Who takes a vacation break at the four-star Hotel Villa le Barone , in Greve in Chianti, near Florence, is certain to experience moments full of emotions. One will certainly not forget the taste of the Tuscan cuisine that is served at the restaurant in Villa le Barone‘s old cellar, or on the terrace near the cypress trees in the shade of linden and wisteria. The food prepared by the cooks, women born in Greve in Chianti, the heart of ‘slow food’ in Tuscany, is simple, but prepared with fresh vegetables in season and natural organic products. It is tasty and healthy.
Of course, one can savor there the most emblematic product of Italian culture, ‘la pasta’. But a Pasta of high quality! The pasta served at the Romantic Hotel Villa Barone is prepared with durum wheat produced in Tuscany, having obtained the organic label ‘Agriqualità’. And there are so many varieties of pasta that one can taste: spaghetti, fusili, tortelli, penne, rigatoni, farfalle, macaroni, tagliatelle, tortellini, ravioli, lasagna …..! And there are so many ways to accommodate them: just with butter and sage of Villa le Barone’s garden, or with a fresh tomato sauce, or with ‘pesto’, a sauce made from basil, parmesan and olive oil, or baked… The spaghetti ‘alla Carbonara ‘are a particular gourmet delight, and I recommend the sauce’ Villa Le Barone’, made with a mixture of fresh vegetables, onions, zucchini, carrots … But the cuisine at Hotel Villa Barone is not limited to Pasta: Every evening for dinner , there is a buffet of “antipasti “ (ah, the ‘bruschetta’!), then a first course , for example a risotto, that other Italian specialty, then a second course , such as the ‘peposo’ , a Tuscan recipe from the time of Brunelleschi, or the ‘Bistecca fiorentina’ from a free range Tuscan cattle, which also has the biologic label ‘agroqualita’ .. . And then there is the buffet of cheese, Parmesan, pecorino, tallegio, gorgonzola … And finally a desert, such as the ‘tiramisu’ , the ‘Ricotta’ pie, or an Italian ice cream or a homemade sherbet, or a seasonal fruit platter!
The wines of Chianti must of course accompany such Tuscan traditional cuisine, and Villa Barone’s wine list contains the best wines of Chianti! It is in this natural luxury hotel that one will discover the many facets and richness of the world-renowned Mediterranean cuisine.
Cooking classes in an hotel of charm and natural luxury, Villa le Barone
Fernanda, one of the Tuscan cooks, will be happy to share her expertise at a cooking class where one can learn to prepare an entire meal and then enjoy it! She will explain her recipes and knack!
Quietness and relaxation by the swimming pool at Hotel Villa Le Barone
The boutique Hotel Villa Le Barone offers many other pleasures than those of gastronomy! This 16th century villa, owned by the Della Robbia, a family of sculptors, and still owned by his heirs, is located in a park of 6 hectares, full of roses, olive trees and fruit trees, where everyone can relax and enjoy a quiet environment. At the same time, it is close to major art cities: Florence, Siena, San Gimignano … The swimming pool, tennis, fitness trail (and even the gym!), offer spectacular views over the Chianti hills with their vineyards, their olive groves and their medieval hamlets. Authenticity, elegance, charm, beauty, service, serenity are among the keywords of this authentic luxury hotel.