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“The Carrot Rumors are True”

Al 43 - Locanda dell' Artista
Ranked #1 of 135 Restaurants in San Gimignano
Price range: US$ 63 - US$ 109
Description: The intimate AL 43 at Locanda dell' Artista offers an unforgettable fine dining experience. The cuisine by Michelin starred chef Maurizio Bardotti is modern but in harmony with the age-old Tuscan traditions.
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Description: The intimate AL 43 at Locanda dell' Artista offers an unforgettable fine dining experience. The cuisine by Michelin starred chef Maurizio Bardotti is modern but in harmony with the age-old Tuscan traditions.
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The best tasting menu we’ve had. All of the courses(and surprise/additional tasters) and service were outstanding. My favorite was the carrot which sounds silly... but try it. My Husbands favorite was the pork.
We got a bottle recommended by the server instead of the pairing which was also a great pick.
Overall unbeatable views, service and food while visiting Tuscany. We left feeling full and satisfied which isn’t always the case with small portions in a tasting.

Tip: Make the earliest reservation at 7:30 and arrive a little before to be able to see the sunset. You’ll also get your pick of tables that way!

Thank ChelsLois
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LocandadellArtista, Owner at Al 43 - Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Indeed the carrot rumours ARE true! This title made us all smile. Thank you for so creatively and generously describing your evening in al 43! We deeply appreciate your time here in TripAdvisor. We look forward to seeing you again when your travels allow.

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Reviewed 14 September 2018

We recently ate twice at AL 43. We were staying at Locanda Dell' Artista which is the fabulous hotel that is its partner.
This is some of the most wonderful and very smart Tuscan cuisine that we have had the pleasure in tasting. It has all the elements of the Tuscan kitchen - game, pasta, fresh local produce and all done with a smile to make you smile. This is fine dining with some very subtle twists and turns. The food is backed up by a very extensive cellar and all the staff are very helpful and knowledgeable. Very much worth the trip to get there.

Thank Martin K
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LocandadellArtista, Owner at Al 43 - Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Martin & Karen,
Thank you for spending two evenings in al 43 and thank you for taking the time to write a review in TripAdvisor. We deeply appreciate your continued visits to our Locanda as you both bring a welcome joy and warmth. We look forward to seeing you next year!

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Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Forget the best of the area. This is simply the best of the best. This place is a pure magic and i bet you will remember savoring the magical food for a long long time. i like to eat well but this place topped all my expectation. fantastic food made with love and imagination that it will blow your mind. top cordial service. Personal time with the owner and with a michelin chef. Yes this place is not cheap but it is worth every penny if you want to have an experience of a lifetime. the only thing i hated about is that i could not stay at least a few days since it offers also rooms for rent. i wish i knew! And wow what rooms. Thank you Cris for takig such a good care of us, showing us around, feeding us so well, and above all nurturing our spirits with your warm heart. we will most certainly come back to this little heaven on earth. i am marking my calendar now☺

Thank Gaia S
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LocandadellArtista, Owner at Al 43 - Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Grazie Gaia!
Thank you for this very sweet note and review. It was my pleasure to show you around our Locanda. We love our work, our guests and are happy to share it with everyone. Your review title humbles us and we will constantly strive to both continue what we have created and improve where we can. Thank you from my heart. I look forward to seeing you when you are next here.

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Reviewed 12 September 2018

The restaurant is beautiful, and has been immaculately decorated and furnished. My husband and I had one of the tasting menus, and from the home-made breads, down to the dessert, each course was very innovative and delicious.
However, the service that we had really let our whole experience down.
We paid 35 euro each to have a wine pairing with each of our tasting menu courses. However, for our first 2 courses, we had already started eating our food before we received the wine, and for the next course, we were given the same wine as the previous course, as the waiter had forgotten to give us a new wine. We spent most of the meal on edge as we were wondering if/when we would get our wine pairing. It really did spoil our meal, and after spending 70 euro for the wine pairings, it was a complete let down. Such a shame, as I think that we could have had an excellent meal otherwise. I would suggest not getting the wine pairings in case you have the same experience as us, and it really is incredibly expensive going for this option too, as the wine measures are very small even if you do get the correct pairings!

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Thank CMcA2016
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LocandadellArtista, Owner at Al 43 - Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Gentile CMcA2016,
We are both happy to hear that your meal was both "innovative and delicious" and sorry to hear that our service, the evening you were here, did not meet OUR expectations or yours. Thank you for sharing about your evening as it helps us to improve what we love to do...take care of our guests. After speaking with our waiters, who were serving the night of your dinner, we are sorry that you did not mention to them your dissatisfaction with their service. Our entire staff take great pride in our restaurant and if a guest feels they have not received the service we demand of ourselves, we are also disappointed. We hope you will return to give us another chance, when your travels allow. Until then, we thank you for your honesty and criticism and wish you all the best.

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Reviewed 9 September 2018

Food is mouth watering, a truly great Tuscan experience. Wonerful quisine, extra tasting dishes included free, together with memorable fine wines. You must dine in during your stay at Locanda.

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LocandadellArtista, Owner at Al 43 - Locanda dell' Artista, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Gentile Barry & Jill,
Thank you for sharing about your meal here in TripAdvisor. We appreciate your visits to our Locanda and that you also choose to dine in al 43. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

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