We were in the third location of a four stop trip to Italy when we discovered this gem. We had traveled from the Midwest in the United States and at this point in our trip we were seeking a quaint experience of a small town without the lines of tourists found in Florence. A lovely traveler at our hotel suggested we try Borgovino and the recommendation was better than anticipated. We did not know that reservations were needed sometimes and entered the beautiful restaurant at 7:45 or so. Marco, the fabulous waiter that became our friend greeted us and while they were full, welcomed us to a lovely table outside. Marco led is through the menu and steered us to epicurean delight with the house special pasta, and entrees of beef and pork. Eliza came to assist us throughout our meal and it was perfectly and simply prepared. One of the things I loved most about the dining experience in Italy as a whole was the use of great fresh ingredients that allowed you to enjoy the pure flavor. Many times there is a competition of flavors and creativity in the US that becomes a story about the chef rather than the confidence of a few great ingredients, prepared perfectly that claims the intrinsic flavors of the food itself. The chef at Borgovino has this at its finest.
Do not for a moment think the flavor or presentation was simple---it was filled with the strength and confidence of understanding her skill did not need a myriad of culinary adjectives to convey her message. The roasted rosemary potatoes, the filet of beef---perfection!
Marco and Eliza were both helpful, welcoming and happy. We enjoyed the entire experience we returned again. We had four nights in this lovely town and while our other meals provided sustenance, there was no comparison.
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