Hugging the Tuscan Hills near Arezzo is the little town of Cortona, and nestled in a building down the tiny medieval street, Via Ghibellina 17, to the left of the 13th century Palazzo Comunale in Piazza della Repubblica, is the RISTORANTE LA BUCACCIA with its Cucina Tipica Locale.
Stepping into the attractively inviting ambient restaurant, the wafting aromas from the kitchen tantalize your taste buds and draw you into the Epicurean experience of a lifetime. from the extensive menu and impressive wine list, you have delightfully delicious choices, followed by a wish you lived nearby to enable you to return for more… and more.
In addition to the ambience and outstanding menu, you will also be greeted by the gracious owners Romano Magi and wife Agostina who instantly make you feel like family. During our visit November 6, 2013, the benevolent owners offered all their lunch guests complementary prosecco and olio novello tastings, mozzarella which Romano “manufactured” in the dining room for our enjoyment and assorted homemade sausages, breads, and crackers. A novel way to taste the olio novello was by placing in a small dish oil pressed from green olives and oil pressed from black olives. First, you savored the green olives oil, then the black olives oil, and finally the marriage of the two -- delightful.
As we were leaving, when the Romano and Agostina heard us comment about the wonderful way to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, they asked us to return to our table in the dining room. Within seconds, they turned on revolving “starlights” accompanied by anniversary music and presented us with another round of prosecco and a freshly baked sweet treat embellished with a candle. This we shared with the other lunch guests. Romano also took several photos of us, some of which were creatively taken through a partially filled wine glass. To top off the totally perfect culinary experience, they gave us a 2007 vintage bottle of Tuscan wine to continue our anniversary celebration after we returned home.
From the meticulously neat kitchen and restrooms to the artfully decorated dining room, this many generations family-owned restaurant is truly a credit to those who began this Michelin-rated restaurant years ago and continued today. When you are in Tuscany, go to La Bucaccia; you will not be disappointed!
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