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Jun 19, 2013 03:38 PM

Montepulciano area - Can use one more rec

4 nights in the area. Already have these on the schedule but can use one more for the final night...

Il Pozzo in S. Angelo In Colle
La Porta
da Roberto in Montisi
la Tellina in Siena

A Gambe di Gatto
La Chiusa in Montefollonico

Thanks in advance

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  1. Il Rossellino in Pienza has been recommended several times on this board over the past few years. It is a small place (5-6 tables) run by an older couple. Reservations recommended.

    1. Hi, are all of these dinner targets? Many of the restaurants you have already scheduled are a considerable distance from Montepulciano, especially if you were thinking of enjoying wine with dinner while in the wine country.

      Sant'Angelo in Colle is at least an hour's drive on winding, hilly, largely unlit roads. Ditto Siena. It's fun to drive the hills of Tuscany in daylight, enjoying the breathtaking views, and it's not even so bad to get lost occasionally. After dark, after dinner, it's not the same experience!

      You are likely to be spending most of your day driving as you go touristing through the area, and you might find that at the end of the day, after you've gone back to your lodgings to freshen up, that the idea of climbing back behind the wheel for another hour's drive over hill and dale to a long restaurant dinner has lost its appeal.

      Just something to consider. Many people enjoy having a big long lunch in Tuscany (if it is not too hot) and then having a lighter supper and snacks and wine someplace quite near to where they are staying.

      If these are mainly lunch targets, then -- never mind!

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      1. re: barberinibee

        Yes some of them are lunch places and all of them are conveniently located where we'll be. Sorry for not clarifying and hurried post. Sant'Angelo in Colle is lunch after Sant'Antimo, La Porta is dinner after Le Foce. The one dinner with considerable distance is Da Roberto (after visiting Monte Oliveto). Its 45 minutes back to the villa but I arranged an early visit with Roberto and we should be done before sunset. I also have a cooking class and dinner at our villa on the schedule.

        I did read many of the prior posts on the subject here and got some ideas like A Gambe di Gatto and Il Rossellino, but there's not much recent activity so I thought I would ask

        1. re: Ziggy41

          I know you seem to be all set and I don't want to confuse you too much, but just a suggestion - if La Porta is the restaurant in Monticchiello - you may want to consider it for lunch because while food is delicious, the views and the ride up there are the highlights (especially the winding road from there to Pienza if you are going). Getting there late at night IMO is not really worth the trip and could be a bit dangerous.

          In any case, have a safe and enjoyable trip!

          1. re: acssss

            Thanks acssss! But who said anything about late at night ;)
            La Porta opens at 6:30 and we'll be there at around the same time (after tour at nearby Le Foce at 5). Sunset time is around 9:00 looks like. I have enough trouble navigating to my villa with Google Maps so I def not planning any late arrivals. But thanks anyway.
            Interesting that you are the second or third person to mention this so I will keep that in mind in case I decide to get brave

            1. re: Ziggy41

              You will LOVE that restaurant and maybe at that hour it will be even better than our experience due to the sun beginning to set! Have a wonderful trip!!!

              1. re: Ziggy41

                I have spent 15 summers in this area of Southern Siena Province, and your choices are all good, and the region is gorgeous. But the idea that any even vaguely serious restaurant in Toscana would serve dinner at 6.30 astonishes me. 8 is terribly early for a summer dinner, 9 much more normal. I mean, this isn't Spain, but it isn't SoCal either.....

            2. re: Ziggy41

              You won't be sorry for driving out of your way for da Roberto!