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Montalcino: BocconDivino

Via Traversa dei Monti 201 , Phone: 0577 84 82 33

Reviewed by: GlennPacc from USA, review #4091

When: 2013

Delicious food in a beautiful setting

We are a discerning New York based couple who pride themselves on finding cool spots with tasty authentic food and we hit a real winner with this one, quite luckily - as this was the favorite place of the owners of our hotel located nearby. The restaurant is on a cliff overlooking the valley and so dining on the patio is superb. The view, even in the dark was quite enchanting. The food was similarly awesome with a great, reasonably priced wine list. We had two delicious pasta dishes, both great in their own way with interesting flavors we hadn't yet sampled on this trip to Tuscany.

I had goose carpaccio as an appetizer and it was delicious. The dessert selection was similarly yummy. We shared an apple tart concoction with gelato which was absolutely to die for. We were also extremely well taken care of by the friendly staff. Highly, highly recommended for people that enjoy good food with an out of this world setting (panoramic views of the valley).

Reviewed by: familyOf4 from US, review #2486

When: 2007

We had wonderful fish, steak, a chickpea soup with prawns, black truffle pasta & wild boar sauce pasta. We tried all five desserts on the menu. Would definitely go back.

The restaurant was just beautiful. We loved the view. Based on the recommendation of a nonno at a wine shop, we stopped by this restaurant sitting on top of a hill overlooking the Montalcino countryside.

The waitresses were Italians and one canadian. Decent service. We had five people including my family and my friend.

We ordered the boar in brunello sauce - yum! We ordered the black truffles tortollini, good. The chickpea soup with giant shrimps were delicious. The grilled fish was excellent. The grilled steak was also delicious.

While we were eating, a storm rolled in from the countryside so we moved inside of the restaurant. We were still able to see the countryside. The lightning and thunder added more drama to the beautiful view of Montalcino country side. Soon the hail came down. My children were trying to pick up the icy hail.

We really enjoy the desserts. Since we had five people, we ordered and shared all five desserts.The presentation was beautiful and delicious. My favorite was the lavender creme brulee. The gelato with fig sauce and balsamic vingar was very good, too.I would definitely go back with my family.

It was the most expensive meal we had in Italy but also the best meal we had in Italy.

Reviewed by: Suzanne Ferrio from USA, review #1550

When: 2005

Was expecting a fabulous meal; unfortunately, we were disappointed.

We decided to have our lunch GTG here based on all the great reviews from the past. Unfortunately, we felt quite let down. The steak was good. Every other dish, I would rate as fair to average. Service was fine, nothing special. If the prices here were less, I would have given them a neutral review. But given what we paid for this meal (the most expensive of our trip), I feel that a negative one is in order. Some nice wines were ordered and they definitely added to the final cost.

Cost for lunch for two - 120 Euros (approx. 50 was the wine)

For this price for lunch, one should leave the restaurant raving about their exquisite meal that would remain in their memory forever. Unhappily, we did not!!!

Reviewed by: Robert Rainey from CA, review #1516

When: 2005

The food was fair but not as good as most of the restaurants where we dined -- and was twice to three times the price.

I am not saying the food is awful. It was ok but it was trying to be something it wasn't. Some sort of Italian/fusion -- "Let's see if these recipes can be improved from their original (perfect) place." (hint-they can't be improved) I had a great steak here, but will not return.

Reviewed by: Lorac from NY, review #768

When: 2004

This restaurant is just beautiful - an old stone building sitting atop a hill overlooking the Montalcino countryside.

We were absolutely mesmerized by the view.

One antipasti was the most amazing presentation of pecorino cheeses from the youngest to the most aged--in age order--with zucca, lemon and peach marmalades for the oldest cheeses…truly wonderful. Another antipasti was a crostini with melted pecorino on a bed of tomatoes and arugla and drizzled with olive oil. The secondi were boar in brunello sauce and pork in brunello sauce. The meats were tender and the sauces delicious. We also had a very nice Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino.

