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Volterra: Il Pozzo degli Etruschi

Via delle Prigoni 28-30 , Phone: 0588.80608

Reviewed by: ktp from California, USA, review #3723

When: 2011

Cheap, great, enthusiastic service, fab food!

I think this was my husband's favorite restaurant in all of Tuscany. Two courses wine wine for under 40 euro for 2 people. Locale specialties like stuffed wild boar, zuppa Volterrana, etc. Just go.

Reviewed by: Kevin Clark from Italy, review #2100

When: 2006

A little touristy - hardly surprising in this location - but still a very nice meal for a decent price.

Directions: A block off Piazza dei Priori

Il Pozzo degli Etruschi is just a block down the hill from the main piazza which means that it's mainly frequented by tourists. There's another restaurant directly across the street which seems to be about the same sort of place. The menu had most of the usual suspects from the area, including lots of truffle and porcini dishes, cinghiale, etc. and there was a chalkboard with a list of daily specials. There are several nice tables outside on the sidewalk and we were able to get one of them for a weekday lunch without a reservation, though they filled up quickly. Service was quick and friendly, and although the waiter initially brought me the wrong starter, it was quickly corrected.

I started with the very good bruschetta di pomodoro with lots of garlic and very good tomatoes. Kim had crostini di polenta with a porcini sauce which was excellent. We both then had pasta, tagliatelle with more porcini and tagliolini with black truffles. Both were very good; the pasta was fresh and homemade. We shared a torta della nonna. With house wine, water, and coffee lunch cost 50 Euros.

This isn't the sort of place you would plan a trip around, but it was a very nice lunch in a good location and at a reasonable price. We would certainly go back if/when we return to Volterra.

Reviewed by: Suzanne Ferrio from USA, review #1559

When: 2005

Small, quaint restaurant on a side street in Volterra

What attracted us to this restaurant was the big basket of fresh porcini mushrooms sitting out front. We stepped inside and checked - yes, they had several dishes featuring these fresh mushrooms. This small, friendly restaurant had a nice blend of tourists and local relaxing over lunch.

We started with Bruschetta al Pomodore. Then Tom ordered Risotto alle Funghi Porcini and I ordered Tagletelle alle Funghi Porcini. I guess I have never had fresh porcini before - the only way I can describe them is flavorful yet light and "fluffy". Both dishes were very good. The house wine was fine and worked with our meals. The service was very attentive and friendly.

Total for 2: $28 euros

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