Super Tuscan Wines and Super Tuscan Dining !

While you Rent a villa in Tuscany  enjoy the VERY best of Tuscan cuisine, 20 minutes drive west from  La Collina del Sole  is Trattoria di Bonini Pier, 20 minutes’ drive north from La Collina del Sole is the restaurant Il Pozzo In Pieve Fosciana, 40 Minutes from your Lucca Villa Rental is Casa del Pescatore Da Gabriele,  50 minutes South of your favourite Holiday villas in Lucca is Pavarotti’s favourite eatery; Locanda di Sesto, 55 Minutes from the jewel among  Villas for rent in Tuscany is Butterfly, which  is open during all the main holidays producing an interesting twist on stable favourites like mini tartare hamburgers, Foie Gras as a pudding. Finally one and a half hours away from the best among Villa rentals in Tuscany is Trattoria 4 Leoni in the heart of Florence so let’s begin First up is...

Trattoria di Bonini Pier on Via Monteperpoli 147 – Monteperpoli   55032 their telephone number is  0583 639 425 and  0583 62210. They are just finishing a total refurbishment so it will look more rustic than the picture you see here. It is highly reccomended, they have an excellent lunch Menu for around €10, including house wine. They also offer a la carte dinning which is best appreciated in the evening. Highly recommended are the homemade Linguini with Truffles, Tagliatta of Beef with Grilled vegetables, all the game dishes are exceptional. The owner has an impressive list and knowledge of wines which are well priced. Cost of a la carte meal is approximately Euro 25, plus wine. Closed on Tuesdays.  To get there allow 20 minutes drive from “ La Collina del Sole ” going towards Castelnuovo, just after the FIAT garage, turn sharp left towards Paleroso and Monteperpoli, keep left driving uphill towards Paleroso, you will see it on your left, it has limited car parking.

20 minutes north from your amazing Lucca Villa Rental is Il Pozzo – in Pieve Fosciana on Via Europa 2 /A, their Telephone # is  0583 66 63 80 It has a very good antipasto [mixed starter] dish in the area. Giordano and Maurizio founded Il Pozzo in 1985 and have formed part of the “Slow Food” movement from its inception [i.e. good food, sourced organically and cooked as in the “old days” hence best eaten leisurely. Their Menu Degustation has home-made pasta, home grown vegetables and herbs. Their list of approximately 120 Italian wines includes some from Lucca, Tuscany and further afield. They are passionate about the origins of the food they prepare and have won several awards. They close on Wednesdays apart from August when they open seven days a week.

My ultimate favourite although a little further afield 50 minutes’ drive from the jewel among Villas for rent in Tuscany  is: Casa del Pescatore, in Lago Isola Santa  their Telefone is  0583 639408 &  333 709 5763 [mobile ] situated in the heart of the Marble Hills a 50 minute drive from “ La Collina del Sole “. Casa del Pescatore was started by Gabrielle Matzei  it is a small restaurant with al fresco dining within Isola Santa,  a small village part of which he has restored and brought back to life. Specialties include local truffle which is sold very reasonably and Funghi Porcini, for mushroom lovers this restaurant is a must. He also has a permit you will need to buy if you want to fish for the succulent local trout of the lake. He is one of the most gifted cooks of the area and has had extensive write ups in gastronomic magazines including “Bon Apetit”.

The remaining three are coming up next week ... however in case your dancing toes have not given up completely there are foodie festas, based on all things cooked with pig 18-19 August in San Pietro in Campo near Barga. On another note a Steak festa in Pieve Fosciana from 24-26 August and on the 25of August  there is a Medieval themed evening in Gombereto (Bagni di Lucca ).