There are rumors that Thomas Brieghel, the 28-year-old Danish chef at this ravishing new hotel outside Siena, may soon have Michelin stars. The genesis of all that buzz: his exquisite tasting menus, with dishes like tortellini with lobster, delicate tuna tartare in 25-year-old balsamic vinegar, and turbot with pumpkin puree and spinach.
We loved: Chocolate fondant with yogurt sorbet and crème anglaise.
Insider tip: Book a room here, since the restaurant is only open to hotel guests.
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On a narrow side street in San Frediano, far from Florence’s touristy fray, is this small, charming restaurant. The sophisticated menu features excellent handmade pastas and gnocchi and a lengthy, surprisingly affordable wine list.
We loved: Rabbit in just-harvested olive oil with sun-dried tomatoes; beef cheek in red-wine sauce; yellow-squash lasagna.