Lucca

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Trattoria da Leo
Via Tegrimi 1
0583 492236

Fairly typical Tuscan cuisine with some Luccan touches e.g. pine nuts. Vegetarian friendly. Reservations are a good idea or arrive around 7:00.

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Pizzeria La Bersagliera
Via Pisana 2136
0583510758

If you happen to have a car, do check out this pizzeria, just ten minutes drive outside of town, it's worth. The owners come from Calabria, so you are likely to find all kinds of spicy salami, olives, mushrooms on top of your pizza. A different meal, served by distracted waitresses. Beware: You can't have your espresso coffee there. Being asked for coffees, the old owner – I don't think she's still around – used to reply: "Yeah, go get that at La Cubana", which is a bar downtown. Oh, and you can't make reservations: Be there by 7PM.

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Forno a vapore Amedeo Giusti
Via Santa Lucia 18/20
0583 496285

Strolling along the Torre Guinigi the one with trees on top, you'll probably sniff some irresistible oily and flory smell. It's called focaccia, the Lucchese idea of a snack.

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Osteria Baralla
Via dell'Antiteatro (north of the Antiteatro)
0583 440240

was recommended by a local as having typical Lucchese food. Food and wine were very good.

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Vecchia Trattoria Buralli
piazza s. agostino

One of the best restaurants is practically hidden on via San Giorgio - called Vecchia Trattoria Buralli. With a constantly changing menu and an extensive wine list.

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Gli Orti de Via Elisa
Via Elisa 17 (near Porto Elisa)
0583 491241

was also recommended by a Lucchese local. Similar in menu and prices to Baralla Osteri.

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Locanda Eremo del Gusto

Via gelli 35/37 - 55012 - petrognano - capannori - lu - +39.0583.978012 info@eremodelgusto.com (http://www.eremodelgusto.com). the restaurant of the locanda eremo del gusto lies at the ground floor of typical stone countryhouse, in a long a narrow long room painted with relaxing colours. a nice veranda-bright during the day, green and fascinating in the evening- with large windows overlooking the countryside of lucca. it accomodates 40 people. there is a small privè at the first floor which can be used for romantic or business dinners up to 6 people. the wonderful and panoramic terrace is now under preparation. it will host up to 40 people and it will be provided with a large area for smoker people. the terrace looks as the ancient medieval spotting towers which can bee seen all around lucca area, in order to enjoy and discover villages, woods and paths.. at night, you will just have to look up at the stars in order to relax and feel like you are in most beautiful place in the world.

Only in Lucca you can find a special Sweet-bread in shape of a small baguette or a bun. It's called Buccellato and it has raisins inside and has a unique taste of anise. You can find it in a small shop called Taddeucci, behind Saint Michael's church in the main square.

A Lucchese dish is farro soup. Farro is similar to spelt. It is a thick and hearty soup with the farro having the texture of barley.

Most of the local style restaurants are closed from around 3 to 7. The more touristy ones appear to be open all the time.

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Buca di San Antonio is situated just off the Piazza San Michele and enjoys a high reputation for local dishes prepared in the traditional Lucchesi style. Ristorante Giglio in the Piazza Giglio is excellent - offering wonderful Lucchesi cuisine, attentive staff and a delightful terrace overlooking the square.