I live in Rome part time and yesterday for the third time I made the 260 mile round trip drive to La Bucaccia in Cortona, with guests, just to have the filetto di manzo al vino rosso (filet in red wine). Owner Romano Magi and his chef wife Agostina remembered me and treated my party like royalty. We had crostini, truffled eggs, chestnut flour ravioli, fresh ricotta, the filets in red wine, potato, Tuscan beans and wine. After that we paid for nothing else and enjoyed, compliments of Mr. Magi, cafe, amaro, grappa, biscotti, and prosciutto that was made in house.
Everything was excellent. The knife sank effortlessly through the tender filets that were so soft they seemed to melt in my mouth.
After having properly prepared and cooked Chianina (Italian breed of cattle) filets, I find it impossible to eat steak in the U.S.
Although Cortona is a common tourist destination and this bucolic little town targets the tourist trade, this charming little restaurant manages to maintain its Tuscan integrity and identity with classic regional dishes. As an avid amateur cook I've journeyed into many Tuscan restaurants and always appreciate the presence of authenticity in the face of the tourist trade.
Mr. Magi is passionate about his restaurant and isn't shy about it. Two thumbs up.
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