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Certaldo Alto: Osteria del Vicario

via Rivellino, 3 , Phone: 0571.668228
Closing day: Wednesday

Reviewed by: Suzanne Ferrio from USA, review #1542

When: 2005

An enjoyable dinner during our one night stay in Certaldo Alto.

Desert at Osteria del Vicario, photo by Suzanne Ferrio

A truly enjoyable experience. This restaurant has it all - elegante ambiance (without being too stuffy), great food with wonderful presentation, attentive (without being intrusive) and helpful staff. We weren't able to eat on the terrace because of weather, so we were seated in a long, narrow, intimate dining area with maybe five or six tables. Diva told me they had recently earned a Michelin star, now I know why.

Suzanne, the Degustazione dalla Terra: Appetizer - Seasonal Salad in crunchy shells w/Certaldo Onion Marmelade Mousse & Tomato Sauce; Primi - Basil Dumplings w/Pachino Tomato Sauce, Shoots Salad and "Tete De Moine" Cheese; Secondi - Guinea Fowl Leg filled w/Apples & Chick Pea Cream served w/Vinsanto Sauce and Asparagus

Tom, the Degustazione dal Mare: Appetizer - Swordfish Tartare on Valerian Salad w/Shallot Mayonnaise and Pan Brioche; Primi - Rice w/Citrus Fruits, Pesto & Prawn Tails; Secondi - Sea Bass Filletio w/White Bean Puree & Curry Flavored Crunchy Potatoes

Dolci (chosen by the chef) was a lovely chocolate creamed filled pastry with fruit garnish and a fruit filled pastry with cream & nuts garnish. Both had Osteria del Vicario's signature chocolate disk and a colored spun sugar decoration.

We weren't sure what wine to order from their extensive list, so asked our waiter for a suggestion. He chose a red (sorry, didn't write it down) that was light enough to work with Tom's fish dishes yet flavorful enough to complement my meat dishes. Best of all, it was a reasonable 16 euros!

This was absolutely our best meal in Tuscany. Total bill: 112 euros

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