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Corsignano: Osteria Nonna Luisa

Corsignano , Phone: 0577.322740

Reviewed by: Fred73 from Italy, review #1427

When: 2005

Never tasted so much poetry and grace in honest, real Chianti food. Best chef in Tuscany, only 5 tables, worth a visit, absolutely! An unforgettable place!

Directions: From Siena in direction Chianti, take right to Vagliagli. After you reach location Corsignano, on your immediate left you can find Nonna Luisa. Park along the road.

Inside Osteria Nonna Luisa, photo by Maria Giovanna

When I have been invited by a friend to dine at Osteria Nonna Luisa, I was not in a really good mood. The dentist had been taking away a tooth out of my mouth just 3 hours before, so my intention was not to eat at all. I went anyway, it was a very warm evening, so going home did not make much sense.

I was surprised how small was the "famous" Osteria Nonna Luisa. I think I counted about 5-6 tables. Only one for 10 people, all the other for 2-4 people. And only two persons working there: a waitress and a blue-eyed charming lady with elegant hands and a beautiful smile: Giovanna, the chef. She brought me immediately to the kitchen to show me her kingdom (my friend knew her, so we have been introduced!). The smell was incredible. Little pieces of chicken were ready to be grilled with a fine potato cake and a long wooden table was covered with hand made pasta.

I sat at my table with my friends and when Giovanna was finished serving all people there, she sat with us, in order to enjoy some good home wine. She is an archaeologist, with two graduation; she comes from a very rich family of medics of Siena. She is about 60 right now, even if she looks much younger, how bright is her glance. She told me how she became a chef, when she went to study up north and the masterchef simply told her she did not have much to learn there. Her way to treat the food in an act of poetry. Really. I took smooth dishes: gnocchetti alla mentuccia and chicken, since my mouth was aching. I was really impressed. The mint taste was deep inside the hand-made gnocchi and the chicken was incredible. She told us that she looks for herbs on her own in the fields every morning, with her dog. Dragoncello, mint, rosmarin. I always knew that Tuscany has good food, but this lady offered me much more.

It's more than 2 weeks now that I dined there, but if I think of it I still can reckon the taste of wild mint on my tongue or the delicate paste of potatoes. The chocolate cake (whose recipe is absolutely secret!) melts in the mouth.

I spent E50 for the whole meal (appetizer, first course, second course, dessert, wine and service) but they were really worth. Dishes are also very rich and perfectly combined. Some people wanted to take pictures of her dishes! In general a meal in Chianti in summertime costs about E30-35. Well, Giovanna of Osteria Nonna Luisa is very worth some euro more!

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