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Montefollonico: La Costa

Il Medioevo is in Hotel La Costa

Reviewed by: Cobblehill from NY, review #895

When: 2004

The food is *almost* as good as the view.

Our party of 11 people traveling in three groups met here in June 2004 as we all headed to Lucca. Montefollonico is about 20 minutes off the A1.

Sig. Paolo set a beautiful table for us on the terrace, which has a panoramic view of the Tuscan hills. We enjoyed a four-course prix-fixe menu which featured wonderful ravioli stuffed with cheese and spinach and grilled woodcock in a creamy truffle sauce. The dessert was the best panna cotta I've ever enjoyed. Good service, wonderful food, and a view that is simply stunning.

Reviewed by: ellens from NJ, review #750

When: 2004

We ate here twice in March-April 2004 and thoroughly enjoyed it both times; the food, service and setting were all wonderful.

Directions: The town of Montefollonico is near Montepulciano and Pienza in southern Tuscany. The restaurant is located in the centro storico of Montefollonico near the end of a dead end road. Best to park outside the city walls and walk in.

Our group of 15 ate our first meal in Italy at La Costa based on Bill Sutherland's recommendation. We had lunch on a Sunday afternoon before the palio in nearby Torrita di Siena. Due to the size of our group and our need to finish in time for the palio, Paola (one of the owners) recommended a set menu that most of the group selected and enjoyed. They were very accommodating of the vegetarian in our group. They also recommended a local wine that we thoroughly enjoyed.

The view out over the hills looking north toward Torrita di Siena was spectacular.

Our second visit was on our last night in Italy. Eight of the original group returned for another terrific meal and more local wine. Since we were leaving early the next morning and would not be able to get to a store, Paola sold us three bottles of the wine to take home.

Each time the meal came to between 40 - 50 euros per person inclusive.

Reviewed by: andrzej from MD, review #736

When: 2003

Excellent restaurant with simple but elegant decor and creative dishes based on tradition.

The dinner at the hotel restaurant, Il Medioevo, which has simple but elegant décor and perfect service, was one of the highlights of our trip.

The tasting menu included veal carpaccio, heart-shaped spinach ravioli with delicious cheese filling and pheasant in a truffle sauce. I couldn't understand, though, why this place wasn't humming with many patrons' voices while a nearby trattoria, which looked like nothing special, was. Perhaps the price was a factor. But Il Medioevo wasn't that expensive either.

Anyway, the next morning we enjoyed the gorgeous view from the restaurant's terrace and the only thing missing was orange juice on the breakfast table.

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