menù
Restaurant
The setting of the Tavern is enclosed in wood you can feel and hear with chestnut beams and terracotta tiles
Traditional dishes from the Tuscan kitchen of the 1950's
The traditional Tuscan food and wine made from classic local recipes: Homemade sautéed bread soaked in broth and Vin Santo (dessert "holy wine") with chicken liver. Homemade bruschetta with extra virgin olive oil or with local Casentino ham and Tuscan salami. And then you can taste classic Tuscan bread soup ribollita with raw onion or pappa tomatoes, or try one of various vegetable or legume soups. The dough is pulled by hand from pappardella pastry that is gloriously topped with duck or wild boar sauce. During hunting season, the table is adorned with macaroni with hare sauce. For those who prefer the chicken stock, there is nothing better than classic stracciatella soup or tortellini, rigorously made by hand. And what about Pici? ... Spaghetti, made of only flour and water in two classic variants: cheese and pepper, or garlic, or seasoned with a nice tasty sauce (from an original recipe of the chef Michele Franco). There are rice dishes with seasonal vegetables, flavored with Grana Padano smoked cheese, that complete the choices for the first course. The second courses are a celebration of Tuscan regional traditions: Roasts in a wood stove outside in the yard. Duck, goose, rabbit, chicken, and ham are served on a bed of baked potatoes. Also served are mixed boiled meats with sauces, pickles and real mashed potatoes. In «La Corte dell'Oca» everything is fried in a pan according to family tradition, while the barbecue and grills are outside in the middle of the courtyard.

Fiorentina is at home here!
The liver, tripe, sausage with baked beans, stews, wild boar stew and scottiglia (local meat dish) often do not leave enough room for desserts tiramisù, zuppa inglese or cantucci with vinsanto. Tuscany is the queen of the table so «La Corte dell'Oca» and its welcomed guests are grateful to her.
We are «La Corte dell'Oca»
Franco Donati
Owner
It is Franco Donati who wrote the history of «La Corte dell'Oca». While recalling the early years of his youth in the 1950's, Donati discovered something tremendous in the collective memory of the people: the cuisine and customs of the time, which helped Franco create an authentic homage in the Court. Vespa of 1951 with low light, Lambretta dated 1953, Guzzi Galletto, and Lancia Ardea are beautifully displayed today. Furthermore the Court is the protective guardian of the collection of liqueur from the 1940's to today and boasts over a thousand labels that represent the history of Italian liqueur. Magazines from the time, forgotten customs, clothing related to the region, and glimpses of daily life enrich the Court's exhibition. Today the owner is proud of his creation, which is praised by the most recognized critics. They hail its distinctiveness in the most famous Italian magazines, culinary guides and newspapers. Franco Donati is the lighthouse of the Court, always present for those who know him and who want to discuss or reminisce over life stories or old jokes. Franco Donati, in a way, is the soul of the Court.
Giovanna Bertini
The Cook
Our Cook has cooking in her heart. She loves it so much it has become her main purpose in life. She loves her job and she conveys it in her cooking. With refined culinary techniques, she has had many years of experience before moving to the service of the Court. Being a diligent and effective cook, she always looks for perfection. Frequent compliments from guests instill her work with even more passion. Being the daughter of a prominent butcher, she grew up around the best ingredients. After a period of professional departure, she returned to the kitchen to play a primary role. She is the Court's sfoglina, a pasta artisan that rolls her dough by hand. When she was a child she sat on her knees on a chair and watched her grandmother make dough. Then she began to learn. Today she pulls dough with a rolling pin and makes her own whole egg pasta. Tortellini, pasta closed by her little finger and served in broth, is the main attraction of the Court. The Cook is also very good at making cakes that show her imagination and ingenuity. 10 votes and praise!
Michele Franco
Chef
The Chef came to Tuscany long ago. He faced his first stove at the age of 13. Having worked alongside renowned chefs in important sanctuaries of Italian cuisine, he knows very well the Italian kitchen. After many rewarding experiences around Italy, he is now exclusively dedicated to a Tuscan cuisine that is the most universally admired. He was called to the Court by the owner Donati after he learned of the Chef's culinary skills. The Chef, with Donati's guidance, immediately threw himself into the Court with enthusiasm, bringing talent recognized by the best restaurant guides, including the notable Michelin guide. His physical size is a guarantee that the portions he prepares will be big like him. Michele is a great chef!
Stefano Severi
Waiter
Stefano Severi is a born waiter. Customers appreciate him because he is accommodating, professional and competent. It is difficult to find a person like him. Friends and family say that even in kindergarten he had already discovered what would later become his profession. After having finished his studies under the guidance of his older brother, he serves in an important local restaurant not far from the Court. Many guests of the Court who have known Stefano for long time comment that he is genuinely "homegrown." They appreciate his dedication and professionalism. Everybody anticipates his excellent service. It is a pleasure to see him work the tables. Affable, friendly, and qualified, Stefano is very hospitable to all the guests. But he is especially overwhelmed by beautiful girls. Stefano indeed has no rivals because he is number one!
Carmela De Simone
Waiter
Waiter Carmela de Simone Hall arrived to the Court after many years of experience as a bartender that helped her become confident and well known to the public. Since customers often want to know more about the menu specials, she has complete knowledge of the a la carte dishes and their preparation, just like the kitchen staff. You cannot improvise during lunchtime, she says, because today's guests are increasingly demanding. She also decorates the restaurant according to particular events. She puts up decorations on Valentine's Day, Christmas, Easter, and every other occasion. Lovely Carmela moves among the tables with competence and professionalism. When she became a part of the Court, she immediately realized that contact with the public in an environment that tells the story of Italy since the War requires careful preparation that goes beyond the normal duties of a waitress. The story of the Court should be presented to the clients who continually ask questions of all kinds. Carmela is always prepared to answer those questions.
Ekaterina Gonchar
Promoter
A promoter goes to the Court for the first time for a dinner with some guests. She falls in love with the Tuscan charm and friendliness that the Court radiates. Her visits become more and more frequent until she decides to present herself to the Court by discussing her life and her professional activities around the world. Coming to Tuscany years ago was not a random choice, as she knows many places around the world. Believing Tuscany is the world's greatest paradise, she decided to live here as a resident, not as a guest. Ekaterina lives and breathes Tuscany in Casentino. She settled in this small town at the foot of Pratomagno, four houses or so, for its contact with nature. After learning of Ekaterina's work as a graphic designer and artistic director for a very important weekly magazine, Franco Donati saw the need to enhance the appearance of the Court with Ekaterina's expertise. So the adventure begins. Ekaterina immediately goes to work: her ideas, beautiful photographs, charming graphics, and Instagram and Facebook posts define perfection. Nothing is a random choice. The Court is her canvas. Today Ekaterina is full member of «La Corte dell'Oca».