Castello di Verrazzano is quite possibly the best lunch I have ever eaten in my entire life. The property is vast and beautiful and the views were stunning and memorable. Just outside the town of Greve in Tuscany, looming on a misty hillside, the property looks like something out of a fairy-tale. The wine was exquisite, reflecting the best of Chianti. The food was simple, subtle and representative of the roots of the region. Course after course of food was artfully served, each dish containing ingredients grown on the property. The estate boasts a world famous winery, olive oil, Tuscan boar, balsamic vinegar, Pecorino cheese, citrus, kitchen-garden herbs and vegetables, and endless supplies of fresh pasta.
The first course was a delicious salad with delicate white beans, fresh greens, spicy arugula topped with pure olive oil and fresh lemon juice. I have tried to re-create this salad a million times, but have yet to capture its perfect simplicity.
The subsequent courses were meat plates representing many different offerings made on property using animals from the neighboring farm. Pastas and delicate fishes followed… the meal was exquisite!
At the end of the meal we enjoyed the sights and a brief walk around the property. We walked through cellars containing hundreds of hanging, curing meats and cheese caves. Outside, the air was fresh and crisp and the smells of greenery and trees dominated. It was absolutely perfect. To learn more and to see their latest menu, visit their website.