Le Tre Rane - Ruffino

Legend has it that Le Tre Rane was an inn that a young Leonardo da Vinci opened on Florence’s Ponte Vecchio, with an inspiring vision that food could convey beauty and goodness, serving healthy ingredients like vegetables and enhance the joy of being together. It was a vision that preempted the concept of gastronomy, food as something more than mere nourishment. The experiment ended in just a few weeks: Florentines, wary of anything new and disappointed by the scant servings, forced Leonardo to close and escape to the Sforza court in Milan.

Yes, it proved a failure, but for Ruffino it’s an enlightened example of popular conviviality that put people at the center of a flavorful experience, in the same way that the Etruscans did millennia ago and the farming culture did a few centuries after Leonardo (and Caterina dei Medici), with unsalted bread, wine flasks and noisy meals bursting with flavors and beauty. 

All of these routines are in line with and are elevated by the story of Ruffino, its people and wines and have served as inspiration, 500 years after Leonardo’s death, for the new restaurant “Locanda Le Tre Rane – Ruffino”, a gastronomic representation of tasteful Italian living. 

“Le Tre Rane – Ruffino” is situated in the Poggio Casciano agriresort and estate of Tenute Ruffino, near Bagno a Ripoli and a short distance from Florence. 

Stefano Frassineti takes the helm in the kitchen at Le Tre Rane. Born in Chianti and a career cook for almost 30 years, Stefano believes in dishes based on tradition that evolve into an unmistakable identity. He takes an orchestra of fresh and seasonal ingredients from personally sourced Tuscan suppliers and conducts them with endless curiosity and creativity. Eight seasonal menus rotate year round, in addition to an à la carte menu featuring Tuscan meat (and the occasional fish) courses. Ruffino wines take center stage: all Tuscan labels are served by the glass or bottle as well as the opportunity to select older vintages and large formats directly from the striking Poggio Casciano cellars. Every dish is designed to pair perfectly with the wine and vice versa, elevating the taste for being together, the way the Tuscan table has remained over the centuries.

In the same way, the architectural project of “Le Tre Rane – Ruffino” also conveys the values of Ruffino through the restaurant’s design: Tuscan authenticity, conviviality and reinvention. The implementation sought inspiration from the tenant farmer’s house, that sublime middle ground between the peasant and the lord in the sharecropping hierarchy. The farmer lived in the countryside, unlike the nobleman, but he owned a little more than most peasants did: a home with the odd ornament; some Arte Povera furniture, the more sought-after pieces; not seats, but chairs; and food, the best leftovers and offal; and in terms of wine, the riserva a fixture on the table. A charming wrought iron and weathered steel pergola, graced with climbing roses, herbs and citrus plants, provides additional outdoor space for the restaurant, for memorable dinners with spectacular sunsets over the rolling Tuscan countryside. 

Book your table: +39 378 3050220 and on Le Tre Rane - Ruffino For more details, see the menu, find out about our special evenings and activities: www.letreraneruffino.it, Instagram + Facebook @letreraneruffino.