As historical cenacle of famous painters, writers and lovers of the traditional tuscan gastronomy, one of the oldest Trattoria of Florence Antico Fattore has handed down since 1865 the true recipes of the best florentine and tuscan dishes. The painters and poets, sculptors and musicians, journalists and critics who ate in the main dining room had a regular arrangement with Giulio, the proprietor: guests would come and go, some of them people who lived in the city, others just staying for a day or two, perhaps to conduct a concert or take part in some theatrical performance. Countless famous names would animate the Antico Fattore every Wednesday, which was the set day for the weekly dinner, and which became a regular pilgrimage for artists like De Chirico, Morandi, Carra, Andreotti, and later Carena, Sacchetti Peyron, Bacchelli, Innocenti and Romiti; it is impossible to mention them all.
The kitchen of the Antico Fattore was a real holy of holies and Giulio would only allow friends or food enthusiasts to enter it. This room, full of the smell of delectable roasts and sauces, was situated just past the serving counter of the trattoria. Goodness knows how many stories were written between the oven and the cellar, with the smell of food and wine naturally playing the part of the main protagonists. Everyday fresh homemade Pasta: Tortelloni, Pappardelle and Pici.From the heart of Chianti good wine can not be missed; oil and could cuts form the back drop to the accurate selection of the best meat to cook. Crostone with kale and lardo,fettunta, tortelli with porcini mushrooms, pappardelle with wild boar sauce and truffles anticipate the taste of sausages with white beans in tomato sauce, ossobuco and the queen: T-bone steak florentine style.This are just a few of a our delicious typical florentine dishes.
The Antico Fattore Literary Prize was originally created in 1931. It took its name from a restaurant in the Via Lambertesca in Florence which was a famous meeting-place for men of culture who also enfoyed the pleasures of the table. Literary contacts made at the Antico Fattore had a certain importance for the development of Italian twentieth-century writing. Painters and sculptors met to choose the best poet of the yeaL Works of outstanding cultural interest were in this way brought to light, and the award was made to two future Nobel Prize winners: Eugenio Montale for his La Casa dei Doganieri, and Salvatore Quasimodo for his Odore di Eucaliptus. The Prize acquired greater and greater influence and importance, until events put an end to it and it ceased to be awarded. In 1983 the Folonari family, who have owned the Chianti Ruffino winery since 1913 and have alwavs becn aware of cultural responsibilities, sponsored the revival of the Prize.
With great enthusiasm they have striven to recover the old values, and to increase the fame and reputation of the Prize on a European level, so as to make it fully worthy of the city which gave it birth. The present Prize is intended to honour those works which, having already obtained international literary recognition, best express the values of nature, the environment, the countryside or the pleasures of enjoying its produce. Since its revival the Chianti Ruffino Antico Fattore International Literary Prize has been awarded to Italian and foreign writers of the first rank. The 1989 Prize was awarded to Toni Morrison (USA), who was later (1993) to receive the Nobel Prize for literature.