Ristorante L’ Antica Fonte (Certaldo, Italy)

Looking for a true Tuscan food experience we decided to have dinner at Ristorante L’Antica Fonte here in Certaldo. The restaurant is located in Certaldo Alto which is up a large hill from the square. There are two ways up the hill, by stairs or by cable car lift. We chose the lift. We sat on the restaurant’s outdoor patio with a beautiful view of the Tuscan hills. To start we ordered the charcuterie plate which was composed of local salumi, a couple of local cheeses, red onion jam and grilled bread. The salumi was out of this world. Each cured meat had it’s own distinct flavor and seasoning. We washed it down with a glass of Spumante. Next came the pasta course. My wife ordered the ricotta & zucchini blossom ravioli with saffron sauce and I got the gnocchetti with red wine braised radicchio and a zucchini-Gorgonzola sauce. The gnocchettti were amazing! They were light and flavorful with a nice bitterness from the radicchio and rich creaminess from the sauce. For our main we ordered the Bisctecca alla Fiorentina and a side of cannellini beans. To drink we ordered a half bottle of Brunello di Montalcino. Bisctecca alla Fiorentina is a grilled 1.1 kg Chianina beef T-bone steak seasoned with olive oil and sea salt and served rare. This was simplicity at it’s best. By far the best steak I have ever tasted. The beans added some needed starchy earthiness to the meal. After devouring the entire steak, we decided to share a panna cotta with strawberries for dessert. The panna cotta was light and creamy and the strawberries were ripe and sweet. An amazing meal in an even more amazing setting.imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage


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