14 July 2016

Eat Me. Ristoro Di Lamole, Tuscany

There's an age-old saying my Dad likes to quote - if you want a good meal, don't eat anywhere that has a view. Usually he's always right but I think I've found the exception to the rule. Ristoro Di Lamole in Tuscany.


Nestled at the highest point in Chianti, sitting 650m above sea level, the drive up is breath-taking - literally if you're my Mum, whilst I was guiding the car up the narrow twists and turns, she couldn't breathe for fear of heights! But on the way up, oh what a view.

It's a true testament to Filippo and Paulo who have been running the show at Ristoro Di Lamole for 23 years, that people come all this way to dine with them; it's a 20min drive from Greve or an hour from Florence. Either way, I'm telling you, it's an experience not to be missed, fear of heights or not.

We settled in on the front of the balcony and took in the panoramic views of the region. Definitely a wow moment. With some chilled Tuscan pinot grigio, we eye'd off the menu greedily. First up, the beef carpaccio. Incredibly tender, melt-in-the-mouth with a salad of rocket and local parmesan on top. Truly the best I've ever had.

And may I say, their balsamic glaze is out of this world. Track down a similar bottle from Modena and buy yourself some of the stuff. I couldn't put it down.

Next I opted for their famous pear and ricotta ravioli whilst Mum had the bucatini with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. So simple yet so incredibly full of flavour. Both were divine

By then it was time for dessert.
[It's always time for dessert silly!].

We had the molten chocolate cake which delivered exactly what it promised. Molten. Chocolate.

Then as if to signal our home time, we watched as the sun slowly dipped itself below the horizon turning the sky the most magical array of colours. Until this moment my favourite sunset was in Mykonos over the water, but this simply must take first position. It was incredible. An evening I'll never forget.

Where: Via di Lamole, 6, 50022 Greve in Chianti FI, Italy
Phone: +39 055 854 7050
Bookings: Essential

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Photos by Krissie