Picking up from my previous post on road tripping through Tuscany, our final destination was Greve in Chianti. This idyllic Italian town is nestled right down the hill from the villa where we stayed and is so incredibly charming! (And when I say right down the hill, I mean, you can walk down, but climbing back up the hill would be quite the effort!) Driving down to the main square was the mode we opted for, and parking in the pubic lot was an easy walk to the center of town.
All within a short expanse of the town square, businesses are connected through quaint alleyways. Our favorite spots that we discovered include a grocery store ($4 bottles of wine!), floral shop, movie theater and many delicious spots to eat. Get the details on our favorite spots for food and wine in Greve in Chianti in today’s post!
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Groceries in Greve in Chianti
Because we were staying in a villa (with 20 people total) and not a hotel, it was important that we kept the kitchen stocked! We would frequently visit COOP, the town supermarket. We bought all of our meats, cheeses, coffee, snacks and wine here. This was the BEST place to stock up on wine as the bottles were only $4 a piece! Things to note, COOP is closed on Sundays which is important to know if you arrive on a Saturday and need to stock up before the next day. It also closes from 1-4pm on weekdays – many businesses do. They call it their lunch break! If you use the COOP parking lot, you can validate your parking ticket upon checking out. If not, you’ll have to pay the parking fee.
Restaurants in Greve in Chianti
The first place we ate in town was La Cantina, know for their giant pizzas for only $8. You know it’s good when you order a round of waters, and the waiter brings you a round of wine instead! We also ordered a Caprese salad for the table to share, and it was incredibly fresh! I will say that you can expect a 2 hour dining experience – which isn’t unusual in Italy.
We hit up this little spot quite often! It’s a little hole in the wall that offers gelato, sandwiches and a big selection of coffee. In fact, this was one of the only places that would make me iced coffee! (Apparently it’s a no-no in Italy to drink iced coffee… or to ask for coffee in a to-go cup. Silly Americans.) Before our road trip to Florence, we stopped here to pick up sandwiches which turned out to be a big hit. The prosciutto and arugula sandwich was so good that I ordered it twice!
Another one of our lunch spots! Order the white sauce pizza with truffles and mushrooms – it was our favorite pizza of the trip! It was so good that we ordered to-go pizzas from Caffé Lepanto for a hilltop picnic on our very last night. The mushroom pasta and pesto gnocchi were both very good as well.
We lunched here and had a Santa Margherita wine tasting and barrel tour. My favorite part of the meal was the meat and cheese board paired with a bottle of rosé! You can also pick up a $10 bottle of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (my favorite) – it’s about $35 here in the states!
There are a TON of winery options in Chianti. Part of our group had a tasting at Ruffin and highly recommended it.
photos by Lainey Reed
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