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Montenero d'Orcia: Antica Fattoria del Grottaione

Via della Piazza , Phone: 0564.954020
Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Gloria - Casina di Rosa from Italy, review #3132

When: 2008

Very good restaurant, cosy ambience, very good service and very good food. Most recipes are typical of Monte Amiata cuisine.

Directions: The restaurant is in the main square of the village of Montenero d'Orcia.

We went to this restaurant on my mother-in-law's birthday to try something new in the area. It proved to be a great choice. The restaurant is located in the main square in Montenero d'Orcia right next to the great winery Perazzeta (don't miss the Montecucco D.O.C. "Addobbo"). Montenero d'Orcia is on the slopes of Monte Amiata, on the road that leads from Paganico to Castel del Piano, just 5 minutes after you have passed the exit to go to Sant'Angelo and Montalcino.

The restaurant is very welcoming and cosy. The interiors are rustic, and the walls are covered in wine cabinets and bookshelves with wine and cooking books. The table setting is lovely too, with small nice details such as Christmas-themed napkin-holders, etc.

The menu includes many traditional dishes of the area, which we really appreciated. After being seated, they offered us a basket of bread which also had some "cecina", a sort of thin polenta made with chickpea flour, and a chestnut flour focaccia with walnuts. They also offered us three small bruschette with their new olive oil.

The menu features many dishes made with chestnut, which is the most typical product of Monte Amiata. I had an "Antipasto misto", a mix of their starters and it was huge. It could have made for a whole meal. Then I had a plate of chestnut flour gnocchi with pecorino cheese and olive oil: delicious. My husband and my father-in-law had chestnut ravioli with a walnut cream; my mother-in-law had spinach and ricotta cheese soup. We were all very pleased.

As a dessert I had a selection of chocolates with ron. I loved it. It is such a different idea compared to what you usually find in restaurants. They also offered us a glass of Malvasia, a sweet dessert wine from Sicily. It was free. We drank a good Montecucco D.O.C. wine by a local producer which was excellent.

With coffee and "ammazza caffè", we spent 30 euros per person for a 3 course meal and drinks.

I highly recommend Antica Fattoria del Grottaione, which, by the way, is a Slow Food member.

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