If I could give Osteria di Rendola a 6 out of 5, I would. Superbly comfortable, friendly service, and impeccable Tuscan food. Dining here was more than a meal, it was a sublime Tuscan experience. We (some of us anyway) had waited all week for a beautiful Chianina steak, and by the recommendation of our villa's director, we went to the Osteria. After we were sat at our comfortably large table, we all had the feeling this was going to be a special dinner. First, no menu, you will enjoy whatever the kitchen is preparing. While some at our table of 12 may be considered somewhat picky eaters to trust a chef with their menu, nobody was disappointed. Those who enjoy chef menus or just enjoy Italian food, will love the traditional Tuscan cuisine offered here.
We were served antipasti of prosciutto, copa, salumi and cheeses with fresh Italian bread. That was followed by some ricotta and fresh mozarella cheeses, which preceded a plentiful round of pappa col pomodoro and a variant with fresh seasonal vegetables. Then came the trippa, yes, tripe. I had tried trippa only one other time in my life and really did not enjoy it, but seeing how things were going I had to try the Osteria's. While I certainly could not eat a whole bowl of it, I found myself having a few decent servings. In my mind, it was certainly the best I ever had and couldn't imagine it being better prepared. Next we were teased with three of the largest steaks I had ever seen (see picture). These beautiful slabs of Chianina steaks were going to be served to us?? What a treat they were. Served with roasted Tuscan potatoes and a simple leaf salad, the steak just melted in my mouth and was the perfect compliment to the superb Chianti served to us.
Not that any of us had any more room, but the feast was brought to a close with bowls of Cantucci served with Vin Santo. We cannot stop talking about this dinner. If you are in the area, a dinner at Osteria di Rendola will not disappoint.
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