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La Porta del Chianti

Piazza Castelli 10 | Localita San Gusme, 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga, Italy
+39 0577 359036
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Price range: $19 - $32
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Best meal we had in Italy -- you must list this restaurant!
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Palo Alto, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

I had an amazing lunch today at this excellent restaurant in San Gusme. The food was cooked perfectly, the service was excellent, and the ambiance was perfect. I had a pasta with seafood cooked in a Sicilian style but in a unique manner that I have never expeinced before. It was delicious!! The canoli desert was also delicious and unique.... More

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Boxtel, The Netherlands
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

After 3 weeks of Tuscany it was need to see some different dishes from sicily. the food was delicious and the little place san gusme was very nice. I had the cannoli dolci which was delicious. People who think the owner is not friendly do not understand his humor. We loved it and come back if we are in the... More

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Chappaqua, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We were recommended to come here by our American friends and we loved it so much we came back again! We never ordered off the menu. Agostino brought us course after course of delectable food. And what a beautiful presentation! We had an amazing time. Loved meeting his 2 sons and his wife Francesca. Amazing rolls Francesca! And thanks for... More

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We ate the first night on recommendation and 3 of the four courses were good (1 was sent back for another option). Service was OK, but a bit slow and the owner (apparent) was not the most friendly. As we had been in tuscany for a week and wanted something very close, gave it another shot on our last night... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This has always been an attractive restaurant, with its vaulted ceilings and location in the charming little village of San Gusme. However, it is now under new management and we very much enjoyed the hospitality and Sicilian cooking of the new, Sicilian owners. We've travelled through Sicily and not had better Arancini or Pasta all Norma, the food was really... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Travelling throughout Tuscany with 6 people from the US we were recommended to eat at La Porta del Chianti... it was a terrific dining experience. We were welcomed by Agostino (owner) and he offered to select the entire meal for us and every one of the 6 courses was better than the previous one. Just amazing, we spent almost 4... More

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Houston, Texas
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78 reviews 78 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We traveled with a group in the wine trade, and had a couple of preplanned meals booked at La Porta. Sicilian owner Augustino looks after the front of the restaurant and is ready to accommodate any request with a smile. His wife Francesa is the chef, and seems to be miracle worker behind the scenes. Simple, perfectly cooked dinners are... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We ate at this restaurant on three occasions over two weeks in August 2013. It is under new management which must be borne in mind when reading reviews prior to about March 2013. There were 9 of us present on each occasion ranging in age from 7 to 74. The first two meals were excellent, but the third was quite... More

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Bend, Oregon
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82 reviews 82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

It's difficult to get a bad meal and bad service in Tuscany, but this one hits both qualities. Under new ownership this season, it truly was so disappointing because in years past it used to be a favorite for locals and visitors. Staff not adequately trained and certainly not gracious in the way one expects in this area. I will... More

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We love the fried rabbit at this restaurant. We first ate here 4years ago when we spent a month in Italy. We went weekly as it was very close to our villa. We returned this fall for 2 months and ate there 8 times. Never had a bad meal.

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