Tuscany and Umbria, from 2017:
My friends and I only had 2 dinners out during our week in Tuscany. Our villa was located between Sarteano and San Casciano dei Bagni.
We enjoyed one dinner at Chiostro Ciannini in Sarteano, which was recommended by a local, and one dinner at Ristorante Daniela in San Casciano dei Bagni, where I enjoyed a wild boar terrine, chianina beef tenderloin and a Valrhona chocolate dessert.
We also had a private chef named Dorota prepare a meal at our villa (cheese souffle and salad, gnocchi, involtini and apple custard crostata)
We enjoyed the produce I picked up from the Orvieto farmers market. I loved the salami with fennel I purchased in Montepulciano. Delicious porchetta sandwich in Assisi, as well as almond baci (I tried 3 types).
We also had enjoyed pastries and coffee at the Pasticerria Sandri in Perugia,where we decided to take a break and have a coffee on their terrace. The Sandri tiramisu subsituted a chocolate sable /cookie for the more typical ladyfingers.
I brought home lots of Tuscan and Umbrian specialties. Panforte from Montepulciano, spice blends from Assisi, lentils from Umbria, pici pasta from Tuscany. It’s difficult to bring cheese and meat back to Canada, so I only brought home foods I knew would get past customs without any issues.
We must have enjoyed 8 different pecorino cheeses. I ended up cooking for our group a few nights, and was lucky to have tomatoes brought to us by the gardener who helps take care of the villa.
It is quite easy to take photos off that Old Site.