Cortona Italy's La Bucaccia Ristorante Earns Exclusive Title of Certified Typical Restaurant

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A walk through any town in Italy reveals a seemingly endless array of restaurants posting signs that boast "Typical" Tuscan Menu. Tourists beware: few are actually qualified to display such a prestigious claim.

One of them is Ristorante La Bucaccia. Owner Romano Magi and his talented wife, chef Agostina, are one of only six restaurants in the Arezzo province and the only one in Cortona to be a proud member of a very exclusive network holding the title Ristorante Tipico Locale Cucina Toscana, or "certified typical restaurant." This official recognition is issued by the Interregional Association of Chambers of Commerce, with the goal of safeguarding Arezzo and Tuscan cuisine while highlighting authentic, local, and certified ingredients such as Chianina beef, Cinta Senese charcuterie, and DOC cheeses.

Debra Levinson, Editor-in-chief 'Italy Luxury Family Hotels & Resorts' states, "Romano brings nothing less than the finest local meats, olive oils, cheeses, and produce into his wife's kitchen." Agostina has earned accolades for her simple yet exquisitely flavored dishes, true to the time-honored Tuscan ability to "make a lot out of little." In her hands, dishes like chestnut ravioli or noodles with garlic sauce become masterpieces of color, texture, and flavor. She works a similar magic with the meats of the Valdichiana: Cortonese beefsteak, roast cured pork, and wild boar. Agostina's handmade desserts prepared from time-honored recipes are amazing. The restaurant's wine cellar, the Vineria Cacioteca, offers over two hundred different regional wines, a quarter of which are from vineyards along the Arezzo wine route.

Levinson, further declares, "The best way to experience the magic of La Bucaccia is through one of their personally organized cooking classes, working side-by-side with Romano, Agostina, and their young, but oh-so-talented daughter, Franceschina, in their Tuscan kitchen; stirring the milk until it transformed into cheese, rolling the dough into long but delicate strands, preparing just the right sauce to accompany the pasta, and then sitting down with the Magi family for an authentic Tuscan meal with wines (Tuscan, of course!) carefully chosen by Romano."

After hours of blissful self-indulgence at this extraordinary 13th century ristorante, wander back through the cobblestoned strade to Villa Marsili, voted number one of twenty-seven Cortona hotels by TripAdvisor, for the perfect finish to an outstanding day.


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