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October in Chianti

Will be in Panzano in mid-October. Weather? Any good local event around food? Have an elderly mother...late dinner a no-no. Can you eat dinner around 6 ? Suggestions welcomed.

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  1. If you can eat around 6 in a restaurant in Chianti, you don't want to go to that restaurant.

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    1. re: allende

      Pat,

      Allende is absolutely right. Concentrate on somewhere to have a long, leisurely lunch as your main meal for the day, then perhaps a snack at an enoteca in the evening. Dinner at 6 is not happening.

      1. re: allende

        assuming you are flying in from the US, jet lag may be your helper here, in that your Mom can get re-established at a different time. It certainly works that way with us and did with our kids.

        Of course if you are staying in an apartment, you can also work out your own evening schedule.

        Id focus more on finding delicious food and a nice, peaceful place to eat it than on dinnertime.

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        1. Ciao- I live nearby. most restaurants are open from 12:30-3pm and from 7 to around 10pm.
          dining early is really hard. are you renting a place to stay or in a hotel?
          the wine festivals are all in sept and truffle festivals start in november--- not sure what you will find in october-- festivals are on weekends and usually begin the the late afternoon- ask me again closer to the date and will be glad to let you know. There is a small winebar in the main square of panzano- enoteca baldi-- they may serve food outside of normal hours.

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          1. re: Diva

            Ciao Diva. Not sure you'll get this message in time for us to take advantage, but looking for a resto of the Dorando calibre but in the Greve area and with outdoor dining. A few that we already love in this area are l'Antica Scuderia, Badia a Coltobuono and Cantinetta di Rignana. Any thoughts?

            1. re: CocoTO

              the son of the owner of the Cantinetta di Rignana just opened a new place rather HIP but with beautiful views, near the Badia di Passignano-- called the Cantinetta di Passignano-- also has fish!
              tell him you love his dad's place easier to get to as on the main road. I also have enjoyed the simple restaurant at the new Antinori winery-- no outdoor dining, but all glassed in dining room.

              In Panzano I love the Oltre il Giardino-- in the village just off the main square-- with terrace dining.

              The Fontodi winery also has a restaurant which i really enjoyed-- not sure about outdoor dining in October.

              www.divinacucina.com

              1. re: Diva

                Perfect timing thank you Diva! Based on your suggestions, we will try Cantinetta di Pasignano.

                We had a wonderful tour of the new Antinori winery earlier this week - Fantastic design!

          2. Thanks for the kind replies. I guess a nice lunch is the answer. We are in villa so dinner can be at home. Again, thanks.

            1. Hi Pat: I was there last Oct 17-21. Weather lovely. Sunny days were warm, if a breeze, then you needed a light jacket. Rainy days (only a couple) required an extra layer under my light jacket. Panzano is a quiet little town. With your mom, I support the idea of main meal at later lunchtime and lighter food at home in the evening...pick up wine, bread, cheese, etc. during the day and nosh in the evening. Have a great time.

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              1. re: janetproudfoot

                Thanks so much, Janet. Any recs for nice lunch places in the area. What was your fav?

                1. re: patmolloy

                  It's been a couple of years so others may have more up to date reports and suggestions, but for long leisurely lunches in the heart of Chianti Classico country we had excellent meals, good service and unmatchable ambience at LA CANTINETTA DI RIGNANA (down a long narrow "white road" near Badia a Passignano) and at BADIA A COLTIBUONO (near Gaiole in Chianti; excellent-value tasting menu with wine pairing at lunch).

                  Further afield we also had some very good lunches at LE LOGGE in Siena (just off the Campo) and IL LECCIO in Sant Angelo in Colle (just outside Montalcino).

                  I'd be interested in more recent reports from these restaurants!

                  1. re: FataMagistra

                    Hello FataMagistra,

                    I can report that friends of ours ate at Cantinetta di Rignana for lunch last summer and said it was one of the best meals that they had during their stay in Italy. They were in Venice, Florence, Montalcino + Rome, and stopped at Cantinetta di Rignana on their way from Florence to Montalcino.

                    We plan to have lunch there this month so I will report back if we make it.

                    1. re: FataMagistra

                      Happy to report from this week that Cantinetta di Rignana is still a great experience, as is Badia a Coltobuono. When you're back next, based on the restaurants you like, you really should add l'Antica Scuderia in Badia a Passignano http://www.ristorolanticascuderia.com... - one of our favorites and we seem to like the same types of restaurants