I Tamasotti (VR)
A very unique place in the Valpolicella hills, I Tamasotti is a fab country relais surrounded by vineyards, olive and cherry trees: the ideal place for a romantic break cuddled by the warmth of the Brusco family that includes six rooms, a restaurant, a farm, a winery, and a wonderful panoramic terrace with Jacuzzi.
After leaving the hôtellerie world, Luisa and her husband Alessandro Brusco decided to create this enchanted world with the help of their son Giacomo, an agronomist, and his wife Sabina, oenologist and sommelier, who take care of the winery.
The heart of this country-chic paradise is the restaurant room which looks like those sorts of cozy country living rooms that make you feel at home from the very first moment. With a beamed ceiling, a large fireplace, rustic furniture, and elegant mise-en-place with tablecloths by Eger or Busatti and Riedel glasses, I Tamasotti is just the perfect setting for a romantic dinner.
You will love Luisa’s traditional Venetian cuisine: she takes care of the restaurant with great love and expertise, using the products and herbs of the farm depending on seasonality and preparing daily homemade pasta and other yummy delicatessens. Among some of the signature recipes not to me missed, the chickpea soup with meat raviolini pasta, broccoli tortelli pasta served with goat cheese and the chicken of the house.
Dinner is accompanied by the wines produced in Tamasotti’s winery: Soave DOC, Valpolicella Superiore DOC, and Amarone DOGC. The vineyards that surround the relais have been converted to organic cultivation and the entire winemaking process takes place here: the grapes are harvested strictly by hand, ensuring a careful selection of the grapes, and the drying phase is done naturally, placing the grapes under the sun.
The morning wake-up is also very special as Luisa prepares a lavish breakfast with homemade jams, honey of own production, seasonal fruit, fresh juice, and all sort of cakes freshly baked. A real treat the coffee brought to the table directly with the mocha and served on fine Royal Albert English porcelain cups. Just the ideal start-of-the-day before a shopping session in Verona or a relaxing time taking advantage of the heated Jacuzzi with a breathtaking view overlooking the Valpolicella hills.
If you want to identify the best vintages of their Amarone, look for bottles with the year written in red on the neck of the bottle and savor it by asking for a taste of local meats and cheeses.