Beginning to the southeast of Grosseto, Maremma’s most populous city, for simple grilled meats, hand-made pastas and local wines, Trattoria Cupi, near Magliano in Toscana, features the best of the Maremma; from €40 (www.trattoriacupi.it).
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Head northwards along the E80 coastal road, past the Gulf of Follonica to San Vincenzo, where Fulvietto Pierangelini is following in the footsteps of his well-known chef father, Fulvio. His new restaurant, Il Bucaniere, is an architectdesigned beach house overlooking the sea, and features locally sourced fish, meats and vegetables (www.ristoranteilbucaniere.com). Practically next door is another beachfront restaurant that is well loved with the in-crowd. At La Perla del Mare, chef Deborah Corsi has won a loyal following for her pure flavours
The finest seafood restaurant on the Livorno coast is on the beach at Bibbona, close to Bolgheri, at chef Luciano Zazzeri’s everpopular La Pineta, with its one Michelin star and fabulous food and wine; tasting menu from €70 (www.lapinetadizazzeri.it). Zazzeri has also just opened an inland restaurant to supply game and additional mountain foods: Locanda del Sole at Castello Ginori di Querceto in the commune of Montecatini Val di Cecina (www.marchesiginorilisci.it).
Creative cuisine at L’Imbuto restaurant
Progressing up the coast and past Pisa to Lucca, L’Imbuto is chef Cristiano Tomei’s new one Michelin-starred restaurant in Lucca’s Centre of Contemporary Art, featuring creative and untried cuisine; menu from €50 (www.limbuto.it). At Montecarlo, inland from Lucca, Osteria Da Baffo subdue offers country dinners at the winery, with food that’s rustic and affordable; menu with wine from €30 (Tel,+39 0583-22381; email, [email protected]).
At San Miniato, middle between Pisa and Florence, and well-known for its black and colorless truffles, try Antico Ristoro Le Colombaie for
Back on the coast at Viareggio, in the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte, chef Giuseppe Mancino’s Piccolo Principe (‘Small Prince’) merits its two Michelin stars for gourmet food complete with a sea view; mains from €45 (www.ristoranteilpiccoloprincipe.com). Or you can splash out on an elegant dinner with all the trimmings at Lorenzo, in nearby Forte dei Marmi, for some of Italy’s finest seafood, including the best fritto di mare you’ll ever eat, plus a fantastic cellar; menu from €80 (www.ristorantelorenzo.com).
Maremma and Lucca: Where to sleep
At San Vincenzo, Poggio ai Santi is an upmarket agriturismo with sea views and olive groves. And a fantastic restaurant. Rooms from €165 (www.poggioaisanti.com).
Podere le Mezzelune is a tasteful, small country house relais near Bolgheri, with all the private touches you get from it being family run, as well as a gorgeous garden; from €180 (www.poderelemezzelune.it).
In Pisa, if you’re visiting the Piazza dei
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