Category: Tuscan

B&B, Italian, Italy, Tuscan

Villa di Piazzano

When I asked Lori what she wanted for her birthday this year she said she’d like to go to Tuscany and visit our friends at the Villa di Piazzano. We’ve been to the Villa many times and always return because to leave the Villa is like leaving relatives behind in Tuscany. Many places can offer […]

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Florence, restaurant, Tuscan

RISTORANTE IL LATINI

[flickrset id=”72157630728573900″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”large”] While staying in the lovely countryside of Tuscany, Lori decided to have me, drive us to Florence to visit a restaurant recommend by her doctor that is known to love his food.  I was reluctant to drive in Florence because this usually involves driving down one way streets the wrong […]

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Italian, Italy, Tuscan

Osteria dell’Olmo, Perugia, Italy

[flickrset id=”72157627824848173″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”large”] We received a recommendation from a friend of a friend that has sent a lot of time in Perugia. We called our Italian friends and asked them to join us for dinner. I set the GPS in the rental car and off we went. After the usual amount of animated […]

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restaurant, Tuscan

Canta Napoli, Camucia, Tuscany (near Cortona) Italy

[flickrset id=”72157626603308953″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”medium”] Several years ago we asked our friends that live in Camucia to take us to a local place where people go to eat for everyday food.  They took us to Canta Napoli and we LOVE it….I have been reluctant to place anything about this place on the internet fearing it […]

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Italian, Italy, restaurant, Tuscan

Osteria La Porta, Tuscany, Italy

[flickrset id=”72157626959471074″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”medium”] Remotely located in the small village of Monticchello is this jewel of a restaurant,  Osteria La Porta. Traveling to this town requires a 30 minute drive off the beaten path.  If you follow your GPS you may end up on some unpaved roads.  Don’t worry about the unpaved road just […]

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Italian, Italy, restaurant, Tuscan

Trattoria al Vecchio Forno, Tuscany, San Quirico d’Orcia, Italy

[flickrset id=”72157623114839182″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”medium”] Trattoria al Vecchio Forno, Tuscany, San Quirico d’Orcia, Italy Owned by same owners of the Palazzo del Capitano in San Quirico d’Orcia, This charming ristorante feaures truly authentic Tuscan food. Wonderfully simple dishes of tuscan beans teased and pleased our palettes.  Fresh tri-color pasta was tossed with cheese and  candy […]

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Hudson Valley, restaurant, Tuscan, Upstate New York

Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici; Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY

[flickrset id=”72157622990521013″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”medium”] Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici “Italy’s Authentic Flavors in a Magnificent Tuscan Villa Setting” I have been to Italy about 150 times visiting Tuscany many of those, basically I know a good  authentic Tuscan meal when I have one. Unfortunately the most authentic part was it’s name,  Caterina did not live up […]

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Italian, Italy, restaurant, Tuscan

La Bucaccia, Cortona, Tuscany, Italy

[flickrset id=”72157622906386322″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”medium”] In the Famous hilltop village of Cortona, La Bucaccia is conveniently located near the center of town. The owner and manager, Romano personally greets all of his guest with his unique style of humor. The menu is traditional Tuscan with some excellent specialities of the day. La Bucaccia’s wine cellar […]

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Brunello, Italian, Italy, Tuscan, Wine

Biondi Santi, MONTALCINO, ITALY

[flickrset id=”72157603644016049″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”medium”] We were honored to have a private tour and tasting at Biondi-Santi the birthplace of Brunello di Montalcino. Private tours are the only type available at Biondi-Santi.  I recommend booking well in advance because they are very limited. Our tasting included a 2000 Brunello. This is the epitome of wine […]

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Italian, Italy, restaurant, Tuscan

Osteria Il Tinaio,San Quirico d’Orcia, Italy

[flickrset id=”72157622769111285″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”medium”] It was truffle season and how could we resist this small Osteria right down the block from Palazzo del Capitano. I think Lori was fascinated by the whole truffle weighing and slicing procedure. The owner personally came out to slice and weigh this delicacy, all I could do is imagine […]

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B&B, Italian, Italy, Tuscan

Palazzo del Capitano

[flickrset id=”72157622360159848″ thumbnail=”square” overlay=”true” size=”medium”] Located in the center of the small Tuscan town of San Quirico d’Orcia is this charming boutique hotel Palazzo dell Capitano. San Quirico is conveniently located near MONTALCINO, PIENZA, MONTEPULCIANO making it a nice hub for wine tasting. The room we stayed  in was rather large and decorated in a Tuscan […]

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