The background for this post is included in a three part Forbes series I wrote about exploring Tuscany’s wine country in a Fiat 500 (‘cinquecento’) car.
Exploring Tuscan Wine Country By Fiat Cinquecento – Part 1
Exploring Tuscan Wine Country By Fiat Cinquecento – Part 2
Exploring Tuscan Wine Country By Fiat Cinquecento – Part 3
Also learn about a Tuscan mother emphasizing a new wine country in Tuscany:
This Defiant Mother Is Creating A Different Touch Of Tuscan Wine
Below are many of the meals and wines enjoyed at several restaurants throughout Tuscany.
We begin in the city of Siena.
Trattoria Tullio Tre Cristi—Siena
Dish 1, Wine 1.
Mixed Seafood appetizer with spice.
Brancaia Stella Vino Spumante.
Dish 2, Wine 2.
Shrimp with carrot (crocante) patties.
Forlini Cappellini Cinqueterrie DOC white wine.
Dishes 3, 4, 5, paired with Wine 3.
Octopus with picante smashed potatoes.
Gewurtztraminer—Canina Lavis, Trentino DOC.
Osteria di Brolio
This restaurant is owned by the Ricasoli family estate, and is located on the grounds of the Brolio castle estate in Chianti Classico. Stunning food and wine.
Appetizer & Dish 1 and Wine 1.
Goat cheese, mushrooms, greens, followed by pasta with pumpkin.
Ricasoli. Torricella Chardonnay. 2009.
Dish 2, Wine 2.
Pigeon with Merlot grapes.
Ricasoli. Castello di Brolio. Casalferro. 2016.
Osteria di Fonterutoli
Belonging to the winemaking Mazzei family, this Chianti Classico winery includes an outdoor patio that can be closed in on cool or rainy days. The family makes Ipsus, Siepi and other wines.
Mazzei. Belguardo Codice Vermentino. 2020.
Wild Boar meatballs, ‘bagna cauda’ sauce and pickled radish.
Crocchette di cinghiale, began cauda e ravanelli sott’aceto.
Pheasant stuffed ravioli, fava beans cream and roasted pheasant sauce.
Bottoni di fagiano, crema di fave e salsa del suo arrosto.
Siepi vintages – 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, as well as 2007.
Chocolate brownie with yogurt and strawberry mousse.
Brownie al cioccolato con yogurt e spuma di fragole.
Fattoria le Pupille lunch.
This winery in the Maremma region of Tuscay is owned by Elisabetta Geppetti and managed by herself as well as daughter Clara and son Ettore. We ate a light lunch of cous cous and charcuterie while tasting wines. Then, dessert.
Dessert and Sweet Wine.
Biscotti and ice cream.
Solalto passito sweet wine. 2019.
Home cooked dinner at Tenuta Ghizziano southwest of Pisa.
Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini treated us to a wonderful home cooked meal in the Terre di Pisa appellation. The family has owned their property for 650 years.
Main Dish and Wines.
Rabbit, eggplant, French fries.
Veneroso 2016, 2017, 2018; Memesi 2019 & Mambrot 2018.
Frescobaldi Restaurant Lunch at Piazza Signoria, Florence
I ate lunch solo here, then met friend and sommelier Eugenia Braschi, who works with Antinori, for a glass of wine.
‘Le Nostre Bruschette’
Cherry Tomato, Red Onion and Basil & Seared Octopus, Sauteed Chard and Burrato Stracciatella.
Pomodoro Ciliegino, Cipolla Rossa e Basilico & Polpo Stufato, Bietole Saltate e Stracciatella di Burrato.
Attems Ribolla Gialla. 2021. Venezia Giulia. IGT.
Burrata Ravioli with Tomatoes and Basil.
Ravioli di Burrata con Pomodoro e Basilico.
Frescobaldi. Castel Giocondo. Brunello di Montalcino. 2017.
Torre A Cona dinner outside of Florence.
Torre A Cona is a beautiful resort and winery on the outskirts of Florence.
Grilled anchovies garnished with sausages and a mixed salad.
Acciughe grigliate con salsiccia e insalata aromatica.
Torre A Cona. Chianti Colli Fiorentini. Riserva. DOCG. 2019.
Wholemeal fusilloni served with guanciale, mushroom and thyme.
Fusilloni integrali con guanciale funghi e timo.
Duo of grilled and tartare, Tuscan Maremanna beef.
Tagliata e Tartare di manzo razza Maremmana.
Torre A Cona. Colorino Casamaggio. 2018. IGT.
And finally—a little artificial intelligence generated image from Dall-E-2 using the title of this post:
Tuscany – Food and Wine Fantasyland
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