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“Great boar and gnudi to boot” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ristorante L'antica Porta di Levante

Ristorante L'antica Porta di Levante
Ranked #3 of 29 Restaurants in Vicchio
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $34
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Great boar and gnudi to boot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

The strong, simple flavours that dominate Tuscan cuisine go large in the Mugello. The rolling, forested hills hereabouts ensure that boar and venison are a big part of the local offerings--accompanied by uber-hearty treats such as potato tortelli with ragu. It's exactly what you need on a cold winter's night after a long walk. And so, on a foggy evening a few days before Christmas, we were happy to find L'antica Porta di Levante in the heart of Vicchio (about an hour from Florence). This boisterous, welcoming and very well run place, which seems able to accommodate scores of groups and couples with ease, has a vast local menu and even vaster wine list. You'll eat well: we had delicious carre di cinghiale (boar steak) braised in Chianti, gnudi (a type of gnocchi) concocted of pumpkin and ricotta and served with shaved Parmesan and balsamic vinegar, good local salumi and excellent tagliata, accompanied by a smooth supertuscan from that huge list. In the summer there's a terrace, but it's a cosy place in the cold months. We were there till midnight among the revellers and felt completely at home.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rockville Centre, New York
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“The suprise within......”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

There's alot of seating in this place, but you'd never expect that looking in from the outside. This place changes it's menu every month...which makes sense because of the change of seasons. Their wine menu is vast and very interesting...There is art work everywhere and the service is on point! Simone is a great host! And Christian the Chef aims to please....I had a great time everytime!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mary I
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Rockville Centre, New York
1 review
“Eat, Drink and be Merry!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

Awesome service, Awesome food and Awesome people!!!
They speak english too!!! The menu was so interesting that we had to eat there more than once. Simone, was incredible, he knew exactly what we wanted....Then we found out that Dario @ Villa Campestri was his friend! We had a wonderful dinner

Visited July 2012
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Marrakech
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“few steps to Giotto”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

Once you have admired the statue of Giotto,the famous artist of the 13th century,you have only a few steps to take to enjoy great Italian food for a decent price.You can sit on the terrace ,overlooking the distant hills or inside,where it is cool and calm.I enjoyed the advise of the owner,Simone,who knows the wine of the region and does not try to sell you the most expensive.A pleasant experience

Visited August 2012
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Tel Aviv
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best place in the Mugello”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

Starting from the smile that you get from Simone when you arrive, to the cold glass of white wine for aperitivo, the simple but researched menu of fresh local products, though to the amazing wine list and desserts. This place has been a favourite of mine for years and i make sure to take guest from all the world. The atmosphere is elegant and friendly at the same time. Take a minute to look downstairs to the cantina!!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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