Dining in San Gimignano

San Gimignano restaurants, trattorie, and everything else you need to know to keep yourself well fed

    ★☆☆

    A stony room in which to enjoy great local food and wine

     
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    Bar I Combattenti
    San Gimignano

    Great gelato, cookies, and bruschette just inside the city gates

     
    ★★☆
    Dorandó
    San Gimignano

    Classic and ancient Sangimignanese in an elegant setting

     
    ★★☆
    La Mangiatoia
    San Gimignano

    Tuscan and Sangimignanese dishes in a convivial trattoria

     
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    Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )
    Food tours
    San Gimignano

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    Le Vecchie Mura
    San Gimignano

    A great value restaurant with panoramic views

     
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    Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )
    Food tours
    San Gimignano

    Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in San Gimignano

     
    ★★☆
    Dorandó
    San Gimignano

    Classic and ancient Sangimignanese in an elegant setting

     
    ★★☆
    La Mangiatoia
    San Gimignano

    Tuscan and Sangimignanese dishes in a convivial trattoria

     
    ★☆☆

    A stony room in which to enjoy great local food and wine

     
    ☆☆☆
    Le Vecchie Mura
    San Gimignano

    A great value restaurant with panoramic views

     
    ☆☆☆
    Bar I Combattenti
    San Gimignano

    Great gelato, cookies, and bruschette just inside the city gates

     
    ★★☆
    La Mangiatoia
    San Gimignano

    Tuscan and Sangimignanese dishes in a convivial trattoria

     
    ★☆☆

    A stony room in which to enjoy great local food and wine

     
    ★★☆
    Dorandó
    San Gimignano

    Classic and ancient Sangimignanese in an elegant setting

     
    ☆☆☆
    Le Vecchie Mura
    San Gimignano

    A great value restaurant with panoramic views

     
    ★★☆
    Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )
    Food tours
    San Gimignano

    Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in San Gimignano

     
    ★★☆
    Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )
    Food tours
    San Gimignano

    Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in San Gimignano

     
    ☆☆☆
    Bar I Combattenti
    San Gimignano

    Great gelato, cookies, and bruschette just inside the city gates

     
    ☆☆☆
    Bar I Combattenti
    San Gimignano

    Great gelato, cookies, and bruschette just inside the city gates

     
    ★★☆
    Dorandó
    San Gimignano

    Classic and ancient Sangimignanese in an elegant setting

     
    ★★☆
    La Mangiatoia
    San Gimignano

    Tuscan and Sangimignanese dishes in a convivial trattoria

     
    ★☆☆

    A stony room in which to enjoy great local food and wine

     
    ☆☆☆
    Le Vecchie Mura
    San Gimignano

    A great value restaurant with panoramic views

     
    ★★☆
    Dorandó
    San Gimignano

    Classic and ancient Sangimignanese in an elegant setting

     
    ★★☆
    La Mangiatoia
    San Gimignano

    Tuscan and Sangimignanese dishes in a convivial trattoria

     
    ★☆☆

    A stony room in which to enjoy great local food and wine

     
    ☆☆☆
    Le Vecchie Mura
    San Gimignano

    A great value restaurant with panoramic views

     
    ★★☆
    La Mangiatoia
    San Gimignano

    Tuscan and Sangimignanese dishes in a convivial trattoria

     
    ★☆☆

    A stony room in which to enjoy great local food and wine

     
    ★★☆
    Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )
    Food tours
    San Gimignano

    Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in San Gimignano

     
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    Italian cooking class (Photo )
    Cooking class
    San Gimignano

    Learn to cook Italian cuisine in San Gimignano

     
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    Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )
    Food tours
    San Gimignano

    Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in San Gimignano

     
    ★★☆
    Sampling cheeses on a food tour (Photo )
    Food tours
    San Gimignano

    Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in San Gimignano

     
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    Italian cooking class
    Wine tours
    San Gimignano

    Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near San Gimignano

     
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    Italian cooking class (Photo )
    Cooking class
    San Gimignano

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    Bar I Combattenti
    San Gimignano

    Great gelato, cookies, and bruschette just inside the city gates

     
    ☆☆☆
    Bar I Combattenti
    San Gimignano

    Great gelato, cookies, and bruschette just inside the city gates

     
    ☆☆☆
    Bar I Combattenti
    San Gimignano

    Great gelato, cookies, and bruschette just inside the city gates

     
    ☆☆☆
    Bar I Combattenti
    San Gimignano

    Great gelato, cookies, and bruschette just inside the city gates

     
    ☆☆☆
    Bar I Combattenti
    San Gimignano

    Great gelato, cookies, and bruschette just inside the city gates

     
    ☆☆☆
    Le Vecchie Mura
    San Gimignano

    A great value restaurant with panoramic views

     

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    About the restaurant star ratings (☆☆☆ to ★★★)

    You will notice that all restaurants (and sights and hotels) on this site have a ReidsItaly.com star designation from ☆☆☆ to ★★★.

