May 17, 2023

In Italy we are spoilt for choice what to eat every day? Do we have a wonderful take-out to have at home with a salad, such as lasagne or tordelli, frito misto on Friday with a locale vongole of Viareggio’s finest tiny clams, arselle, or my wife’s favourite roast beef from Ale’s Gastronomea at the back of the square in Ponte a Moriano. We are spoilt for choice!!

We have so many good restaurants, from the simplest but excellent local white-van-man haunt serving excellent anti-pasti, pizzas, Il Chiocciolo to the finest Michelin starred restaurants and our favourite, Antica Locanda di Sesto.

Alternatively, we also have the Private chef, Fabrizio, who cooks wonderfully seasonal food for €50/ head (alcohol not included but you can buy this at Vini Lucca on the bridge to Ponte a Moriano). Anyone with dietary requirements just let me know and I will pass on to him.

The process is when booked, Fabrizio will prepare the food in his kitchen on the afternoon of the dinner, he arrives at A Corte at about 17.30 and puts it all together for dinner at 19.30(?). All the guest needs to do is select where to eat, dining room, south or east terrace and lay up, chill the drinks etc and pour the wine and keep out of the kitchen!! They will do the rest and put everything in the dishwasher. Buon appetito.

I suggest the east, pool side terrace as it’s near the kitchen, outdoor fridge room & bbq.

Menu e prezzi 2022 CasaCorte

The feed back has been wonderful. Firstly Bob, originally from Lucca who now lives in California wanted a meal at A Corte, whist over for a wedding, to celebrate with his relatives who still live in Lucca. Italians are highly critical of food not in their own kitchen so Bob’s words are very poignant.

FABRIZIO and his assistant Luigi , did a fabulous job at preparing a Wonderfull Tuscan dinner for my family.
Thank you so much for the recommendation .  I highly recommend (Bob Luca, October 2022).

I attach some recent reviews, all of which have been extremely positive.

Guests, Nichols family, British family in South Carolina: Fabrizio was wonderful!! Great food and great company also … thank you for organising that! – 27th June.


A lovely family arrived from Maine, Texas & California for a month who booked Fabrizio and here are their comments:

The dinner was absolutely amazing! We really enjoyed Fabrizio ???? Besides delicious food, he was very easy to work with and to understand. And he’s a treasure trove of Tuscan history!!
We plan to have him back on 27 May/Saturday and hopefully a time in between now and then.
All and all – a very enjoyable experience and good value for the €45/person ????
I am so smitten with Casa a Corte ???? All I want to do is sit and listen to the birds and gaze at the beauty!


From Elizabeth Tucker, North Carolina – June 2023:

Fabrizio’s meal was a highlight—and he brought us a “takeaway dinner” the second night he was supposed to come after we cancelled because Bill was ill with flu. But he doesn’t charge enough, in my opinion—we gave him more but I find creative people don’t always charge what they’re worth, if you want to pass that on. No need to apologise for it, either, it’s a service well worth paying for. Thanks for the recommendation!

Ps. Robin said after that second meal delivery, “I’ve decided Fabrizio is an angel.”


From Sasse family 18 June 23:

We had such a beautiful night, the dinner with Fabrizio was absolutely fabulous!!!  It did not disappoint. Best night! We look forward to having him back tonight. Thank you

From Sasse family 2nd night – 19th June 23

Thank you Hugh. Fabrizio was such a treat! Great food and a wonderful person. Thank you.

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