di Gianni, Dante, Tullio, Enrico & Lorenzo
At the gateway to Chianti, in the midst of the green hills of Impruneta, Ristorante Il Battibecco wows its customers as soon as they arrive in the wonderful
garden. Located in the unique setting of the Tuscan countryside, a walkway of rosemary and other herbs makes for a short and pleasant climb up to the
restaurant. As soon as you reach the place, a cornucopia of flowers and artworks entices customers to admire the eatery's characteristics. The reference to the
famous Impruneta terracotta is in evidence, adorning the garden with sculptures and highly distinctive potholders. The taste and experience of the owners,
Gianni Girardi and Dante Del Bravo, do not wait until you have crossed the restaurant's threshold. It is a welcoming, rustic, yet refined place, combining
traditionally Tuscan and countryside elements with exceedingly elegant and studied aspects.The paintings on the valls are an exhibition for the most part and
change every so often, offering a lovely surprise to regular diners.
The restaurant, with its new premises, but tried and tested in terms of the management, opened in 2004 when Gianni and Dante made the decision to move out
of the centre of Florence, with theirRenowned "Osteria n° 1", to the Chianti countryside just outside the city, surrounded by truly unique views over hills and
The cuisine, which is Tuscan, yet not overly so, tries to stay true to some local specialities while placing them in more "international" and creative contexts.
The menu, devised by chefs Enrico Boaretto and Lorenzo Falciani, focuses on seasonal produce.The impeccably presented dishes are all cooked there and then
and are carefully researched from a nutritional point of view. Meat and fish main courses, home-made desserts and traditional Tuscan ingredients, which are
expertly reworked, all feature on the menu offered by colourful kitchen.
Venison ravioli with roasted meat juices and bilberries, pea flan with semi-mature pecorino fondue,truffle-stuffed pigeon stew, cod fillet in sesame crust served
on a bed of artichokes and mint-infused crème brûlée are just some of the specialities served up by Il Battibecco, without mentioning the restaurant's famous
soufflés with cheese or chocolate and Grand Marnier, which have received amazing reviews in one of the leading Italian culinary magazines.
The cellar, well stocked with about 200 labels, not only has a good selection of Chianti, but also a wide choice of wines hailing from all over Italy, from
piedmont, Veneto, Puglia and Sicily.With 120 covers and the possibility of alfresco dining on summer nights by candlelight and with live music, Il Battibecco
is the perfect place for special occasions, receptions and private parties.Moreover, the restaurant is a member Unione dei Ristoranti del Buon Ricordo, an
association of restaurateurs who offer their customers the chance to taste typical local dishes.(At Il Battibecco, the dish in question is “peposo alla fornacina”)
combined with a hand-painted Vietri ceramic dish to take home with them. A veritable collection, every restaurant has its own personalised dish, which become
a memento of a journey, of loveliness and encounters.Yet another reason to visit some dear friends at Il Battibecco.