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“Food good, sommelier excellent, stroppy waitress” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Vineria i Santi - CLOSED

Vineria i Santi
Via dell' Anfiteatro, 29/a | 55100 - Lucca, Lucca, Italy
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Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: An indiviually styled restaurant, Tuscan wine and food
London
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62 reviews 62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
“Food good, sommelier excellent, stroppy waitress”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

Clearly proof that if you want good food in Italy, go a step away from the main piazza into somewhere that looks shut. If you try Vineria I Santi you will not be disappointed with the high quality ingredients - I even got excited by the spring onions. The wine list is good too, wielded by a chap who knows what he is doing. The only downside was getting past the waitress who was at best inattentive, at worst a bulldog slurping on a wasp. We were there for lunch, maybe she has warmed up by evening service. However, when we said we'd been there to a local friend, his response was "ah yes, good place but stroppy"

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Charlotte
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Enchanting restaurant - Excellent Meal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

My husband and I just returned from Lucca and had the best meal at I Santi! It was the best meal we had in all of Lucca. The atmosphere of the restaurant was charming and the food was fresh and different then the other restaurants we had dinner at. The Pesto has to be the best in all of Italy! The service was perfect, not too attentive and didn't leave us alone for too long without checking in. The prices are very reasonable and absolutely fair. I am only sorry we did not go back our last night instead of where we went, cause our meal was not half as good! Thank you I Santi for a very memorable evening.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cornwall
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Sophisticated dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

Visited this little restaurant hidden in Lucca and we were treated to a fantastic meal.
Unlike the majority of restaurants there was some invention on the menu with beef tartare, a fantastic take on Caprese and delicious wine by the glass.
Great food reasonably priced. (around 45 Euros pp inc. wine)

  • Visited September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Eccleshall, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great food and excellent wine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

We visited this place twice while in Lucca. The first time for a bottle of wine, which was excellent. The choice of wine here is wide and very high quality, which I believe is where I Santi has built it's reputation. Whilst enjoying our wine we saw some food come out (specifically the mozzerella) which looked amazing, so we decided to visit again another time.

The food on the second visit lived up to our expectations. The mozzerella was indeed amazing, the freshest, creamiest and tastiest we had in Lucca. We also had steak tatare and roast pork with rosemary, washed down with another great bottle of wine - which was all delightful. The wine was chosen by Leonardo (manager/head waiter) who clearly knows his wine.

All in all - defintely worth a visit if you are in Lucca and like you food and wine!

Richard, UK

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Eastern Shore, Maryland
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302 reviews 302 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 103 cities Reviews in 103 cities
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
“Going American”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

We had read some good reviews... and it was close by as we were finishing up the morning half of our touring around Lucca. It was hot... but we managed to get a shaded outside seating.

We decided to go a little light on lunch... and went for two standards that we often have at home... tuna & beans and chicken caesar salad. Sounds simple... but they took both dishes to a higher level than what we get home. The tuna was blended with olive oil... the beans super creamy... with a nice blend of fresh tomatoes and onion. Then came the salad... with flavorful poached chicken, fried dough pieces, croutons, shaved parmesan, homemade dressing... AND the best bacon we've ever had. We washed it all down with a nice local white.

And a quiet setting... away from the crowds.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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