If you've just visited the Medici Villa at Poggio a Caiano, wander down the street to this intimate restaurant, the rooms of which date to the 16th century. Here you'll find hearty, wonderful food, a great wine list, and lovely staff. The osteria's version of peposo, a local specialty, is a small masterpiece: a beef stew, laced with black pepper and a little bit of red wine, served on creamy polenta. The chef has an equally deft touch with vegetables; the carciofi
al tegame con olive nere contains gently stewed artichokes, their flavor sharpened by the addition of black olives. Biscotti di Prato (the twice-baked cookie) dipped in vin santo (a sweet dessert wine) provides a fitting conclusion.
Via Cancellieri 29, Poggio a Caiano, Prato, Italy