In general, all of the following are reasonably priced and you'll get by in English in any of them, some of them more successfully than others...
OSTERIA I MACELLI, Via di Cerreto, Borgo a Mozzano, Tel. (00 39)0583 88700
-Modern restaurant with outdoor terrace serving excellent regional cuisine, especially noted for its great cheese and salamis. Good atmosphere. Large selection of excellent Italian wines. Run by Samuele e Lara. (Large car park.)
LA CANTINA, Via nazionale, Ghivizzano.
-Large yellow building, you can't miss it. Big restaurant, great atmosphere, outdoor dining area. Specialises in fish and white wines to go with it. (Large car park)
LOCANDA IL CAVALLINO BIANCO Via della Torre, Boveglio 55019 Villa Basilica, Lucca. Tel. (00 39) 0572 43596 The village of Boveglio is on the country road between Bagni di Lucca and Collodi. Very friendly, family-run local restaurant serving reasonably priced and delicious home-cooked meals. Excellent service. Large fireplaces and unusual feature - a tree growing up through the dining room! Highly recommended.
IL LAGHETTO, from Gallicano take the road to Turrite Cava, you can't miss the restaurant on left after a couple of kilometers.
-Riverside restaurant serving typical local cooking in a beautiful setting. Outdoor dining area. Wood-burning oven used to cook the food in view of the customers. Try the dried cod (baccala) (large car park)
IL VECCHIO MULINO, Castelnuovo Garfagnana
(100m from the castle)Tel (00 39)0583 62192 visit their website
-traditional characteristic inn serving snacks of high quality. It's only small, with one long table made of old wine boxes where everyone sits next to each other, and the food is great. Andrea is the owner, a big man with a big love of food. An advocat of 'Slow Food' a movement which appreciates real fresh food using only the finest ingredients (the opposite of fast food)he takes a real pride in providing his customers with the best food and wine. There is also a small counter selling local produce. If you're vegetarian, just let him know and he'll sort you out with some delicious morsels.
MOLIN DELLA VOLPE, Gello, Pescaglia, Tel. (00 39)0583 359045 (closed Wednesday) RESTAURANT/PIZZERIA
Wow. Huge converted former papermill, the machinery exposed and preserved as museum pieces.
Pizzeria on first floor, restaurant on second floor. Food and wines are excellent. Luigi is in charge of the food and cares passionately about it. Very reasonably priced too. (large car park) Take the road to Pescaglia from the SS12 Lucca - Bagni di Lucca/ Barga and you'll find it on your right after the turning for Celle di Puccini.
DA VINICIO, Via del Casino', Bagni di Lucca, Tel (00 39)0583 87250 (closed Mondays)
Family-run restaurant and pizzeria with good Lucchese wines and friendly service. Tables and chairs on riverside in the summer. (Parking along the river)
DA BRUNO, Ponte a Serraglio, Bagni di Lucca.
Specialises in truffles, mushrooms and cacciucco (fish soup ) The food is consistently good.
Tables in the piazza opposite, overlooking the river, in the summer.
DA MAMO, Via del Riposo, Bagni di Lucca Villa.(near the public gardens)
We love this place. It is simple, no frills, good food including pizza, very reasonable prices. Little English spoken.
LA FOBBIA, locality Fobbia, Molazzana. tel (0039) 0583 760060
Wonderful countryside location with large indoor restaurant as well as many outdoor tables. Typical Tuscan cooking.
ANTICO CAFFE' DEL SONNO, Viale Umberto 1, Bagni di Lucca, Tel. (00 39)0583 805080 (closed Thursdays)
Very friendly and reasonably priced restaurant/pizzeria with good atmosphere. Run by the well-travelled multi-lingual Ilario and his English wife Jane. (Parking in piazza opposite)
Visit their website
CIRCOLO DEI FORESTIERI, Piazza Jean Warraud, Bagni di Lucca
Puccini used to play the piano here. Very elegant decor and a wonderful terrace on the river. You are sure to have a good time here. The food is better than the usual pizzeria fare and the surroundings, whether in the grand salon, or on the terrace overlooking the river, are sure to impress.
Parking outside the restaurant.
PECOS BILL, next to Conad supermarket, Bagni di Lucca. Tel (0039) 0583 867739
Not many people know about this one as it is hidden from view, but it's well worth a visit for its friendly service and its large terrace on the river as well as indoor dining. Simple Tuscan fare at reasonable prices. Also holds Texas Hold'em tournaments, continuing Bagni di Lucca's historic reputation for games and gambling, although no money changes hands, it's just for fun! Park in Conad supermarket, or below next to Pecos Bill.
OSTERIA AL RITROVO DEL PLATANO, Via Provinciale, Ponte di Campia, Gallicano, Lucca. Tel (00 39)0583 766142.
Visit their website A beautiful interior full of memorabilia of the famous poet Giovanni Pascoli who used to live in Ponte di Campia. Delicious food, a cosy atmosphere and Gabriele is your charming host. There's a grand piano, a large cart, and it's usually full of hungry Italians.
Ponte di Campia is just south of Castelnuovo Garfagnana.
DA SANDRA, LocalitÓ Valsozza 1, Fabbriche di Vallico. Tel (0039)0583 761846.(Closed Thursdays and sometimes other days in winter)
Sandra is a larger than life character and a great hostess. She used to have a small restaurant in the centre of Fabbricche di Vallico, but it was constantly full so she had this much larger place built specially to house all her hungry customers. Fantastic food. Typically Tuscan fare of course.
Please note, all restaurants must close one day a week by law, so if we haven't mentioned the closing day above, it's best to give them a ring before setting out.
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