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La Vecchia Lira

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Via Giacomo Matteotti 19, 56048, Volterra, Italy
+39 0588 86180
09:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
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Fri - Wed 09:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
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US expat
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The food here was exceptionally delicious with modem and traditional offerings, including slow cooked methods . The spaghetti with sea urchin, the slow cooked boar, the rabbit with pasta and the local salami were all amazing dishes. The menus were in English and the owner was very helpful in explaining specialties. Strongly recommend!

Thank perrysburg
Rome, Italy
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117 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This restaurant serves as a self-service diner, you take a tray and then choose your meal from the various dishes on display. The service is fast and there are plenty of seats inside. They also have gluten free dishes upon request. We had lunch and ordered gluten-free gnocchi with tomatoe sauce and they were freshly cooked. The prices are within... More 

Thank Deborah A
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's not bad and not good. I had lunch there with wild boar and a cheese plate. The boar was too salty, the cheese however was very good. But in general the place seemed uninspired and service impersonal. No desire to come back.

Thank Tania U
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The food and wine in this charming little restaurant were great and the service was even better--the owner and our waiter couldn't have been nicer. We made a reservation because we had read how popular the restaurant is and we were very glad we did because the restaurant was filled with Italians. I highly recommend La Vecchia Lira.

Thank suznnnco
Florence, Toscana, Italy
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

The restaurant is on the main streat of Volterra and offers local dishes. The self service system helps you to have only a short lunch break, but at the same time you can have a seat and eat quietly. You have a choice of primos (pasta dishes) and secondos (meat) with sidedishes. The quality proce ratio is good.

Thank Gabriella P
Torrey, Utah
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83 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Our hotel, the Albergo Etruria, suggested we try La Vecchia Lira for lunch. We enjoyed their cafeteria style lunch options and could easily see that many locals like to come here too. The manager and staff were friendly, spoke English and the prices were reasonable. We also had dinner there, which is by menu order only (no lunch cafeteria style... More 

Thank Twinder
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

We've been to La vecchia Lira for dinner. We didn't book a table so we left our names and came back about 40 minutes later and i'm glad we did. We had some house wine and a main (i had a steak with potatoes, and i must say that the meat was really good). Staff members were also really nice.... More 

Thank bbbo
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Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Though it might appear like a delicatessen from the street, this is a really nice restaurant with tables in the back. The menu is very creative, utilizing a lot of local ingredients in both unique and traditional ways. The pasta of the day was a fabulous play on fresh local mushrooms when we visited. Presentation and taste of the dishes... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We went for dinner. This late in the season or at least early in the week, we had no trouble getting in. The good was wonderful. You can eat for a reasonable price or be at the top end, depending what you order. I has the volterran vegetable soup for 6.50 euro...and it's a meal in itself! Partner had mussels...totally... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

We were only in Volterra for 2 nights and couldn't get into this restaurant on the first evening (I had read about it on Tripadvisor and so was keen to go there) so we booked for the second evening and it was well worth it. I had the seafood gnocchi which was delicious and my partner had the wild boar... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$32
Italian, Mediterranean, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Drinks, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
09:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
09:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
09:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
09:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
09:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Giacomo Matteotti 19, 56048, Volterra, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Pisa  >  Volterra
  • Phone Number: +39 0588 86180

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?