Our food philosophy

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In the words of Virginia Woolf, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” We at Villa Lena seek to bring holistic health to our restaurants tables.

Despite the many diet fads circulating one commonality exists that is proven to be beneficial to health. Minimally processed foods, predominately plants are decisively associated with physical well being and lower risks of disease.

Villa Lena is inspired by Tuscany’s own tradition in which whole grains, beans, olive oil, nuts, and fruits and vegetables are at the heart of a rich peasant food tradition.

We make food that comes direct from nature, whether its our own gardens, our wine and olive oil, or the many neighboring farms in the area. We try to move away from farmed meat and use game meat where possible. We emphasize seasonality so that we are cooking with and eating ingredients at their peak of flavor and nutrition.

Health is not the only objective at the heart of our food ethos – sustainability is another. By pairing the tastiest produce available at that moment with care, creativity, and technical proficiency, we attempt to build a model for a responsible and delicious future, where product is not wasted and enjoyed at its seasonal time.

We offer a set menu which changes daily, which we serve sometimes “family style” on top of our long, shared tables, with a hope that good food and good conversations will bring some memorable dinners.

Chef kitchen Villa Lena

Villa Lena organic Butternut garden

Villa Lena soup organic garden