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Monteriggioni: Il Pozzo

Piazza Roma, 2 - 53035 Monteriggioni , Phone: 0577.30.41.27; Fax: 0577.30.47.01
Closing day: Sunday afternoon and Monday

Reviewed by: Wendy and Rob from CA, review #759

When: 2003

An absolutely charming and romantic restaurant, in the middle of the medieval walled city of Monteriggioni.

Directions: Within the walls of the fortress of Monteriggioni. Park outside the walls and walk up the ramp and into the square - straight ahead of you is Il Pozzo.

The place is very welcoming. You walk through a lovely vine covered courtyard into a foyer and then into the restaurant. The colours are soft yellow. The smells as you enter start the old taste buds a movin'. In the back there is a large circular table with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a beautiful selection of grappa.

The owners are Vittore and Lucia Franci, they are a lovely couple. Lucia does not speak any English, but Vittore does.

The service is always warm and wonderful. The whole place is the same: warm, inviting and wonderful.

Now the food! We started with a plate of antipasti - uno per due, with an assortment of Tuscan salumi, ham and crostini. Nothing was left on our plates.

For our primi: We ordered, uno per due, (a traditional pasta for the region of) Pici al Verde. Home made 'pici' noodles. A pasta very like a straw. Long and thick. This was done in a sauce of basil, garlic and pine nuts. Grated Parmigiano and olive oil. Very rich, but something we always order when we come here, because it is GOOD.

For our secondi: I had the Agnello alla griglia, grilled lamp chops. A plain treatment, but very flavorful. Lots of meat on each chop, but also lots of bones. Delicious nonetheless. Rob ordered the Maiale di Cinta Senese al Vin Santo and finocchietto. Pork of 'Cinta Senese' in a sauce of vin santo and fennel. Rich, rich flavors. I think I will order that next year.

We shared a bottle of wine from Lilliano, a 2001 vintage and finished with a grappa from Lilliano.

Each experience at Il Pozzo brings us back again. And we are looking forward to our next dinner there. CinCin

Reviewed by: Edna from NY, review #230

When: 2002

This was such a wonderful restaurant. They serve hearty Tuscan cooking.

Directions: On the village square.

It is a rustic tavern with stone walls, beautiful table settings and fabluous flowers all over. I had an extremely tasty bean soup followed by grilled boar with a spicy sauce. The desserts are all home-made. We meant to go back but never did. So many places - so little time!


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