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“Delectable Tuscany Meal for Spyns Tours”

Osteria Il Papavero
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$23 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: This year to OSTERIA IL PAPAVERO you can have exciting cooking class! Call or write us, we wait for you!!!
Reviewed September 1, 2015

I first ate at this restaurant back in 2009 and was thrilled to return during a recent (and reviewed) stay last month at the nearby Castello di Spaltenna. Hotels and restaurants in Tuscany can be very expensive, almost too expensive really. Papavero is the answer. Nestled in a small hamlet just above Gaiole, the restaurant is tiny (10-12 tables I reckon) but the portions are not. The setting is beautiful, tranquil, and romantic. There is a small terrace (4-5 tables) although we ate inside as it was raining. The restaurant appeared to have just three working that evening: two capable waiters (one of whom spoke English, French and Italian) and a chef in the upstairs kitchen. We enjoyed a three-course meal with drinks - bruschetta with fresh tomatoes for me, perfectly-cooked pappardelle pasta with wild boar meat, and an assortment of delectable desserts - for around 65 Euros total (about US$100). A bargain! Two things potential patrons should be aware of: first, you need to navigate a winding, narrow road to drive up to the restaurant. So if you're a nervous passenger, you should probably eat in the valley. Second, the tables are so close together you'll likely make friends with your neighbours or at least overhear their dinner conversation. Neither were an issue for my romantic evening at this wonderful restaurant.

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Thank Spyns
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Reviewed August 29, 2015

We had a very good meal here and the wait staff were wonderful hosts. They guided us well and we really enjoyed our meal

Thank gdweb
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Reviewed August 20, 2015

Two nights ago we ate at this little restaurant in the hamlet of Barbischio. The restaurant is just outside the town of Gaiole turn left and go up the hill till you reach the top. With wonderful views, excellent service and fantastic food we really felt this was our best meal in the eight days of staying in this region. The food is all prepared on site and gathered locally. There are limited tables as it is only a small restaurant but you must book, the proprietor was turning people away sadly. Definitely will return if we are back in this region.

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Thank gillyc33
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Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled upon Il Papvero by accident when we drove out of Gaiole in Chianti on a side road uphill to the tiny village of Barbischio.
Since we were the only ones to visit, it was a very special experience. We could enjoy the view, the quiet and of course the wonderful food!

The choice of off-the-menu food was extensive, it was even difficult to memorize, but the staff was friendly and didn't mind to repeat.
The house wine was lovely. The melanzane antipasto and the anchovies were a great start of our dinner. The filetto di manzo al balsamico and the paccheri (pasta) with rabbit were delicious!

In short: highly recommended!!

Thank Puck55
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Reviewed July 27, 2015

The navigation will play a trick on you - make sure you follow the road up the hill for another 5-10 minutes after navigation tells you that you've arrived. You can't miss the place - the road on the top of the hill gets you right to it.

The tables outside have a very nice view. Parking is not an issue.

The menu doesn't have an English translation so the server will tell you all the specials in English as well as translate the menu. Since the menu is quite long, i found it a little difficult to remember everything that he have said. It would be much better if they actually had a menu in English especially since the place if often frequented by tourists.
The staff was very attentive and accommodating.

the dishes we chose were superb though. Pasta with fresh truffles was great, and so was the beef stew.

Definitely recommend this place for both lunch and dinner.

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Thank Alyona S
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