Food and Wine
Tuscany is home to some of the world's most delicious food. The cuisine is drawn from the best this rich land produces, from porcini mushrooms and artichokes, to wild boar and truffles. Much of what you see growing around you - grapes and olives, figs, almonds, and apricots - makes its way to your table, often the day it is picked. One local favorite is Pici, a thick, long pasta often served with ragu. Other specialties are succulent locally-raised lamb, pork and beef, especially the tender Chianina steaks, and Pienza's habit-forming pecorino cheese. Our local olive oil is some of the best in the world.
Wine has been part of Tuscan civilization for over 3,000 years; the Etruscans considered grape trees to be sacred, with special healing properties. And they may well have been right: a visit to today's Tuscan vineyards certainly provides a delicious sense of well-being. Enjoy strolling through Santo Pietro's vineyards, which include the local Sangiovese and Vermentino grapes, as well as Merlot. Santo Pietro can arrange for a tasting of our wines on site, and can also arrange tours of other local wineries.
Dining at TSP
We serve lunch and dinner in our dining room or on the outdoor terraces. Our chef specializes in creating simple but remarkable Tuscan meals. We use only the freshest and highest quality local ingredients, often from our own vegetable garden and orchard. Whether you are in the mood for a traditional homemade pasta dish or a simple grilled steak, you can always find something delicious from our selections. Of course, we will also help you choose the perfect wine to accompany your meal. Click here to see our menu. The restaurant is open 6 days a week, closed on Tuesdays.
Learn real Italian cooking using fresh local ingredients in Tenuta Santo Pietro's professional kitchen. Lessons, taught in English or Italian, are informal and can be tailored to cooking experience levels. Try your hand at making pici, a local Tuscan pasta, muddle your own pesto with fresh basil from our garden or learn to make a traditional tiramisu for dessert. Contact us to find out about upcoming cooking classes.
Fall is a wonderful time to visit Tuscany. The days are sunny and warm and the nights have a crisp chill to them. Gently rolling hills mellow into a warm golden landscape and morning fog gives way to bright, clear days. In the fall, everything revolves around the harvest. Farmers and winemakers work tirelessly to produce their wines and olive oils. Local chefs create recipes that celebrate the area's bountiful resources. Take part in this unique wine and cooking adventure to see and experience harvest time in Tuscany. Download our brochure.