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“Excellent food in the countryside” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Villa Bordoni Restaurant

Villa Bordoni Restaurant
Via San Cresci 31 - 32, 50022 Greve in Chianti, Italy
39-055-8547453
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Price range: $46 - $79
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
San Diego, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Excellent food in the countryside”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

We ate here two nights while staying at the Villa Bordoni. The food was amazing. The first night we actually took a cooking class with the head chef, Colin. That was the highlight of our trip to Italy.

Cooking class. The cooking class had 7 people total. My wife and I and 5 other people. The whole group was really fun. We were in the kitchen and got hands on preparing a full five course meal. Starting with foccacia, then stuffed artichokes, then fresh pasta from scratch, then ossobusco (veal), and finally a tiramisu. Colin was very patient -- showed us all the techniques (which he kept simple so we could actually do them at home). And best of all he let us be very hands on. We marinated the veal, kneaded the pasta, pressed it through the machine, rolled it through the "quitara" to cut out the spaghetti, and more. It was truly awesome.

The whole thing took about four hours and then we drank a whole bunch of bottle of Chianti and white wine while having our fresh foccacia. After about an hour of that, we started into the meal which was amazing. The best meals we had in Italy so far. Tender veal, flavorful artichoke, really light and soft tiramisu. I mean, every dish was great. And the service to boot.

The second night we ordered off the regular menu. We got some friend zucchini flowers to start, I had some braised duck breast, and my wife had ravioli -- all awesome again. And the price actually was very reasonable for having a "captive" customer base in the middle of nowhere Tuscany. Very fair.

Hugo was our server and he was really friendly and helpful. In fact, everyone that works in that kitchen is really friendly and helpful. It's just a happy place. If you want to go see the Tuscan countryside go stay at Villa Bordoni and eat there (and take the cooking class). It will be the highlight of your trip.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Norwalk, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We ended up eating at the Villa Bordoni Restaurant each night of our 4 night stay. We ate in the restaurant twice, one we got room service after returning from a long day in Siena, and took the cooking class one afternoon, ending in dinner at the restaurant. Hugo, the maitre'd, and the other staff provided excellent service and are very knowledgeable about all of the food and wine. I wish I could have eaten everything on the menu!

Visited September 2012
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
“Best Service...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

having stayed in Villa Bordoni, we are always skeptical on hotel restraunts - nevery much of a big fan.

Villa Bordoni definitely break that tradition!

We had lunch once and dinner twice and all the times food was great..

For lunch we have a Caprese Salad and Cheese Platter - both were great but the red pepper chutney with the cheese was great.

for Dinner we had the Crispy Duck, Pesto Gnocci, Florentine Steak, various Pastas.. all the time the food was fresh and extremely tasty.

The aubergine pie with mozarella is also a must try...

To make things perfect their almond ice cream desert was amazing.

Overal great food with even better service especially from Hugo who was always a pleasure to talk to.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Whitstable
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Absolutely Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

I went here for lunch a few weeks ago and I have to say that it was one of the best meals I've ever had, just brilliant.
We sat outside on the terrace which had great views over the countryside. The service was attentive and friendly and the food was outstanding. Between the two of us we ate boar ragu, beef carpacio, confit duck, pan fried tuna, chocolate torte and almond semi-freddo. It was brilliant.
If you like good food, definitely go here!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful food paired with incredible, welcoming service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

My husband a I had an incredible lunch here. Hugo was so helpful and welcoming and the meal was one of the standouts we've had in Italy (which says a lot). We hope to come back to stay here on a future trip. Highly recommended!!

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