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May 28, 2009 06:35 AM

Tuscany - Val d'Erra

My wife's family is from Chianni, a little village an hour south of Pisa in the Val d'Erra, and we go there frequently (the nearest towns are Ponsacco and Pontaderra). While we have found some good restaurants, wine makers, cheese makers etc, in the area, we are always on the lookout for new ones. Unfortunately, while guide books, and this board, have lots of information on the more "chicer" areas of Tuscany, this less coveted area of the region is often overlooked.

Does anybody have any suggestions?

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  1. We'll be renting a villa near Ponsacco this summer - Villeanglaise, where are your favourite restaurants in the area?

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    1. re: Noodle fanatic

      You might want to surf around on this regional discussion board - they seem to have some discussion of this general area (showing is a search result for Volterra) - Google translate feature is a great help

      There is a slowfood place Trattoria di Montemagno at Calci (Montemagno) which is not too too far away.

      1. re: jen kalb

        here are some more places that come up on "Valdera" search

        1. re: jen kalb

          I happened to notice that the Gambero Rosso "low cost" guide lists a couple of places in Pontedera: Aeroscalo, via Roma 8 closed Monday with hols in August which features seasonal tuscan cuisine "in the old manner".Many different game preparations are offered.
          La Vecchia Panetteria, via Montanara 29, closed Tues afternoon and Sunday, offers excellent salami, cheese and breads, as well as cooked dishes, pasta, soups, etc.