La Cantina dell’Osenna ~ Via Dante Alighieri 42 in San Quirico D’Orcia
Welcome to paradise! In the middle of Tuscany you can find the tiny medieval village of San Quirico d’Orcia. The village is surrounded by ‘pioppi’, tall and thin green trees, gentle hills and lots of fresh air. In fact, if you need to breath some peace, the air here is of the best kind! It’s a fresh, crisp and woody type of smell all year round. I love to discover new places and dive into new gastronomic adventures, especially on Tuscan grounds.
La Cantina dell’Osenna is a small restaurant with a beautiful green garden including a pretty variety of roses and a large area covered in pergolas. They serve traditional Tuscan food. I remember having dinner here inside in the winter. Its certainly good, but I would recommend to go here when the garden is open, so in the spring or summer. There is a great atmosphere. They also produce their own wine which you can purchase (Rosso d’Orcia).
One particular sentence I heard at this restaurant will stick with me. A waiter who was expressing his frustration over another waiter serving bread together with the dessert… Not at our table though 😀
“Vai a dar gli schiaffi ai pomodori cosi’ si fan rossi” Italian but Tuscan slang for “Go to slap the tomatoes, this way they will turn red”.
Our choices for the evening
Rosso d’Orcia, Cardinali, 2012, 13,5%, 0 km. A round red wine, very smooth. You can buy this wine at their ‘cantina’ just down the street.
Bruschetta aglio olio, antipasto Tuscano (salumi e mini bruscetti)
Bread with garlic and olive oil, small bites of salami. Bruschetta bread used: casarecce, made at home (without salt)
- Main course
Pici al ragu’.
Homemade Tuscan pasta with a traditional meat sauce.
Torta con nutella e nocciole (sembra una crostata)
Cake with nutella and walnuts (seems similar to a tart)
The dinner was delicious and service is fast. There is no Tuscany without ‘pici al ragu’ and vice versa. The pici are a long thick, shorter version of spaghetti, homemade. Traditionally they are served with a sauce of tomato and wild boar but the version with pork is also great. It depends on your taste! Cin cin!
Pictures by Trattoria Osenna