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.
The web site I originally listed is no longer in operation so I don't know if the restaurant is still in business. We'll check the next time we're in Montalcino. In the meantime, if anyone is there and can tell me what's happening, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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)
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!
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.
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.
When we visited Montalcino for one night in Sep 2007, we needed somewhere to have a light dinner. After sampling some of the local wine at Fiaschetteria, we wandered across the square and decided to stop into Al Baccanale di Pericoli E Terzuoli, a small restaurant and wine bar.
The restaurant was nothing fancy to look at, and a little over-lit for my liking. Service wasn't the greatest either, as it seemed the rest of the customers were all friends of the waitress, so we got a little ignored. Oh well, they had a good value wine list which was the main thing ; )
Favorite Dish: We ordered a bottle of Rosso di Montalcino to drink, and Mum, Dad and I shared an antipasti platter, while Alex had some pasta with meat sauce. My parents forced down a small slice of tart too for dessert.
The restaurant is modern and clean, with empty wine bottles on the walls, and the open kitchen at one corner. The service is good and professional. They have good selection of good wines from the surrounding Tuscany region, especially the Montalcino area.
Favorite Dish: The red wine and pasta were great. We had a bottle of Rosso di Montalcino and 2 plates of Spaghetti with Truffle sauce. In addition, we had Bruchettas starter plate and also some peach in wine sauce (i.e. Brunello di Montalcino wine).
Founded in 1888, Café / Enotecca affords an ideal position on the small Piazza del Popolo. We stopped in here just for café, but you can also grab a light bite and sample some wines.
The inside is a bit sumptuous with full length mirrors and red velvety seating. The folks running it were very nice with us and the 2 kids.
I’ve been told that the Fiaschetteria Italian was set up by Ferruccio Biondi Santi, the original proprietor of the vineyard that established the Brunello Wine production standards.
Fiaschetteria Italiana is a historic café located on Montalcino's small Piazza Popolo. This lovely old café dates back to 1888 and inside has velvet chairs and large mirrors.
Out on the piazza there is a shaded seating area for those warmer days. It is the perfect place for a coffee or a glass of Brunello.
Favorite Dish: After a busy day of exploring and wine tasting, we wandered by Fiaschetteria Italiana and decided to stop off for a coffee. We took a seat at one of the outside tables and relaxed for a while.
We both had an espresso, and shared a slice of Lemon Tart. The coffee gave us the required energy hit and the tart tasted nicely home made.
Les Barriques is an inviting wine bar and restaurant located just off Piazza del Popolo. Inside, Les Barriques looks like a wine cellar with stone walls and ceiling. Its walls are lined with empty bottle of Tuscany's fabulous wines, tempting you to sample a glass or two.
On our second night in Montalcino we didn't feel like a huge meal, so stopped by Les Barriques from some wine and nibbles. The atmosphere is warm and cosy and service was friendly.
After studying the extensive wine list, we opted for a bottle of Lamole Chianti Classico Riserva. When the wine was bought over to us we were presented with the biggest wine glasses you have ever seen!! We laughed aloud and the waiter said that anyone who orders a Riserva gets the big glasses. They were almost as tall as the bottle and would have fit at least a whole bottle in them.
Favorite Dish: We ended up ordering more food than we had intended, but managed to eat it all, and it went really well with the wine. We had Wild Boar bruschetta, Prosciutto bruschetta, and a platter of meats and pecorino cheese. It was all delicious.
Alex ordered a glass of Vin Santo (traditional dessert wine), which was served with cantucci biscuits for dipping - I am not a big fan of dessert wine, but I may have dipped a biscuit or two ; )
The bill came to 64 euro, which included a couple of bottles of water as well, and service charge.