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Culinary flights of fancy in Castelfalfi Resort

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Tuscany is a paradise for gourmands. Regional specialties range from wild pig to Pecorino cheese and truffles to the renowned cantucci almond cookies. In the mountain village of Castelfalfi we tasted our way through the exquisite Tuscan cuisine:

A short time ago we took a marvelous short vacation in Toscana Castelfalfi Resort. Here is my take  on the romantic borgo (village).

Castelfalfi in Tuscany

Castelfalfi in Tuscany

In TUI’s new Blue Selection resort, they place special emphasis on regional products. Come along on a culinary journey through Castelfalfi’s three restaurants:

Gourmet Restaurant La Rocca di Castelfalfi

This fine eatery is located in the cellar of the medieval castle. The ambiance is elegant and impressive.

Gourmet restaurant La Rocca Castelfalfi

Elegant ambiance reigns in Gourmet Restaurant La Rocca

Elegant ambiance reigns in Gourmet Restaurant La Rocca

Wine by Tenuta di Castelfalfi

Wine by Tenuta di Castelfalfi

La Rocca Gourmet Restaurant Castelfalfi

Homebaked bread with the house olive oil

Top chef Michele Rinaldi from Bergamo is here to newly interpret the traditional Tuscan cuisine with meat and fish dishes.

So, for instance, the gourmet chef conjures up a culinary masterpiece from simple vegetables by giving the ribollita, the traditional hearty Tuscan vegetable stew, his personal touch. But this masterful chef also does wonders with fish, meat and pasta dishes.

We decide to order the Gran Gourmet menu:

La Rocca Restaurant Castelfalfi

Foie gras and chicken liver paté

La Rocca Restaurant Castelfalfi

Beef tatare with black truffles

Pasta

Pacchero pasta with crustacean tartare

La Rocca Restaurant Castelfalfi

Stinging nettle ravioli served with calf sweetbread

La Rocca Restaurant Castelfalfi

Chocolate-sorbet creation for dessert.

This gourmet restaurant is an absolute must for your Castelfalfi Resort program.

 

La Via del Sale – Castelfalfi Resort’s main restaurant

“La Via del Sale” is the restaurant in the resort’s main building. Here they serve an authentic Italian cuisine in a modern setting.

La Via Del Sale Restaurant

La Via Del Sale Restaurant

 

The menu is tempting and many-faceted. And with it of course are offered many choice wines.

Walter treats himself to a filet of pork with creamed carrot-orange, grilled onion and sauteed winter endive. For my part, I can’t resist the beef filet with truffles.

For our first course, we choose the tortelli alla carbonara – very tasty!

A crème brulée crowns the meal fittingly.

 

This being early May, it was still somewhat chilly in the evenings unfortunately. Otherwise, in warm weather the exquisite meals can be enjoyed on the terrace with its grand view of the bucolic Tuscan scenery.

Bellissimo!

Sunset on the terrace in Casetlfalfi

Sunset on the terrace

Breakfast is also served in Restaurant La Via del Sale.

And what a sumptuous breakfast buffet it is! Mounds of healthful müesli, fruits, and salads tower over somewhat less-healthful but oh! so good pastries like torta della nonna and more.

Restaurant La Via del Sale

Restaurant La Via del Sale

 

Breakfast with Pinocchio

Breakfast with Pinocchio

In addition, they serve up a variety of egg dishes. Walter does not miss the chance of doing his rampant eggs benedict test. Here’s his global ranking (in German).

Eggs florentine with bearnaise sauce and spinach

Eggs florentine with bearnaise sauce and spinach

Pizzeria Il Rosmarino

Restaurant “Il Rosmarino” is kept in a low-key rustic ambiance. Here they prepare palate-pleasing traditional dishes for lunch and dinner with regional and seasonal products.

In warm weather, the terrace makes for relaxed alfresco dining.

The Ristorante Rosmarino terrace

The Ristorante Rosmarino terrace

Il Rosmarino Castelfalfi

Low-key rusic ambiance in Rosmarino

A highlight is the crispy thin-crust pizza straight from the wood-fired oven. It is prepared exclusively with local Castelfalfi olive oil and only in the wood-fired oven.

Buonissima!

Salami pizza

Salami pizza from the wood-fired oven

Gnocchi with truffles

Gnocchi with truffles

Hotel address

Il Castelfalfi
50050 Montaione
Firenze, Italia

Website: castelfalfi.com
E-Mail: info@castelfalfi.it
Tel. +39 0571 892 000

All three restaurants are always well booked-up, so… reservations are absolutely recommended! 

Check out my resort review here.

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Katja is travelmemo.com’s destination research and booking expert. She always has the upper hand on itineraries and travel details. When not on the road, Katja is a corporate communications manager.

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