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.
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
Italy is famous for having a whole variety of bread making. It changes according to each region. From North to South you have rye, durum wheat, crunchy, soft, focaccia, ciabatta to name a few. It has been counted around 300 types of bread.
Visiting a very beloved region of international and local tourists, when in Tuscany you will find one of the least flavoured breads. No salt is the main characteristic of it. Back during the Second World War salt was one of the most precious ingredients to have so “cooking” with it was rarity and mostly for the privileged. Nowadays reason being is because Tuscan food is rather heavier flavoured considering their culture of eating hunting meat, their selection of cold cuts, the classic aged pecorino, all foods with intese flavour for the palate thus a choice of a more plain taste bread to go with. Or simply having a slice with drizzles of olive oil, another typical product of Tuscany.
Right in the middle of the Maremma hills you can find a stoned house with a very famous oven called ‘Forno di Montegemoli’. They produce the original recipe (with a pinch of salt, but shhh! don’t say it out loud!) and distribute to most of local panetterie (bakery) and supermarkets within 50 kms.
People come from all over to visit the location, see a tuscan wooden oven and experience the amazing landscape that surrounds the house. Not to mention the smell! You can buy it too! They bake white and whole recipes.
Absolutely worth the drive around the countryside to reach them. If you are coming from or going towards Siena, San Gimignano make sure to include this stop on your trip. Check opening hours as they don’t work on weekends.
A little family farm in the Maremma region of magical Tuscany that has been transformed in an Agritourism. They have horses, cats, chickens. They produce their own wine. Tina, the host, makes a mean seasonal fruit jam. Breakfast at Statiano is the best pampering to start off your day. Actually after having watched the sunrise. Totally worth waking up at 5:50/6am for such experience.
I did stay in one of the small houses where I had my own, fully equiped kitchen, which is always handy when you want to make a quick bite during the day, some italian coffee to brew in a vintage moka or even cook your owm meal. It was called Tiburzi. All rooms, small apartments and houses have a name. Tina and Paolo (her partner and host as well) cook and serve dinner upon request. They are delicious, very on the comfort side idea of a tuscan meal. Never without a glass of vin santo and some crunchy cantucci to wrap up your dinner time.
They are dog friendly. They have a swimming pool. There is an unbelivable silence. Only nature chats to you.
The location, Pomarance, is perfect to access Volterra, the sea side and beautiful drives to reach San Giminiano and Siena.
It was all I needed. Peace & quiet with some small adventures in between. Some days I didn’t even leave the farm. Books, sun, good food and amazing blue sky kept me company.
I can’t wait to visit Tina & Paolo at Fattoria di Statiano again very soon!
Fattoria di Statiano
Pomarance (PI) Tuscany
Tel.: +39 0588.61153
Cel.: +39 338.5057879
Fax: +39 0588.61153