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“Chef Claudio”

Torre Guelfa Chef Claudio
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed October 23, 2013

We had a wonderful dinner on October 14th. I had four courses while my husband had six. We started we Proseccos and lughly fried gnocchi that was delicious. Then a prosciutto with shaved celery, saffron whipped potatoes wrapped in pork, pancetta quiche with carmelized pears, fried mushroom set a pinkish sauce, mushroom soup and braised short ribs over pasta squares. Dessert was a filled crepe covered with chocolate sauce and a small torte served with a delicious dessert wine. Fabulous! Service was excellent as was the ambience.

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Reviewed October 1, 2013

My wife and I enjoy to cook so when our travel agent suggested cooking lessons we jumped at the opportunity. Chef Claudio and his sister met us at the Figline Train Station a few minutes outside of Florence SMN. After a short drive we arrived at his B2B and restaurant.

Chef Claudio sat with us for a few minutes and asked us what we would like to learn to cook and we got to work. I appreciated the opportunity to choose a meal. In other classes in NYC I feel they often like to cut corners on ingredients. Chef Claudio sourced much of our meal from his organic garden. You can truly taste the difference when the ingredients were picked minutes before preparation. We were probably cooking for about 3 hours in total so I would not suggest this for someone who does not enjoy being in the kitchen. Chef Claudio was eager to teach us traditional methods and happily answered our queries.

When the meal was complete we were seated in the restaurant and served some wine as the rest of the diners began to file in. We had homemade pasta arrabiata, zuchini flowers, traditional tuscan stew and a tiramisu. After the meal we were driven back to the train station for our ride back home.

Cooking with Chef Claudio was one of the highlights of our Honeymoon. It was nice to see some of the country outside of the city and the people there were great. I highly recommend making a stop. As far as the pool, furniture and music that is a fair assessment. Although I took this as simply a difference between the city and the countryside.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Claudio creates a very personal experience, and as a result the dining here feels special.
The food is very good, the service with humour and attention. We stayed here for two nights and the welcoming dinner is great value, if you can eat it all. It is typically Italian, lots of small courses over a relaxed time frame. Wines are chosen by Claudio but he has many options if wanted. Accommodation is available as are good cooking classes. The whole place is family run, sister Sabrina looks after guests with personal tours of the area, she will organise itineraries, pick you up and do all the driving while there if wanted. Mum and dad live here as well and can be found shelling beans or preserving figs. The farm produces quite a lot of things used in the restaurant. The only surprise we had was the state of things, the whole place needs a good tidy up and some general care and maintenance. A few days work with a mower and secateurs would do wonders. The garden is overgrown, grass un mown, and stuff left everywhere. The pool is well kept but chairs around it are sun rotted and not appealing to use. There are old sofas and armchairs, again weather affected, sitting around in several places throughout. If things were brought back into a semblance of order if would also help with the mosquitos. The bedrooms are clean, very adequate and air conditioned. So all in all the food is good, there is a fun and enthusiastic ambience, all within a somewhat run down looking family run farm.

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1  Thank 703kellyL
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

I simply cannot understand the rave reviews here..."The best food in Tuscany?" Are you joking?

Starters, were obviously prepared in advance, weren't particularly high quality and not tasty, innovative or special. Pasta was ok, final course of meat was delivered not as requested. Service took 3 hours, for 3 courses, even in the med and on holiday this was FAR to slow. One waiter for the entire place and the chef (charming as he was) having to support might explain why everything was so slow. Also, the decor was appalling, rotting sofas in the entrance and a weird IKEA shed in the back playing house music while we are eating. At €70, at least for two, it was (so very only) just about value for money.

Best in Tuscany????? Not even the best in this side of Figline. There are so many better places.

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Reviewed August 29, 2013

We had dinner here this evening, on our last night of a 3-week great holiday. What a shame we did not discover this earlier. The food was simply amazing, the wines great, and Claudio was charming! Our boys (5 and 6) were well taken care of, and loved the place. Send in Michelin, this is finger-licking great!

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