Simple and delicious suggestions between Pienza and Montepulciano...
We will be in Italy this October and I have gotten lots of awesome suggestions for Venice and Rome, but I need a little extra help with our Tuscany part of the trip.
We will be taking a train to Chiusi and renting a car. We are staying at the Hotelito Lupaia in Torrita di Siena which is between Pienza and Montepulciano. This will be towards the end of our trip and I think we will have eaten rather well by then and may not want such big heavy, lavish meals. We will have been in Paris and Venice first and then finishing in Rome.
We only have 3 nights, but want a great experience. This is our first time to Italy (my dream location always, but always picked a country that was a better value at that moment!)
It looks like Aquacheta in Montepulciano will be one night, but we need 2 other suggestions. We don't need fancy or particularly expensive, at that point, just really good food in a great environment and not too far away.
Also, does anybody have suggestions for what would be a good wine tour with lunch perhaps? We are a bit apprehensive about driving, but it doesn't look like there is a choice in this area, so driving it is.
Also, any one day cooking classes in the area?
This is such an awesome sight and I have gotten so many wonderful recommendations already. It is obvious, that the people on this board are just so passionate about their travels and their food, it is a delight to read about their adventures.
Thanks for your generosity in sharing information... any additonal information on anything is also welcome!!!!
I spent a week in Tuscany just outside of Montepulciano last October. We had a wonderful week touring the area. My number one choice in Montepulciano is A Game Di Gatto. It's a small place and the owner really takes time to go over the food that his wife cooks. He poured us 5 samples of the local wines and then you pick one. He also gave us a tutotial on the various olive oils. No rushing here, the meal took a while but was very enjoyable. I also went to Aquacheta but felt a litlle rushed there. The Bisteaka is the reason to go there..it was a little to rare for my taste. It's still quiet the experience. Check out their website... the picture of Giulio with his cleaver is priceless.
I also recommend Osteria La Porta in Monticchiello. Try and get one of the outside terrace tables if you are there early. We had lunch out there on a nice afternoon. I didn't eat in Pienza but it is a pretty town with some good choices.
Enjoy the trip....I wish I was going back!!
Slow Travel Italy blog also has some reviews.
We're going to be in the same area in a few months, and we've scheduled a tour and lunch at Avignonesi winery. If you go to their website and look for information on their Common Table, you should find it. I've heard good things about it, and we're looking forward to going.
An absolute must is Latte di Luna in Pienza - if possible have dinner outside and the specialty of the house is Roast suckling pig -
In Montechiello Osteria La Porta
If you get a chance and the weather is good go to Sant Angelo in Colle and dine outside at Il Leccio or Il Pozzo
If you visit only one winery try Ciacci Piccolomini D'Aragona which is located on a white (dirt) road behind the Sant Antimo Abbey make reservations beforehand
Be sure to do "Search this board" searches for both Pienza and Montepulciano. You will find a good number of recommendation already available on this board.
Il Rosellino in Pienza has been recomended by a number of people, including myself. It is run personally by a couple and only has 4-5 tables. Be sure to make a reservation in advance.
I would also recommend visiting the village of San Quirico d'Orcia, which is about 10 miles to the west of Pienza. I have no dining recommendations there, but I thought the town was very pleasant.