Here's a guide to my favorite wine bars, trattorias, and special eating places along La Strada del Vino.
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Castellina is one of the three castles towns in the heart of Chianti. From its hilltop position, it dominates the area. The area is rich in barbaric, Roman, and Etruscan history. Deriving from the Latin fons Rutilus ("clean spring"), the small village of Fonterutoli is located on the panoramic road between Castellina and Siena.
Market Day: Saturday morning
In front of the Hotel Palazzo Squarcialupi
Castellina in Chianti
Duccio Fontani is a wonderful man who sells wonderful organic herbs that he grows, harvests, and packages in easy-to-pack glass jars. Duccio began his organic garden after years of working in wineries.
He wanted to be his own boss, and get back to the land his grandfather had abandoned to work in Siena. You can find Duccio during the summer from 11 am to about 1 pm in front of the hotel selling his herbal mixtures. They're all from his garden, and the blends change with the seasons. He uses no salt. For groups, Duccio does a tour of his gardens with tastings. Ask for information when you see him. He also is at the Fierucola in Florence in Piazza Santo Spirito once a
Osteria alla Piazza
Localitá La Piazza
A fabulous place to eat, overlooking vineyards, and away from the hustle and bustle of towns. I love the pumpkin-filled pasta with wild boar sauce. Their fried vegetables are fabulous, sometimes they include fried mozzarella. Their menu is nicely translated; the only things I don't like are the recipes with the mixed vegetables. The artichoke crepes are a great starter, but save room for the incredible desserts!!!!! Great wine list.
From Panzano, head towards Castellina. After passing over a tiny bridge, take a sharp right and follow it up the the borgo La Piazza. You will see the restaurant on your right; parking is ahead on the left.
Località Pietrafitta, 41
Castellina in Chianti
On the road between Panzano and Castellina, you'll find Pietrafitta on your
left. It's a family affair run by Alberto and his daughter Gaia. They've recently
added an inn to the restaurant, La Locanda. Fresh pasta, meats from Dario
Cecchini in Panzano, and outdoor dining.
Antica Trattoria La Torre
Piazza Umberto I
Located in the upper piazza in Castellina next to the city hall,this is my
favorite stop for lunch. Real food, nice mom's, and a small covered terrace
to eat outdoors.
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Strada in Chianti