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“Fantastic Lucca and Garfagnana food”
Review of Osteria I Macelli

Osteria I Macelli
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Fantastic Lucca and Garfagnana food”
Reviewed June 27, 2012

Wonderful restaurant, near the river Serchio in la Mediavalle di Lucca, it is very close to the Ponte del Diavolo, devils bridge. the food is refined country, traditional cooking and a blackboard is your menu. a really good selection of antipasti is offered with wonderful locally made salame, prosciutto Toscano, Biroldo etc, you must try the raw chopped veil, flavoured with truffle, or fine chopped red onion.
Prini are all good with home made pasta and Ragu, tordelli Lucchese always on the menu.
Secondi are a choice of wild boar, rabbit, chicken, baccala (salt cod) and many other delicious things, vegetarians are also catered for.
Extensive Lucca wine range is also available.
If you are in this are you must give this restaurant a try.
Thank you Samuele and team

  • Visited June 2012
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2 Thank FERRARISTA
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Atlanta, Georgia
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54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Wonderful Tuscan food”
Reviewed May 20, 2012

We first ate at Macelli with family and friends while in Valdottavo for our daugther's wedding. We asked she and her then fiance to pick their favorite local restaurant, and they chose Macelli and arranged for a group of 25 or so to have dinner there. They prepared an arranged menu that was spectacular! As most of the guests were American, many had never experienced a three hour multi-course meal such as this. Everything was perfect and the food was awesome. The service was excellent, and the atmosphere perfect for a large gathering. The night was a wonderful way for many to prepare for the wedding.
On a recent trip back to Italy, we returned to Macelli and had another wonderful meal with many local choices that you might not find in the US. It was excellent once again! We will surely dine there again and try some more of the local Tuscan cuisine.
Like many of the best restaurants in the area, it is a little off the beaten path, and good directions or a GPS, might be needed to find it - but it is worth the search!!

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank GFez
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Late travellers”
Reviewed May 17, 2012

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We ate there twice. The first time, following a tiring and long day in Florence, we arrived back late, and really appreciated the friendliness of the staff and the fact that they were prepared to cook for us, although they were preparing to close. The food was good, reasonably priced and very welcome. The service was helpful - we know no Italian.
The second time, we invited our host for an evening meal, since he had been cooking for us. Obviously, he knows the local restaurants and he was very happy to eat there with us. Again, the service was friendly, the food good, and the atmosphere relaxing. On the second occasion, several other tables were occupied by English people, though I think this restaurant is also patronized by the locals, but perhaps more for special occasions. We did eat in Lucca on several occasions in more obviously 'local' eating houses, but I think 'I Macelli' is a very good stand-by...

Visited April 2012
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1 Thank christopher_wells
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Mill Valley, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Couldn't ask for more”
Reviewed May 5, 2012

This is an excellent restaurant in the Serchio River Valley, and was just what we were looking for. After dinner here the first night we ended up coming back for our second night (partly due to limited other options in the area, but also because we really enjoyed our first meal). Unpretentious, but truly delicious food, and attentive but not overbearing service. The menu was diverse and interesting, building on locally available ingredients. The waiter spoke more than enough english to fully explain the menu, and help us make our decisions. We only ordered the house wine, but the wine list was extensive, and we witnessed the other waiter (sommelier?) in deep discussions on wine selection with other groups of diners. My only suggestion would be to change the color of the walls (pink!) and modify the lighting to improve the warmth and ambiance of the dining room. If we are ever back in this region we'll definitely be back.

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank wchinook
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Lucca, Italy
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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“Delicious local food”
Reviewed April 13, 2012

I was here in late September, 2011 with a large group. We had an absolutely wonderful dinner, the atmosphere was laid-back and authentic. The service was excellent. Everyone left happy

  • Visited September 2011
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1 Thank KateInLucca
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