I've traveled throughout Europe quite a bit and have eaten more food at more restaurants than I care to admit, but I've never experienced a restaurant (and a restaurant owner) completely transform a vacation like Osteria dell'ignorante did for us on our recent trip through Tuscany. We ended up at Ignorante randomly at 10:30PM on a Monday night after a few mishaps on our first night in Tuscany - we were exhausted and just wanted to find an open restaurant where we could have something to eat and plenty to drink. We (four people) walked through the parking lot and onto the outside terrace, where there were 7 or 8 tables full of people watching a group of comedians that were performing. We were introduced to Stefano, and tried to speak with him in Italian to tell him about our long day, which also happened to be our 2nd anniversary. After 5 minutes or so of struggling to speak Italian to him, he smiled and said "Let's do this in English", and we soon learned he spoke perfect English, as well as Polish, French and a number of other languages. This is a tremendously intelligent and well traveled man. The next 3 hours were filled with incredible food, delicious wine, and excellent conversation with Stefano. He basically told us to throw away any guide books we had and custom designed an itinerary for the next 5 days of our trip - restaurants (including the names of owners), vineyards, cities to visit, etc. Despite his advice to not come back to his restaurant for dinner because there were so many other good places to try - we made it back (at least for morning coffee) nearly every day.
Stefano's motto is "no stress" - and you immediately feel that sensation the minute you walk through the gates of Ignorante. It embodies the Tuscan way of life - eat good food, drink good wine, enjoy life with the people around you. If you find yourself in Lucardo, or the nearby cities of Fiano, Marcialla,Tavernelle, Certaldo, or even San Gimignano - I highly recommend you make your way to Osteria dell'Ignorante.
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