How to parlare in Italiano when it REALLY matters!

One of the delights of life when you rent a villa in Tuscany is the FOOD and what better View from La Collina del Sole way to explore the best AND most hidden restaurants in the region of your villas for rent in Tuscany than to know how to ask directions, as even the best sat navs send you into the sea instead of keeping you on track, here we share with you 3 of our favourite VERY hidden treasured restaurants near La Collina del Sole and a few useful phrases to use when you get there as restaurants in the mountain ranges near Holiday villas in Lucca do not necessarily have a menu in English,  particularly if you are in the remote villages near Lucca Villa Rental the same is true of any remote villages near Villa rentals in Tuscany they might not have an English menu but Mamma Mia ! they will serve a fabulous home cooked meal. First up is  Il Ponte di Ceserana, in Ponte di Ceserana a fabulous restaurant located at the Il Ponte Ceseranapoint where you leave the main road to go to La Collina del Sole the closest gourmet meal you can get, to Lucca Villa rental their telephone number is 0583 66 20 05, they are WELL known for their fish menu on Friday lunchtime which is well priced and has FRESH fish and seafood caught that same morning in the sea 1.5 hours away. The Fish and Chips are elegant and delicious, although the cook Claudio comes from Ayr in Scotland and speaks English with a delightful Scottish accent, his wife Clementina does not so you will definitely the phrases I write of a bit further down.

Second super find is Locanda Belvedere Di Roberta e Clara just outside the town of Silico, Locanda Belvedere30 minutes drive from  La Collina del Sole  It is run by a family and has great home cooked food, with homemade pasta it has a concise menu of what is SUPER fresh that day  it is well priced with tables out of doors. Telephone number is 0583 662173,  phrases needed here.

Third HIDDEN secret is La Bettula in Alpi di Sant Antonio, their telephone number is 0583 la betulla760380. It is a very picturesque 1.5 hours drive into the mountain range from  La Collina del Sole if you are going straight there …. however it is the drive and views of the hilly countryside getting there and back that make this day trip special. Good food phrase book ESSENTIAL here.

Our phrase format is English, Italian as it is written and then as it is pronounced if you have an English or American accent. Do you speak English?     Parla Inglese?     Par-la Een-glay-zayRestaurant I don't understand     Non capisco     Non Ka-peesk-koh I'm sorry     Mi dispiace     Mee Dees-pee-at-chay Where is?     Dov'é     Doh-vey ...a restaurant     un ristorante     Oon Rees-toh-rahn-tey ...a casual restaurant     una trattoria / un'osteria     Oo-nah Trah-tor-rhee-ah  / Oon Ohst-air-ee-ah I would like to reserve...     Vorrei prenotare...     Voar-ray Pray-note-ar-eh a table for two     una tavola per due     Oo-nah Tah-voal-lah Pair DAntipasto De LUXE oo-way I would like     Vorrei...     Voar-ray ...some (of)     un pó (di)     Oon poh (Dee) ...this     questo     Kway-sto ...that     quello     Kwel-loh and     e     Eh antipasto    antipasto     Ant-hee-phas-toh fresh pasta     pasta fresca  Phas-ta Fres-kha porcini mushrooms    funghi porcini     Foon-ghee Por-chee-neh truffles        tartufi     Tarh-tuh-feeFunghi Porcini Drawing Chicken         Pollo    Poh-loh Beef     Manzo        Mahn-zho Dessert / Sweet   Dolce        Dohl-chey ...a glass of     un bicchiere di     Oon Bee-key-yair-eh Dee ...fizzy water     acqua gassata     Ah-kwah Gah-saht-tah ...still water     acqua non gassata     Ah-kwah Non Gah-saht-tah wine     vino rosso     Vee-noh Roh-sso ...white wine     vino bianco     Vee-noh Bee-ahn-koh     birra     Beer-ah The bill  please     Il conto, per favore     Eel Coan-toh Pair Fah-voar-eh Is service included?     É incluso il servizio?     Ay Een-clou-so Eel Sair-veet-zee-yo Thank you     Grazie        Graht-zieh ENJOY ! FOODMain Image