Greve in Chianti

Twenty miles southeast of Florence lies the classic Chianti town of Greve where Domenico Baldi creates a blend of classic and modern cooking in a beautiful rustic setting with a definitive terrace view of the surrounding vineyards at Il Vescovino. For the pure classics da Padellina serves ribollita, pappardelle with wild boar and the classic fiorentina in simple trattoria style at quite easy prices. In Radda, where from the piazza you can easily see the vines of one of my favorite wineries in all of Toscana, Monte Vertine, there are two choices. The first, Vignale, is in a Relais et Chateaux hotel with classically flavored but modernly presented variations on la cucina Toscana. The second, Al Chiasso dei Portici, just outside of town, has a small menu of delicious country dishes including great salumi and the classic fennel scented pork roast “Arista Toscana”.