A bridge between Tuscany and the Near East

The cuisine at Al Ponte restaurant in Gaiole in Chianti expresses an irresistible koinè of Tuscan tradition with exoticism from the Near East. All this thanks to the lucid ambition of Admir and Alma Selimanovic –  who also contribute to the management of mother and chef Fata’s Il Celliere in Castagnoli. Their secret? A very […]

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La Loggia del Chianti

The Loggia del Chianti is truly a loggia in Chianti. The rosebush at the window says it all, it’s a rosebush at the window of a loggia in Chianti.   Patrizia Ermini and Michele Bianco welcome us to this large restaurant, with the familiarity and grace of those who welcome you into their own home. […]

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In Gordon Breckenridge’s atelier

I met Gordon Breckenridge a couple of years ago, in the Val d’Orcia, at a restaurant. Just by chance, on a day out of time, in the cool shade of a Wisteria, tasting Tuscan specialities. Even then I was struck by his generous sociability and his desire to communicate, typical of an artist who is […]

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Wine and hospitality at beautiful Albola Castle

“It is properly called Albola, a slope known for its vineyards, from which you may get the best wines of Chianti” notes Emanuele Repetti in 1841, in his Dizionario Fisico geografico del Granducato di Toscana.   We meet right here, among the highest hills of Chianti Classico, in a townlet that has its roots in […]

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