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In Italy, you do not really leave a tip. If you choose to do so, it's a matter of rounding up a euro or two at the most. Most restaurants basically collect a "tip" in their cover charge which could be a "using table" charge or by charging you for the bread they bring to the table. Some restaurants flat out have a convenience charge of €5.00.
Written Jun 23, 2011
OMG! This is what heaven must be like! What a beautiful restaurant and I would have been quite satisfied with the breads and olive oil. Poggio makes their own olive oil and it is fantastic! If you make an appointment for wine tour and tasting, you will have an opportunity to also buy the olive oil. I certainly did!
Returning to the restaurant, we enjoyed a simple meal of pasta and risotto with a glass of Poggio wine. The ambience is spectacular and well worth the visit!
The hours are limiting but try to go if you can!
Lunch is served from 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dinner is served from 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Updated Jun 22, 2011
Address: Località La Sorgente, 62, Montalcino, IT 53024
We had just parked the car upon our arrival to Montalcino. We did not have reservations to stay the night but before we worked on that, we wanted to get a bite to eat. This was the first place we happened upon and it looked quaint. We walked in and we were the only customers at about 2pm or so. We noticed some of the appetizers were priced with a glass of wine. So, I ordered the bruschetta plate and my boyfriend ordered a sliced meat plate and we shared. This was outstandingly delicious! The wine was also excellent which was from their vineyard. Some of the bruschetta had a roasted red pepper spread, some with an olive spread and some seasoned sliced tomatoes. The meat plate had very thin slices of prosciutto, salami and another two other types of meat I don't know the name of.
After a brief conversation with the owner about our stay in Montalcino, she recommended a bed and breakfast owned by her son just around the corner. We checked it out and that was where we stayed for two nights.
Written Jun 22, 2011
Address: Via Panfilo dell'Oca, Montalcino, Italy 53024
The food was all done to perfection. We put Osteria al Giardino down as one of our “finds” and we’ll come back. The chef came out and chatted and as we left, he introduced his wife and newborn baby. All in all . . . a great Tuscan experience!
Their speciality is local food with local ingredients . . . delicious and very reasonable in price.
Favorite Dish: We ordered ribolitta soup to start, ate their excellent bread with a delicious red wine and the waitress who had been chatting with us suddenly appeared with two bowls of zucca (pumpkin) soup “complements of the chef.” It was exquisite, smooth, creamy and perfectly seasoned.
This was followed by an excellent ribolitta that we had ordered, and then my husband got pasta with wild boar sauce and I had the rabbit and a dish of mixed vegetables.
Updated Jun 10, 2011
Address: Piazza Garibaldi 10
Phone: 0577 849076
Our 3rd visit to Montalcino was just for half a day in June 2010. The summery day turned cold during our visit, but it didn't stop us from sampling a new (for us) gelateria, just on the main square.
Favorite Dish: We stuck to the safe options of chocolate and hazelnut and vanilla, and it was decent gelato, but didn't make it to the Top 3 for the trip.
Written Feb 3, 2011
Address: Piazza del Popolo 14, Montalcino
Il Grifos is a lovely place on the right hand side as you walk down the road away from the piazza.
It was packed when we went.
We had the risotto and wild boar for an evening meal and pizzas for lunch. The staff were very friendly and they served good food which was value for money. The Italians ate here.
It was the best place we went to in Montalcino.
Favorite Dish: Risotto
Written Nov 4, 2010
We went to this place on the recommendation from this website and have to say we were disappointed. The food wasn't the best in town but this place was certainly the most expensive.
A small bowl of chips is 9 euros! The steak was around 20 euros and there wasn't enough of it. We also had the spaghetti with chille and olive oil. This was nice but not worth the cost.
We tried the montadella wines which were nice too but got three glugs for 15 euros which we thought was a little harsh.
Admittedly it has the best views but during the evening when its dark they turn up the brightness so much in the place you cant see out anyway.
The owners need to sort out the ambience and prices and quality of food. Wasn't good enough for the 90 Euros that we paid for a meal (2 X main courses, 2 x glasses of wine and a coke)
Written Nov 4, 2010
Is it a vineria or an osteria? Take your pick, but do stop in for a bite to eat and a glass or bottle of wine. We stumbled across the restaurant while strolling through the streets one afternoon, and we were delighted that we did. The staff was very friendly and attentive, helping us with suggestions for the meal and the wine.
The interior of the restaurant has walls that are lined with bottles of wine for sale, including the restaurants affiliated winery Le Potazzine. if you've not had the wine before, you should definitely try it.
As for the food, we really enjoyed our meal. the pasta was cooked perfectly, and my wife's tortino was a delectable combination. Oh, and did I mention the dolce? The lemon custard cake was a real winner.
Favorite Dish: The pinci pasta was delicious, as was my wife's Tortino de pecorino w/ pear, honey and olive oil. Yum!
Updated May 30, 2008
Address: 10 Piazza Garibaldi Montalcino
The restaurant was recommended to us by the owners of Palazzina Cesira. This trattoria, which is located just a few meters from the central piazza, serves traditional Tuscan dishes in a rustic atmosphere typical of Montalcino. They have a great menu, with lots of choices, and also have an excellent wine list.
We chose a bottle of Altesino Brunello to go with our meal. We had bruchetta to start, then a primi of pinci pasta and secondis of Cinghiale and Coniglia. Every item was delicious and satisfying. The portions were perfect - filling yet leaving you with the desire to have more.
The restaurant was full and lively conversations were going on all around. A definite combination of locals and tourists. You really felt like you were at a big family dinner.
We would highly recommend that you consider stopping in for a true tuscan experience and good dinner.
Favorite Dish: I can't pick out one item. Everything that we had was very good.
Written May 29, 2008
Address: Scale de via Moglio, 1
Phone: 39 0577-847150
Our meal at Ristorante Giardino was one of the best meals we had during our Tuscan trip. Everything on the menu was fresh and homemade, from the bread to the dolce. We laughed that they probably even had someone out back stomping grapes for the wine. The meal was outstanding, as was the service.
The restaurant has about 12 tables, which were all filled the night we ate there. The clientele was a mix of locals and tourists and the restaurant was reasonably quiet considering it was full.
Given the quality of the food and service, we thought the prices were very reasonable, including the wine prices.
If you are staying in Montalcino or passing through, I would definitely recommend trying Ristorante Giardino, you won't be disappointed.
Favorite Dish: My very favorite part of the meal was finally getting my gnudi. They are like a naked ravioli - just the filling without the pasta. Close behind were my lamb chops and my wife's cinghiale.
Quite frankly, there wasn't anything that we had that wasn't delicious.
Written May 26, 2008
Address: Piazza Cavour 1, Montalcino 53024
Phone: 39 0577 849076