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Restaurant of the month

La Chiusa di Montefollonico

A haven for the soul

Would you like to see the gorgeous countryside? Would you like to stay and enjoy beautiful scenery straight out of a travel magazine? Would like to be treated like royalty with the best cuisine, magical wines and accommodations fit for a noble family? Just take a short drive down for about 1 hour from Florence and find La Chiusa nestled in a tiny village.

La Chiusa is situated at 88, Via della Madonnina l Montefollonico, Siena 53040, Italy . Delightful and scenic, this beautiful panorama around La Chiusa stretches for miles around with lush olive trees, vineyards and a glorious countryside . La Chiusa is a refreshing villa made of red brick. The huge picture windows overlook the lovely scenery and groves. Perfect for the family, honeymooners, individuals, couples and corporate companies, La Chiusa is the perfect retreat to relax and fill the senses with traditional cuisine and hospitality.

An aura of ethnic ambience and warm comforting odors of freshly baked bread waft from the interior of La Chiusa. You will find Dania Lucherini, the owner and the chef of La Chiusa who gave up her law degree for a Masters in cuisine, casually doing some chore or the other, while her Daughter, Francesca follows in her footsteps in re-producing the original and traditional Tuscan dishes. Dania’s prolific and versatile talents include olive oil based cooking and her pastas are out of this world. Come and take a walk around the lush greenery with its pure air and balmy climate.

Quaint with the old world charm, La Chiusa was once an old farm which was transformed in the 70’s and decorated with Tuscan antiques. Surrounded with a garden and orchard of sorts, an oil mill which functioned till recently, La Chiusa was formed with the foundations of self-sufficiency, tradition and as the main entrée, retrieving and preserving ancient recipes. Dania and Umberto, as soul mates decided together that their special restaurant and inn would showcase the seasonal vegetables grown on the farm blended into intricate and wholesome recipes that would display the ‘peasant tradition’. So you get a wide delicious range that takes your palate on a journey to medieval times. Enjoy the ribollita, pulse soup, courgette flowers, flans and fresh salads among a host of delectable dishes.

Enter the restaurant and see splashes of color as wild flowers placed on the tables suit with the natural theme of the restaurant. In the beautiful little village of Montefollonico, Dania and Umberto have renovated the old farmhouse with élan yet retaining its stone with the ambience of space and harmony. The ingredients for the delicious food is taken from the farm which yields olive oil, and white truffles pernially. Sit back and survey the scene around and the eye catches sight of white-capped ladies busily working in a stainless steel big kitchen.

Have an unforgettable meal with great wines accompanied by rare dishes such as, coniglio con olive e pignoli (sautéed rabbit with olives and pine nuts. As a pleasant surprise, the pasta is rolled and cut at the guests’ tables by women chefs and then taken into the kitchen to be made into ravishing, feather light pasta dishes. Get the salivary glands working with Dania’s home-made creations and try the Pappardelle Dani , the home-made ricotta and the fabulous stuffed ravioli delicately flavored with proverbial olive oil. This lovely old stone farmhouse with its olive press offers a marvelous view while you eat exquisite dishes crafted with expertise and an intrinsic talent. Go on take another helping of pigeon cooked in vin santo or courgette flowers with ricotta. Take a deep swallow of the Brunello di Montalcino wine and reach out to take a sip of the mushroom soup. Though its difficult ot eat several dishes at the same time, La Chiusa offers a unique dish of fragrant lamb, three different Pamiggiano cheese and a specially whipped up vegetarian meal for vegetarians. Let your eye settle on the zucchini flower antipasto with its deep orange sauce, tagliatelle with black truffles and awesome desserts. Gourmet in its outlook,exquisite in taste and hospitality at its best, La Chuisa is the popular and famous restaurant inn in Montefollonico. Come and try out their delectable eggplant flan in tomato sauce, grilled porcini cap, torte of porcini with porcini slices and Parmesan, bean and barlery soup, porcini soup, ricotta ravioli, ravioli di zucca with trffles, veal capaccio, ravioli with truffles from the woody forests, boiled and marinated goose breast, grilled lamb, duck breast roasted in fennel and pecorino stagionate con miele (aged sheep’s milk cheese with honey accompanied by melt-in-the-mouth bread….and know what it is like to be in Heaven.

La Chiusa offers her guests beautiful rooms with large suites and terraces for the kids to play in. With a fantastic view, the inn has a wonderful garden where you can sit and take in the sun, or a mellow afternoon and listen to the sounds of delighted children playing to their hearts’ content! Come back to your room and experience luxury at its finest. The bathrooms are big enough to house a family with a huge Jacuzzi, and a two person shower, comfort at your fingertips and latest amenities that make you feel like royalty. Breakfast at La Chiusa is an appetizing spread with home-made breads, jams, yogurt and a variety of mouth-watering dishes.

So come and travel the same route to Montefollonico as the old masters did. Stop to admire the beautiful scenery which the talented artists of ancient times painted and take back reflections of their lovely art. La Chiusa shares her abundant wealth of a spectrum of fabulous food, al fresco dining, a la carte fine dining and lodgings that stay etched in your memory. Dania and Umberto of La Chiusa with the tradition of a charming and enchanting hospitality have created an incredible journey into the medieval culture to offer a mesmerizing, magical and marvelous culinary sojourn.

         
 
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