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“Highly recommended”

Osteria Del Carcere
Ranked #41 of 130 Restaurants in San Gimignano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 0 - US$ 51
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 9 April 2012

During our stay near San Gimignano 2011 we returned to the "Carcere" several times - simply because we enjoyed the friendly service, the quality of the freshly prepared meals and the reasonable prices. The small osteria with its cosy atmosphere leaves the impression of being quintessential for a medieval place like San Gimignano. And there is one thing the guest never feels - the impression of being in a prison dungeon, which is what the restaurant's name historically goes back to.

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Reviewed 27 November 2011

We liked the ambiance and enjoyed the music and loved the bruchetta (sp?) but i ordered a pricey pork dish and it was a slim cut off of a cold precooked pork loaf. That was very dissapointing. We did enjoy the wild boar pate, the wine and the surroundings. But I agree with others with the lazy cooking. My partner had the soup and enjoyed it. It is a great place to eat bruchetta and crostini. I would not order any main dishes - just wine and appetizer type foods.

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Reviewed 30 October 2011

We were seated in the upstairs portion of this restaurant which was very quaint and unique. We could look down and see a gal preparing the bread for the traditional "ribolitta" (traditional Tuscan soup made with "stale" bread)...which was very good !! They also serve and sell products from "Antica Macelleria Cecchini"--Dario Cecchini's butcher shop---he's the best and well- known butcher in Tuscany ( Dario is also one of the most personable, warm, friendly and hospitable Italians we had the pleasure of meeting!! Side-trip--we traveled to Panzano in Chianti, Firenze to visit the butcher shop and had the awesome surprise to find him there!!)
The wine we ordered, Il Templare from Sono Montenidoli Vineyards was spectacular for 18 euro (side note: we liked it so much, we inquired about it at the nearest wine shop, "La Fiaschettera Di Boboli" and found out the vineyard was in San Gemignano. Needless to say, we took another side trip to find the vineyard... ..and when we found it, we were treated so well...with a tour and tastings ...it was an amazing experience. Alberto, who is actually an accountant there, took really good care of us! This is not the type of winery that is open for tours and tastings....it's by appointment and we just happened to show up when another group was there).
Our experience at Osteria del Carcere was a good one because not only did we enjoy the atmosphere, food and wine, but we discovered Montenidoli !!!!

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Thank xprsoqn
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Reviewed 26 October 2011

Very nice little restaurant, well located close to main attractions of lovelly San Gimignano. Menu with various options we found the food well prepared and delicious. But I would saythe service and the ambience are the highlights. Don`t miss it!

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Thank emrodri
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Reviewed 29 September 2011

We've lost count of the number of times we have eaten here. the quality of foods and wines is utterly superb. We always book the moment we arrive in San Gimignano so as not to be disappointed!

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Thank DivaCaledonia
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