When a restaurant has a Michelin star, the exceptions going into a meal are very high.
The experience begins as soon as you park your car in the parking lot. As you walk up to this amazing castle on the hill overlooking Gaiole in Chianti, then you pass through the beautiful courtyard into the understated elegance of the main dining room. After the warm welcome, you are greeted by the staff that will serve your table. The attentive staff caters to your every need without intruding on your tables conversation and your tables conversations and overall relaxing atmosphere.
And now turning to the food. Our table selected the “Tradition” tasting menu with the optional wine pairing selected by your sommelier.
Started with a wonderful sparkling white wine and the Chef’s welcome, which was a work of art in its presentation and taste.
The first course, paired again with a perfect wine choice from the restaurants private label, was tomatoes five ways. Each way was delicious and a new take on the tomato.
The second course was a delectable large tagliatelle with wild boar ragout (Chianti is known for their wild boar), asparagus, and black truffle, all aromatized with coffee. The hearty tagliatelle pasta brought out the subtle yet wonderful flavors of the ragout.
Another perfect wine choice accompanied this amazing course.
As the the staff simultaneously lifted the silver domes, we were first greeted with the aroma of the main course of Pork cheek Tuscany old style. Then all your other senses took in the amazing, yet understated, presentation of this dish and the amazing tastes of this masterpiece of the senses.
Another amazing wine from the private reserves enhanced this culinary gem.
Typically a palate cleanser does not warrant a mention, but the lavender sorbet served with mint over a crunchy element was excellent.
The dolci course was served with synchronized and well placed tap broke open a crystallized sugar coating, spilling out the inside. The rest of this course has to be tried to believe for its complex flavors presented in a simple yet exciting manner.
A perfect desert wine paired perfectly with this delicious final course.
Our head waiter then tempted with the organic limoncello, which one has to just sample to understand how amazing this after dinner drink was.
While we were enjoying our after dinner cappuccinos and coffees the chef came by our table to ensure that we enjoyed our meal.
We then asked the head waiter if we could thank the kitchen staff who helped prepare this culinary delight. He graciously invited us to the back of the house to do so.
From start to finish the evening exceeded our expectations; the food, the service, the wine, the ambiance, and the setting in this beautiful castle.
This was a highlight to an already spectacular trip to Chianti.