was Tania’s birthday yesterday – a significant one I might add but I’m not
going to say how significant.
and I had a quiet day up in Cortona where we had a beautiful lunch at “La
Bucaccia” restaurant (their website is: http://www.labucaccia.it/en/).
It was a typical Tuscan-style with lots of meat and finished off with grappa
from Friuli (of all places).
got a taxi back to the villa where we then got ready for the birthday
were photos in the garden (see below) and a glass of Tania’s favourite
owner of the villa (Sig. Tanganelli) even dropped by to give Tania some tulips
in her favourite colour: purple.
|Looking out towards the kitchen and to Cortona|
organised for the evening was for two chefs (Francesco and Cristiano – both lovely
chaps) to come to the villa and cook us a meal.
been doing this for seven years and service a lot of the villa and agriturismo
places in the area.
night, we went with Gourmet Menu 2:
Welcome aperitifs with the Chefs
soup with Parmesan chip
Pappa al Pomodoro reinterpreted in the
Ricotta Cheese with basil pesto oil and “Lardo di Colonnata”
Ribolitta with cavalo nero
Risotto with Saffron: Saffron Carnaroli
of Cortona, white truffle oil, pecorino cheese and arugula;
Fillet of Veal: served with Chianti
sauce grilled vegetables;
Arezzo’s Chocolate small cake pie: served
with strawberry sauce;
this was served with water along with some very nice local reds and whites (the
Tuscan chardonnay was really nice !!).
|The Tomato Caprese|
|The zucchini soup|
|The table is all set to go !!|
|The Pappa al Pomodoro|
|The fresh ricotta cheese with basil and lard|
|The risotto with rocket |
|The veal steak (called Chianina)|
|The Arezzo chocolate cake|
the end of the evening, we were all full.
cost for 10 people – Euro 40 per head !!
every penny I reckon !!
|A big hand to the chefs !!|