There is a common saying in Italian that translates to, "If you want to eat quality food, you have to get to the source," which, in essence, means fresh from the farm ingredients. People are becoming more conscious of what they eat, and farm-to-table restaurants and cafes are making a huge comeback. So, if you are in Tuscany this season and want to see this maxim become reality, here are the ten best experiences or restaurants you must visit.
1.Il Canto del Maggio Restaurant – Valdarno
Many restorations have happened in the past few years in the land of Tuscany, especially in the Valdarno district. One such restoration house turned restaurant called Il Canto del Maggio Restaurant. Father and daughter combo has worked hard to make the land work, providing them with freshly farmed ingredients in their restaurants.
It is not just the fresh food that brings in customers; the stunning views due to its elevation allow guests to see the sprawling valley. Their hospitality is the icing on the cake, making visiting this place a cherished memory.
2.Wine Class - Tuscan Classics
When you are in Tuscany, you must try their excellent vintage wines, but if you are a novice, you may be lost and don't know what to do. With the help of this tour, you can take a day of informal wine class where you can taste different wines and explore their history. You will also visit a wine production facility showing you the genuine and authentic way it is done in Tuscany.
3.Enogastronomic Tour of Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano
Like all European travel tours, this tour involves experiencing the Tuscany lifestyle, architecture, village life, and fantastic food and wines. The tour takes you through beautiful views of old streets and stunning views of the rolling hills. They top the time of 2-3 villages by taking your taste buds to work.
In this 9-hour tour, you get to eat different food, learn how to make fantastic pecorino cheese, and taste delicious wine from different eras.
4.Culinaria Bistro – Florence
If you want to explore a few of the best foodie places Tuscany and Florence offer, visit the San Frediano neighborhood. Culinaria Bistro is a place where farm-to-table dishes are a pride, which is possible through a network of farmers providing fresh ingredients. The network of these farmers who supply much-needed components to these restaurants is known as Degustibus.
Near the Piazza Torquato Tasso, Culinaria Bistro has many dishes from French, African, Italian, and Spanish backgrounds, which are amazingly good and go along well with Tuscan wine.
5.Organic Family Farm – Wine and Food Tasting
You will get the Italian experience of a lifetime for paying only £52.24 on this farm. The farm is located in San Gimignano, surrounded by several wine estates. The local hosts will take you on a tour to experience wines in the vineyard, eat food and visit the farm's garden, hop on the bus to see the olive grove, and much more. You can also choose which cheese and wine you want to taste.
6.Villa Bordoni, Chianti – Cooking Class
Those foodies who love cooking and taste culinary delights will love more than Tuscany has many cooking classes. They vary by duration and your cooking level but will teach you how to make authentic Italian and Tuscan cuisine.
Villa Bordoni is in the countryside of Chianti and has sufficient place for guests to stay during their classes. You will learn fine dining, cucina povera, and much more.
7.La Bottega del Buon Caffe – Florence
You must visit this place if you want to experience gourmet dining, which includes many dishes that are farm-to-table perfection. All their vegetables come from their Borgo Santo Pietro farm, so taste at least one of their farm-to-table dishes. Their words, such as ricotta cheese with dipping of a cream made from green turnip and tortellini, are to die for.
8.Michelin Star Dining Maremma
Ran by chef Valeria Piccini, who is well-known and loved, Da Caino is the place to be if you want to eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant. With the help of her husband, they serve nine tables in the dining room, where each dish has roots in the local culture. This stone house doesn't easily give away its fine dining when you step up from the cobbled street. Once you are inside, it is a different story.
9.Fattoria Lavacchio – Pontassieve
Like all restaurants on this list, Fattoria Lavacchio is also a farm-to-table exquisite restaurant built on the hills of Pontssieve. Locals already love their food and exceptional taste, and now it's time you experience the magic as well. The establishment has an outdoor pool, guest rooms, and other self-catering apartments. Be sure to visit this fantastic restaurant near Florence, but book in advance, especially during the weekends.
10.Il Pellicano – A Meal with a View
This is a legendary hotel and a favorite of many since the 60s. You can enjoy the amazing Tyrrhenian Sea's view when you are there for lunch and sit and chill by their pool. The idea and the ambiance are perfect, but the food is on a whole new level. Combined with the view and atmosphere, you will have the best experience from their open-air terrace. Taste wines, enjoy some lunch, take their mixology courses, and more when you are there.
After your meal or cooking classes by Michelino Gioia, you can walk on the smooth sandy beaches and let your worries disappear.
Final Fresh Thoughts
The world is a fantastic place where every city you pick up will have superb cuisine and things to enjoy. No matter the site, you can walk for hours while basking in the sun and enjoying the sweet summer breeze. But Tuscany takes it to another level. If you are tired from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan cities, enjoy the nature and countryside in Tuscany at the places we shared.