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Il Colombaio di Mariva Benucci

Loc. Colombaio, 53031 Casole d'Elsa, Italy
+390577948453
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Tongeren, Belgium
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Boulder, CO
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56 reviews 56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

This restaurant is not to be missed while visiting the Tuscan region of Italy. The food was authentic and fresh. The menu changes daily to honor the daily local fare. You could tell that everything was made just for you (made to order). The waitress/proprietor took our sons order first and got it started right away. While the restaurant was... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed the most delightful, intimate dinner, with our daughter and granddaughter the beginning of April. The restaurant had been recommended by the Concierge of Castello Di Casole, as she was aware that we were celebrating four significant, family birthdays. Our dinner could not have been more special. We were the only four people dining in the... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

I went here on a very quiet Wednesday evening in early April. It is low season here and we were the only diners. We were very well looked after; attentive and friendly without that feeling of being constantly watched. I am gluten-free and I was still very welcomed in the restaurant. They brought out special breads for me and clearly... More

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Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

This restaurant just out side Casole d'Elsa great food, even for a one star Michelin. We hade black gnocchi, fresh posts with lobster and pepper, duck raw and cooked, and pigeon with a wonderful tobacco and chocolate sauce. 

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London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Sitting just outside the delightful village this is one of the best restaurants in the entire area.The best options are the various set menu's, starting at 40 , we had the 55 euro menu, consisting of 5 courses plus amuse bouche, The pecorino soufflé was as light as anything ,the fish carpaccio full of flavour, the only issue was with... More

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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

I visited "Il Colombaio" on a hot night in August, having visited Florence and her museums for the whole day. It was a rewarding visit, that rounded off a wonderful day on Tuscan soil. The food in the restaurant is fresh, sourced locally and prepared according to the Tuscan tradition. The service is warm and informal. The wine list is... More

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