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Just back from two weeks in Italy and want to report on a real "find" in a small town called Certaldo, which is between Florence and Sienna, and about 15 km from San Gimingnano. The restaurant is La Saletta di Dolci Follie, at via Roma 3 (Certaldo) near the central parking area (watch out for one-way streets -- very aggravating). Tel: 0571668188 (www.lamiatoscana.it ) We had an unexpectedly fabulous meal there. Very small and owner/chef/server came out and described all of the dishes on the menu in English. Extensive wine selection. It is worth the trip just for the homemade pistachio foccacio (please excuse misspellings!) served in bread basket. We had mixed salad with goose breast; mixed salad with aged balsamic and EVOO (of course); risotto with gorgonzola -- so good!, pasta with homemade sausage and cream sauce, grilled steak (served very rare) and speciality of the house which was pork "tonno" -- proscuitto with white beans. In Certaldo (which is not particularly charming, but does have very good food Coop market) there is an ancient city (Certaldo Alto) above the town and it looked like there was another interesting restaurant there but we never had a chance to try it. La Saletta is in the regular part of town, near the base of the funicular. The ancient city is beautifully preserved and nearly tourist-free. I don't know why no one knows about this place; not in the guide books, but defintely worth a visit and don't miss La Saletta (chiuso il martedi). The email is dolcifolliecertaldo@yahoo.com

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La Saletta di Dolci Follie
Via Roma, 3, Certaldo, Tuscany 50052, IT

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