We visited Cortona in Sept 2013 and the owners of are accommodation introduced us to Paolo the owner. Glad he did as we were able to get a reservation and a table at this family run trattoria. Paolo has a farm out side Cortona and provides most of the produce for the trattoria. Lamb and chicken the first time we went were sensational, so fresh and tasty cooked simply but to perfection. The ambience of the place is perfect, like going to an Italian family home for dinner, everybody is a friend, met so many lovely people in the trattoria. The food is very reasonably priced, quite cheap when you compare to other trattorias in Cortona. Be aware, if you don't have a reservation, you will have a wait but it is worth it. Not many places in Cortona that have a line up outside the restraurant but here you will, a glass of wine calms all.
On the wine, we are struggling to find a wine we didn't like. The house wine was sensational and bottled wine on suggestion, couldn't be faulted. Now we are spoilt, nothing measures up in Australia. Would we go back, you better believe it. We tried to talk Paolo into coming to Australia, but to no avail. We went there 2 times in the few days we were in Cortona. Only because he wasn't open on Monday night. We tried other places to eat in Cortona, they were good but not in the same league as Paolo.
We met lots of really nice fellow travellers and locals while dining there. Try Vinsanto for dessert, mmmm but the star for us was the fresh chicken and lamb, grilled to perfection, with grilled verges and house red wine, I am getting hungry just writing this.
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