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glutton1 May 17, 2012 11:46 AM

We are renting a house for one week in mid June just outside of Montepulciano. We'd like to plan day trips to surrounding towns on their market days, purchase supplies for a home-cooked dinner, and then find a great local restaurant for lunch. We are adventurous eaters but are really just looking for authentic local food. Any suggestions about where to find information on local markets and corresponding restaurants would be appreciated. Thank you.

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    GeraldI May 23, 2012 06:36 AM

    We totally agree with the La Porta recommendation.

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      Tuscanlover May 20, 2012 08:43 AM

      Market day in Lucignano (over by the A1 autostrada) is Thursday. Make a visit and you can eat in the garden at the outstanding Da Toto, which provides exactly the authentic local food that you are looking for. Go for one of the set menus and let Chef Boris choose.

      Mrs T and I are just back from another four day visit and the food was outstanding as always.

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        jangita May 20, 2012 02:07 PM

        Is A Gambe di Gatto open for lunch?
        thanks

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          Tuscanlover May 21, 2012 05:07 AM

          Yes it is but they did not open until 1.00 when I visited. Lovely little restaurant though with excellent food and a very personal touch.

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          timp1959 May 29, 2012 11:07 PM

          Yesterday we had lunch at Il Leccio in Sant 'angelo in Colle and Dinner at Il Rossellino in Pienza and they both were standard setting. We do dinners at home in our villa in Corciano but Il Rossellino is a memory that will stay with us for a long long time.

        3. Longing for Italy May 18, 2012 12:09 PM

          We're in our 9th of 10 days in Montepulciano--doing what you want to do. Day trips are easy; we've been from Volterra in the West to Cortona in the East and most places in between. We always eat lunch out and usually dinner in. Without a doubt, the best meals (yes we went back) were in La Porta in Monticchiello (just South of Montepulciano). We would have gone back the third time but "Master Chef Australia" is filming their chef for 2 days! The second best place was in Cortona--look for the sign "Dolce Marie B & B" on Via Ghini, 12; and the third best was in Siena: Hosteria IL Carroccio on Via Casato di Sotto, 32 just off the Campo.

          Just a heads up--most market vendors travel from town to town, so you'll soon encounter vendors you've seen before. No matter--watching the town folk connect on market days is great people watching.

          enjoy

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            alohatoall May 17, 2012 09:02 PM

            I agree completely with the recommendation of A Gambe di Gatto, whose owners are delightful and will enchant you with their knowledge of wine (and jazz!), and would add the osteria Acquacheta -- be sure to make reservations at the latter.

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              arni psito May 17, 2012 05:15 PM

              By all means go to A Gambe di Gatto for lunch in Montepulciano--and plan to spend a while there.

              1. elasticwaistband May 17, 2012 04:52 PM

                Here is a good link for market days in Tuscany:
                http://www.tuscanyitaly.info/marketda...

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