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Meal of a Lifetime at Osteria La Casselina

Updated: Feb 26

Sometimes a meal goes beyond a meal. It is an experience.

Osteria La Casselina -Ruffino Region

via Colognolese 28 Pontassieve, Italy

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Tuscan trails wine and olive tasting tour was wrapping up its first wine sampling in the Chianti- Rufino region at a stone castle where the Medici actually held residence. Ready for lunch, the bus of travelers barreled down the hill to its next stop at a small Osteria in the heart of the Tuscan hills: La Casselina. In Italy food becomes the destination, and the location becomes secondary. The location is woven into the fabric of the food.

“In Italy food becomes the destination and the location becomes secondary. The location is woven into the fabric of the food. ”

As the van arrives to La Casselina one might think, how could you top the last meal? How could you beat the pear and cheese focchi at 4 Leoni? By adding in the Tuscan Hills, and great company. Todd Bolton, of Tuscan Trails, created a once in a lifetime experience with his hand-picked wineries and olive oil farms.

The Courses

As soon as travelers took their seats, a sweet lady immediately brought out our first dish of stuffed fresh mozzarella cheese bread oozing over the plate. It melted in your mouth and satisfied every traveler's hunger. The bread was followed by a antipasti platter of local, savory, and salty prosciutto, charred red peppers ,and creamy lardo.

Next, the main course; two handmade raviolis: one with earthy truffle cream sauce and one with tart basil tomato sauce. Simple. Delicious. Savored for a lifetime. Tuscan trails wine and olive oil tasting tour with a stop at La Casselina will never be forgotten, and always be on our list of important places revisit.

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