Ready .. Steady … A mangiare !

As you lazily sunbathe by the La Collina del Sole  pool while you  rent a villa in Tuscany all that Vitamin D is bound to make you hungry, so … We collated a short list of three very favorite voted restaurants near  Lucca Villa rental  whcih the guests who stayed at villa rentals in Tuscany, chose they might make you hungry for MORE …

First the favorite of at least ten guests of La Collina del Sole who chose us among all the Villas for rent in Tuscany Is Triti situated In the centre of Garfagnana a great area for Holiday Villas in Lucca on the outskirts of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, and opposite the Opera / Theatre hall “ Teatro Alfieri ”, which by the way has a lovely view of Castelnuovo from its courtyard. Triti is on Via Roma 29/31, in the direction to Pieve Fosciana, their telephone number is 0583 62156. They are smartish dress code and have good food, you can enjoy grilled steaks which are sold by weight and can be … HUGE.  You can also try unusual dishes like barley risotto, an amuse-bouche in the form of zuchinni flowers fried in a light tempura batter, or traditional courses like tagliata – excellent steak with caramelisd onions and roast potatoes, or penne arrabiata cooked to perfection or even a humble pizza like a quattro stagione  – whcih is as good any we’ve tasted. They have a good selection of wines like the local Colle Luchesse red, delicious, it is popular with locals, sadly closed on Tuesdays.

Il Beretto in the centre of Castelnuovo on Via Farini 5, their Telephone number  is  0583 639136, website http://www.ilbaretto.org . Il Beretto is placed just off the Piazza Umberto, the towns central piazza, it serves full meals, or pasta only and can be used as a cafe. It has a tourist friendly menu, with specials like wild boar, goatand funghi, their staff are friendly and English speaking which combined with its central location and inviting exterior make it very appealing.

Many locals go to  … Marchetti Trattoria on Via F. Testi #10 this restaurant is situated within the “Loggiato” in Castelnuovo   their telephone is 0583 639157. They are well priced and always busy with locals – a good sign. Marchetti Trattoria is particularly special when it is hot as they have al fresco summer eating within the “Loggiato” or colonnaded courtyard, which also happens to house the town hall. It is closed on Sundays.

Now The festas of the week where you can eat drink and be merry are :
Barga which is south of our beautiful Lucca Villa Rental continues with its “ Festa Del Centro Storico di Barga ” until 24 of July
Particularly on the 20, 21 and 22 there is a fish and chips feast or “ Sagra Pesche e Patate Barga “ it makes sense when you realize that many of the inhabitants from Garfagnana went to Scotland to serve in Fish and Chip shops, and now Barga has a very lively Scottish contingent.
Galiicano also south of La Collina del Sole holds “ Luglio Gallicanese ” from 14-31 of July with musical events and in particular the 21st of July there is a Flag Throwing  competition or “ Torneo Gallicanese della Bandiera
Sillicagnana in the area of San Romano north of La Collina del Sole there is the macheroni feast or Sagra del Maccheroni on the 21 and 22 of July.
Also on the 22 of July,  Sillico which is the village that you see looking north from our beautiful Villas for rent in Lucca has a painting exhibition and if you keep going uphill you will find the Lame di Capraia where the Shepherds Feast is held or “ Festa dei Pastori “
On the 22 July Vagli Sotto hosts “ mercatini delle Arte e dei Mestieri “ which is basically a handicraft and local “way of life” of old rural Italy.  So …. if you have any suggestions or feedback do feel free to share it on our Facebook La Collina del Sole Tuscany  page
Ready … Steady … Have Fun !

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