In a humble kitchen outfitted with a century-old wood burning stove, Gianlfranco Paoli served traditional Tuscan dishes such a ribollita and rabbit in balsamic vinegar to the likes of England’s Prince Charles, Oscar-winners Roberto Begnini, Anthony Hopkins, and John Malkovich. His son Gianluca now carries on the tradition. The white tile walls, checkered linen tablecloths, and long wooden tables shared with other diners call to mind a simpler time. Hidden away near Piazza del Purgatorio, the restaurant doesn't see much in the way of tourist crowds.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.