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Montepulciano: Ai Quattro Venti

Piazza Grande , Phone: 0578.717231

Reviewed by: cindylearuth from AK, review #2751

When: 2007

Nice restaurant close to the Duomo.

We enjoyed a nice lunch while sitting at an outside table. Very pretty location. The meal cost us around 30 euro for bruschetta with pomodori, crostini con crema di funghi, lasagna, tagliatella del Chef, 3/4 liter of the house red wine, and water. The food was all very good. Nothing we ate was overly unique or different, but it was basic, good-tasting food in a nice location. I would recommend this restaurant, and I would eat there again.

Reviewed by: Kevin Clark from Italy, review #2399

When: 2007

A nice lunch in a great location, right on Piazza Grande beside the Duomo. Nothing fancy, but a good meal at a good price.

We stopped here for lunch on a day of exploring Montepulciano. We were early and were able to get one of the outside tables where we could watch the piazza during our lunch. It's one of the prettiest suqares in Tuscany, surrounded by the Duomo and several palazzi.

The service seemed a little stand-offish but wasn't unpleasant or anything. They weren't terribly crowded - only the outside tables plus one or two inside were occupied - but this wasn't exactly high season. The menu was fairly small and listed several things we hadn't seen elsewhere in the area.

Kim began with the sformata di verdure, a mold of spinach and other veggies, and her parents shared one. I had crostini con cavolo nero e lardo di cinta senese which was very good (I long ago got over my initial reluctance to eat lard - and this was some of the best I've tasted). Mom followed this with a nice lasagne while Kim had tagliatelle con carciofi and Dad & I had gnocchi con zuccine e olive. I'd never seen gnocchi prepared this way and thoroughly enjoyed it. With wine, water, and coffee lunch cost around 70 Euros for the four of us. Not bad for a very nice lunch with a great view!

Reviewed by: Monica Pileggi from MD, review #882

When: 2004

One of our favorite dining places in Montepulciano.

We dined at Ai Quattro Venti three times. The food was very good and it was close to our apartment.

The crostini with buffalo mozzarella and ham was excellent. I had their scaloppini limoni (yes, very lemony) and Reenie had the ricotta cheese and spinach ravioli in a butter sauce and tiramisu for dessert. I was still hungry, so I ordered the ravioli! We also ordered more wine when I got my second entree (total of 2 liters for the evening). $57

Second visit: Excellent Osso bucco! I also had a side dish of Sfomorta, a souffle-spinach side dish. We really enjoyed the Sfomorta. Reenie had the same dish with roasted vegetables. House wine. $50

Returning for the third time, I had their ricotta cheese and spinach ravioli in a butter sauce and the steak with a spicy cream sauce. It was spicy, but very good. We both had the Sfomorta as a side dish. Reenie ordered a different steak with rock salad, but the steak was overcooked to her liking. She likes it rare. 1/2 liter of red wine. $58

Reviewed by: Jean from MI, review #795

When: 2004

Terrific small restaurant in Montepulciano!!

We had such a wonderful lunch at Al Quattro Venti that we wanted to return for dinner, but we didn't get back there. The bruschetta was some of the best we had on this trip! We definitely recommend this restaurant and will plan to go there on our next trip.

Reviewed by: Jane from CA, review #201

When: 2001

Again recommended by Nico. Another small Ristorante with excellent pasta and meat. The taglitelli and porcini was outstanding.

Directions: It is to the right as you face the duomo.

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