My wife and I were in the Chianti region for about a week. In general we are big fish eaters. However Tuscany is known for meat. When we asked for recommendations for seafood, both the concierge at our hotel (Castello Del Nero) and our waiter at La Scuderia recommended this place. They said that it is the place to go for locals who like seafood.
When we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised by a nice dining room and our waiter, who was one of the family members. All staff were very pleasant and accommodating. Also a lot of the diners were locals, always a good sign.
Now to the food. I started with a seafood pasta dish, which was essentially spaghetti with a variety of shellfish. It was nothing short of fantastic. I loved the way it was delivered to the table in the same pan it was cooked in. This allowed me to transfer to my plate with all flavors intact. And it was abundant. It took me some time just to dispose of all of the shells.
My wife had grilled Octopus. She said it was one of the tenderest renditions of octopus she had ever eaten. In her words: "It was scrumptious – nicely grilled, nicely seasoned, tender and a good size portion."
Following that my wife and I shared a grilled seafood platter which we built with the help of our waiter. We basically went to where the daily catch was displayed on ice and decided what we wanted to have in our platter. It included a Lobster, Calamari, a whole fish and assorted other items. When it arrived, everything was grilled to perfection.
I still have memories of that meal and want to go back as soon as we can.
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