La Speranza

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La Speranza offers an amazing, experience; everything that you might hope to find. Located at a small junction between two country roads, La Speranza is a restaurant, bar (Italian bar) and paninoteca with the air of a local tavern. This place is popular with hunters and the locals who pour in on a Sunday lunch or dinner from the neighboring towns. This is the place to come for grilled meats. Try the restaurant for fresh local pici pasta topped with a wonderful nuanced meat ragu or any of the meats from the wood burning grill. On Sundays the casual dining room is full of large parties sharing platters piled high with grilled meats: sausages, steaks, pork spareribs and grilled lamb. The local red wine from Colle Val d’Elsa or Montalcino (not far away) makes for a perfect accompaniment. A carafe of the house red is a great choice, neither fruity nor tannic, it is well balanced and pleasant to drink; it goes well with the grilled meats without being overbearing or harsh. Desserts come from a local pasticceria.

The adjacent bar offers a quick coffee to people passing by and panini composed of local salumi. The pastry case offers a small selection of pastries, kept warm. Try the cream filled croissant for the crisp shattering layers of flaky dough and a surprise burst of thick warm pastry cream inside.

Signature Dishes: Pici with Ragu (Pici with Meat Sauce), Bistecca Fiorentina, Grigliata Mista (Mixed Grilled Meats)

Get It!: Pici with Ragu

TIP: The adjacent bar serves excellent rustic sandwiches filled with delicious cured meats on soft crusty bread.

Localita’ La Speranza, Colle di Val d’Elsa. tel: 0577 929696

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