A Taste of Tuscany

As I’ve mentioned before, Italian food is one of my favourite cuisines. The dishes are so simple yet so packed full of flavour. Therefore I was beyond excited when, two years ago, my lovely aunts offered to take me and my sister to Tuscany; the home of Chianti wine and rustic Italian food at its best. I would recommend a visit to Tuscany to any foodie who loves beautiful, quaint architecture, stunning natural beauty and a loott of wine.

Rolling hills blanketed in bands of vines can be found everywhere. The perfect location for a walk in the glorious weather.img_0631

You can join the grapes in soaking up the rays.img_1071

We stayed at Fattoria San Donato on the outskirts of San Gimignano. Its a rustic farmhouse that serves authentic, rustic Tuscan cuisine with the freshest local ingredients.img_1097

On one evening the lovely owners served a private buffet just for us! On offer was a range of cured meats, pork medallions with courgette, pickles and olives, an exquisite farro salad, fresh salads and local cheeses. img_1091

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And all washed down with lots of wine straight from their vineyard.img_1093

You’ll also find great food in Siena. We enjoyed lunch at Zest – a casual restaurant on the backstreets, creating traditional dishes with innovative twists.

For starters we had avocado gazpacho,img_1147

octopus carpaccio (the star of the show), img_1148

and tuna carpaccio.img_1149

Followed by wild boar ragout,img_1150

pasta vongole, bought to life with lots of fresh lime,img_1151

gnocchi with pea pesto and rocket,img_1152

and fish pasta with a tomato and chilli sauce.img_1153

However, the foodie highlight of our trip was lunch at La Bottega in Volpaia.

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This is where I genuinely had the best dish of my life. After much deliberation I decided to plump for rabbit in a truffle sauce. I’d never tried rabbit before, and had no idea what to expect. It was phenomenal. Delicate, succulent meat with a light gamey flavour, bathed in a rich, decadent, earthy truffle sauce. I’m gutted to say we have no snaps of the food here, we must have been too preoccupied with stuffing our faces. But here’s one of the stunning surroundings.img_1223Three happy bunnies (for want of a better word).

I hope you’ve enjoyed this taste of Tuscany. I can’t wait to go back here and relive the best dish of my life so far!

G x

 

 

 

 

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