Somewhere along the line planning to visit Tuscany our love for fresh Italian food and being out in nature came together in one desire. Restaurants are lovely, but there’s always a sense of distance, even in a rustic paradise like Tuscany. Our dream became a reality when our travel advisor George researched and planned a stop at Caseficio Cugusi Silvana.
Essentially this magical and unique place is someone’s well located farm that sits in full view of the Medieval town of Montepulciano. At the farmhouse there are shaded trees and picnic benches as well as trellises covered in grape vines. The scene couldn’t be any more authentic from any book or film.
The place is easy to find with a GPS and sits off the main road going into Montepulciano. It has a parking lot for around twenty cars and it was just about full when we arrived on a Sunday for lunch. The food shop is small but filled with delicious local items. you can buy anything to take away or to set up a picnic.
If you’d like a picnic basket you simply approach the counter and tell them you’d like one and for how many people. It comes with some basic bread, oil, cutlery, plates and cups. From there you can add from a variety of meats, cheeses, wines, jams, honey and waters.
Once you bring the meal outside you are free to take an open space and enjoy the fantastic view. We have to say it is one of the more memorable and certainly delicious assortments we’ve had of Tuscan food and the prices are good as well, more than a grocery but less than a full service restaurant.
It was a friendly and laid back place that offers a singular experience of eating at the foothill of a historic city amidst the fields of wheat, vineyards and farmland that makes Tuscany so recognizable, its a one of a kind travel experience for discerning tourists who appreciate great food and experiences.