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Castagnoli: Il Celliere a Castagnoli

Via Castello 2 , Phone: 0577 731921

Closing day: Wednesday

Reviewed by: CarolSeattle from WA, review #3797

When: 2011

Beautifully restored castle setting, above winery, with fabulous food and a friendly owner who waits tables in this 3 month old restaurant.

We were two couples traveling by bicycle. We asked the owner of the B&B we were staying at if there was someplace within a few miles that we could walk to for a last dinner in the Chianti region. He insisted on driving us to Castagnoli, a hilltop town about 8 miles away, half of it up a hill. After many protestations, we agreed.

Boy, were we ever glad we did. The eight of us, by then another couple visiting from Parma and friends of the B&B owners had joined us, had an amazingly good and beautifully presented dinner. The restaurant is in a restored castle, which as a tourist we never would have seen from the road and in a town which we didn't stop at due to the time of day we had come through by bike. We asked no more than to be fed, and the owner brought out dish after dish, family style, and each with enough for a generous helping, and since there were 8 of us, on two or three platters for sharing without passing all the way around the table.

The wine served, produced by the local winery that is also in the castle, was very good. When you go, I would highly recommend simply telling the waiter, in our case the owner, about what you want to spend per person and have him decide what to bring. The price was more than reasonable for what we ate, and ate, and ate.

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