The exposed stone dining rooms give off a warm and welcoming aura while the impeccable service lets you know you're not in just any old trattoria. This is Bottega del 30, a Michelin-star restaurant in Chianti that has earned its high praise. Some reviewers have called dining here "a transcendent experience" but we do know that with the sprawling Chianti vineyards out the door, it is a heavenly location.

The food is beautiful as well as delicious, all created from organic, local ingredients. The menu changes based on season and the whim of the creative chef, but you can choose from the a la carte menu or the fixed price theme menu. The cellar boasts 350 labels, with plenty of regional Chianti vintages, of course, but also wines from around Italy and bubbly from France.

La Bottega del 30 is located at the pretty Tuscan hamlet of Villa a Sesta, a frazione of Castelnuovo Bernardino, near Siena. Reservations are highly recommended. See their website for more information.

Open for dinner; Closed Tuesdays. In winter open also for Sunday lunch.

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Address in Castelnuovo Berardenga:

Via di Santa Caterina, 2.

Ph. (+39) 057 735 9226.