In 2013, Monteverdi opened its fine dining restaurant in the heart of the village of Castiglioncello. In homage to the enchanting beauty of the region, the restaurant is named Oreade, after the mythological Greek nymphs and goddesses that were believed to populate mountains and forests. This reverence for nature is reflected in the restaurant’s menu, which is dedicated to farm-to-table eating, and sources only the freshest local Tuscan food for its recipes. The view over the magnificent valley and mountains of the Val d’Orcia visually maps the distance food has traveled. Seasonality remains fundamental while allowing guests to eat in harmony with the changing landscape around them and with the season’s natural bounty. Castiglioncello del Trinoro is a spectacular location for the restaurant, engaging not only the eyes and of course the palate, but giving diners a taste of what is to come in the balmy aromas that fill the air of Monteverdi.
Chef Giancarla Bodoni was instrumental in the planning and opening of the restaurant. For nearly two decades, Ms. Bodoni has been hailed a pioneer among female chefs—leading the organic/raw-food/farm-to-table charge from her upscale Italian restaurant Escopazzo.
To make Oreade a truly great restaurant, I went back to the basics: the purest, best ingredients I could find and never compromised on quality and freshness. I am so excited to be part of Oreade because its location in Tuscany will afford me and our other chefs access to the best, freshest and most savory ingredients in the world. My passion is to make Oreade one of the very best ‘destination’ restaurants in Tuscany and the world.
– Chef Giancarla Bodoni
Download the menu for Oreade here.
ENOTECA AT MONTEVERDI
The Enoteca at Monteverdi is an intimate and inviting wine bar, featuring 32 splendid Italian wines by the glass and many more by the bottle. Located on the piazza in Castiglioncello, the Enoteca is the perfect place for lunch followed by an afternoon of wine tasting. Our wines for tasting by the glass are perfectly preserved in state-of-the-art stainless steel Enomatic dispensers. Each week at the Enoteca, a leading winemaker in Tuscany hosts a wine tasting featuring his or her best wines and, indeed, some of the finest wines in the world. These weekly wine tastings are true master classes in wine and the art of wine making. The food at our Enoteca matches its great wines. Open daily for lunch and aperitivi, the menu boasts fresh garden salads, the finest regional meats and cheeses, just-baked panini and crostini, and homemade gelato. Designed to nourish our guests throughout the day, the Enoteca is open from 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. We are delighted to offer the Enoteca to complete the culinary experience at Monteverdi, thereby satisfying all appetites, big or small.
The sleek and seductive Library Bar serves a wide selection of beverages, ranging from regional brews, sparkling wines and classic martinis. In addition to delectable cocktails, the Library Bar offers breath-taking views of the Val d’Orcia and Monte Cetona. While at Monteverdi, make a date to relax on the terrace with family, friends or a book. Watch the amazing landscape change hour by hour as Apollo moves through the sky. Toast the day’s adventures at sunset. Or order a nightcap and anticipate the beauty and excitement of the coming day.
PRIVATE CHEF AND COOKING LESSONS
The dining opportunities at Monteverdi are unparalleled. If you are taking advantage of our villa accommodations, in-villa dining with a chef at Monteverdi is a delightful sensory treat. From aperitivi to dolci, our chefs create meals that are as delicious as they are memorable. Whether you choose to have an intimate dinner for two prepared by a chef in the privacy of your villa or a large gathering of family and friends on a private veranda overlooking the Val d’Orcia, we can tailor an authentic Tuscan dining experience for you, for an additional charge.
Additionally, Monteverdi is pleased to provide cooking lessons for our guests and create a journey of culinary discovery in the comfort of your own villa kitchen. Our Executive Chef Giancarla Bodoni will be happy to plan cooking lessons with you featuring the the prized ingredients we source from this beautiful region. Guests will learn to prepare classic Tuscan dishes such as pici pasta, boar ragù and many other specialties. Cooking lessons are by reservation only. Villa guests may reserve cooking lessons in the privacy of their own kitchen, Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 to 1:30. Hotel guests may reserve cooking lessons in our full service restaurant, Oreade, Tuesday and Thursday, from 12:00 to 1:30. Reservations are limited and taken on a first come basis.
In 2015, Monteverdi is delighted to offer two Cooking Academies for our guests, hosted by Chef Giancarla. The five-day academies will be offered in the spring (April 2 – 7) and autumn (October 26 – 31) and will include daily cooking classes in subjects such as the making of the local specialty pasta, pici, and the preparation and cooking of cinghiale, the famous Tuscan wild boar. Chef Giancarla will share her incredible talents and creativity, working side-by-side with a limited number of guests at Monteverdi, to create authentic Italian cuisine.
Although each academy will be unique and tailored to the season, both academies offer wine tastings and vineyard tours in the celebrated wine regions of Tuscany – in Montepulciano to taste the famous Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and in Montalcino to experience the revered Brunello. Also, in both academies, guests will enjoy a honey seminar by one of Europe’s renowned authorities. Toward the end of each academy, guests will have an opportunity to relax in thermal baths or with spa treatments – in the spring, in the city of Bagno Vignoni, famous for its hot springs; and in the fall, at the new Monteverdi Spa in Castiglioncello, opening in 2015.
In the spring, guests will visit a Tuscan sheep farm to learn about Pecorino cheese and enjoy a celebratory Easter brunch, steeped in Tuscan traditions. In the fall, guests will head to the forests of the Val d’Orcia for truffle foraging and to Montalcino for a visit with an olive oil producer.
Guests will reside at Monteverdi and will enjoy all the amenities, including access to Monteverdi’s gym, the art gallery and the private retreat of Monteverdi’s many gardens and terraces. Daily cooking classes, breakfasts, dinners, wine tours and tastings, seminars, and transportation to and from the planned activities are all included in the price of 8,500 Euro per couple.
Specific details regarding the Cooking Academy, including an agenda, can be found in this e-brochure.
To take part in this delicious experience, please contact our travel consultants at Travel@MonteverdiTuscany.com.