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“Excellent for family lunches” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Vecchia Lira

La Vecchia Lira
Via Matteotti 19, 56048 Volterra, Italy
+39 (0)588 86180
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Ranked #4 of 71 Restaurants in Volterra
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
germany
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24 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent for family lunches”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

At lunch this unpretentious and friendly place is partly self-service which requires you to adapt rather quickly, get the idea of the place, and make your choices on the hoof. If you get it right this formula is rather an advantage. If, like us, you are on a passing visit to Volterra and want to eat something quickly, but with a modicum of atmosphere and culinary satisfaction, the place is even perfect. It is the local seat of the Slow Food association so it is perfect to sample local produce like cheese and sausages, and the rest of the food is honest and good value. The staff are cheerful and friendly in a Tuscan way - some good-humoured banter is always to be expected.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Calumet, Michigan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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“Pure Italian, total enjoyment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Owner,Lamberto, greeted us and made it a fabulous evening. Had the special of carbonara with black truffles...outstanding. We figured it was going to be good when the local police stopped in to pick up dinner! Nice atmosphere in center of Volterra. Don't miss this.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rome, Italy
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3 restaurant reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Absolutely Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this restaurant. We had both lunch and dinner there and both were not only delicious but excellent value. The staff was welcoming and friendly, and happy to explain all the dishes on the menu. I highly recommend trying some typical Volterra cuisine here such as wild boar (they even serve pigeon if you're feeling adventurous….)

However if you go on a Friday or Saturday night I recommend making a reservation because this place fills up quickly with the locals.

All in all, do not leave Volterra without eating here

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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volterra
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“Our favourite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

No question this is the best restaurant in town. They serve very original dishes and aren't bound
to the usual traditional Tuscan fare. They do, however, make a point of using local organic
produce and research local wines very carefully. The staff/owners are great - nothing is too
much trouble.

We live in Volterra so go regularly and are never disappointed.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mesa, Arizona
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“Authentic, generous and delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This was a Claudia of Podre Marcampo dinner recommendation and did she know what she was talking about. The restaurant is in Volterra and easy to get to. All the the portions were so generous especially the appetizer variety sample plates. We sat all the way in the back of the restaurant, as it was deceivingly large. It was like having the whole place to ourselves, quite a dining experience. Local fare of truffles and wild boar were the highlight of the evening. The soup was fantastic. We ended the meal with the best lemoncello after dinner drink we have ever had. So much so we have gone online to find it. The cost of the dinner was very reasonable. Their was a slight language barrier because none of us speak Italian but the wait staff were patient and did everything they could to overcome any language barriers. It proved not to be a problem. It was really one of the best Tuscan dinner experiences of our trip.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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