    This merely indicates that I feel these eateries offer a little something that makes them special (or extra-special, or extra-extra special, etc.).

    These star ratings are entirely based on personal opinion, and have nothing to do with any official local restaurant ratings or grades.

    In general, a pricier restaurant has to impress me that it is worth the added expense.

    This is why I give ★★★ to some inexpensive eateries or sandwich shops that happen provide amazing value for the money—and similarly have ranked a few fancy but notable restaurants just ★★☆.

    About the restaurant price brackets (€–€€€)

    Here at ReidsItaly.com we simply provide a general price range indicating the general amount you should expect to pay for a full meal in the eatery.

    Each eatery is rated into a price category, which indicates—very roughly—what you could expect to pay, per person, for a standard full meal: Three courses—primo (first course), secondo (main course), and contorno (side) or dolce (dessert)—plus something to drink.

    There are three price ranges, giving you a sense of which restaurants are budget, which are moderate, and which are splurges:

    under €15
    €€ under €40
    €€€ over €40
    Useful Italian phrases

    Useful Italian for dining

    English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
    Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
    ...a restaurant un ristorante oon rees toh-RAHN-tay
    ...a casual restaurant una trattoria
    un'osteria
    oo-nah trah-toar-RHEE-yah
    oon ohst-air-EE-yah
    I would like to reserve... Vorrei prenotare... voar-RAY pray-note-ARE-eh
    a table for two una tavola per due oo-nah TAH-voal-lah pair DOO-way
    ...for 7pm per le sette pair lay SET-tay
    ...for 7:30pm per le sette e mezzo pair lay SET-tay eh MET-tzoh
    ...for 8pm per le otto pair lay OH-toh
         
    I would like Vorrei... voar-RAY
    ...some (of) un pó (di) oon POH (dee)
    ...this questo KWAY-sto
    ...that quello KWEL-loh
    chicken pollo POL-loh
    steak bistecca bee-STEAK-ah
    ...rare al sangue ahl SAN-gway
    ...medium rosato ro-ZA-to
    ...well done ben cotto ben KO-to
    veal vitello vee-TEL-oh
    fish pesce PEH-shay
    meat carne KAR-neh
    I am vegetarian sono vegetariano SO-no veg-eh-tair-ee-YAH-no
    side dish [veggies always come seperately] cotorno kon-TOR-no
    dessert dolce DOAL-chay
    and e ay
    ...a glass of un bicchiere di oon bee-key-YAIR-eh dee
    ...a bottle of una bottiglia di oo-na boh-TEEL-ya dee
    ...a half-liter of mezzo litro di MET-tzoh LEE-tro dee
    ...fizzy water acqua gassata AH-kwah gah-SAHT-tah
    ...still water acqua non gassata AH-kwah noan gah-SAHT-tah
    ...red wine vino rosso VEE-noh ROH-so
    ...white wine vino bianco VEE-noh bee-YAHN-koh
    ...beer birra BEER-a
    Check, please Il conto, per favore eel COAN-toh pair fah-VOAR-eh
    Is service included? É incluso il servizio? ay een-CLOU-so eel sair-VEET-zee-yo

    Basic phrases in Italian

    English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
    thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
    please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
    yes si see
    no no no
    Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
    I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
    I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
    How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
    That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
         
    Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
    Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
    Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
    Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
    Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
    Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
         
    Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
    ...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
    ...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
    to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
    to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
    straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
    information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

    Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

    English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
    When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
    When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
    At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
         
    Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
    Today oggi OH-jee
    Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
    Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
         
    a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
    Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
    Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
    Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
    Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
    Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
    Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
    Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
         
    Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
    Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
    Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
         
    a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
    January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
    February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
    March marzo MAR-tzoh
    April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
    May maggio MAH-jee-oh
    June giugno JEW-nyoh
    July luglio LOO-lyoh
    August agosto ah-GO-sto
    September settembre set-TEM-bray
    October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
    November novembre no-VEM-bray
    December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

    Numbers in Italian

    English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
    1 uno OO-no
    2 due DOO-way
    3 tre tray
    4 quattro KWAH-troh
    5 cinque CHEEN-kway
    6 sei say
    7 sette SET-tay
    8 otto OH-toh
    9 nove NO-vay
    10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
    11 undici OON-dee-chee
    12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
    13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
    14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
    15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
    16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
    17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
    18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
    19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
    20 venti VENT-tee
    21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
    22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
    23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
    30 trenta TRAYN-tah
    40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
    50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
    60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
    70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
    80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
    90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
    100 cento CHEN-toh
    1,000 mille MEEL-lay
    5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
    10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


    * You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).

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