We went to the Officina della Bistecca at Dario's for my birthday lunch on Monday and enjoyed a MacDario and a Tasting Menu- which was perfect!
The Tasting menu is several courses for 20 euro and the MacDario is 10 Euro for the one plate.
As we were talking with Dario after lunch, we met another couple who had come into the Officina before we left.
They looked familiar to me, but I see a lot of people that look familiar. But eavesdropping, it seemed they were ordering some of Dario's products for " their" restaurant. I asked where their place was and they responded, "Officina della Cucina Popolare" in Colle Val d'Elsa - I had joined their facebook fan club awhile ago, as they opened in the next town over and sounded great.
Taking advantage of some days off, we hopped over for lunch the next day. I prefer long Tuscan lunches instead of dinners as we can explore the village in the daytime after and walk off lunch.
We arrived early and were seated right away. The simple restaurant is well lit and decorated nicely. We sat in the front room to benefit from the natural light outside. Of course having just met the owners they were happy to see us there.
The anchovies were PERFECT- served with toast and fresh butter and mascarpone cheese and some salsa verde on the anchovies.
I opted for a second antipasto for my first course and was surprised by the HUGE portions.
A clay pot with melted gorgonzola cheese, made by a local producer, with a mix of cows and sheeps milk served with long lovely heart of celery stalks.
My husbands house-made fresh pasta with wild boar was one of the specials- they have game on Wednesdays. ( Lasagna on Sunday!)
I kept eating my melted cheese, but my husband had the boneless rabbit. Another perfect dish that had me wondering if he was hiding his mother in the kitchen! I hadn't had rabbit prepared like this in ages.
Having been a pastry chef, desserts are my weak point. They were kind enough to create a tasting menu of the desserts for us!
All of them were perfect!
Apple cake with calvados sauce, warm pear cooked in red wine with chocolate mousse- Coffee creme brulee
What can I say... it is such a pleasure to find young couples with such passion.... and reasonable prices. If you are staying nearby, they are also doing food to go!
you can also follow them on facebook!
Via Gracco del Secco, 86
Colle di Val d'Elsa (Siena)
Tel. 0577.921796 -
Located on top of the old city. Park in the free parking area and it is only a few minutes walk.