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Monte San Martino: Le Querce

Reviewed by: David from NY, review #1316

When: 2005

Great value for excellent food served at a thriving agriturismo right outside a little-visited hill town near the Monti Sibillini.

Directions: When driving from the west (from Amandola or Sarnano), the restaurant/agriturismo is signposted to the left just before getting to the hill town.

Monte San Martino is a small hill town to the east of Amandola. It wasn't really on my radar until I got to the area. Now I'm glad it was. When we pulled up in front of the restaurant part of the agriturismo and it was hopping with people, we knew we were in the right place. It had been recommended by the owners of the house we were renting. Lots of locals, and we also noticed 3 tables of British expats who seemed like regulars.

Here was another transforming antipasto experience. Endless bits of all kinds of things - the usual salumi (wonderful ones), crostate, cheeses, olives, etc. Plus lentils, borlotti, and fresh fava beans in various vinaigrettes. Really memorable. Primi were excellent as well: crespelle (crepes) con funghi and tagliatelle with finely cut vegetables (were they marinated? I couldn't tell, but the sauce was delicious). Lovely grilled lamb chops.

4 people: huge antipasti (for two) - we probably could have stopped there...., 2 primi, 1 secondo, 2 liters of wine, water, 2 dolci - 50 - quite inexpensive!

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