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San Polo: Il Poggio

Phone: 0577-746135

Closing day: Mondays, November and January

Reviewed by: David from NY (moderator), review #132

When: 2001

Good restaurant in Chianti countryside. Recommended by Carla Capalbo.

Directions: 5 minutes north of Lecchi (near Gaiole) on road to Radda.

We came here for a late dinner after seeing the Palio in Siena. This was a lively restaurant filled with tourists, some who appeared to be regulars. It was here that the padrone, Gianetto (?) took out his accordian and started entertaining the troops, various people chiming in to sing old English, Irish (?) and Italian standards.

The food was quite good, especially the pasta, served by the resident Nonna. Thereís nothing like having a sweet Nonna serve you your dinner. We liked tortellini alla Gianetto, stracotto (sliced, braised beef), scallopine. The faraona (guinea hen) was a bit overcooked. Very good wine list of local tuscan wines. We enjoyed a í97 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva and had mixed feelings about a í97 Ruffino Riserva Ducale DíOro. Also tried a bit of the 2000 Badia a Coltibuono Cetamura (a white) Ė sorry, but Tuscan white wines, for the most part just donít do it for me. Iíve enjoyed a Vernaccia or two, but anything thatís largely made from Trebbiano grape is not my thing.

Carla Capalbo recommended this restaurant Ė itís not one of her more enthusiastic recommendations, but I thought that it was a good one.

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