Skip to main content

TUSCANY'S BEST RESTAURANTS: MICHELIN STARS 2015

Roberto Rossi and team in the kitchen of restaurant Silene
Chef Roberto Rossi at Michelin
starred restaurant Silene in Seggiano


If you ask my Tuscan native about memories of his best meal at restaurant Silene - the latest arrival among southern Tuscany's Michelin starred restaurants - he won't recite the dishes of an epicurean tasting menu but deliver the account of an epic football game right after his best friend's wedding lunch. 

Challenged by a group of local teenagers during a post wedding cake cigarette break, my Tuscan native and friends were drunk and stuffed with Roberto Rossi's gourmet food, but must have managed to look smart nevertheless when entering the village's football pitch in their designer suits. Legend has it that team Armani managed to battle off the assault of the sober 17-year-olds, but seemed on the verge of a break down when one of the wedding guests summoned for a penalty had to excuse himself behind the goal post to throw up a mix of vintage Brunello, wedding cake and homemade tagliatelle with locally sourced funghi porcini. He managed to keep the remaining courses to himself and - according to his friends - kicked a penalty that 15 years later is still being talked about by the inhabitants of the small Tuscan hamlet. But remain from bringing the issue up next time you order Silene's tasting menu - the locals may have a differing view. 

But to focus on stars not scores, Tuscany's gourmet classification is still led by Florence' Enoteca Pinchiorri created by chef Annie Féolde - the sole Tuscan restaurant with three Michelin stars. Valeria Piccini is coming close though from the south of the region with her Da Caino in Montemerano tightly holding on to two Michelin stars, whilst Winter Garden by Caino - her new culinary outpost at the St. Regis hotel in Florence - already gained its first.  



My Tuscan native overjoyed to meet the great Valeria Piccini
 at Extra Lucca (no football involved this time round)

The Michelin star ratings 2015 highlight a full six freshly starred restaurants in Tuscany (new entries in red in the list below), whilst the gourmet temples with two stars remain four: Valeria Piccini's Da Caino, Bracali in Massa Marittima, Arnolfo in Colle Val d'Elsa near Siena and Viareggio's Piccolo Principe, which gained its second star right in time for the season 2015, whereas Il Pellicano on the Monte Argentario coast lost one out of two Michelin trophies since its talented chef left the famous hotel to bring the kitchen of the Mandarin Oriental up to scratch in time for the opening of Milan's Expo 2015.


TOSCANA ( 1 ,  4 ,  25  )
LocalitàProv.StelleLocale
CortonaARIl Falconiere
FirenzeFIEnoteca Pinchiorri
FirenzeFIOra D’Aria
FirenzeFIIl Palagio
FirenzeFI NLa Bottega del Buon Caffè
FirenzeFI NWinter Garden By Caino
CalenzanoFI NLe Tre Lune
Tavarnelle Val Di PesaFI NLa Torre
Tavarnelle Val Di Pesa / Badia a PassignanoFIOsteria di Passignano
Castiglione Della Pescaia / BadiolaGRTrattoria Toscana-Tenuta la Badiola
Massa Marittima / GhirlandaGRBracali
MontemeranoGRCaino
Porto ErcoleGRIl Pellicano
SaturniaGRAll’Acquacotta
SeggianoGR NSilene
Marina Di BibbonaLILa Pineta
Forte Dei MarmiLUBistrot
Forte Dei MarmiLULorenzo
Forte Dei MarmiLULa Magnolia
LuccaLUButterfly
LuccaLU NL’Imbuto
ViareggioLU NPiccolo Principe
ViareggioLURomano
Tirrenia / CalambronePILunasia
PesciaPTAtman
Casole D’elsaSIIl Colombaio
Castelnuovo BerardengaSILa Bottega del 30
ChiusiSII Salotti
Colle Di Val D’elsaSIArnolfo
San Casciano Dei Bagni / FighineSICastello di Fighine



For more info about southern Tuscany's Michelin starred restaurants click here. And in case you still wonder about the final scores of the best dressed football team of the nineties - they obviously won (3-1). A victory that made more than up for having to throw out their grass stained Armani suits. 



Team Armani after football game and wedding banquet at Roberto Rossi's Silene



















Popular posts from this blog

TUSCANY'S BEST HOT SPRINGS: A MAP OF SULFUROUS SOAKING AND WILDERNESS DIPS

A quick round up of my favorite wild hot springs and historic bath towns in Tuscany (more detailed information on spas and rock pool bathing can be found in the single articles the links will lead you to).  WILDERNESS POOLS   PETRIOLO  half an hour to the south of Siena. With its steaming hot water in the upper row of pools a favorite of mine on icy cold winter mornings. The Farma river passes right next to the hot springs. So be courageous and have a splash to try the benefits of kneipping.   SATURNIA  the biggest, most southern and also Italy's best known (and loved!) wilderness pools. The closest option for a soak if you arrive from Rome. To be avoided on weekends.  FOSSO BIANCO  in the Val d'Orcia is a spectacular sight hidden away in the woods below Bagni San Filippo. The shady surroundings make of these natural springs a nice location in the summer.  BAGNO VIGNONI  has a lovely pool below the small waterfall. However, the water arrives from the medieval t

FONTEMORSI: ORGANIC WINE TASTING ON THE ETRUSCAN COAST

In the wine world the Tuscan coast equals Bolgheri and Sassicaia. No other wine has done as much to turn the lay-back beach side paradise south of Livorno into a famous wine growing region as the prestigious Sassicaia from Tenuta San Guido. But whilst the rise of Supertuscans blended from French grape varieties may resemble a fairy tale story, it shouldn't keep you fro m drinking Sangiovese wines in the smaller and lesser known wineries along the Tuscan shore. 

TUSCAN HOT SPRINGS - FOSSO BIANCO in BAGNI SAN FILIPPO

The Fosso Bianco hot springs and natural pools in Bagni San Filippo If there's one thing I didn't expect when moving to Tuscany, it's the multitude of freely accessible natural hot springs. Day spas and thermal baths can be found all over the world. But when talking hot baths in the wilderness my first guess would always have been a geyser in Iceland.  The generous natural pools near Saturnia  and the hot springs in Petriolo taught me differently. Both places are well known in Italy, a fact that can make them packed on weekends and public holidays. If you like to take your bath a bit more privately, move on towards Val d'Orcia and explore the Fosso Bianco hot springs   near Bagni San Filippo. The waters are as hot as they should be for some comfortable soaking and high in sulfur and calcium (which explains the formation of the white rock and the name of the place).