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Monticiano: Enoteca Benedetto Vino

Piazza sant'Agostino , Phone: 0577.756.400

Closing day: Unknown

Reviewed by: Alice Twain from Italy, review #782

When: 2004

Not exactly a restaurant, but a very pleasant wine bar for a light lunch and a glass of good wine near the San Galgano abbey.

Directions: Near San Galgano Abbey

We had our Easter lunch here because it was the only place we could find open at 1 pm, but it was a good idea. This small enoteca serves good wine (Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico and Colli Senesi, Nobile di Montepulciano, Veranccia di San Gimignano, Ansonica, Capalbio, Conegliano Prosecco, Cortona, Montecucco, Morellino di Scansano, Moscadello Montalcino, Pitigliano, Sant'Antimo, Val di Cornia and Suvereto are listed in their card) and light food.

Monticiano is a small village near Chiusdino and San Galgano Abbey, not particularly scenic although pleasant, with a nice stone church with a terraced lookout in the back. Unfortunately, the wine bar is not in the ancient part of the village but in a ugly square dominated by a ugly rationalist school and a parking area.

Luca and I had bruschetta with tomato (3 pieces each), one small dish of excellent oil preserved vegetabloes (including two different kind of olives, zucchine, excellent bell small peppers filled with a tuna fish sauce or capers and something else I can't remember now) and a small dish of mixed Tuscan salame and prosciutto, served with some bread. Everything was excellent, really top-quality.

We didn't have any wine (I can't drink much and Luca is not a wine person), just two small bottle of water, but we noticed that wine glasses were sold for 3 euro. To round out the meal, we had one marron glacè each. The bill was not cheap, since we didn't really have a meal, but €22 were still a fair price since the quality of what we had was really good.

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