EATING & DRINKING
FOOD & WINE
Food stores in Italy are often closed on Sundays and sometimes Wednesday afternoons. In Cortona, they are open on Sunday mornings after Easter.
Molesini Market & Enoteca Molesini . Piazza Republica 22/23
Main grocery store in town, you will find most everything here. Enoteca Molesini across the Piazza from the Market has an excellent selection of wine and spirits.
La Bottega dell’Eretico. via Benedetti 15
Gabriela runs this charming small wine cavern, where she will do personalized tasting for you. A delightful experience and excellent wine.
Frutta e Vedura . Piazza Repubblica 24
This is a wonderful produce shop, with the great fruits and vegetables. Roberto, Nunziatina and their son Marco run the shop and are lovely people. Please tell them we sent you.
Fruttissima . via Nazionale 49
Alessandro, the owner, is darling and the produce is excellent.
Macelleria Cipollini . via Benedetti 16
The best meat in town is at the first butcher shop on your right up from Piazza Republica.
Every Saturday there is an open air market in Piazza Signorelli where you will find food, clothing, household goods, fabric, toys and candy.
Everything in Italy closes at 1pm for lunch, and doesn’t reopen until 3:30 or 4pm. Bars and restaurants are the only establishments open, so it’s a good time to eat and relax the way Italians do!
BARS & RESTAURANTS
It is best to make a reservation for restaurants on Friday and Saturday evenings, as they get very crowded.
Bar Tuscher . via Nazionale 43 . tel: 0575.62053 . Closed Mondays
Massimo and Daniela Olivieri are the owners of this beautiful bar/cafe. We often go there for our morning coffee and pastry, pre-dinner cocktail aperitivo, or an after dinner drink. In the summertime there are tables outside and our favorite specialty drink in the warm months is their iced coffee, Shakerato Cappuccino. They serve wonderful lunches as well.
Owner: Paola Barboni This is one of our favorite restaurants. The owner Paola is a dear friend will treat you well. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is lovely.
Emiliano and Ylenia own and operate this elegant, fine dining establishment. The decor is stunning and the food is world renowned. Their extensive wine selection is first class.
Pasticceria Banchelli . via Nazionale 11 . tel: 0575.601052
Wonderful baked goods, all made at their local bakery close by.
Trattoria Tacconi . via Dardano 46 . tel: 0575.603588
Our absolute personal favorite!!! Only open for lunch, closed Mondays. It is a true family run trattoria. Angelo is your waiter. His wife, Graziella and his daughter, Titziana, do all the cooking. The place has about 6 tables so arrive early, before 1pm. Angelo will tell you what there is to eat that day. There are four basic pastas, all fabulous, and the bistecca is Florentine steak cooked over the fire and is out of this world. Everything is great, basic, and you won’t find a more authentic Tuscan place. Make sure you mention you are “ospiti di Stacey and Rob.” They speak no English, but you’ll get the gist.
Cortona Bistrot . via S. Margherita 13 . tel: 0575.62957
Davide and Anita, who come from an interior design background, have a created an eclectic, warm and inviting restaurant. The food is a modern interpretation of classic Tuscan cuisine and the wines are excellent.
One of the best restaurants in Cortona. All their pastas are homemade, great food. Open for lunch and dinner.
Pizza E Focacce . Via Benedetti 5 . tel: 0575.631062 . Closed Tuesdays
Best pizza by the slice in town!! The pizza is heavenly. Located right off the Piazza Repubblica, you can get a slice to go and eat it across the Piazza on the steps of the Comune, the townhall. You can also order whole pies. If you order a pie to go, give them ample notice as they get busy in the evening.
Ti Amo Gelato (Italian Ice Cream) . via Benedetti, 9. 0575.603712
Undeniably the best gelato in Cortona.