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Barberino di Mugello: Osteria Poggio di Sotto

Via di Galliano 15/a, Galliano , Phone: 055.8428654; Cell: 335 7830401

Reviewed by: WestSussexBird from England, review #2386

When: 2007

Very informal country restaurant, and delicious Tuscan food.

Directions: The restaurant is on the SP39 about 500 metres or so to the south-west of the village of Galliano.

The restaurant is on the SP39 about 500 metres or so to the south-west of the village of Galliano.

We arrived at 12.30 on a Wednesday in early April. The family/staff were eating in the bar and we were told to come back in half a hour. In that time 4 other Italian diners arrived. We saw no other customers.

The proprietor and 4 staff were all extremely informally dressed, but greeted us welcomingly.

We were offered and accepted "typical Tuscan cooking". On the wall there was a notice in English saying that they would feed us until we told them to stop! In practice this wasn't an issue because at each stage we were asked whether we wanted the next item on offer.

At one stage we noticed one of the staff go outside with a huge knife, which looked very sharp, and we were quite concerned for the welfare of any live creatures in the neighbourhood, however he soon returned with a branch from a bay tree!

The meal started with bruschetti and crostini (with herby cheese and liver), followed by excellent pasta (strips of pasta with venison sauce and ravioli with duck sauce); then plates of beans and delicious caramelised little onions to accompany pork steaks. With the meal we had a bottle of water and as much as we wanted from a bottle of Montepulciano red wine. For dessert we had cantucci and vin santo, followed by coffee. At the end we felt well satisfied without feeling full.

We were charged a flat charge of 30 euros each. We never saw a menu, so have no idea of how the charge was made up.

We might have paid three times for this meal, twice by Visa (apparently there was a problem with the line) and once in cash, however my wife says it would still have been worth it because we shall never forget the experience!

It was a wonderfully informal experience. The Michelin guide (which classes the restaurant as a "bib gourmand") mentions the "warm hospitality" and that dining there is "always a pleasure". It certainly was for us.

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