At Novanta we see food as a connector to the people and to nature. By connecting with local producers we can offer our guests high quality food, coming straight from the land. Our food plan is available for only €196,- guest/week. This includes a full breakfast and a 4-course dinner every day. Alcoholic drinks, soda and juice are excluded. Children under 4 eat for free. From age 4 till 12, children pay €70 per week.
Breakfast includes: juices, baked bread, a selection of spreads, coffee, tea, muesli, yoghurt, and fresh fruit.
Every afternoon we have an ‘aperitivo’ (afternoon drink) and we invite our guests to help out in the kitchen: we offer cooking workshops each day!. We then cook a traditional Tuscan 4-course menu: starting with antipasto, followed by a ‘primo’ (soup/pasta/risotto), a ‘secondo’ (meat/fish) with ‘contorni’ (vegetables), and of course a ‘dolce’ (dessert). To complement your meal, we have an amazing assortment of local wines from several wineries in the area.
Coffee and tea are for free at all times. You can pick your own mint leaves from our herb garden for a refreshing organic mint tea!
Fabrizio is Tuscany’s most wanted butcher. Not only for his looks, but also for his mouth watering cured pork, beef and wild boar. In one of the excursions we take you to his farm. You get to see the free-range animals and Fabrizio will show you where his best kept secret is held..
Fausta provides us each day with tasty, beautiful, organically grown vegetables. Guests are welcome to join us on a trip to her bountiful and ecological garden to pick their own veggies. Last year we made deep fried Zucchini Flowers filled with mozzarella and anchovies, delicious!
Nicola, is Casentino’s most lucky and knowledgeable truffle hunter. Every time he takes our guests on one of his famous truffle trips with Chicca (his trained truffle hound) he warns us that we might come back empty handed. However, Chicca’s nose hasn’t disappointed us yet.
Roberto, trained as a butcher is also a gifted cook and the walking encyclopaedia of local recipes. His day job is actually the upkeep of the village Borgo di Gello, which is a continuous fight against nature and Dutch accidental hoteliers who keep wanting to make pools in spots where they are not allowed to.