La Cantinetta di Rignana
Vineyards, woods, olive groves: These are the sweet hills of the Chianti region that can be admired from the large terrace of our restaurant. La Cantinetta is located in Rignana, in the heart of the Chianti Classico area, between Panzano and Mercatale Val di Pesa,in an area that still fascinates because nature and man live there together in harmony.
The first settlements of the town date back to the 10th century, when the Fattoria di Rignana (Rignana Farm) is mentioned in several documents as one of the castles that made up the Lega di Val di Greve (Val di Greve League).
At La Cantinetta time seems to have stopped: created in an ancient construction that was formerly used as an oil mill, the restaurant preserves its ages-old appeal.
Born from a skilful restoration which respected the original structure, every detail illustrates our dedication to offering you, every day, quality service and an environment to which it is a pleasure to return.
The passion for good things has always been a part of our household. My father, Paolo Abbarchini, who initially owned a grocery store in San Frediano, one of the most characteristic quarters of Florence, started his first restaurant together with my mother in the 1980s. A love of cooking was handed down to me from my parents, with whom I worked side by side, and, today, at the stove of La Cantinetta there is me, Massimo, together with my sons, Lorenzo and Cosimo: in this way, the recipes are handed down from generation to generation with respect to the quality and the local, traditional food and wine that has made us famous throughout the world.
The dishes we offer trace itineraries of excellence in the Chianti region, tell its story, evoke its smells: we cook as one used to cook. The recipes have taken their secrets from the country tradition and the dishes are made exclusively with ingredients that are in season: we have the ability to cook them in a way that brings out their authentic flavour, thereby offering you a series of little discoveries.