The first time in history Monteluco a Lecchi is mentioned as a “curtis” was in a document of donation dating 998, which Marchese Ugo di Cenaia presented to Badia di San Michele a Morturi. The above named castle, a construction of the end of XII beginning of XIII century and property of the important Ricasoli-Firidolfi family, was handed over to the Council of Florence, becoming part of the “Lega del Chianti”. During the Middle age period, in the valley surrounded the castle, San Sano and Lecchi were established fortified.
During the Communal Government of Republic of Florence, in the Renaissance age, political opponents and criminals were used to be sent to the bordering line, from which the name “MALBORGHETTO” (small bad village). Particularly used during the ruling of Lorenzo de’ Medici named “il Magnifico” (1449-1492), after the Congiura de’ Pazzi (Pazzi family conspiracy) 1478, when his brother Giuliano de’ Medici was killed. We can find this custom also from 1519, when Cosimo de’ Medici (son of Giovanni dalle Bande Nere) became Cosimo I Granduca of Tuscany.
We named the restaurant Malborghetto to bring back an old tradition of these places, together with the discovery of ancient recipes by the typical tuscan kitchen, in the heart of Chianti shire.
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