Mentionable restaurants in the Chianti region

As we have suggested throughout our website, for a real italian experience of great food, our recommendation is to specifically select small trattorie/restaurants that do not seem to cater to tourists whether in Tuscany or anywhere else in Italy. That is more so in the Chianti region with its large number of tourists. For example, if possible avoid places that have their menu in english posted at the entrance. The latter does not necessarily mean that the food may not be good, rather that it may just be mediocre and far from the renown italian meals.

The restaurants we list below are the ones that we really believe to be outstanding. Our choice is not simply based on our experience, but also on the opinion of other customers in the restaurant at the time.

Gaiole in Chianti
Lo sfizio di bianchi (Visited 2010 and in 2011)
We stumbled on this restaurant while visiting Gaiole. Had no expectations, but were looking for a place to rest and have a bite to eat. We were really surprised to find a warm and hospitable place, frequented by locals and tourists alike, with genuine dishes and home cooked meals. Our dishes, ravioli with spinach and truffle and rabbit leg, were outstanding.
A couple from Pennsylvania and a couple from Hawaii, both sitting at table beside us, shared our opinions. Definitely a restaurant to revisit and recommend!
La Castellana (Visited 2009, 2010 and 2011)
We first discovered this restaurant in the fall of 2009 after a long walk through the vineyards from Panzano to Montefiorale. We simply needed a rest and some food. At 2:30 in the afternoon, a warm and sunny day, it was indeed late to have lunch, even for italian standards, but they accommodated us. The meal was outstanding. My wife had Tortelli filled with ricotta with lemon-gorgonzola-nuts sauce (10.50 euros) while I had Pennette alla norcina (pennette with trouffle sauce and pork sausage). great dishes.
We visited La Castellana again in the fall of 2010 and in 2011. The restaurant lived up to its reputation. The pasta is fresh, bread is by far the best we have had in a restaurant in Tuscany.
The interior of the restaurant is quaint and beautiful. It can seats 26 people, but it is popular so a reservation is recommended. Family run, dad was having a heart problem when we last visited, so mamma and daughter were working in the kitchen and they can definitely cook! The son, Francesco, run the business and made sure everything was ok in the restaurant. We found out that the family owns 4 restaurants in the area. This one is definitely worth checking out. We have also noticed that La Castellana ranks very high on Trip Advisor.
We had seen this restaurant/trattoria in Inpruneta in 2009, but did not have a chance to patronize it at the time. However, when we discovered that Luca Finocchiaro, the former chef of the trattoria "Conte di dilladarno" in Florence (see our notes in the Florence restaurants page), had moved here, we had to check it out when visiting in 2010.

As expected....outstanding. Our appetizers consisted of prosciutto drizzled with honey and truffle, fresh pecorino, and soppressata with lemon zest. My pappardelle with wild boar sauce and my wife tagliatelle with nuts and arugola were both amazing. Definitely a recommended stop when visiting the Chianti region close to Florence. We have also noticed that this trattoria is among the preferred on Trip Advisor.