We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

La Vecchia Lira

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Via Giacomo Matteotti 19, 56048, Volterra, Italy
+39 0588 86180
09:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
Open now
See all hours
Fri - Wed 09:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

1,560 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 132: English reviews
Florence, Toscana, Italy
Level Contributor
40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

The restaurant is on the main streat of Volterra and offers local dishes. The self service system helps you to have only a short lunch break, but at the same time you can have a seat and eat quietly. You have a choice of primos (pasta dishes) and secondos (meat) with sidedishes. The quality proce ratio is good.

Thank Gabriella P
Torrey, Utah
Level Contributor
83 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Our hotel, the Albergo Etruria, suggested we try La Vecchia Lira for lunch. We enjoyed their cafeteria style lunch options and could easily see that many locals like to come here too. The manager and staff were friendly, spoke English and the prices were reasonable. We also had dinner there, which is by menu order only (no lunch cafeteria style... More 

Thank Twinder
Harrogate, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
84 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

We've been to La vecchia Lira for dinner. We didn't book a table so we left our names and came back about 40 minutes later and i'm glad we did. We had some house wine and a main (i had a steak with potatoes, and i must say that the meat was really good). Staff members were also really nice.... More 

Thank bbbo
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Though it might appear like a delicatessen from the street, this is a really nice restaurant with tables in the back. The menu is very creative, utilizing a lot of local ingredients in both unique and traditional ways. The pasta of the day was a fabulous play on fresh local mushrooms when we visited. Presentation and taste of the dishes... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Level Contributor
23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We went for dinner. This late in the season or at least early in the week, we had no trouble getting in. The good was wonderful. You can eat for a reasonable price or be at the top end, depending what you order. I has the volterran vegetable soup for 6.50 euro...and it's a meal in itself! Partner had mussels...totally... More 

Thank Sue H
Reading, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
77 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We were only in Volterra for 2 nights and couldn't get into this restaurant on the first evening (I had read about it on Tripadvisor and so was keen to go there) so we booked for the second evening and it was well worth it. I had the seafood gnocchi which was delicious and my partner had the wild boar... More 

Thank Jackie H H
Redondo Beach, California
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Expensive, but well worth the money spent. The food was delicious (there were three of us, and we all enjoyed our entrees and mains). They were very accommodating to our requested changes to some of the dishes (e.g., easy on the cream for the Tartufo pasta), and treated us with respect, which we didn't always encounter as American tourists. The... More 

Thank mdigtravel
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Delicious meal and neat owners (brothers), fine chef! My husband wiped clean every morsel of his pasta w/ sea urchins (!?!) dish and my pasta dish was yummy. Nice atmosphere and friendly interactions. The owners of our Albergo Etruria recommended this spot. We even returned the next day for a tasty light lunch.

Thank Liz P
Level Contributor
180 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We arrived early for dinner at about 7 and found a nice empty restaurant. We asked for a table and we were asked whether we had a booking - we said no and were asked to wait. After 5 minutes of waiting and being ignored, we walked out.

Thank BladderedBath
Milan, Italy
Level Contributor
52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

it was a good restaurant. the service was amazing, while the food was average. good, but as you would expect it to be in 80% of all italian restaurants. very funny weightor and enhanced the value of the dinner experience.

Thank Roberto B

Travellers who viewed La Vecchia Lira also viewed

Volterra, Province of Pisa
Volterra, Province of Pisa
Volterra, Province of Pisa
Volterra, Province of Pisa
Volterra, Province of Pisa
Volterra, Province of Pisa

Been to La Vecchia Lira? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$32
Italian, Mediterranean, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Drinks, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
09:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
09:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
09:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
09:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
09:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
09:30 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Giacomo Matteotti 19, 56048, Volterra, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Pisa  >  Volterra
  • Phone Number: +39 0588 86180

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of La Vecchia Lira and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from La Vecchia Lira staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?