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Monticiano: Da Vestro

Via Senese 4 , Phone: 0577.75 66 18

Reviewed by: Kim (moderator) from NJ, review #1443

When: 2005

We stopped at Da Vestro after visiting San Galgano. It's maybe five minutes away; we enjoyed a relaxing, delicious lunch on their outdoor patio.

We passed Da Vestro on the way to San Galgano, well, at least past a sign for it, so finding it on our return and parking was easy enough. Again, a bit nervous as a couple of tour buses lined the road nearby but the restaurant was large, could easily handle some big groups. As a matter of fact, the outside dining area held so many tables that with the groups inside, and a large group of bikers who we’d passed on the road earlier, a couple with their small child and us sitting outside, many tables still remained vacant. I’ll note here too that the service did not suffer one bit from the large groups present.

We started with an ordered of pinci con ragu for Chris and pinci all’aglione for me. I found mine a bit spicy, which I enjoy and more of a sauce-like consistency than chopped tomatoes and garlic that I've had in other establishments; both dishes were delicious. For our secondi, Chris ordered the Braciole di Maiale, which ended up being a thin steak, not the roll he always expects, as they serve at home. I got roasted baby pig; we both found mine better and ended up sharing these dishes. We also ordered a side of potatoes (not French fries but sauteed or roasted) and enjoyed some strawberries with lemon and sugar for dessert.

With the house wine and a bottle of water, our bill comes to 49€ for the two of us and we enjoyed a long, leisurely very relaxing lunch.

I'd give this place one star (if you're in the area, go).

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