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Bagno Vignoni: Osteria del Leone

Via dei Mulini, 3 , Phone: 0577.887.300
www.illeone.co.uk
Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Kevin Clark from Italy, review #2404

When: 2007

A fine meal in a lovely setting. The neutral review is due to uncertainty regarding the pending change in ownership.

Directions: In the center of Bagno Vignoni near the large pool

While staying at Sant'Antonio resort near Montepulciano (owned by Nico Pannevis, also at that time the owner of Osteria del Leone) we had a very nice GTG here with Ken and Jane plus Ken's brother and sister-in-law Bruce and Sandra. The meal was fantastic, the restaurant is lovely, Nico was a great host, and a good time was had by all.

The only reason this review is listed as neutral rather than as a rousing YES!! is that Nico has just sold the restaurant and this was one of his last few days as its owner. As far as I know, Andrea (the chef) will stay on under the new ownership at least for now, so hopefully the restaurant will continue to be a success, but only time will tell.

We began our feast with a complimentary glass of prosecco, which I always think is a very nice touch. Kim and I both began our meal with pici con ragu, perhaps the best ragu of the trip. Her parents shared a very nice risotto con asparagi. Kim and I followed that with tagliata con olio - tender and perfectly cooked. Mom and Dad both had coniglio con olive e mandorle which was also excellent. Nico added some nice contorni, including excellent carrots and potatoes. We washed this down with a couple of bottles of the excellent Avignonesi Vino Nobile (2004, I believe). No room for dessert, so with water and coffee dinner came to 120 euros for the four of us. Definitely one of the best meals of our trip.

I hope this restaurant can maintain this level of quality and service under its new ownership.


Reviewed by: Robbie K from South Africa, review #2378

When: 2006

A "not to be missed" Tuscan treat - be sure to book ahead - then all you have to do is enjoy.

Bagno Vignoni is a SPA town dating back to early Roman times. The original natural spa bath is now closed but there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the spa waters at various sites. However the jewel of a culinary nature has to be the restaurant “Osteria del Leone”, a delightful find that had us returning on 3 occasions during our month long stay in southern Tuscany.

It is a Tuscan country style restaurant serving produce sourced locally and put together in the most appetising way – down to earth, good cooking and very well presented. For a look at a typical menu & price guide I suggest that you visit their website. All the dishes I had were done to perfection as were those of my dining companions. We also found the prices very reasonable and one of the better “value for money” options.

On summer evenings the garden area is the place to be but you will need to book ahead to be sure of a table. I would guess that during the winter months the interior layout of 3-4 tables in 3 rooms makes for a cosy evening.

I strongly recommend this wonderful restaurant.


Reviewed by: Jane from CA, review #502

When: 2002

We had two outstanding meals here. Welcoming, warm staff; talented chef; great wine selection; charming patio dining area as well as intimate inside rooms.

Bagno Vignoni is a charming little village to wander and explore -- a fun excursion from Montepulciano, Pienza or Montalcino -- even if not "taking the waters." The del Leone has a long history as a restaurant of one kind or another -- way station, fine dining, casual, etc. It is now fine dining without the pricetag of some other places.

The new chef complements traditional offerings with delicious, innovative and creative dishes. The risotto with asperagus and truffles is outstanding! One of the best things about the del Leone is its warm and attentive staff and owners. They make dining a comfortable and pleasurable experience. If the day is nice, be sure to ask for seating on the back patio. All three of the owners were involved in the restaurant business in London with one of them, who is connected to the Avigonese wine family, having been a chef at the Ritz. Enjoy!

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