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Il Colombaio di Mariva Benucci

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Loc. Colombaio, 53031 Casole d'Elsa, Italy
+390577948453
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellence in Paesa Casole

Truthfully, we should have discovered this gem sooner - the ambience, the food and the wine all work together to produce a deeply satisfying dinner in the small hilltown (paesa) of Casole d'Elsa. The four of us had the Il Colombaio degustazione menu for 55 euros each. Compared to many world class... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 9, 2014
sunnyboy9
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singapore
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

The first time we came here, everything was perfect, the food, the service, the ambiance. The second time, we went for dinner and it was chilly inside, and the food was a great disappointment. I've never seen such a minute portion of fois gras on a plate and for 22 euro, it was a bit ridiculous. The pidgeon was also... More 

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singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Truthfully, we should have discovered this gem sooner - the ambience, the food and the wine all work together to produce a deeply satisfying dinner in the small hilltown (paesa) of Casole d'Elsa. The four of us had the Il Colombaio degustazione menu for 55 euros each. Compared to many world class city restaurants, this is 40% less expensive and... More 

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Holmdel, New Jersey
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83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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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Address: Loc. Colombaio, 53031 Casole d'Elsa, Italy
Phone Number: +390577948453
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Siena  >  Casole d'Elsa

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  • Address: Loc. Colombaio, 53031 Casole d'Elsa, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Siena  >  Casole d'Elsa
  • Phone Number: +390577948453

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