We did not stay at the hotel but ate there and I am so glad we did. This spot is totally charming and set a little bit back in time, which we loved. The food was our finest meal of 3 weeks in Tuscany and it is a bit pricey.
The ravioli was light as a feather and the pappardelle was like silk! The chef/ owner,
Dania Lucherini, stops by every table and asks how you enjoyed the meal. She also offers cooking classes there and has a cook book, La Cucina Toscana Della Chiusa that is wonderful!
the service was impeccable. Montefollonico is a charming small town not far from Pienza where we stayed. I heard about the restaurant through a book, A Culinary Traveler in Tuscany by Beth Elon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The pleasure of Tuscany Fifteen elegant rooms and a gourmet restaurant made out an ancient oil-mill: that is La Chiusa, a characteristic and intimate place to stay in Montefollonico, a countryside guest house immersed into the Sienna province hills. We are in Tuscany , between Pienza and Montepulciano, on the ridge which divides Val D'Orcia and Crete Senesi. In the early 70's we pioneered to dedicate our lives to host in this part of the Tuscan countryside. We attended, several years later, the opening of the very firsts local guests houses and the rising of the Tuscan holidays as a must. Unconsciousness, determination or just by chance? We do not know exactly what led us up here. Without any doubt a common and unconditioned passion for scents and aromas, for the tasteful extra virgin olive oil, for Sangiovese wines, salami and cheese of our Siennese land together with the devotion for the ancient culinary learning handed down from mother to daughter as the old land cultivation techniques passed on from father to son. But what mainly spurred us on stepping forward was the confidence that people would soon or later certainly get back to appreciate simplicity and what our definition of hospitality is. Almost forty years later we are proud to say that we were right. Hospitality at La Chiusa not only means to open our house's doors to the guests, but to share with them our passion through the knowledge of our country. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Chiusa Hotel Montefollonico