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Il Papavero is a little Osteria situated in the tiny picturesque hamlet of Barbischio overlooking Gaiole in Chianti. Lorella Caddeo has created a very attractive eating place and delivers a very good standard of food to go with it. It is prettily draped in creepers set off with window boxes and pots of scarlet geraniums with paintwork and shutters to match. The interior of the restaurant is cosy and hung with some excellent art from a local surrealist painter Franco Innocenti.
The charming smile of Alessandra the waitress at once sets the tone for a friendly evening.
The menu is typical tuscan, focusing on good quality local ingredients and embellished with a few well worked innovations. For instance, strips of beef were served with chard and orange, giving a sweet counterpoint to the smokiness of the grilled meat and the slight bitterness of the chard.
Five of us visited the first time we went and were totally satisfied with everything we had. The Florentine steaks were the choice for secondi for three of us and were particularly enjoyed. A second visit was made by three of us and everything was equally good.
It is unfair to sigle out one single dish, but the Tiramisu does stand out in the memory.
The wine list is good, with many local vineyards represented and not too unreaonably priced either.
At about 50 Euros a head for four courses it is good value (that included two bottles of wine, water, and coffees).
All in all we had two good evenings at Il Papavero enjoying some excellent food.
Favorite Dish: Hard to pick one dish from such a well thought out and delivered menu. High quality Rabbit with Olives; Fiorentine Steak; Lamb chops with a Ratatouille; excellent tuscan cheeses and meats in the antipasti; really good soup; Chocolate Flan; Mixed grilled fruit with creme anglais.... But it is one of the best Tiramisu that I have ever had!
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Barbischio, Gaiole in Chianti (SI)
Phone: tel. (+39) 0577 749063
If you are feeling like celebrating and are willing to pay c100 Euros for superb Tuscan cuisine in exquisite surroundings then you must try Il Falconiere just north of Cortona, off the road to Arezzo.
It is plush and luxurious - sample the website for a flavour of what to expect - you will not be dissappointed, just a little lighter in the wallet. For example, the Taster menu is 89 Euros.
Favorite Dish: We dropped in for a light lunch, so just ordered a pasta dish each. The warm home made breads were excellent, Pici with pecorino, tomato and basil, was exceptional, as was the spaghetti with rabbit meatballs. The complementary tray of dessert samples was a taste of the sublime - 9 soupcons of quality confection.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Località S.Martino, 37052044 CORTONA, Arezzo
Phone: tel. +39 0575 612 679
Set in what used to be an Abbey, nestling in the Chianti hills with a view over the Val d'Arno and beyond, this is a fabulously set jewel of a restaurant. The ambience is warm and welcoming, established by the tasteful restaurant design and sealed by the efficient and friendly waiting staff.
Sitting under the covered pergola on a warm summer evening is a delight.
The food is excellent quality classic Tuscan prepared with a twist of flair. The estate wines are very, very good and complement the food wonderfully.
Note reservation essential. Good standard of English spoken.
Favorite Dish: We had the Menu Degustazione, so had a well structured meal, each of the four courses served with a selected wine. It is difficult to select a favourite course (or wine) as each hit exactly the right note. Each dish was classic Tuscan, made with excellent ingedients and cooked to perfection.
The price of 49 Euros each, including wine is excellent value for this standard of food, service and setting.
Written Jul 26, 2007
Address: Badia a Coltibuono 53013 Gaiole in Chianti (SI) It
Phone: (+39) 0577 749031
Since to move with public transports in Chianti is very hard me and my wife decided to contact Alessandra on www.winetouradventure.com for a comprehensive tour of Chainti region. She is very friendly, she speaks English fluently and she well knows her country.
Written Apr 24, 2009