La Chiusa was created in the 1970s, way before the Tuscan tourist boom, by an enterprising couple, Umberto Lucherini and Dania Masotti. Their vision was to turn the old buildings into a luxury getaway, retaining the rustic simplicity of the place, always honoring the landscape, and keeping true to Tuscan traditions. They have beautifully succeeded. Today, youll find every part of La Chiusa tastefully decorated with Tuscan antiques, and every taste of it paying homage to the rich farmlands which surround it.
Each of the 15 rooms is unique, featuring architectural elements from the original structureexposed brick walls, millstones from the olive press, wood-beamed ceilings, and fireplaces. Thats not to say that you wont also feel very pampered hererooms have deep soaking tubs, many with Jacuzzis.
The restaurant presents an airy, gracious setting, with white-table-clothed-draped tables adorned with wildflowers. Dania Masotti is the shining star here, a recipient of a Michelin star for her cooking. Shell be one of your cooking teachers and is also a most memorable hostess. Dont be surprised to find her dressed in Prada head-to-toe, exuding the beauty and air of an Italian movie starlet, as she sips Prosecco while stirring tomato sauce in her country kitchen.
Using produce from La Chiusas gardens and orchards, along with food from local producers, Dania cooks Montefollonicos classic peasant dishes in elegant renditions that dont lose any of their soulful quality in the process. Most outstanding is her homemade pappardelle with ragusilky pasta with a perfectly balanced tomato sauce. Guests enjoy the restaurants old world style. Sorbets are served between courses. Small ottomans are placed next to womens chairs so they have a place to perch their purses. The wine cellar offerings range from top local picks (Vino Nobile, Brunello di Montalcino), to world renowned vintages.
Everyone you meet at La Chiusa, beginning with Dania and Umberto, warmly welcomes you into the family, delivering superior custom service. Not surprisingly, this place has many return visitors. Simply putits heaven on earth, Tuscan style.