Italy: Tuscany

Between San Gimignano and Siena

Chianti Classico, San Gimignano and some Super Tuscans
By Michèle Shah

This Guide was last updated on 30 March 2010
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Arnolfo Ristorante

Address: Via XX Settembre 50, 53034 Colle di Val d'Elsa (SI)
Tel: 0577 920549  Fax: 0577 92054
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:25:15N (43.42089)     Longitude: 11:7:1E (11.11686)  

Gaetano Trovato is an outstanding chef with a very special feel for food and ingredients, which he prepares with a light touch, focusing on flavours and textures. His dishes originate from traditional Tuscan cuisine, made with prime ingredients according to the season, but with a modern twist. Two of his signature dishes are ravioli, aubergines, tomato, burrata (cream cheese) and basil, and swordfish, capers, Taggiasche olives and peppers. He also serves delicious desserts, such as zuccotto (based on sponge cake and cream) tiramisù and elderflower ice cream. The excellent wine list features over 700 labels. Arnolfo also has four rooms (excellent opportunity do enjoy a few good glasses of wine without having to get behind the wheel and drive!).

Useful information: Tasting menus: €105-€120 without wine. Rooms €190 including breakfast. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Closed 17 January – 28 February and 29 July – 13 August.

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