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“My favorite ristorante in the Appenines”
Review of Il Castagno

Il Castagno
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Peoria, Arizona
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37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“My favorite ristorante in the Appenines”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Fabio's Il Castagno is a real live treasure on the road from Florence and Tuscant to the lovely village of Casola Valsenio. Stop in Palazzuolo, at the border village. Fabio's mushrooms...porcini, and autumn funghi, and truffles. Yes, this is the countryside for dogs who sniff out the treasures called truffles. The porcini pop up in the woods after a rain, and that's really called FRESH!! Fabio speaks English, so you will have no problems ordering. His menu is seasonable because he is surely a product of this land. His family has been there for several hundred years, and you will even see antique grills and family photographs on the walls. I have known Fabio for many years, and a trip to Italy is not complete without a visit to Il Castagno. If you blink you might miss this wonderful place...it is on a road well travelled by road bikes and groups who cycle together. Careful on the curves! My last meal at Il Castagno were several plates of various fall funghi. The pasta is home made as well, and Fabio will serve you the local Albana wine, other local varieties as well as Italian beers and soft drinks. Buon Appetito!! If you do Facebook you can look for Il Castagno/Fabio Prati to see his menu and photos of his offerings at various times of year.

  • Visited August 2012
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Bologna
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67 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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“Disappointing”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Much talked about, they are famous for their dishes with truffles and fresh mushrooms in the autumn. The problem is that the old cook retired and the new cook just throws truffles on anything! We went with friends and they brought out bruschette : usually you get a variety of different bruschette. While we did, they were not anything special.Nothing that we haven't seen anywhere else only heavier: too much cheese, etc. While the grigliata mista was average (its hard to ruin that), the pasta was disappointing: for example, the noodles with meat ragu had lots of cream in it and truffles! talk about overdoing it!
While it was not a horrible experience (it is rustic cooking after all), it certainly did not merit all the claim it gets and I would have rather had a panino.

Visited May 2012
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