|Subject: Re: August vacation - Italy/Salzburg|
We have a few. 1.) In Greve Centro, there is a large, two story restaurant with a large outdoor seating area and canopy called Giovanni da Verrazzano (tel.055/853189) that is excellent. We had a lovely meal there during their annual wine festival, which is the second week in September. The food is simple, direct and hearty. No culinary showoffs but delightfully pleasant. Order the Chianti from the areas.
2.) In nearby Gaiole (which is along the Chianti Road between Florence/Siena) is the marvelous Badia a Coltibuono (tel 0577/749031) and is closed on Monday. They are the producers of some of the world's finest wines as well as olive oils and vinegars. The restaurant features the products grown at Badia... and their pastas and risottos are great.
3. Near Siena is Borgo San Felice (0577/359089) and is expensive. It, too, is a winery as well as restaurant and hotel. It's an entire medieval village, and gives you an immersion into Tuscan life of old. Their wines are superb and so is the food and hospitality. It's about a 25 minute drive from Siena, but worth the trip.
Lastly, keep an eye out for the Enotecas (the local wine co-ops). You will find many delightful wines which are not shipped out of the area. Spend at least part of each day in a local Enoteca and you will treasure this trip for the rest of your life. Often, the shops will have some snack foods... pane, cheese and sausage to accompany your wines which can be purchased by the glass. The wines you like, buy a bottle or two... or a case. You will NEVER find these excellent wines outside of their village and they are free of the chemicals which are added for export.