Warm food, Warmer hospitality!
If you want a quiet anonymous dinner on your holiday, Buca Di San Francesco is NOT the place. But if you crave a warm personal Tuscan-style welcome, then carefully climb down the four wide stone steps and duck your head to enter the Mario de Filippo's cellar restaurant - just across from Arezzo's Piazza di San Francesco which boasts the most famous Early Renaissance fresco, "The Legend of the True Cross" from the 15th century. The stone slabbed floor of Mario's restaurant is even older -he says it's the remnants of an ancient Etruscan road! That makes Mario, who has hosted Buca for more than 40 years, a spring chicken by comparison. He serves up authentic Tuscan dishes, just like "nonna," or grandma would cook. But, instead, you're catered to and fussed over by "nonno" or "grandpa" aka Mario instead. He's eager to encourage the special dish of the day (do try the ribollita, or the tagliatelle!), or pour another glass of wine (on the house!), or "sneak" a chocolate into the waiting hands of your daughter Lulu when he "tricks" the mama to look the other way! A fun and flavorful experience when you come to our adopted hometown of Arezzo. Tell Mario, Gina and Lulu sent you. Evivva!
By Gina London
Via S. Francesco, 1, 52100 Arezzo AR, Italy
+39 0575 23271