Top 10 affordable restaurants in rural Tuscany
The Dopolavoro was built in 1939 as a social club for workers on the Unesco-listed La Foce estate. Newly restored, with an open-plan country-chic look, a lovely big terrace at the back and views of Monte Amiata from the front, the bar and restaurant makes a good stop-off in the magnificent Val d'Orcia.
Cheap eats include bico, (a kind of focaccia), or panini filled with interesting combos such as mortadella with marinated artichoke hearts and mint, or prosciutto, "drunken" pecorino and truffle cream (from €4). The menu changes with the seasons, but dishes that will tempt you to stretch the budget a little include the likes of vegetable lasagne (€12) and beef cheek slow-braised in Sangiovese wine (€13). If you come on a Wednesday or at the weekend, forgo dessert in favour of a guided tour of the magical La Foce garden (€10, lafoce.com): it's food for the soul.