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Between Florence and Siena, there’s a line that passes through the Chianti region, connecting the restaurants “Amici del Chianti Classico”.

This is the new initiative of the Consorzio Chianti Classico, which is well aware of the commercial opportunity represented by local restaurants, and has thought of creating a new community of restaurants that enthusiastically and professionally work with the Gallo Nero wines.

This new “community” was presented a few days ago in Florence by the president of the Consorzio Giovanni Manetti and the general director Carlotta Gori.

Over 300 restaurants in the areas of Florence, Siena and the region where the Chianti Classico wines are produced were screened by the agency 2night, which offered the Consorzio a clear picture of the positioning of the Chianti Classico in its domestic market.

In short, if it’s true that one must look at a global market, one mustn’t lose sight of what happens locally. From this research they’ve learned that the selected restaurants have an average of 20 Chianti Classico in their wine list, and that many have a section dedicated exclusively to the Gallo Nero wines.

Some criteria were established to include the restaurants in the “Amici del Chianti Classico” club, and those chosen were immediately sent a welcome pack, with a dedicated window sticker, a plaque made with the wood of the barrels where Chianti Classico is aged, a relief map of the production area and some useful tools for their daily work.

The criteria refer to both quantitative parameters – that is the percentage of Chianti Classico wines compared to other Tuscan reds present in the restaurant’s wine list – and quality, meaning the correct information on the wines and good serving practices.

“We wanted to open a direct and constant channel with those who work in restauranteurs, who are the most important ambassadors of our wines. – says Giovanni Manetti – Thanks to the precious daily work of many people that operate in this sector, the general public has the opportunity to appreciate our wines, getting to know them in more depth. For this reason it’s important to reward, but also to constantly inform the restaurant owners about news and trends of the Chianti Classico, and learn how the Consorzio’s wine producers can help their work”.

An “upgrade” has already been planned, as the project in 2019 will land in Milan. This second stage of the project will allow the Consorzio to make contact with the most interesting food and wine communities in Italy, but also to focus on the ‘criteria of inclusion’ for the restaurants who work with the Chianti Classico wines outside of Tuscany, in a country that now sees a dominant trend in the regionalisation of wine consumption.

The first events dedicated to the club members have already been planned, including the presentation of the new Chianti Classico Olive Oil DOP held at the Consorzio’s headquarters in recent days. The members will get privileged invitations to main events such as the “Collection” at the Leopolda and Vinitaly, and ”en primeur” tastings during the year.

This prestigious new community is open to those who would like to become friends of Chianti Classico. The interested restaurants can receive information by writing directly to the Consorzio (, which will provide the new candidates with all the necessary information to apply to join the club.

These are the first “Amici del Chianti Classico”.


  • Buca Mario
  • Enoteca Le Barrique
  • Francesco Vini
  • Golden View
  • Harry’s Bar
  • La Falterona
  • Mamma Gina
  • Pitti Gola e Cantina
  • Ristorante Giannino in San Lorenzo
  • Ristorante Il Paiolo
  • Trattoria Cammillo
  • Trattoria del Carmine
  • Trattoria Giovanni
  • Trattoria Mario
  • Vini e Vecchi Sapori


  • Enoteca I Terzi
  • Gallo Nero
  • Grotta di Santa Caterina – Bagoga
  • La Compagnia dei Vinattieri
  • Osteria Enoteca Sotto le Fonti
  • Osteria Le Logge
  • Porrione
  • Ristorante Enzo
  • Ristorante Il Bargello
  • Ristorante L’Osteria
  • Ristorante San Desiderio
  • Villa Scacciapensieri


  • Antica Trattoria La Torre
  • Caffè del Popolano
  • Cantinetta Sassolini
  • Da Verrazzano
    Foresteria Villa Cerna
  • Fuori Piazza
  • Gallo Giallo
  • Il Paese dei Campanelli
  • Il Papavero
  • Il Re Gallo
  • La Cantinetta del Nonno
  • La Loggia del Chianti
  • La Porta del ChiantiLa TerrazzaLe Contrade
  • Le Tre Porte
  • Nello
  • Osteria alla Piazza
  • Osteria Le Panzanelle
  • Osteria Mangiando Mangiando
  • Osteria Ristorante Gallo Nero
  • Ristorante De Gustibus
  • Ristorante della Fornace
  • Ristorante La Castellana
  • Ristoro L’Antica Scuderia
  • Trattoria da Bule