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Locanda del sole

welcome ricotta & Ginori wine Zazzeri Locanda del sole

Luciano Zazzeri is renown for his 1 star Michelin restaurant La Pineta by the Etruscan coast in Tuscany.
But he has another little gem in collaboration with the Ginori Lisci family in Querceto, Tuscany that is just as worth a visit as his other restaurant.

The location is magical. When you enter the village, followed by an even more magical drive, you find yourself in front of a Castle. Almost medieval. Depending on the weather the scenario changes drastically and the experience is memorable.
Make sure to book your table before hand as the inside only has 4 tables and when temperatures are warmer they do have a few more on the varanda.
Service is close to impecable, wine canteen gives you a selection of a privately produced ones from the family and menu makes no exception to the region so wild and gamey flavors from the hunting area are in store.
Plating is done with care to complement the service and experience. Which sometimes can seem a tad formal but the light and friendliness of staff brings back to a relaxed time.
With quality!

Menu follows the season.

 

Winner of the table was the risotto with a perfect blend of taste from the wild pigeon and its butter creaminess.

Sweet tooth people be ready for a simply yet brilliant selection of deserts. Difficult to choose just one.

Locanda del Sole
Via Francesca 9, 56040 Querceto (PI)
Tel: +39 0588 37407 – +39 339 6475432

Francine Segan

“I became passionate about cooking about 20 years ago during a summer we spent renting a house in Italy. I was inspired by the wonderful local ingredients. I was inspired by the Italian friends I made who invited me to dinner for a homecooked true Italian meal. I was inspired by the delicious food I had in every ristorante and trattoria in Italy.”

 

Philosopher Kitchen

What is the importance of your kitchen in your house?

Our kitchen is the most important room in our house. It’s the room where my husband and I start our day, over a cup of espresso and where we end our day each evening over dinner. It’s the room where our children love to sit and chat with me while I cook. It’s the heart of our home.

What’s the best part of the day for you to cook?

I like cooking in the late afternoon, after work. It’s very relaxing for me to cook after a day of work.

Are you a creative chef or simply love to follow recipes?

A little of both. I like to follow recipes from my Italian chef friends, but I also like to combine ingredients and spices in my own way to create new dishes.

3 ingredients that are never missing on your kitchen cabinet?

Fabulous artisan pasta like Felicetti, great olive oil from Tuscany or Umbria & Sicilian salt from Trappani

How did your passion for cooking come about?

I became passionate about cooking about 20 years ago during a summer we spent renting a house in Italy. I was inspired by the wonderful local ingredients. I was inspired by the Italian friends I made who invited me to dinner for a homecooked true Italian meal. I was inspired by the delicious food I had in every ristorante and trattoria in Italy.

Dolci

What’s your favourite dish to cook that you know it can never go wrong with it?

My favorite dish is pasta with oil, garlic, hot peppers and a little colatura. I can never go wrong because I use only artisan imported Italian pasta & olive oil.

Would you receive for a day an entire tv crew on your kitchen?

YES! What fun.

Do you follow any tv show or have a favourite cooking book?

I don’t follow any particular tv show, but have many many favorite cook books. I buy cookbooks when I’m in Italy. One of my favorites is by Fabio Picchi, on using leftovers, and another is on Italian desserts by Salvatore di Riso.

Francine Segan, one of America’s foremost experts on Italian cuisine, an engaging public speaker, author, TV personality and consultant.