Tag Archives: Tuscan Countryside

Family trip to San Gimignano and Need a Restaurant

San Gimignano is a great day trip from Firenze.   It is one of our favorite places to visit.  It is not far from Firenze just about an hour 1/2 car trip.  When we went we needed a lunch place so I ask my friends for a recommendation.  Judy Witts Francini who is a food writer and cooking teacher you can find out more about here on her site Divina Cucina, Anita Grosser who runs Chianticooking Gourmetshop where you can find a variety of Italian, French and German cuisine and a friend from a Facebook cooking group Temple Perrotta.

Chiara Latini

They all recommended Chiara Lantinis Restaurant which is called  Ristorante Latini in Certaldo (via dei Platani 1 Loc. Canonica).  The restaurant was wonderful and Chiara is very friendly and very passionate about her food.  My son said that Lantini was the best restaurant he ever ate at and keeps begging us to go back soon.  Everything we ate was spectacular and she even got me to eat fish.  There was tuna that was just cooked perfectly so tender and I ate most of it. What I forgot to do was take pictures of the dishes. So more of a reason to come back and get some great food.  It is about 15 minutes from San Gimignano and the food was excellent especially since going into town you pay high prices for food that is really not high quality like we got at Lantini.  So next time you are looking for lunch or dinner venture out to Ristorante Latini and tell Chiara I sent you.


My Friend Judy does go there often and has allowed me to post some pictures until I take some, because we will be going back.  Here are some of the dishes there you can get.

Beef and ArugulaFarro Salad







mille Foglie

Cinta Senese, Vino, Olive Oil, and other goodies


I live in the heart of the Chianti Classico Region of Tuscany, in Italy. I dedicate my time to running a farming estate producing Chianti Classico wine, Extravirgin Olive Oil, and raising the rare Cinta Senese pigs.

We are among those that helped save this race from extinction. Today we are the largest breeder in the Siena area and we produce and age the traditional Tuscan products: prosciutto, salami, finocchiona – all certified by the Protected Denomination of Origin, Cinta Senese DOP. We hold tastings of our products during the week: you can book a visit by writing to tuscanray@gmail.com.

If you enjoy the products, you can purchase them from our shop. They will be shipped “door to door” anywhere in the world. We have an international clientele, with American and European fans of our wines, oil and pork products.

We are also Tour Operators with a travel agency in Castellina in Chianti specialized in holiday rentals of Villas, farmhouses and residences in Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio and Piedmont. Website and blog are at http://www.tuscanenterprises.com

CASAMONTI Tasting Tours:

“Open Day” Steiner Waldorf School

“Open Day” on January 28th from 10am till 1pm at the Steiner Waldorf school in San Casciano/La Romola.

This is for seeing the school and asking questions.  Maybe interested Moms could schedule a meet up there?

Wine Tour of Chianti

My husband is a tour guide for nature tours ‘guida ambientale’.  We are planning a wine tour of Chianti the 18 o19th of March. The cost would be €85 and would include transportation, tasting, guide, lunch, etc. If you are interested please e-mail me! JillBenik@aol.com