stay in Volterra we tried one other restaurant but soon realised that Vecchia Lira was our favourite and returned!

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Chino Hills, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

A great meal and a nice setting. The food and the staff were top notch. Would return as we enjoyed this wonderful hill town.

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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

Dropped in for a quick lunch on a recommendation of a friend. They have a selection of sandwiches and a hot table and specials. We had the tripe (simply tender and delicious if you like tripe) and tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms (excellent fresh pasta). Shared a amall carafe of the house red all for under 20 euros. Definitely worth a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you go to Volterrra you have to stop for meal at "la vecchia lira" where you can find a friendly atmosphere and taste typical and excellent Tuscan food.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Matteotti 19, 56048 Volterra, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Pisa  >  Volterra
  • Phone Number: +39 (0)588 86180

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?