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“In a 14th century cellar”

Buca di San Francesco
Ranked #154 of 503 Restaurants in Arezzo
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 9, 2013

We loved everything about this tratoria. It is located just across from the San Francesco Church in a little cellar. The proprietor will do everything to make your experience wonderful. We just told him we had no idea what we wanted and he created a veritable feast for us at a reasonable price

Thank zoeopa
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Wow! We've been coming to Arezzo for 3 years.... several times each year. Because of the close proximity to Piazza San Francesco, we thought it would be a tourist trap, so we never ate here.... UNTIL TODAY. We thought we'd give it a try as we had nothing to lose. We were so hungry. Let me tell you! We are so glad to have found this awesome spot. We can't wait to go back for dinner sometime soon.
The restaurant is so charming.... plus it's the "coolest" restaurant we've eaten in this week. By cool, I mean temperature. All other restaurants have been really warm with the hot air outside. Not this one. Thanks!
Although the owner spent all of his time charming another table, he looked to be a welcoming character. Too bad he didn't visit our table.
Anyway, we had terrific service and the food was quite good. We ordered 1/2 liter of red wine, two pasta dishes, and a salad. My pasta, the tagliolini with funghi and ricotta were out of control good! It will be up for my coveted Golden Pasta Award that I give after each trip to Italy. It was soooo good. My partner had the maltagliati with pomodori and ricotta. It looked liked a deconstructed lasagna, but he wouldn't share because he said it was so good. Very simple tasting, but delicious. He devoured it.
I gotta say that were stuffed after our pasta dishes and didn't feel like having our salads. At this point, they had also brought to small appetizers "on the house." One was a small sample of panzanella salad (bread-veggie salad) and one was fried sage leaves. DELICIOUS.... and it was a nice touch.
Nonetheless, the salads came.... two types of lettuce (arugula and a buttery type lettuce), roasted beets, carrots, and tomato slices. Topped with EVOO and balsamic vinegar. Even though we were already full, we ate it all. Fresh and tasty.
We topped off our lunch with an espresso. PLUS, they also brought (again, on the house) a taste of vin santo for each of us.
This was such a nice, yet surprising, experience. Don't let the proximity to the piazza scare you. It was GREAT. We will definitely be back soon. (But next time, we want the owner to visit our table too.)
Ciao... and Enjoy.
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

This absolutely charming restaurant with its simpatico owner provided a wonderful dining experience for us. We each selected a different version of the menu for the day, and were each delighted with what we were served as well as with the little surprises. First, a complimentary appetizer "panzanella" prepared by Mario de Filippis, the owner, who also gave me the recipe. My ribboletti and pork dish were typically Tuscan and the little honey cake was delicious. Then came the vin sante, a nice end to the meal. When we refused coffee, Mario appeared with two coffee cups . . . but, in them, a Perugia chocolate. Along with our bill of slightly under 50 euros including two half carafes of wine, one red, one white, we received an envelope with samples of Mario's collection of ex libris bookplates. The walls of the cellar restaurant were liberally decorated with these as well, along with many other interesting items. The cellar was a rich visual experience and the dining experience was delightful and one that I would love to repeat.

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Thank AZCUthere
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

The setting in what appears to be an ancient wine cellar is beautiful and is just what you would want to find in Italy. unfortunately the food just didn't live up to the ambience. Every dish was simple and straight forward (much like you would get at a simple Italian place in the States) but the execution was not high end. The service was friendly but uneven.

Thank Malcolm G
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

The dinner was fabulous. We had a group of six & everybody had a good meal.The atmosphere was authentic & the owner very sociable & friendly.It's location is right next to the Cathedral which has a famous fresco by Piero della Francesca.

Thank Ruby246
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