2 weeks in Panzano
My wife and I are heading to Tuscany and thinking about renting an apartment in Panzano as a base. Are there enough restaurants in Panzano to keep me happy for 2 weeks if I'll be driving to nearby towns for lunches and cooking occasional dinners?
Just went to Panzano last week for Dario's lunch. We called ahead and ordered the Bistecca meal. You have to reserve it ahead. I can't imagine anyone doing bistecca better. His beef does not come from Chianti but a ranch in Catalonia Spain. He feels it is the best he has found. It was totally worth it. You do have to eat at 2 long communal tables. No corkage fee so bring a bottle from one of the wineries. All the little tastes in the butcher shop are included. Chianti butter his version of lardo was great too.
We spent two weeks in Radda, not far from Panzano; the answer to area towns--YES INDEED. Panzano's famous butcher, Dario Cecchini at Antica Macelleria Cecchini, has enough foods to supply wonderful at-home dinners. We often had a more substantial lunch as we drove around the area, and then had salumi, cheese, bread, wine at the apartment--doesn't get any better than that!
Places we particularly enjoyed:
In Radda: Ristorante le Vigne in Radda and Ristorante Vignale (as we were repeatedly told, "don't forget to order the cheesecake at le Vigne." Best advice we ever had--incredibly good.)
In Castelline: Osteria alla Piazza, La Torre, Albergaccio (expensive but great)
Between Panzano & Greve: Ristoro di Lamole
ABOVE Greve, don't miss Taverna dell Guerrino in the wonderful hamlet of Montefioralle
Best advice--relax and savor every minute of your mini immersion in a delightful area.
Here's another source for eating:
Ristoro di Lamole
via lamole, 6,, Greve in Chianti, Tuscany 50022, IT
re: Longing for Italy
Yes! I've been waiting for someone else to chime in with reference to the mad butcher!
We won't be able to make his main restaurant (closed on the day we are in Panzano this autumn).. but I've read that his other restaurant (menu includes items like his version of a burger?) is open. Has anyone been?
We didn't eat at his places--just loaded up at his store.
Pushinsky, I'm assuming you might be interested in the wines of the region??? Greve has a regional enoteca where you can sample a 100 or more wines--but only wines from the immediate region. A worthwhile stop for a winery/olive oil/vinegars near you is Volpaia--a time-warp of a village of 143 people just outside of Radda--cooking classes also available if interested. Badia a Coltibuono is in yet another idealistic setting--oh yes, with a great ristorante.
Badia a Coltibuono
localita Coltibuono, Gaiole in Chianti, Toscana 53013, IT