Via di Collazzi, 74 - by Santa Maria Church. Tel +39 0578 757110. www.gattavecchi.it
($)($$)(Informal/Dressy)(Traditional&Creative). Always open for lunch in Summer. Closed for dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays. Closing times may change with the season.
Located by the historic cellar of the Gattavecchi winery, it boasts one of the best sunset terraces, and an amazing dining room (former monastery's refectory) with access to the underground cellars. Simple but outstanding menu based on traditional recipes with an exotic touch (Lilian, the chef is Brazilian). The wines are those produced by the winery.
Via del Teatro, 22. Tel +39 0578 71086. www.acquacheta.eu
($)($$)(Informal/Traditional). Closed on Tuesday. Reservation mandatory!
This place keeps up the tradition of the real Osterias: crowded, noisy, busy, shared tables, carafe wine, no frills or silverware change however it has became one of the most celebrated eatery of central Italy. Specialized in Fiorentina gigantic steaks chopped and grilled on display by the owner Giulio, it also offers excellent pasta and regional recipes. It is the best place for seasonal delicacies like truffles and porcini mushrooms.
OSTERIA "DEL CONTE"
Via di San Donato, 19. Tel +39 0578 756062. www.osteriadelconte.it
($)($$)(Informal/Traditional) Closed on Wednesday.
This is a family run place with a simple menu based on pure traditional food. Pasta, sauces and desserts are like the mamma makes. The chef Loriana will take care of you inspecting personally every table. It has a simple interior decor but with a lovely outdoor terrace. They serve fish on Fridays
Via di Cagnano, 33, 53045 Montepulciano SI. Tel 0578 440240.
($) ($$) ($)($$)(Informal/Traditional)
New pizzeria (2020) in the center of Montepulciano a few meters from our apartments. It offers traditional Neapolitan pizza with the addition of local products, many consider it one of the best pizzerias in the city. Excellent appetizers (mixed fry) and desserts.
RISTORANTE "AI QUATTRO VENTI"
Piazza Grande, 2. Tel +39 0578 717231.
($)($$)(Informal/Traditional) Closed on Thursday
The restaurant is located right by the main square of Montepulciano and despite being in the most touristic spot of the town, it mantains very hight standards of quality and service and good value for the money . This makes Quattro Venti appreciated by locals and visitors. Recipes are traditional and “simply” well made.
RISTORANTE "LA BOTTEGA DEL NOBILE"
Via di Gracciano, 95. Tel +39 0578 757016.
Small restaurant with a finely restored cellar as dining room and a lovely terrace on the busiest corner of the town. The restaurant opened only few years ago but soon became a landmark for traditional local cuisine. It offers a fantastic choice of wines and the possibility of multiple tasting and pairing the wine with the food.
TRATTORIA "PIZZERIA DI CAGNANO"
Via Opio nel Corso, 30. Tel +39 0578 758757. www.trattoriadicagnano.it
($)($$)(Informal/Traditional) Closed on Monday.
This the closest pizzeria to the apartments. Pizzas are made in the traditional wood oven (the only one within the historic center) to eat in or take away. This place also offers a full restaurant menu based upon traditional recipes and grilled meats. It also has a lovely summer terrace secluded in the small Cagnano square.
TRATTORIA "ROSSO RUBINO" (formerly known as Gambe di Gatto in the above map)
Via Opio nel Corso, 34. Tel +39 0578 716373. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rosso-Rubino-Trattoria/
Very small restaurant with only few table (indoor), very intimate atmosphere. The menu offer simple dishes but of outstanding quality. Soup, pastas and meat courses are prepared using selected ingredients and nicely presented. Good selection of local wines to pair. All fairly priced.
RISTORANTE "LA PENTOLACCIA"
Via di Voltaia, 86. Tel +39 0578 757582. www.lapentolaccia.com
Another small restaurant located on the main street offering good traditional food AND an excellent alternative to local “meaty” recipes: savory seafood! Seafood antipasti (starters) and pastas are delicious. It also offers fish as a main course (depending on the catch of the day) and grilled huge tiger prawns (frozen but excellent). Alessia, the kind owner, will suggest for you daily special and wine pairings. This is a good value for money.
ENOTECA "LA DOLCE VITA"
Via di Voltaia, 80. Tel +39 0578 758760. www.enotecaladolcevita.it
This is the most comprehensive wine shop of Montepulciano. It boasts hundreds of labels from virtually all the wineries of the region. It is worthy to visit only for the beauty of the premises (old vaulted cellars) but you may also have a wine tasting performed by a professional and knowledgeable persons. In addition to the wines it also offers simple foods (bruschettas & similar) to compliment sipping the vino or as a quick healthy meal.
RISTORANTE LE LOGGE DEL VIGNOLA
Via delle Erbe, 6. Tel +39 0578 717290. www.loggedelvignola.com ($$)($$$)(Dressy)(Traditional/Creative).
This restaurant takes the name from the opposite beautiful loggia allegedly designed by Vignola architect in late 1500. It is possibly the most intimate, tiny and cozy restaurant in town. The owner Massimo is a true restaurant professional, extremely kind and knowledgeable devoting his time in researching, studying and proposing innovative cuisine based on a rigorous selection of local or Italian produces. It has an excellent selection of wines that can be paired with dishes for an unforgettable "degustazione".
WINE BAR LUCEVAN LE STELLE
Piazza San Francesco. Tel +39 0578 758725. ($$)($$$)(Dressy)(Casual).
It is mainly a wine bar with an extensive list of local and Italian wines but also offers delicious platters of cured meats and cheeses and some pasta, salad and other dishes to go with a glass or a bottle of wine. There is a lovely terrace and the view at sunset is breath taking. Locals go there for an aperitif (take a Franciacorta sparkling wine) or to listen to jazz during occasional live concerts or from sound system.
BAR PIAZZA DELLE ERBE
Piazza delle Erbe (on the main street).
Lovely busy little bar located on the main street close to the language school Il Sasso (a meeting point for its students). Excellent cappuccino with a variety of biscottos and croissants. It offers simple meals or sandwiches for lunch. Locals favorite.
RISTORANTE LA BRICIOLA
Via delle Cantine (on the main street).
Small quaint restaurant hidden under an arch just off the main street.
OTHER RESTAURANTS IN THE LOWER TOWN TO CONSIDER:
Ristorante L'altro Cantuccio, Ristorante La Briciola, Ristorante La Vineria, Ristorante la Bottega del Nobile, Ristorante Godimento di Vino.
Restaurants just outside the town (better by car):
RISTORANTE "LA GROTTA"
Localita San Biagio. Tel +39 0578 757607. ($$$)(Dressy)(Traditional/Creative).
La Grotta has an outstanding location (facing the temple of San Biagio) and a great reputation. It is possibly the best restaurant of the town and since generations. It may be pricy but definitely worthy. Davide, the owner, will attend you professionally and cordially
Recommended restaurants in nearby villages (click on the name for websites):
SANT'ALBINO: "LA LOCANDA DEL VINO NOBILE"
MONTICCHIELLO: OSTERIA "LA PORTA" & "DA DARIA"
PIENZA: RISTORANTE "LATTE DI LUNA"
PIENZA: TRATTORIA DA FIORELLA
PIENZA: RISTORANTE TERRAZZA DEL CHIOSTRO