The dessert presentation was as beautiful as it was delicious: lavender crème brulee and an orange sorbet with lace biscotti, drizzled with something equalyy delicious. Excellent! The waitress was a sweetheart who did not speak English but managed to communicate beautifully. We thoroughly enjoyed this meal.

Reviewed by: tuleppy from USA, review #1540

When: 2003

Would not recommend the food here. Our dishes were overpowered with Saffron. Service, wine and view were all good! Food terrible... skip this one.

Reviewed by: Edna from NY, review #182

When: 2002

Recommended. This restaurant is always written about with rave reviews and I understand why. We were not disappointed!

Directions: On main road from Siena to Montalcino, just outside town.

It was so relaxing sitting on the terrace with the wonderful panoramic views of the vineyards of Montalcino and the hills. We were there for lunch and had a choice of 2 price-fixed menus; one more extensive than the other. Menu 1 was €20 per person; menu 2 was €30. We chose Menu 1 which started with either a plate of salami or gazpacho soup. From there we went on to either gnocchi in a tomato sauce or ravioli stuffed with mushrooms and ricotta in a light cream sauce. The entree was a choice of grilled red snapper or a beef rolatini. There was then a cheese trolley or a dessert trolley. Coffee and wine were extra. This owners of the restaurant were absolutely charming.

Reviewed by: Pauline from NM (moderator), review #180

When: 2001

Wonderful setting for an outdoor lunch but lunch is a fixed menu.

Directions: On main road from Siena to Montalcino, just outside town.

We had a Saturday lunch here with Mare and Bruce (other Slow Travelers). Gary from TuscanHouse told me that the chef had left in August to start a restaurant in Toronto, Canada - so he was dubious as to how good the food would be now. They only have the tasting menu at lunch. The food was great, but was just a little too rich and gourmet for me. Also, having only the vegetarian items meant you did not get as much food - the portions seemed very small. The service was fabulous, the owner was very charming, the view was great. There are only a few tables outside, so be sure to reserve. Next time I would go for dinner when they have the full menu.

Reviewed by: Tom from CA, review #181

When: 2001

I have to agree with David from NY on this one. This was probably our favorite restaurant/meal of the entire trip. And the dessert was absolutely amazing.

Directions: On main road from Siena to Montalcino, just outside town.

Reviewed by: David from NY (moderator), review #178

When: 2001

Ok, it's hard to choose a favorite, but this might be mine.

Directions: On main road from Siena to Montalcino, just outside town.

This restaurant is outside the walls of Montalcino on the road going roughly in the direction of Siena (call for reservations and directions). The outdoor seating in August included a spectacular view of the Crete Senese. This is the restaurant where we decided to order an expensive bottle of Brunello and the waiter steered us away from our first choice -- not that it wasn't a good choice, but for the money that we had decided to spend, the bottle to which he directed our attention was totally memorable. (He's also the same waiter who helped himself to a glass while serving it -- it was so good -- it's appropriate to offer a taste to a good waiter and we had been planning to do so anyway -- and let me tell you, he enjoyed it!)

The meal was equally memorable. I remember some gnocchi in lightly creamed truffle sauce that was fabulous. We couldn't have been more delighted with the whole experience.

Recommended in the Carla Capalbo book.

Reviewed by: Amy from MA (moderator), review #179

When: 2001

Fabulous fixed price 5 course meal at lunch.

Directions: On main road from Siena to Montalcino, just outside town.

We went here for a long lunch without the kids, and it was wonderful! They were only serving a fixed price 5 course meal at lunch during the week when we were there. It was fabulous! Lots of little tastes- 3 antipasti (panzanella, leek crostini, liver crostini); tomato soup; spinach lasagne (light as could be, if you can imagine a light and delicate tiny lasagna!); a choice of baked pecorino with grilled vegetables or grilled steak with tuscan beans puree; and creme brulee. It was around $30 per person, and well worth it.

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