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“Perfect in every way”

Ristorante Villa Bongi
Ranked #49 of 585 Restaurants in Lucca
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $33 - $54
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Villa Bongi is located about 7 km from the walls of Lucca in an old farmhouse that in the past has served as a convent, a summer retreat and even as a refuge for locals during the Second World War. The menu comprises a mix of modern and traditional Tuscan cuisine with a focus on fresh seasonal ingredients. The wine list includes a wide selection of local and Tuscan wines as well as some of Italy's finest drops. The restaurant is closed on tuesday.
London, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Perfect in every way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012 via mobile

Whilst in Lucca, you MUST go to Villa Bongi. It is about a 15 min drive from centre of Lucca along a very windy, narrow, dirt track but very much worth it. The views back down the hill a breathtaking. Sitting on the terrace with linen tablecloth and impeccable service you will fell like you are on a movie set. Value for money is excellent. Sunday lunch for 20 euros includes antipasti, entree, main, desert, water and half bottle of wine per person. Quality of food is mouthwateringly superb. Ingredients are all fresh and seasonal. The perfect and unforgettable dining experience.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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194 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Best meal in Italy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2012

We booked this restaurant months in advance based on reviews on TA. We found it quite difficult to locate but were so glad we persevered. It turned out to be the best meal of our honeymoon, no mean feat when you consider the amazing meals we had during our 3.5week trip. The villa is delightful, set in wonderful countryside in a little village outside of Lucca. It looks deserted. We park, walk through the gardens to the back and tentatively walk inside. We figure out the restaurant must be upstairs. We enter the room and are greeted by Marco, the owner. The room is cosy. We are the only customers. Marco soon hits his stride, we are charmed and enchanted by his personality and love of food and wine. We chat about Australia - where we had lived for 25 years and he had lived for a number of years too - we chat about food, chefs, restaurants, life in general. A few more people wander in. We opt for the degustation entree - an inspired choice it turns out - mushroom bouillon - absolutely sublime!! polenta with cheese and truffle, a mousse of capsicum, polpete, cold cuts of sausage, olives, the best home made bread. I had the main course of tordelini lucchese - bloody brilliant, again inspired. My husband had the fried chicken and rabbit which was nice but a little dry. We had wild boar with grilled polenta. We shared the most amazing catalan carmel with a creamy custard in another bowl - wow!!!! Didn't want the night to end. Such a very reasonable price. Do yourselves a favour, go there.

  • Visited April 2012
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Savannah, GA
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Still Number One”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2012

Remains my favorite restaurant in all of Italy - whole world! The service and ambience are splendid, the location is still breath-taking and the food is still solidly in the to-die-for category.
We took a taxi from Lucca - about a 12 minute ride - and enjoyed the Sunday Afternoon Villa Bongi Experience. Leigh helped us select a killer wine and one of us chose the set Sunday menu while the the other just grazed. There was a sampler of anti-pasti (every one a masterpiece) and then a choice of perfect pasta and then a roasted pork of exquisite tenderness served with roasted potatoes. My friend tried a cheese melange that was generous and perfectly balanced and then the all-veg pasta that really sang sweet Italian love songs. My freshly-baked pear cake dessert still provides Villa Bongi dreams. Marco continues to come up with menus that are representative of the region but incredibly varied and enticing. We seemed to be the only guests who arrived in a taxi and spoke more English than Italian - it is a joy to get out of town a "little ways" and dine with Italians....truly.

  • Visited April 2012
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“Unique views, food, and hospitality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

Go for Sunday pranzo so that you can savor the views across the valley and the beautiful garden along with the food. The road there is challenging, but it is worth hiring an experienced local taxi driver in Lucca to take you there...it's only a short ride from central Lucca. Leigh and Marco are warm and accommodating hosts, and the food is exceptionally good at exceptionally reasonable prices. No pretense. Just good stuff.

  • Visited April 2012
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Off the map”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012 via mobile

We drove to it on Thursday April 18, 2012 around 8:00 PM. The road to the restaurant is tight and winding even by Italian standards. After arriving and seeing only one other car, we decided to leave as it would have been difficult to get out even on one glass of wine. Locals told us it was recently re-opened and although we wanted to explore and give it a try it is just too far out for a late night drive on such tight winding roads.

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