came to the Osteria del Contadino at dusk, watching the
orange ball of a sun slip slowly into the Mediterranean
Sea, while painting the sky across the mountains with
hues of soft pink pastels.
we met father and son team Bruno and David Gastaldin and
they took us right into their kitchens and hearts to prepare
some very special dishes, including Artichoke Steamed
with wine and Sunflower Oil, served with a wedge of Pecorino
Cheese, then on to the pastas with Ravioli and Truffle
shavings, along with the house special Gnocchi.
the son David was showing us how he makes the fresh pasta,
rolling it out, cutting it into Ravioli shapes and filling
them with a variety of local cheeses, his Father Bruno
was making the rounds at the restaurant, entertaining
the guests with his flair for carving delicious cured
meats directly at the table.
it all with some amazing and robust Chianti Tenuta (2003)
from the area, Osteria del Contadino is something truly
special to experience when visiting Tuscany!