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A Tuscan Banquet. And no one need drive.
Once a week we serve up a Tuscan Banquet for our guests. If often turns into a bit of a party. Well, who can blame them. Great food, lots of excellent Chianti, and no one needs to drive.

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By Simon at patrignone.com

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Where do Tuscans go for pizza?
During the summer, you'll rarely find a local in the usual pizza restaurants. No way. They head for the secret places known only to locals where you can get a beer and the best pizza ever all for under €10. We've been coming here for 30 years, and you'll be heard-pressed to find a better Tuscan pizza.

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Another gem of a restaurant in Tuscany
I know, I know, I've posted about this restaurant already once this year. But we've been eating out a lot recently, and we ate there again last week. And it was so good it's worth a write-up on the blog.

And here we are.

Enjoy!

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Looking for a good restaurant in Chianti?
Well, this is one of our regular haunts, not far from Radda in Chianti, and is an excellent choice for couples and families.

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Chinese food in Tuscany? You’ve got to be kidding. Surely?  
Well, I'm not, and you can reed my review here. I really love this place and I've been 4 times now.

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One of the best restaurants in Tuscany
And it has the best views too...how lucky is that?

We went up to Lamole today to one of our favourite restaurants in Tuscany. It has really excellent food - make sure you hear the daily specials before choosing. The multi-lingual staff are knowledgeable, friendly, and charming. And Lamole has one of the best restaurant views on the planet. No kidding. This out-of-the way gem is one we always recommend to guests, and they are never disappointed. It's a bit of a drive up there, but honestly, once you've been once, you'll go back every time you come to Tuscany.

Great wines, but if you're not sure what's drinking well, ask Filippo (one of the owners) and he'll set you straight. Totally recommended.

+Ristoro Di Lamole 

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La Torre - One of the best restaurants in Castellina in Chianti
And one of the oldest

Any restaurant that survives 120 years in Italy must be doing something right. Italians are notoriously harsh critics, and vote with their feet (and their stomachs). La Torre is busy with locals all through the winter, and that's a very good sign.

The cuisine is very traditional, but they do the simple stuff really well. They have some excellent home-made pasta dishes, and their ribollita is the best you'll taste. They have a lovely outdoor terrazza overlooking the medieval square, and it is always busy in the summer, so book. English-speaking staff and reasonable prices make this a winning combination. Always on our recommended list for our guests.

If you want to see a more complete list of our favourite local restaurants, try here bit.ly/TuscanyRestaurants

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The best gelato in Tuscany? Probably…
The Gelateria Antica Delizia in Castellina has just moved to a new, roomier location, with plenty of outdoor space that, nonetheless, gets completely full when the sun comes out (which, let’s face it, is pretty much every day). Their kitchen, where they make all the ice-cream sold on site, is fully visible so you can watch them at work behind large glass windows. The gelato is every bit as good as it always has been, and that’s why we make sure all our guests go there…at least once (every day!). The best gelato in #Tuscany? Quite probably!

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Tuscan fine-dining at its best
One of our favourite local restaurants
Just a few minutes from here, and probably one of the finest culinary experiences in Chianti where the entire family helps out: mum is the head-chef with a daughter and son in-training, and dad Francesco is front-of-house with another daughter learning the ropes. Really top-notch fine-dining, and Francesco will always find you the most amazing and unusual wines to go with your meal. Highly recommended.

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How to choose wine in a Tuscan Restaurant
And how to choose a good Chianti at home

When you come to Tuscany and look at the wine menu, it can all get a bit confusing. Same thing if you’re buying wine. Do you choose a straight Chianti Classico, a Riserva, a Gran Selezione, or an IGT, and what's the difference anyway?

My first advice is always to ask your waiter first. Real wines vary greatly from year-to-year, depending on the weather and a thousand other factors, so recognising the name of a good winery doesn't always guarantee a good wine. Even the best have off-years. The wine from big brands you recognise from home will probably be lab-constructed and made mostly for export - you really don't want one of those. Your waiter will know what local wines are good now, and he will be keen to show off his skills and choose a good bottle for you. I'm a local, and know more than most, and this is still the first thing I do.

How much should you spend?
Wines in restaurants here in Italy are not marked up excessively compared to most countries (I know wines are marked up by 200-300% in the UK), so a budget of €20-€40 will get you a very nice bottle of wine. And unless you are buying big-name wine (designed for tourists) then you pretty much get what you pay for.

As for what kind of Chianti Classico, then it's just a matter of taste, and what you are eating. Chianti Classico wines are younger and fruitier, and go well with most foods. A Riserva or Gran Selezione will be aged longer, have a smoother finish, can be a little more full-bodied, and so go well with roasted meats or the famous Fiorentina steak.

And the so-called Super-Tuscan IGTs? Well, these are effectively classified as regional wines, a step up from table wines! But most vineyards use the freedom declassification brings to craft very special wines, still based largely on the Sangiovese grape, but also adding other non-local grapes to produce fuller-bodied wines, able to withstand extended ageing in the bottle. So they are usually the most expensive wines, and you have to wait until they are ready to drink. So it’s best to make sure the IGT you want to open is ready before you pop the cork.

But as I say, if your in an Italian restaurant (in Italy!) ask your waiter. I follow this rule and I get introduced to amazing wines I would never have found on my own. I've never been disappointed.

For more info: http://www.wine-searcher.com/regions-tuscany

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