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Loc IL Merlo N 27, 53031 Casole d'Elsa, Italy
0577948638
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Molto Buono

We were shocked to be told that Vincenzo has retired (well deserved!), but Il Merlo's standards are being maintained by the new owner. The food is still fresh, well-cooked and presented following a very welcome complimentary glass of Prosecco. We look forward to our next visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
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Bamford, United Kingdom
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English first
Bourton-on-the-Water, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Not good, helpings way too large, mushrooms on my pizza out of a tin, couldn't taste the difference in the cheeses on my Quatro Formagio (4 cheese) very sloppy, my mothers dish would have fed an army.

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Bamford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We were shocked to be told that Vincenzo has retired (well deserved!), but Il Merlo's standards are being maintained by the new owner. The food is still fresh, well-cooked and presented following a very welcome complimentary glass of Prosecco. We look forward to our next visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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113 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

2 years since we last came , we drove past Il Merlo on our way in from the airport and booked for our first night. Vincenzo greeted us as warmly as ever - we ended up eating there 3 times over our holiday all meals were of a good standard whether it was the pizza's very generous portions and very... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in a villa in Casole d'Elsa for a week and came here 3 times - all were good both in terms of the value a food quality. The staff are also great and they speak good English. The wild boar pappardelle is the best pasta in my mind and they make great pizza. A nice touch is that... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

From our villa near Volterra we stumbled across this very well attended local & traditional looking Italian restaurant which to our pleasing turned out to be quite superb! Greeted upon our entrance by Vincenzo we found him to be very welcoming & throughout the whole experience nothing was too much trouble. It was quite apparent that many of the local... More 

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Bamford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Vincenzo has to be the most enthusiastic restauranteur in the area. His food is fresh, well cooked and presented and service is always with a smile. Every time we visit (twice this holiday) there is a high proportion of locals eating there and it is particularly welcoming for children. You wouldn't pick Il Merlo on its external appearance, but don't... More 

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London England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Just reading a previous review by someone who said it was the worst restaurant experience ever - find it had to believe but they must have been really unlucky. We found Il Merlo quite by accident while staying at the Aquaviva Hotel. We went because it was a 15 min walk from our hotel so my husband didn't have to... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We visited twice during our holiday and both times were treated with outstanding service, very family friendly and welcoming, by our second visit we were made to feel like one of the family.The view from our table was breathtaking. Our party of 12 were all very happy with our meal. A lot of local eating here as well as a... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We arrived about 20:20, two couples. The restaurant was about 1/3 full. We waited about 10 minutes when someone of the staff came to our table with the menu cards. We had to wait long again when we managed to catch Vincenzo (the owner). Before this Vincenzo took the orders from the neighbouring table who arrived later then us! We... More 

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Bruges, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Il Merlo looks outdated from the outside, has a very simple decor inside but the food is really good. We visited this place twice and were not disappointed. On both occasions there were several locals. There is good choice of starters, pasta, main dishes and desserts and the portions and quality were really nice. The wine was very good too.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Loc IL Merlo N 27, 53031 Casole d'Elsa, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Siena  >  Casole d'Elsa
  • Phone Number: 0577948638

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  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

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