In a country whose cuisine is known world-wide it is not hand to find a tasty plate of food. Special occasions, however, call for a meal which is memorable as well as nutritious. Gaetano Trovato, the two-starred Michelin chef in Colle Val d'Elsa's 'Arnolfo' restaurant, provides that experience with colorful, delicious artistry.
In the historic centre of Colle Val d'Elsa, which sits fortress-high overlooking the Tuscan countryside, a restored 16th C. townhouse is a mecca for fine-dining enthusiasts.
The Michelin guide, having awarded it two stars says: "Excellent cooking, worth a detour! The personality and talent of the chef and their team is evident in the expertly crafted dishes, which are refined, inspired and sometimes original."
Run by brothers Gaetano and Giovanni Trovato - the former creating perfection in the kitchen, the latter tending to diners and what they require from the wine cellar - Arnolfo has a ambience which is sophisticated without being stuffy.
There are two dining room and a rooftop terrace that can seat up to 30 (reservations are a must); additionally available is a private dining room for eight.
ARNOLFO, whose logo is presented mirror image, takes its name from the great Arnolfo di Cambio, the town's native son and an illustrious 13th C. architect and sculptor whose work featured in the famous pulpit of Siena's cathedral as well as Florence's Palazzo Vecchio and Santa Croce. Trovato has seemingly brought such artistry to his dishes, which are colourful, whimsical, at times geometric and, quite simply, beautiful to look at.
Offerings change with the seasons and feature the staple ingredients for which this area is famous. Diners can opt for seven or eight-course tasting menus (€120-160) or order à la carte
Arnolfo is open for lunch and dinner Thursday to Monday - the restaurant is located at Via XX September, 50 - Tel: +39 0577 920549.