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Castiglione d'Orcia: Il Cassero

Phone: 0577.888950

Closing day: Tuesday

Reviewed by: Joanna from Italy, review #1246

When: 2005

This is a lovely new trattoria sorely needed by the town. Inside a restored medieval house, it's a start-up by some young people who serve great food.

Directions: Behind Piazza Il Vecchietta to the right and then left into Piazza Cesare Battisti

Trattoria Il Cassero on a Saturday night is a tranquil experience. The prices were incredibly low for the quality of the ambience, service and food.

We started with the antipasti misti of the house which included wonderful bruschetta, a selection of paper thin meats and a couple of cheeses. Especially nice was the prune wrapped in lardo di colonnado. We went on to split a penne with gorgonzola and red spring onions that was delicious. That night's special was a porchetta made in-house, sold by the kg., of which we were both served huge slices. The contorni of insalata mista and artichokes in grappa were generous.

The wine list was representative of the Montalcino and Montepulciano areas and also included a Morellino di Scansano. The wines cost from 8 to 20 a bottle. The primi ranged from 5 to 7.50; the secondi were 5 to 8.50. This can't last!!!

Dinner for two: antipasti, one primi, two secondi, two contorni and a bottle of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano came to only 47!!! The ambience and service were delightful!

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