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“Perfect pasta in a perfect city”

Restaurant La Stella
Ranked #56 of 130 Restaurants in San Gimignano
Price range: $18 - $83
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Il Ristorante La Stella è un tipico e grazioso ristorante situato nel centro della splendida San Gimignano, in provincia di Siena. Il paese è immerso nella suggestiva campagna toscana, posizionato su un colle dal quale si può ammirare tutta la Val d’Elsa.Il locale offre ai propri clienti un ambiente rustico e familiare, con ampie sale dove poter gustare con tranquillità le migliori prelibatezze della cucina toscana. Primi piatti con pasta fatta in casa e sughi di carne o di funghi, secondi piatti a base di arrosti e carni alla brace, e una lista dei vini davvero ampia (tra cui spicca l’ottima Vernaccia), sono le specialità che propone a turisti e residenti.Aperto a pranzo e a cena e chiuso il mercoledì, il ristorante offre menu turistici e stagionali.The Restaurant La Stella is a typical and charming restaurant located in the heart of beautiful San Gimignano, near Siena. The village is nestled in the picturesque Tuscan countryside, situated on a hill from which you can admire the Val d'Elsa.The restaurant offers its guests a rustic family atmosphere, with spacious rooms where you can enjoy peace of mind with the best of Tuscan cuisine delicacies. Pasta with homemade pasta and meat sauce or mushrooms, main dishes of roast and grilled meats, and a very large list of wines (most notably the excellent Vernaccia), are the specialty that offers to tourists and residents.Open for lunch and dinner and closed on Wednesdays, the restaurant offers seasonal and holiday menus.
Reviewed October 13, 2012

After one week traveling along the Tuscany, this was the best pasta with truffles I have tried in my life. My wife ordered a spaghetti ao ragu that was also tasty and perfectly cooked. This is a not to be missed place, in a not to be missed city.

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We keep returning to La Stella, in San Gimignano, because we love the food, for one thing, and also the young people who operate the restaurant. The food is typical, hearty Tuscan fare, cooked in the traditional Tuscan way, simple, tasty and healthy. We spend time in San Gimignano every year, and we eat at La Stella at least once a day!
La Stella feels like home away from home!!!
Oh!, and the wine list is extensive and excellent!
And the location, in the heart of this magical medieval town, is perfect.

Isabella Lewis, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

First the service. The servers seemed to treat "foreigners" differently than locals. There were smiles and pleasantries for locals but stiff and unfriendly treatment for others. The gnocchi seemed like it had been overheated in microwave and although hot, had little flavor. My wife's pasta dish was overloaded with oil and or butter and as she ate we could see the pasta was in a pool of oil. She couldn't finish it. Prices were ok, but who cares!

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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Right beside our hotel (l'antico pozzo) we went here initially because it was convenient - we loved it, been back twice.
I looked it up to give this review and am not sure why it's rating isn't better.
Staff's English was great, service perfect.
Menu is classic dishes very well done - the spaghetti ragu was best we've had. My wife keeps begging to go back for dessert - pana cotta with caramel sauce, again simple but delicious.
The interior is very nice, but we preferred to sit outside as its on the main street and watching the world go by is great.
Pricing is very reasonable... Highly recommended by us both.

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

We were a bit tired, with our kids, and needed a place to settle and eat a decent meal. I tend to avoid the tourist-traps in places like San Gimignano, but we really were without options, so we looked, and looked again. We saw one place with this gorgeous hunk of meat in the window, but it wasn't open for 30 minutes, so we kept looking. We rejected so many, that time passed, kids and adults were getting grumpy and we decided to walk down the hill to the one that had that beautiful raw meat - tantalising in its imagery.

They took pity on us, let us in, gave us a table in the back - a bit warm and uncomfortable, but it was our own space. We put the kids at one table, and we took another. We ordered pizzas and pasta for the kids ( I know, we are pathetic ) and then settled in on our selection.

We ordered cuts (okay, slabs, really) of that meat in the window and some other morsels and we were in heaven. We all like it rare, and none were disappointed at all - great flavour, perfectly cooked. We all traded bites of our dishes and had such fun. We even tested the pizza and each fo us went for more - it was delicious and so simple, that lovely italian knack for cooking.

We later learned it is a local's place and it was obvious when it filled-up later. The proprietor served us big wines lovingly and enthusiastically. They cared for us and we really loved it. Highly recommended!

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Thank Lanphere
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