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Volpaia: La Bottega di Volpaia

Piazza della Torre, 1-2 , Phone: 0577.738001
Closing day: Tuesday

Reviewed by: Jane from CA, review #2136

When: 2006

La Bottega has been discovered! We ate here several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed its simplicity. Now, it is "known" but still serves excellent food.

Directions: to the immediate left as you enter into Volpaia

Although La Bottega has been discovered and many people make a point of coming here to dine, particularly for lunch, it still serves excellent food and is worth making an effort to find. Along with the outside dining on the road or on the terrace in back, there are three upstairs rooms for cooler days. We had an excellent porcini pasta for lunch and a cheese and fig jelly antipasto which was very good. We will be returning for more meals there this year.

Reviewed by: MikeB from OH, review #1881

When: 2006

A very nice outdoor restaurant in the heart of the Chianti wine country with great views.

Our group of five had lunch here in April 2006. The food was very good with very tasty choices including rabbit on a white sauce with truffles, pasta with truffles, great soup - ribollita, and others. We enjoyed a bottle of Poggerino Bugialla Chianti Classico Riserva (2001) that was just delicious and a tremendous bargain. The view of the Chianti rolling hills from our table was incredible. Cost was a very reasonable average of 30 euro per person. Service was extremely friendly. Be advised that this is outdoor eating. However, definitely worth the visit.

Reviewed by: stella from NY, review #1757

When: 2005

A restaurant located in the tiny Chianti hamlet of Volpaia; family-run and housed in a former church, serving traditional Tuscan food in a lovely setting.

La Bottega di Volpaia is well worth the steep climb up a winding, narrow road to the teeny-tiny hamlet of Volpaia. You have your choice of sitting outside under generous, sheltering umbrellas, or inside one of the small dining rooms located at the top of a set of winding stairwells.

The food is simple, fresh, Tuscan. There was a salad of soft, young Pecorino Toscano tossed with radicchio leaves, dressed with olive oil and a drizzle of Aceto Balsamico. Grilled eggplant glistened with olio nuovo and was adorned with basil leaves. If you happen to be there during the fall, don't miss any of their takes on porcini. I had handmade tagliatelle with sauteed porcini, my mother had a hearty porcini soup. Dessert was a homemade crumbly sweet cake; a perfect foil for Vin Santo.

If you are planning a visit to a number of hill towns in Chianti, La Bottega would be fine choice for lunch or dinner. Reservations are recommended.

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