The Val d’Orcia lies in the most southern part of Tuscany between Sienna and Montepulciano. The area is known for its unique landscape of undulating wheat fields, beautiful cypress trees lining its winding roads, the Renaissance town of Pienza, the salty pecorino cheese and, of course, the classic Brunello di Montalcino.
This is where we return in the summer—when the garden has pale green Roman zucchini, Datterini tomatoes, red peppers all ripened by the Tuscan sun—when local farms are selling their homemade pecorino and the markets are brimming with fresh borlotti.
Penne with Roman Zucchini and Prosciutto Sauce
Borlotti di Lamon
Fresh borlotti with sage, garlic and tomato, and The River Cafe extra virgin olive oil.
Slowly roasted with Datterini tomatoes, capers, olives and basil.
Italian White Peaches
Baci di Dama
Hazelnut and dark chocolate biscuits.
Cary Joji Fukunaga and Ruthie Rogers Rombolino
Photography by Matthew Donaldson.
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