Civita di Bagnoregio
For the most memorable visit - go to Civita di Bagnoregio. With only eight residents, this village is literally falling away day by day. Excellent food and about two hours from San Sano, near Orvieto.
Ristoro di Lamole
Oh my oh my, I love this restaurant and love these guys. The food is incredible, get the black risotto if it is in season. They have the BEST views so go on a clear day. I didn't know which photo to use - the food, view, interior or the owners, so I picked my favorite - Filippo, one of the owners!
Butcher of Panzano
If you have the time...make a reservation (in advance of your visit) to eat in Panzano at one of the pre-set meals. I had one with 11 servings of MEAT dishes only. Truly remarkable experience. Plan to sleep in your car before driving home.
There is a bus to Siena every day in the morning around 8 am. It returns around 2 pm. It is a good way to go - you can buy a ticket in Monte when the bus goes into town. Get off at the first stop, then it will turn around while you are in the shop buying the bus ticket, then get back on and resume your trip. I grocery shop in Siena and love walking around this city. It's about 30 minutes from San Sano, if you drive, I suggest parking at the train station and taking the escalators into the city.
Only two miles away in Lecchi - Always my first and last meal - I love this place - and Simone and his wife, Alyssa. Order different food - or ask Simone to make a variety of his favorites. Never a bad meal here.
Le Contrade in Gaiole
I go to visit this master chef (trained by the love of food). Andrea is way over the top as far as cooking goes - you will never be disappointed. Le Contrade is in the hills overlooking Gaiole, very close to San Sano. Sorry, I only have one food shot, I always grab a bite the minute the plate arrives, so all my photos have my fork in them.