From Dario’s shop, we continue up the hill and make our way to Lamole. The road becomes rough—dirt and gravel… but, the countryside is filled with olive trees and vineyards, many of which are hundreds of years old. After a mile or so, the road narrows and pavement returns. Unbelievable winding curves and hair pin turns bring you to the tiny village of Lamole. The reasons we travel here… to experience the most incredible views in Chianti and eat at the Ristoro di Lamole. The view from the terrace of the Ristoro is breathtaking! Chianti hills, San Gimignano, Vignamaggio (Mona Lisa was born there), wonderful Cyprus trees, vines laden with grapes, olive trees, and forests… all panoramically presented for you to love…and, we do! Ristoro di Lamole owners, Filippo and Paolo, are masters at choosing true Artisanal products for their Ristoro and Enoteca. They instinctively select superb Tuscan wines to go with their authentic Tuscan food specialties. We fell in love with the food, the wine, the view, and the truffle honey. During one visit, Filippo introduced us to the most exquisite truffle honey we have ever tasted. He served it with their juniper-smoked Guanciale (cured pig cheeks), aged Pecorino and simple bruschetta. We simply couldn’t get enough! We secured the name of the producer and were able to get it for you.
CALUGI MIELE AL TARTUFO
The Calugi family produces this velvety Truffle Honey. In their words, “Grandfather Antonio hunted for truffles in the second half of the nineteenth century. He handed down his passion to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This passion for gathering the truffles and creating genuine products with real flavors to discover at the table everyday is continued to this day.” Calugi Truffle Honey is rich, deep, warm, silky, and earthy…very sexy… unlike any we’d tasted. Try the truffle honey with Peccorino Romano cheese and salumi… yum… heaven! We love it!
We are pleased to also present two other Calugi treasures for your table:
TARTUFO BIANCO CONDIMENTO – extra virgin olive oil with white truffle essence… and…
TAGLIOLINI E TARTUFO – thin egg pasta with Truffles…incredible!
We like to use the White Truffle Oil as a finishing oil—so deeply rich and silky to the tongue—drizzled over hot pastas, on roasted potatoes, or brushed on warm Foccacia… inspirational!
We adore the Tagliolini with Truffle tossed with brown butter and a dusting of Parmiggiano Reggiano… a treat unlike anything you’ve ever tasted! Try it with a mushroom cream sauce and a drizzle of the White Truffle oil…Bellissimo!
We leave Lamole and drive down the winding road to Greve in Chianti – a wonderful little town with a small central Piazza, Piazzo Del Mercato. We always go to Saturday market in the Piazza. Fresh cheeses and produce share space with plants, leather goods and fresh salumis. Such fun!
On one side of the Piazza is a wonderful shop filled with porcelains, pastas, oils, vinegars, honeys, wines and gifts. We like to buy olive oils and vinegars there and we always find new treasures to try. We tried an extra virgin olive oil there a few years ago and fell in love with it. We bring it to you!
LA CASTELLINA OLIO EXTRAVIRGINE DI OLIO is a perfect Tuscan oil – fruity but delicate, slightly spicy and peppery. It is sure to become a favorite of yours…use it and love it! This oil is produced in Castellina in Chianti, a medieval town near where we stay at Poggio. The olives are grown on 10 hectares of the farm La Castellina. The Bojola-Targioni family lovingly produce the oil and very fine Chianti wines. The olives are harvested manually, stored in boxes and brought to the mill within 24 hours from the harvest. The oil is unfiltered and is superb.
Bringing home the love…
Raleigh and Buck