Colle di Val d'Elsa
Tel: 39 0577 920 549
Concierge.com's insider take:
You can catch two pigeons with one bean—as the Italian expression goes—by booking a table chez Arnolfo. First it will allow you to discover picturesque Colle Alta, one of the most overlooked historic towns in Tuscany. The restaurant itself (your second pigeon) perches on the edge of the old town, with views over a steep wooded valley that can be enjoyed from a panoramic terrace on summer evenings. Inside, the small Baccarat chandeliers and discreet splashes of contemporary art hit a note of lush urban elegance. The menu changes seasonally, but could include a starter of white and green asparagus served in a series of variations—the fat, white Bassano asparagus immersed in an egg-white foam, with an asparagus tempura arriving as a mid-course surprise; or scampi in balsamic vinegar with a scallop of foie gras (Arnolfo swims against the tide in inland Tuscany with its good selection of seafood dishes—though meat and game feature too). Desserts, such as the frozen chocolate soufflé with mint gelatin, are equally impressive. And the service is a pleasure to watch. The huge wine list has some amazing vintages.
Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, six weeks from mid-January to the end of February, as well as the last week in July and the first week in August.
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