Arezzo’s Vasari: Art, History….and Good Eating
Painter, architect and art historian, Giorgio Vasari was born in Arezzo in the early 16th-century. His name lives on – and nowadays, in good eating, too, at Ristorante Logge Vasari. Tucked under the porticoes of Arezzo’s imposing Piazza Grande, you might have to wait for a table if you’re there on the first Sunday of the month when Arezzo’s antique fair, the Fiera Antiquariata, entices many to this Tuscan gem. When there recently, we booked a and then wandered the Fiera Antiquariata booths in the piazza during our waiting time.
On a past foray to Arezzo’s Fiera, we’d purchased an embroidered table cloth (to be turned into a curtain for one of our apartments). This time, the booth of Ali from Iran caught our eye: we bought handmade tiles from Iran for the kitchen of the farmhouse near Orvieto of our son, Keegan and his wife, Francesca – now under restoration by Pino. A perfect Christmas gift.
Tiles purchased, it was lunchtime at Ristorante Logge Vasari – and right from the antipasti, we knew we’d found a winner of Tuscan goodness.
Pino chose a plate of artichokes served in three ways while I ordered the pecorino cheese flan topping pureed leeks.
Pino followed with a secondo: osso buco with spinach flan on the side – and chickpeas in rosemary.. I was intrigued by a primo our server recommended: chestnut flour ravioli stuffed with speck (smoked ham) and walnuts, topped with tiny tangerine slivers: poetry for the eye and palate.
Espressi ended our meal – and though we hadn’t planned on dessert, our server slipped us some sweets with a smile.
Other diners were finishing their meals as we left; over their heads, a long poster of the Giostra del Saraceno, Arezzo’s famous early September Saracen Joust festival. Maybe our next jaunt to Arezzo will have to be in early September…?