This was a great find in Pienza. We went in march and we were lucky to catch some sunny days but it was still cool to sit outside and enjoy our meals. Walking around in Pienza we saw this tiny restaurant with some tables outdoor. It is in a small square, surrounded by tall buildings so the wind could not go through. We sat outdoor and loved the sun.
They have a small menu with a selection of local products, the excellent Pecorino of Pienza and some kind of salami they serve it with fresh bread and good local house wine.
Favorite Dish: I would say that it represent very well what a tourist would like to find! small table with red and white sqares table clothes, good local wine, tasty olive oil etc. My american boyfriend really loved it and I did too.
In Pienza, we stayed in this agriturismo for the night, and decided to take the half board, since we had heard so many wonderful things about tuscan food and we knew that the best places to eat are the agriturismi.
They have a little restaurant in the main house, just for the people staying there. So, together with another italian couple, we were the only guests.
Everything is home made, even the pasta, and they use exclusively the products from their own farm - the potatoes, the salad, the artichokes, and the meat. No surprise, it was fantastic!
Favorite Dish: There is no choice of menu - you just eat whatever they decide to cook :) that day, we had spaghetti with artichokes and bacon, and grilled meat with potatoes and salad, together with the red wine they produce themselves.
When we arrived in Pienza we were in need of a coffee before exploring the town. Located on Piazza Dante Alighieri, just before you enter through the Porta a Prato is a Café/Bar called Il Caffe', and we figured it couldn't be too bad as it was filled with locals who were shopping at the adjacent market.
Favorite Dish: As we just wanted a quick caffeine hit, we stood inside at the counter and knocked back an espresso. It was good, and you can't complain when it only cost 80 euro cents each.
The café also serves sandwiches and other snack and cakes. Service wasn't anything special but was friendly enough.
There is also one toilet, for client use only of course.... BYO toilet paper though.
After plenty of research before our trip to Italy, I determined that the place to eat in Pienza was Trattoria Latte di Luna. It sounded fabulous, so when Alex suggested we could just buy something from the market for lunch I was worried that I wouldn't get to try it. Then I said the magic words to him - 'suckling pig' - and he was hot-stepping it towards Latte di Luna!!
Latte di Luna is located at the end of Corso Il Rossellino, no more than 5 minutes walk from Porta a Prato. It has a lovely, leafy terrace at the front, with more seating inside. As we didn't have a reservation and wanted one of the coveted terrace tables, we made sure to arrive just after they opened for lunch and managed to nab one of only two un-reserved tables.
The setting is really nice, and the staff were very friendly and welcoming, most speaking at least a bit of English.
Favorite Dish: The food was excellent. Alex started with the Mushroom tagliatelle and I had a little taste - it was good, but I am not a mushroom fan. For main course we both (not surprisingly!) ordered the Suckling Pig, and a side order of vegetables. The meat was delicious, and there was plenty of it! A cheeky half bottle of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano was polished off as well, and we were satisfied.
Closed on Tuesdays
We ate outside, essentially on the town wall. Everything was great. I had guinea hen with a berry sauce. Alice had sea bass, Eli had a steak (?) and I cant remember what Marisa had. I do remember having a gnocchi and sausage appetizer that was excellent. Also a smoked duck appetizer that was also very good.
Local winery / eatery with a lovely street terrace.
Favorite Dish: Bruschetti, grilled pecorino with bacon.
And a good bottle of Brunello di Montalcino ...
(Price per person is rather high because of the wine!)