Il Colombaio is part of a renovated farm complex located just below the hill town of Casole D'Elsa. The complex includes rooms/apartments for rent and another, less formal restaurant, La Sosta.
On the day we dined here for lunch the temperature was in the mid 30's so we decided to eat inside rather than on the terrace. There were 2 large dining areas inside, both furnished exceptionally well.
There were 2 degustation menus but we chose from the a la carte menu.
There was a pre-amuse bouche of 6 different little bread dishes, including a little pizza and bread sticks. The amuse bouche consisted of 3 different little dishes including a fake tomato (filled with cod fish) and a fake cherry (filled with pate). We both had the crispy skin chicken with porcini mushrooms for an entree - delicious (Euro 20 each). Our mains were pork with blackberry (Euro26) and a risotto with fig and ginger (Euro22). Both dishes were very tasty. We did not have dessert as we were too full.
Coffee came with a dish of 4 different petit fours.
The restaurant's own bread selection (made with 71 year old yeast) was very good and there was a gluten free bread option.
Service was excellent and the chef came out to greet us at the end of the meal which was a nice touch as was the greeting we received in the car park upon our arrival.
Wine list was extensive and we had a very good bottle of Chianti Classico for Euro23.
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