San Gimignano is a great day trip from Firenze. It is one of our favorite places to visit. It is not far from Firenze just about an hour 1/2 car trip. When we went we needed a lunch place so I ask my friends for a recommendation. Judy Witts Francini who is a food writer and cooking teacher you can find out more about here on her site Divina Cucina, Anita Grosser who runs Chianticooking Gourmetshop where you can find a variety of Italian, French and German cuisine and a friend from a Facebook cooking group Temple Perrotta.
They all recommended Chiara Lantini‘s Restaurant which is called Ristorante Latini in Certaldo (via dei Platani 1 Loc. Canonica). The restaurant was wonderful and Chiara is very friendly and very passionate about her food. My son said that Lantini was the best restaurant he ever ate at and keeps begging us to go back soon. Everything we ate was spectacular and she even got me to eat fish. There was tuna that was just cooked perfectly so tender and I ate most of it. What I forgot to do was take pictures of the dishes. So more of a reason to come back and get some great food. It is about 15 minutes from San Gimignano and the food was excellent especially since going into town you pay high prices for food that is really not high quality like we got at Lantini. So next time you are looking for lunch or dinner venture out to Ristorante Latini and tell Chiara I sent you.
My Friend Judy does go there often and has allowed me to post some pictures until I take some, because we will be going back. Here are some of the dishes there you can get.