We are seated in the homey dining room of what is obviously a very popular restaurant with the locals: couples, families, business colleagues, and friends. The welcome sunshine on this late November day casts a buttery glow through the sheer curtains, adding to its already cheerful interior.
An extensive menu makes it difficult to choose, either a la carte, or from its very generous fixed price lunch selections. We finally settle on pappardelle, a flat broad noodle, with wild boar sauce and pici cacio e pepe – one of my favorites. Pici are a typical Tuscan hand-rolled noodle made of eggless pasta. Then, in this case, tossed immediately with a mixture of butter, cheese and cracked pepper. Simply prepared and simply delicious. A half carafe of the house wine, a Chianti, goes well with our choices.
Beef, of course, is always a smart choice when in the Valdichiana region of Tuscany. My husband always finds it hard to resist the Tagliata with rosemary and is not disappointed. The filet of beef with braised radicchio in vino nobile of nearby Montepulciano is tender and satisfying. Dessert choices are many and we are a bit surprised to find Sacher Torte featured, an original Austrian specialty, but as our waiter explains, it is a dessert that everyone loves. The real winner, however, is the more local sweet, Torta di Chianciano, a delicate pastry filled with custard and flavoured with amaretto.
Viale G. di Vittorio
53042 Chianciano Terme (SI)
Owner: Gino Maresca
All of this makes Ristorante Patry special, but it is the special attention of Valerio, our waiter, and Gino, the owner, who cares so much about his guests, that he comes to each table to introduce himself and make sure we are enjoying our meals. A nice touch.
Before or After Lunch suggestion: Don’t miss a visit to see the Etruscan and Roman antiquities at the Archeological Civic Museum.