so our guide and co-producer on our trip to Italy Luca
explained that today we would travel up into a village
on a hill and dine in a restaurant built into a cave!
after all we’d been through so far, we thought that
this surely must be something to behold, and it certainly
was! Driving in to La Sassa village and coming to Trattoria
La Grotta we were warmly welcomed by Ivio Paperini the
chef and owner, along with his son Tony Paperini and their
entire extended family!
La Grotta is something out of this world, as you’re
actually entering a restaurant built into an actual cave
located on a hill side! The warm lighting and aromas of
fresh ingredients and family style cooking made this cave
seem more like a womb however.
the kitchen with Ivio Paperini as he prepared an incredible
Tuscan soup made with beans and fresh bread. Although
the story goes that this soup was invented by the poor
people of Italy during the rough times, now it’s
considered a true delicacy and enjoyed by everyone, including
also prepared a lovely pheasant along with potatoes and
vegetables. We were also blessed to have Natasha from
Podera la Cappela winery who brought several varietals
for our tasting and dining pleasure! Podera la Cappela
is a family owned vineyard that specializes in Italian
red and white wines that are enchanting!
for dessert, (or Dolce), we were taken upstairs to learn
the special process of their family recipe. A soft of
Tiramisu comprised of layers of brandy soaked cookies,
topped with fresh cream and butter and topped off with
a special coffee drink that had enough kick in it to start
a small revolution somewhere!
a time at La Grotto! Something to plan for on any visit
to Tuscany for a once in a life time experience!