Welcome to Osteria La Porta

Welcome to Osteria La Porta

 

Planning a trip to Tuscany? We’re thrilled to share this recommendation.

Following a late start and a long drive, we had the great fortune of enjoying lunch in Monticchiello di Pienza with Pamela Sheldon Johns at her good friend, Daria’s restaurant, Osteria La Porta. If Pamela’s name isn’t familiar to you (it should be!), we carry her fine cookbooks, such as Cucina Povera, and her olive oil, Pace da Poggio Etrusco.

Pamela and Carol, looking at Pamela's Cucina Povera

Pamela and Carol, looking at Pamela’s Cucina Povera


With Daria and Pamela Sheldon Johns

With Daria and Pamela Sheldon Johns


We arrived toward the end of the lunch service and were charmed by the hospitality and excellent food. My craving for pasta with truffles, though not on the menu, was promptly addressed. Other gems included perfect duck, and a pasta ravioli with pumpkin.

The restaurant was charming, the host welcoming, and the town was ever appealing with a view toward Pienza.

Certainly a day or two spent in the area of Pienza or Montepulciano, could only be enhanced by a visit to Osteria La Porta.

A view from the mezzanine

A view from the mezzanine


Lunch in Tuscany was followed by dinner in Bologna. Don’t miss that upcoming post.

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Dario Cecchini's Perfect Seasoning SaltWe love our customers and this is a special shout out to Kevin who gave us the great idea to import Profumo del Chianti for our customers. This is a remarkable steak salt crafted by a master of Tuscan steaks. This salt comes with a story, just like so many of the artisanal products we carry.

Dario Cecchini has built a cadre of small businesses in Panzano, located on the Chianti road between Florence and Siena. The story begins with Antica Macelleria Cecchini (the famous butcher shop), and his steak journey continues with “Mac Dario” (for burgers!),  the upper-end Officina della Bistecca, and SoloCiccia (featuring unusual cuts of grass-fed beef).

Dario Cecchini is referred to as a Dante-quoting butcher in Panzano, Tuscany, and there have been several articles on Dario in the past few years. A treasure trove of videos can be found on YouTube, and a sampling of articles can be found through these links:

Gourmet Magazine (plan your trip now!)

Travel+Leisure

The New Yorker (a great story!)

FoodWoolf.com

Zester Daily

Italian Food Forever

Bytes of Italy

The Pink Peppercorn Blog

Concierge.com

And, if you’d like to read up on Dario Cecchini and practice your Italian, then you’d best visit his blog. Feeling adventurous? Try this Inside Tuscany Tour with Il Chiostro.