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Osteria del Leone

Via dei Mulini, 3, 53027 Bagno Vignoni, Italy
+39 0577 887300
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Price range: $33 - $65
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Osteria del Leone, as documents testify, has always been part of the life of this ancient village. Located in one of the town’s oldest houses on the corner of Via dei Mulini and the square with the thermal pool, it has four welcoming, hospitable rooms and an enclosed garden, able to seat a total of 70 people.The restaurant is characterized by a large entrance area with an antique bar, followed by three comfortable, brightly-colored rooms decorated with local nineteenth-century furniture and spacious, well-appointed tables set a reasonable distance apart, accommodating up to 40 people. In the summer, a pleasant inside garden, cool, well-kept, and protected from the elements, can hold another 30 people.The menu features flavorful typical Tuscan cooking and changes more or less monthly to keep up with the changing seasons, but always maintaining some “classics,” local specialties like the hand-rolled long strands of pasta called “pici,” served for example with garlic sauce, or perfectly grilled Florentine beefsteak, according to some connoisseurs among the best in the area. A variety of goat’s-milk and sheep’s-milk Tuscan cheeses and homemade desserts, accompanied by a nice selection of dessert wines and liqueurs, bring the meal to a close.The wine list contains about 250 labels, with a broad selection of the best Tuscan wines. Montalcino and Montepulciano are well-represented, of course, but other fine Italian wines are not neglected; all the wines can also be bought in the nearby Enoteca del Leone.The staff is very courteous, young and pleasantly informal.
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65% Recommend
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English first
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We traveled to Bagno Vignoni to eat at Osteria del Leone on our recent trip to Tuscany due to a recommendation from a good friend and fellow San Francisco foodie (err food snob). First off, Bagno Vignoni is a wonderful spot to visit. Some of the photos don't do the area justice. Suggest taking an hour or so before your... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I ate at Osteria del Leone with a large group on a recent trip to Tuscany, and we had a wonderful time. We ate outside on the back patio under the shade of trees next to the ancient walls of the restaurant. Such a picturesque location in a beautiful historic village. The food was just spectacular. I started with a... More

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McComb, Mississippi
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

This was easily not only the worst, but also the most expensive meal we had the misfortune to eat during our three week stay in Italy. The lamb was all fat, gristle and bone with no edible meat to be found. The fish was tasteless and rubbery. When I told the waiter our meal was terrible he said, "thank you"... More

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5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I rarely write poor reviews, but the meal we had here must be shared. My husband ordered grilled lamb, oh yuk was 3/4 fat with small amount of meat! This was the worst dish, but even the other 3 dishes were not very nice. I saw on their window outside they were Michelin rated??, how can that be. Note beware... More

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New York City, New York
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75 reviews 75 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

My wife and I had lunch here after visiting the town of Bagno Vignoni. We sat out on the courtyard, which was lovely. We had a pasta dish and the steak. The pasta was very good, with fresh ingredients. The meat simply prepared but absolutely fantastic.

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99 reviews 99 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I had a vague recollection of having had a wonderful meal here about ten years ago while traveling in Tuscany, so made a point of making a reservation upon a recent trip alone to Italy. I wish I'd made other plans. On a busy enough Friday night, I was sloughed off at a table by the refrigerator near the bar.... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

I love Bagno Vignoni and the concierge at Lucignello d'Asso had recommended this restaurant. We were 12 so a large group for a small restaurant. We ordered 2 courses and the food was good if a bit slow. The food is traditional with a reasonable choice on the menu. The meals were well cooked and the wine list was reasonable.... More

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

The service was friendly and well timed, the staff was knowledgable and attentive, the food was nicely presented and was excellent...this would be a 5 for the food...it was so good that I ate there twice...unusual for me...and the food was just a good, if not a bit better, the second time; first night...tripe with pecorino on toast and pasta... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Nestled in the beautiful old Roman spa of Bagno Vignoni the owner of our hotel in San Giovanni D'Asso inisted on driving us to this, one of his favorite restaurants (excluding his own of course). We weren't disappointed - a wonderful menu, we entrusted the wine selection to the waiter and enjoyed an fantastic meal. Well worth the effort to... More

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

We stopped by for lunch and had the truffle pasta, it was amazing, the waiter that served us recomended an excelent wine, and after we had desert which was also incredible. All of this on the small terrace in the back, lovely

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