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Greve: La Cantinetta di Rignana

Loc. Rignana Greve in Chianti , Phone: 055 852 601
Closing day: Martedi (Tuesday)

Reviewed by: Jane from CA, review #2284

When: 2007

La Cantinetta di Rignana is a restaurant to treasure, return to and remember long after. It is pure Tuscan food and cooking at its very best. You'll love it.

Directions: This is hard to find but worth the effort. You can find signs to it in Badia a Passignana, Greve in Chianti, and other places. From Greve, go through Montefioralle and then follow signs. Watch closely. Don't give up as you go through woods and forests--you will get there!

Antipasti, primi, secondi, contorni, dulce--all is wonderful. I can't imagine a bad meal here. This restaurant is popular with Italians who travel from Siena and Firenze so reservations are almost a must--even in winter. Part of its charm is the warmth and geniune niceness of the staff who work at giving every diner a memorable time. They like what they do. The ambiance of the restaurant is relaxing and charming and Tuscan. In the summer, there is outside seating with lovely views. I believe the cost for 4 adults and a child was around 200 --including wine-- but we had a lot of food. The menu has several different preparations and sauces for tagliata (sliced steak). We like to ask for a mixed platter and then everyone shares. Outstanding!

Reviewed by: colleenk from MA, review #1332

When: 2004

Lovely, fun restaurant in a spectacular setting

Directions: See website for directions as it is out in the countryside

This Saturday lunch was arranged for our group from the Koine language school in Florence as a "typical Tuscan pranzo". It was combined with an excusion to Greve and a wine tour of Villa S. Andrea. The charge for this all exclusive lunch was 30 per person including house wine and was well worth the money. I would have paid this just for the spectacularly beautiful setting alone!

This meal was pre-arranged and consisted of: Antipasti Toscana of cured meats, sun dried tomaotoes, agrula, olives and onions preserved in red wine vinegar. Fabulous, with plenty for everyone. A delicious pappa al pomodoro(tomato and bread soup) was next, followed by tagliolini alle noci (this pasta with a nut sauce was my favorite dish of the day) and a peposo alla fornacina (a traditional peppery beef stew).

The restaurant was filled with Italian families and the food that was brought out to them off the menu looked amazing. Their wine list was extensive and the view from the ouside dining area was breathtaking. If I am ever in the area again I would definitely return to order off the menu. Highly recommended.

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