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Favorite Restaurants in Southern Tuscany

dperrigan

New Member
Hi All. I'll be staying near Montepulciano for two weeks this August. It's been four years since I've been in that area. What are everyone's favorite restaurants in and around Montepulciano? One of my favorites is Il Leccio in Sant'Angelo in Colle. Another is (La Porta)? in Monticchiello.

Thanks,
Dan
 

Ian Sutton

500+ Posts
A while since I've been, but from over a decade ago (both Montepulciano)
Osteria del Conte 19, Via di S. Donato is a very understated and unassuming place, yet we rather enjoyed it's unfussy / untouristy feel.
Ristorante La Grotta, Via di S. Biagio, 15 directly facing San Biagio, and hence ought to have been a bit of a tourist rip-off, was surprisingly good: elegant, professional and indeed tasty. Fancier than the above but not silly money for a rather good experience. The walk back up the hill will burn any over-consumption rather nicely!
 

Zoecat

New Member
One of my favorites is La Botte Piena, located in the lovely village of Montefollonico. It is brother/sister run small restaurant specializing in local ingredients and a huge selections of wines. I love the interior and atmosphere of this casual but excellent restaurant.
 

Sharon J

100+ Posts
Tiny little place in Pienza....Sette di Vino. You may be lucky to walk in and ask for a table, but it would be better to make a reservation. Owner is very hands on, and his Bean Soup is a must.
 

Anne

100+ Posts
Osteria del Merlo in Cetona. We spent a couple weeks in Cetona a few years ago, and ate at del Merlo multiple times, always excellent service and food.
 

PokeyMindy

100+ Posts
Daria, who ran La Porta, now has another place
https://www.facebook.com/ristorantedaria/ in Monticchiello!

 

Tony da Roma

10+ Posts
One of my favorites is La Botte Piena, located in the lovely village of Montefollonico. It is brother/sister run small restaurant specializing in local ingredients and a huge selections of wines. I love the interior and atmosphere of this casual but excellent restaurant.
Fantastic place!!!
 

Tony da Roma

10+ Posts
Daria, who ran La Porta, now has another place
https://www.facebook.com/ristorantedaria/ in Monticchiello!

One of my absolute favorites in Tuscany!
 

Tony da Roma

10+ Posts
Besides the ones above that I commented on, here are some other that I like:

Montalcino:

Boccon Divino is one of my all-time favorites in Tuscany. The family that runs it, is just so super kind and amazing. The food is to die for! The wine list is very extensive with some nice older vintages. And if that wasn't enough, the view is heavenly. They often serve a free "welcome" dish of pappa al pomodoro. Despite how simple of a dish this is, it truly shows you what you are in store for, for the food to come. Try the liver pate, the cartamusica dish, if available the gnocchi with truffles (melts in your mouth!), l'antico peposo made with Brunello!, plus many other amazing dishes!!!

Osticcio is my back up place in Montalcino to take clients to on the days when Boccon Divino is closed. Much simpler place and menu. Food is still outstanding though. It is technically an enoteca, so wine is their primary focus. This means that their wine list is beyond extensive. Make sure to reserve a table by the windows!

La Taverna di Baietto this is a simple place with decent food. The real reason to eat here is that it has the same owners as the wine bar/shop across the street - Enoteca di Piazza. So while this tavern has a good wine list, you may also get flights of wine from any of the 100 bottles they have on their enomatic system across the street in the shop. Have you been wanting to try that 130 euro bottle of wine but don't want to drop that kind of money? Try a flight instead for 9!

Bagno Vignoni:

Osteria del Leone is a very small, intimate restaurant with great food/wine in one of the smallest and most intimate towns in all of Tuscany!

I could go on and on, but unfortunately, I need to get going. :(
 

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