honeymoon gift cert. near Castellina or in Florence?
Our niece just got married and the couple will be honeymooning at the end of the month at a villa where the nearest town is Castellina. They will be renting a car to go to Florence, I think just for a day.
We would like to give them a gift certificate as part of our present, for a delicious meal. I'm thinking lunch if it's Florence, because we don't know if they'll be comfortable doing the hour's drive back after dark. If somewhere closer to Castellina, then dinner would be good too.
We're looking to spend roughly $100 for this part of our gift, but we can be flexible either direction about that.
Thanks for any ideas,
Thank you. We'd heard through another board about a place called Al Gallopappa and tried to arrange for a gift certificate. The owner was very friendly but said that restaurants can not do credit card transactions by phone in Italy, and that it would cost him 30 Euros to cash a check that we'd send, so our only option would be to wire the money to his bank. That did not make sense to us, as it would cost us $30 to wire the money also.
So we've thought we will create our own "certificate" giving them the name of the recommended place, the phone number, etc. and just give them a check. Of course, they could end up putting it in savings rather than having a nice meal...but that's their choice I suppose.
However, have either of you (or anyone else) successfully arranged for a gift certificate in Italy elsewhere? If yes, perhap we will try Vignale in Radda and see if we have a different experience.
Gallopapa is OK but Arnolfo is much better.
As far as a gift, just fax the restaurant with your card number and say that X is commng to lunch/dinner on a certain date and please put the bill oon your card. Tell Amex (or whatever) that there will be a charge.
At neither of these restaurants could you get aay with only $100, although I suppose it could be possible at Gallopapa if they don;t get wine (or pay for it themselves).
There's Ristorante Arnolfo in Valle di col d'Elsa, to the west of Castellina. It's very good; lunch is available on a flowery terrace with a great view. And La Bottega del 30 in Castelnuovo Berardengo, a bit north of Siena. It's a restaurant and cooking school with great food and hospitality.
Arnolfo is indeed a wonderful restaurant but I'd be a bit concerned that even lunch would come in over 100 euros for two. May I suggest, as an alternative, Vignale in Radda in Chianti, less than 10 kilometers from Castellina. Be sure to tell them to be seated upstairs in the room with the windows open and looking out over the vast, undulating fields of tuscany. the food is excellent and the view is incomparable. I believe lunch could be had for two for 100 euros.