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Il Colombaio di Mariva Benucci

Loc. Colombaio, 53031 Casole d'Elsa, Italy
+390577948453
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Holmdel, New Jersey
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65 reviews 65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This place has a high rating, but also has the pricing to go with it. It is very similar to a high end NYC restaurant, with presentation being more important than value. If you are into the sommelier tasting your $150 euro bottle of wine to tell you it's good, then be my guest. Food was very good, service was... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

What constitutes excellence? Others could take lessons from this warm inviting country chic atmosphere. You are greeted warmly, the menu is presented and discussed and the owner and staff engage you as long lost friends even if this is your first visit. The tasting menus were excellent and even if you have food concerns (gluten) they adapt to any need.... More

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Erding, Germany
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Found it 15 years ago in the Gambero Rosso and go back there year after year. It is not that easy any more for me to find things on the menu as I turned vegetarian 7 years ago, plus I stopped drinking any alcohol back then, but I can still say that their wine cellar is one of the best... More

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Porto, Portugal
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Wonderful meal chez Il Colombaio. We got the 80 eur menu that, from the beginning to the end, was very good, namely the "fiori di zucchini", the fresh pasta with lobster, the cold and hot foie gras, the pigeon and the dessert. Although the restaurant is very well situated, it has no view and the decoration is not "high standard"... More

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Spokane, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Enjoyed a fabulous meal last night. From the moment we arrived we were treated with impeccable service; warm and gracious and charming. The food and wine were out of this world. In all of our travels in Italy this meal stands above all others. Very sophisticated menu. On the expensive side, but worth it. A fantastic find, and we look... More

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Valletta, Malta
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44 reviews 44 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We tried the tasting menu. The food was very different, interesting and good. The service was good. Pity the place was empty as made the atmosphere a bit dull... Off the beaten track but worth a visit if around and want a meal different from most in Tuscany

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Tongeren, Belgium
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

As a one star restaurant is, service perfect. Personnel very friendly and well trained in what they do. Wine list, all top wines of the region are on it and price isn't over the limit. Foot, strange combinations of sauces with licorice candy and koffie. Not everybody's taste, but those who like it again a surprise. They use all the... More

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

What a gem! A quiet spot with some of the best food I have ever tasted. It's relatively pricey (hey, it has a star!) but well worth it. GREAT food, good service and a wonderful spot.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We only found this place on the last night of a one week holiday near Casole d'Elsa - shame! Fantastic food, good service but not obtrusive, huge choice of wines. The souffle which I had was perfect,soup delicious, my wife's pigeon with lavender and liqourice a great combination of flavours. The hot and cold foie gras was also excellent. Some... More

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Peak District
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Now that chef Vincenzo di Grande has returned to Il Colombaio the food is first class. It is very well cooked and presented (Michelin recommended) but in my opinion this type of cuisine you could not partake of every night. The owner Mariva has realised that not everyone needs or can afford this type of meal, e.g.55 - 80 euros... More

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