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Panzano: Il Vescovino

Via Ciampolo da Panzano, 9 , Phone: 055.8560152

Closing day: Tuesday

Reviewed by: Jane from CA, review #2144

When: 2006

Il Vescovino has a lovely outside terrace with a gorgeous view for good weather dining. The inside is also very attractive and inviting. A nice place to eat.

Directions: This restaurant is in the centro storico at the top of the hill. Look for signs.

The owners of Il Vescovino are a young couple; he is Italian and she is Dutch. They are quite nice. We had a very good lunch and will be going back for dinner soon. I think the inside makes a very lovely setting for dinner.

Ken had a wonderful antipasto - a warm pear accompanied with a pecorino souffle and truffle sauce. Yes, it was as good as it sounds and I plan on getting it next time we are there. Since it was a rainy, cold day, we both had warm and nourishing soup. I had ribollita and Ken had porcini mushroom soup. They both were very thick with very little broth and were good. It is moderately priced.

Reviewed by: jgk from FL, review #2050

When: 2006

Wonderful meal with a setting to match. Don't miss lunch on the terrace. Great menu with trational and new cuisine. Very nice service.

Directions: look for the signs as you drive through Panzano.

The view and the beautiful patio alone are worth the trip but also:

We ate a fabulous lunch! Started with a mixed antipasto of various salume and a very interesting muffin shaped hollow bread stuffed with a hot chicken liver puree. I ate the timballo with ricotta and asparagi, a very tasty, light and beautiful dish. The kids had terrific, classic ravioli with butter and sage. My husband had a very interesting penne with sausage and truffles-- a combination of two powerful flavors. The best dish of the lunch was the "collo di pollo, sensa la testa"-- a delicious stuffed chicken neck, not too rich, full of flavor, sliced and presented appealingly on the plate. The contorni, green beans and fried potatoes were also top notch.

Reviewed by: Andrew from NY, review #414

When: 2002

Good (not great) food, but overpriced. Has deteriorated significantly since our last visit 4 years ago.

Service was quite disastrous: two of the serving staff were clearly being trained on the job and not succeeding. Massive confusion with the orders: wrong dishes served, some never showed up at all, others cold. Also wrong wine served. The restaurant has a great location and the kitchen is clearly capable of producing good food but the front of house was in complete disarray the night we were there (busy but not full). For now, avoid.

Reviewed by: Jane from CA, review #98

When: 2001

We had lunch here and it was wonderful. It would also be a good place for dinner. Lovely patio dining overlooking the countryside. In the historic center of Panzano.

Reviewed by: Jean from MI, review #99

When: 2001

Beautiful view, good food, but bad service.

Directions: Il Vescovino is tucked back into a small street in Panzano close to the church at the top of the hill.

It has a lovely terrace that has a beautiful view of the countryside. I was very excited to try this restaurant, and I was so disappointed that our experience there was not a good one. And the food was really very good. This was one of those nights when you realize that your overall impression of a place can be based on more than just the quality of the food.

To begin with, we were served the wrong wine. This was the only place we had a separate person who served and decanted our wine. We were also charged a few thousand lire on our bill for this service which was also a surprise. And when the wine steward arrived, he had such horrible body odor that I didnít want him sniffing and swirling our wine at all. Our water was forgotten and when we asked about it, we were served the wrong type. And to top it off, there was a family next to us with two screaming children who were allowed to run from one end of the terrace to the other screaming and throwing rocks at the terrace lights. We simply wanted to eat and flee. If you choose to go, Iím sure the screaming kids will be gone, and you might get lucky and arrive after the wine steward has bathed.

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