Just finding this place is part of the adventure.
In the hills of Volterra we find a village hidden at the end of a winding road, and it’s there that this superb little Trattoria greets us. The village is hard to find but the journey is worth it. Time appears to have stood still in the Medieval village yet the car park at the end of the road shows a handful of cars, and as the Trattoria is the only place open we know it’s going to be good. It’s easy to find, once you arrive, on the little Piazza, seating 20 outdoors on a cute little shaded terrace, and probably no more than 26 inside.
The cuisine is true to the philosophy of Slow Food with all produce sourced and prepared locally, following the seasons and presented with passion. Begin with home cured meats, crostini, both meat and vegetarian, marinated herring and raw milk cheeses from the hills of Volterra. The prima plates include ravioli made with chestnut flour & spelt flour straccetti made with meat or rabbit sauce. The pappardelle with wild boar was stunning, and they also use rabbit, and venison. We had seen wild boar on our way in and with the hills a maze of impenetrable forests and caves it’s a perfect area to source their game, including red deer, rabbit, boar and wood pigeon.
The wine list is very local, very good, and well priced, but be mindful of your drive home, it’s a very windy road.
This off the beaten track experience is typical of the gems we visit on our wine and food tours across Italy. For more information register at www.wineandfoodtraveller.com