Meet Jayne and Ilario from Del Sonno Restaurant


One of our favourite places to eat in Bagni di Lucca is Del Sonno. The food is great and Jayne and Ilario are delightful….what more could you want?

I know I am boring, but I almost always order the same thing, saltimbocca. It literally means “jump in the mouth”. If you taste it you will know why. The dish consists of thinly sliced veal, topped with prosciutto and sage leaves.

I usually have grilled vegetables as a side dish.

They also do a great pizza and when I can force myself not eat the saltimbocca I have a gorgonzola and prosciutto pizza….or a salame piccante….or quatro stagione…..


The crust is thin and crispy and the toppings, just right.

I have, on occasion, been known to have pannacotta or tiramisu. Then I walk home to Ponte a Serraglio.

Jayne allowed me into the kitchen last year and showed me how she makes her saltimbocca. If you click here you will find the post.

Say hello to Ilario if you go to Del Sonno. He is always there with a smile and he knows everything about Bagni di Lucca. Jayne will be in the kitchen making my saltimbocca.

Del Sonno Ristorante….146/148 Viale Umberto 1, La Villa

Ph. 0583 805080

19 thoughts on “Meet Jayne and Ilario from Del Sonno Restaurant

  1. Hi Jayne and Ilario. Great to see you again, especially from Sydney! Del Sonno is our favourite restaurant and Jayne and Ilario are lovely people. They put on a lovely outside wedding reception for our son and daughter-in-law during their Summer Music Festival.

  2. You could always dedicate yourself to tracking the wonderful food on offer in your neck of the woods there Debra! This looks like another wonderful place to eat. You have a very fine palate I’m guessing. ;-)…. Jxx

    • We are always looking for good places to eat in our area. The food here is very good and we are rarely disappointed. I do like food, and will try most things…..except tripe.

  3. Lovely article on Del Sonno and owners Ilario and Jane.

    At your suggestion we tried the Saltimbocca which was superb – served with mixed grilled vegetables including zucchini, aubergine, and peperonata. All wonderful. I can vouch for the pizza’s at Del Sonno as well – speck con gorganzola pizza is very good. Delicious dolci too. The gorganzola and walnut salad is a hit. In fact we’ve only ever had good food and good service there. Ilario always takes time to speak with his customers, and his staff are polite and friendly.
    In the summer we ate outside while the fashion show was going on over the road at the Forestiere. We enjoyed spaghetti vongole, steak and chips, and pancetta and raddichio risotto. Clean plates all round!

  4. Bagni di Lucca is a wonderful town in Tuscany.
    I can recommend a visit to the restaurant Antico del Sonno.
    The owners Jayne and Ilario are some amazing people and their cuisine is of high quality – both the good products and the fine cooking and the exellent wines.
    Visit the restaurant and you will have a wonderful experience.

  5. We eat there about 1x a week and love it too. Clarion is so interesting to talk to. We will try your Saltimboca and Curry night next. Thanks

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