I have a friend who works in the wine industry on the Central Coast, and her boss travels regularly to Italy. He gave my friend a list of restaurant recommendations for Tuscany, and I brought a copy of it on our trip. One restaurant, Poggio Antico was just a few miles from where we were staying, so that was our destination for today.
We arrived there at 11:00, but they did not open for lunch until 12:30, so we sat in the shade in the parking area and I read while Bill took a little snooze. It was well worth waiting for!
We were seated outside on a shaded verandah by hostess Sharon, who turned out to be the daughter of the owner/chef, Roberto Minnetti.
Three different prix fixe menus were available, but being the gluttons that we are, we chose the largest one. This was our menu:
Menu a degustazione
Small glass of sauvignon blanc friuli
4 Small biscuits - Different flavors - Rocket, Truffle, Rosemary, Tomato
Tartare di chianina (Tartare from the "Chianina" beef)
Parfait di fegatini in salsa di moscadello (Liver pate served with moscadello sweet wine sauce)
Passata di topinambur con mousse di baccala (Topinambur saupe with dried salted cod)
Ravioli al Castel Magno e olio al basilico (Ravioli filled with Castel Magno cheese in basil oil sauce)
Agnello con carciofi all' aceto balsamico (Lamb with artichokes and balsamic vinegar)
Degustazione di formaggi (A selection of cheese)
I dolci di Roberto Minnetti
This menu - 66E -- Other menus for 48E and 36E
Poggio Antico also makes wine, and we chose a 2000 Brunello. I found out later that it got a 93 in Wine Spectator, so I guess we made a good choice.
Everything was wonderful! I particularly liked the liver pate course, and Bill thought the lamb course was outstanding. Was it pricey? Yes, but we would go back again in a minute.
We relaxed when we got back "home" and just had cheese and crackers from our fridge (and wine, of course) - sat outside overlooking the vineyards.
Another beautiful day in Paradise!