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Trattoria Antica Calcinaia’s season was off to a grand start. The restaurant, located in San Casciano, reopened on February 3, in time to offer its customers a menu full of freshness, quality products, and a young spirit in the kitchen. The chef leading the kitchen is Matteo Trentanove, 26 year old from Greve in Chianti.

“I felt the need for a greater identity and ties to the territory,” Marco Romoli, restaurant owner, tells us. “I wanted a higher quality, both for the raw materials and the dishes that we serve clients at the table. So I decided to start from the kitchen,” says Romoli, “by betting on a younger but expert chef”.

The choice was Matteo, who studied at hospitality high school and has already much experience. Born in Greve, he is the “enfant prodige” of the Chianti cuisine.

He has a real passion and preparation for making Tuscan cuisine; authentic, with true flavors of tradition At the Antica Calcinaia you can breathe in the quality in every detail.

In addition to Tuscan cooking, a real Neapolitan pizza, is available for dinner, and on Friday evening there is a menu dedicated to fresh fish. The wine cellar has also been revamped with fewer labels and higher quality, with the selection of small producers from the area.

Fresh pasta is prepared by the chef: pappardelle, tortelli, with delicious game based sauces. Other first courses are in the Tuscan tradition like pappa al pomodoro.

Then we have peposo, steak and filet mignon, direct from the Morandi butcher shop of Tavarnelle. On Fridays, the fish is excellent, with a fantastic ‘risotto di mare”, raw fish,”lo scoglio”, etc.


Marco Romoli

“Ingredients are first choice and mostly local,” concludes Romoli. The quality of the area, seasonality, freshness, attention to the customer, and the menu are important. It is easy to recognize dishes with authentic Tuscan flavors. Reasonable prices don’t hurt”.

Starting with the “young revolution” in the kitchen, the Antica Calcinaia (with the support and consulting of Lorenzo Fanti, expert in strategic digital marketing for restoration) represents a point of reference for lovers of good Tuscan cuisine, for locals as well as for visitors who come to enjoy it.

A new website and Instagram page, in addition to the existing Facebook page are in work. They will inform you about novelties and evening specials. Or you can simply taste the dishes that come out of the kitchen with your eyes. Info also here.

Matteo Pucci