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“One of our best experiences”

Ristorante Rafanelli
Ranked #4 of 338 Restaurants in Pistoia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $39 - $45
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: 1927 / Today.... Alberto, the grandfather, in 1927, opened the Rafanelli family restaurant, a trattoria that was open from 17:30 until 20:00 serving rich snack and dinner which soon built a loyal clientele. After the 2nd World War, in 1946, Alberto began with the first course and the famous fried : "Arno fish and frogs" among the specialties of the earth was in great demand pork loin oil (still on the menu), salami farmers and charcoal-grilled meat. The restaurant was run by Alberto Rafanelli and 3 daughters, Tina, Rita and Laura, full-time moms of the new generation who managed the place with their husbands in the past 50 years. "The 50s were tough times", says Ms Rita, "but my father Albert was enterprising . He bought a small truck "station wagon" used to buy bread at a bakery in town - Barba - and we wound up over the bread for himself and for others, including his brother in law who had a small grocery store (in those days we helped each other). Money were few and also the small truck was doing his best. With its platform and smashed father Alberto driving, every puddle of water on the road he met the risk of getting their feet wet with the sketches was a certainty. Today these things are unthinkable but in those days, since the money for all needs were not there, it was a virtue of necessity". The focus for the raw material was a prerogative of Alberto and this heritage is not lost. It was the Accademia della Cucina, in 1955, that took notice the quality of our food and gave him the first official recognition. These were the years of the economic boom, people had a desire to have fun and go out, began to manifest the desire to have lunch and dinner outside their home. The change of mentality also produced the transformation of the room, which was completely renovated in 1962: vintage photos are shown in a hall of the restaurant. The continuous increase in new customers (who were no longer enough fried fish, cold cuts and roast ribs) led to a change in the style of the restaurant. Care service, customer focus, rigor in the choice of the raw material became our credo. The year 1962 is considered the turning point, the "hardiness" to the "classic" look without affecting the philosophy by which we are born: genuine kitchen + selected raw materials = guaranteed quality. After 50 years, we analysed ourselves on our work and we realized that we have never abandoned the original "rustic cuisine" that naturally evolved over time into "classical" and today, simply, "tradition". A homely and warm greeting, while respecting the traditions and habits, reflects the character of house Rafanelli. A special thought and a thank you to all the staff who over the years have shared with us this long and challenging journey and those who still work with us to continue to offer to our friends/customers the best of "Tuscany" real culinary traditions. Thank you all..
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“One of our best experiences”
Reviewed July 7, 2012

We had reserved here from the US via email, but were recommended here also by our first night restaurant (Il Pollo d'Oro). What a delight! The owner (Danielle) was gracious, helpful, and steered us right on ever turn (antipasti, wine, primi piati, secondi, dolce... everything). He was funny and attentive, even though it was Father's Day and a Sunday (very busy). I can't say enough about the food and service. Everyone raved about the liver antipasti. The salumi plate was incredible. Great cheese dish. Rabbit was tender and beautifully prepared. I would eat here every week if I could. We thought it would be pricey, but it really wasn't. Highly recommended all round!

  • Visited June 2012
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“I will go back there , no doubt!!”
Reviewed February 9, 2012

Great food, meat mainly menu, waiter that have a clue, traditional recipes and superb wine. I should like to go back there some time , that's for sure. They do know how to offer you a good meal, the food is carefully treated and for sure this is a place where the things are NOT coming outta bag. My compliments, I will always recommend you.

  • Visited February 2012
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“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed October 18, 2011

The overall menu is typical and really well done, the wine list is wide and with plenty of good wines. For dessert try the Chocolate with Vermout Carpano, old recipe.

  • Visited October 2011
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