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“Very good family restaurant in Buonconvento”

Ristorante Da Mario
Ranked #1 of 17 Restaurants in Buonconvento
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed June 19, 2011

We loved coming here. We visited twice in our 2 week trip to Tuscany. The restaurant feels very authentic; most of the patrons we saw there were locals. Dining on the street or on the first floor tables is great. The upper floor lacks ambience. The food was very good. In my opinion, it is more of a great lunch option than a top tier place for dinner, but you won't go wrong. Prices were very reasonable (8 EUR for primis, 14 EUR for secondis). Down the street Osteria La Via Mezzo is fantastic and the gelateria around the corner is great too.

Check before heading over if they are open. They were closed for a Saturday, Sunday, and Monday the week we were there in early June

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Reviewed July 11, 2010

We came on the recommendation of Tripadvisor.
Firstly the waitress was a misery who certainly did not extend any kind of welcome.. We ordered our meal and a bottle of the local wine. She returned a few minutes later to say that that wine was off so I chose the next that too was off and then the next one till the price of the wine had escalated from 10 to 16 euros.
My partners meal arrived but mine didn't come for about 10 minutes. I'd ordered the local dish Pici (thick paste usually rolled by hand to give it an irregular texture) with tomato sauce. The sauce had a packeted texture and the pici were clearly not homemade. This dish is a joy when made well and a disaster, pasta dropped onto the plate and sauce plonked on top without any care or attention, then banged down on the table..
My main course was another local speciality - rabbit in beetroot sauce. I think this poor rabbit must have died of something nasty because it was tough as a boot. Inedible.
When we asked for some cutlery to start our pasta the waitress said yes and then went to greet a friend before getting it! Very irritating.
In fairness when we complained about how bad it was they were very nice about it and didn't charge for the meal (most of it was uneaten). We would much rather have had the meal we expected as recommended. We have never had italian food so bad or served with such an uncaring attitude.

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Reviewed May 22, 2010

We had a wonderful meal here. The pastas were amazing, the people are very friendly, and the town of Buonconvento is a great setting for an evening meal in Tuscany.

I also had the guinea fowl with mushrooms, which was melt in your mouth delicious. Highly highly recommend.

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1  Thank scott_barstow
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Reviewed October 6, 2009

We lucked into Mario's when we a change of plans led us to eat in Buonconvento one evening. A local woman recommended Mario's, and we are so glad we heeded her advice. Terrific selection, authentic cooking, great wine list, nice tables outside and in the dining rooms both main floor and upstairs. The prices were very reasonable, and thre specials were delicious. Our waiter was wonderful (he MAY have been Mario himself) and chatted with everyone. The place is mostly frequented by local residents. We enjoyed a fabulous 4-course meal there for a very reasonable amount. Great eating, great wine, great fun.

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Reviewed June 23, 2009

Da Mario has the best bisteca alla Fiorentina I have ever tasted. That, and the fresh pasta dishes (particularly the spaghetti agli olio), keeps me coming back to Da Mario whenever I am within 100 miles of Buonconvento.

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