Super Tuscan Tastes
Ah, Tuscany – what is there to say that hasn’t already been said about this wondrous place? The food, the drink, the rolling hills. The way of life; so simple, so civilized. The people there live the good life, and I soaked in as much of it as I could.
One such indulgence was a little grappa tour I took at every restaurant I visited. I found that the distilled spirit known for its elaborate bottles gave me much less of a hangover than its red or white wine counterpart, so I chose to drink it exclusively.
I confused most of the Italian waiters when I ordered it before dinner, as it is usually reserved as something served with coffee after your meal. However, it aided as both an aperitif and digestif for me.
I found some made from lovely varietals ranging from Brunello to Muscato. Here is one that is supposed to be the best in the land, that I paired with a truffle risotto at Il Guccino in Lucignano. I don’t know if I agree that it’s the best grappa I have ever tasted, but it was certainly the best restaurant and best dish of the trip.
Another grappa was lovely and light enough to go with a porcine gnocci at Osteriale Logge in Siena, touted as the city’s best restaurant.
My favorite was a Moscato Grappa. The flavor and notes were complex and rich. I had it with a simple pici arrabiata and it stole the show. My last night I was bid farewell with a special liquor you can only find in that region.
It was prepared like a Limoncello but was handmade with fennel. If you are ever in Lucignano stop by La Rocca and treat yourself.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, be sure to go to Multipulciano and stop by the elegant Cafe Poliziano – since 1886. It has the best hot chocolate you will ever taste.
Like a melted bar in your cup.