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Tuscany: South: Osteria del Merlo

Via Sobborgo, 1 , Phone: 0578238299

Reviewed by: andasamo from Canada, review #3773

When: 2011

Succulent dishes served with warmth and charm in a delightful setting.

Directions: In Cetona, at the base of the medieval tower of the Rivellino, at the end of Garibaldi Square.

Our delicious meal in progress!, photo by

My mother and I enjoyed two fabulous meals in this restaurant during our stay in Cetona in August 2011. Daniele and Elisa were very welcoming and friendly on both occasions.

For our first meal, we began with an appetizer of caramelized peaches with Roquefort cheese, valerian salad and mustard sauce. Wow, what a taste sensation this was! I had the sliced beef with rosemary and a side dish of steamed green beans with olive oil and fresh mint, while Mom had sliced beef with arugula and a side of zucchini flan. I don't recall the price exactly, but believe it was roughly 50 euros, including our wine and water.

We returned on our last evening in Cetona to sample the Fiorentina beef. We had the peach appetizer again - it really is delicious. For our sides, I had the bittersweet salad, a fabulous mix of greens and fruit, and Mom had the zucchini flan. The t-bone steak was sooo good!! Grilled to perfection (i.e. rare!), it almost literally melted in our mouths. I'm not sure how we managed to fit dessert in after this, but we did - a very dark chocolate cupcake with pistachio ice cream. The cupcake had an almost liquid centre, and a very intense flavour. All I can recall of the cost was that the Fiorentina beef was 40 euro/kg and worth every cent!!

Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant to anyone staying in or near Cetona.

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