A Tuscan Ghost-Town-Turned-Pasta-Lovers'-Paradise

Food & Wine: A Tuscan Pasta Lovers' Paradise: Monteverdi
Monteverdi Photo © Hotel Monteverdi
By Daniel Gritzer Posted May 07, 2014

When American lawyer Michael Cioffi bought his first property in the Tuscan hilltop ghost town Castiglioncello del Trinoro, he planned to use it as a retreat for family and friends. "One thing led to another, and by my third building it dawned on me that I should share this place with the wider world," he says of how he started Monteverdi. Today, it comprises 14 buildings, including a 10-room hotel and rental villas like the Muri Antichi ("ancient walls"), a 12th-century watchtower that Cioffi restored from ruins. At the restaurant, chef Paolo Coluccio serves super-simple dishes like tagliatelle in an all'aglione tomato-and-garlic sauce. Cioffi has also infused the village with the arts, establishing a gallery and artists-in-residence program; musicians like blues guitarist Keb' Mo' perform in a Romanesque church. Doubles from $515; monteverdituscany.com.

Recipe: Tagliatelle with Garlicky Tomato Sauce

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