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“A wonderful find”

Ristorante Pizzeria L'Antica Taverna
Ranked #61 of 91 Restaurants in Volterra
Price range: $17 - $34
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
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75 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A wonderful find”
Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

So a mad, uplanned day trip to Volterra, in blistering Tuscan sunshine - what a fabulous town. We saw the sights until our feet were sore and our legs like jelly and then crept on our knees to L'Antica Taverna (ok - a bit of poetic license there, the point is we were Hungry with a capital H). This place is not to be missed - busy enough so you know it will be good but not so busy that you do't get great service. Maybemit was that capital H but the food was superb. I remember We shared antipasti, well you do, don't you, and then I had the carbonara - my first since we arrived on Tuscan shores and definitely worth waiting for.

So if you head to Volterra (and I would) on a hot day (and it probably will be) I definitely suggest lunch or dinner here (or if you are piggy like me - both)!

Visited July 2013
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  • Dutch first
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  • French first
  • German first
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English first
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A welcome surprise”
Reviewed September 28, 2012 via mobile

Enjoyed a wonderful Tuscan meal of rabbit and ravioli at this restaurant with a group of friends. On first impressions I was hesitant, however the meal was delicious.

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Fredrikstad, Norway
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174 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
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“Unfortunately, too slow service.”
Reviewed July 10, 2012 via mobile

We received a complimentary welcome dinner from our travel agent and hotel at this restaurant. They say you get what you pay for, and I guess "free" equals "not very good".

We arrived at 20:30 hours. No tables available outside, only inside where it was very hot. At 20:45 the waiter finally takes our order. Water & wine arrives 10 minutes later. At 21:35 we finally get our first course, pasta. At 21:45 we get some bread. At 22:00 one of us gets the salad and second course, a kind of carpaccio, while I get nothing for another 10 minutes. At 22:15 we decide to forego the dessert and leave. We had some icecream & coffee elsewhere. By now, most of the other tables were also empty, with most guests having left apparently disgruntled.

The two waiters were apologetic and seemed nice enough, they just could not deliver adequate service.

Maybe the service is faster when you order à la carte, but this didn't feel like much of a welcome to Volterra.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Hidden Roman Gem”
Reviewed April 28, 2012

The entrance is unassuming and easy to just walk past.Their dining room is down a set of stairs inside the restaurant in a series of rooms that are ancient Roman cellars. Very impressive and authentic to the small town. Most people would never see what is there. Great service and food.

  • Visited April 2012
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