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Montemerano: Passaparola

Vicolo delle Mura 21 , Phone: 0564.602835

Reviewed by: dean from MD (moderator), review #692

When: 2002

Superb rustic food with fun loving, charming staff, and very good wines.

Directions: Can be reached from either the street that goes around the old town or from the central street of the old town. Well signed.

Located in an old oil mill. We had a lovely meal with incredible acquacotta and a great bottle of Eric Banti Ciabata. Very warm and aromatic, a bit funky but with a nice spice. Great buy for under 20 euro.

Kay had bruschetta dripping with house made olive oil, gnudi di ricotta (ravioli without the noodle) and fagioli. In addition to my soup, I had crostini di pate di olive and an incredibly aromatic coniglio flavored with orange. We had ciccoria and fagioli to accompany.

Our second meal there was even better than the first. Kay forced herself to eat a couple of truffle dishes. I had a bean and arugula bruschetta, a delicious zuppa di funghi and wild boar in sauce. Kay had tagliatelle con ragu d’anatra e tartufi bianchi followed by faroana (guinea hen) with truffles. I had fagiolini and Kay tomatoes and onions as our vegetables.

We drank Poggio Valente from Le Pupile, a superb Morellino that was awarded 3 bicchiere by Gambero Rosso. When I asked the waiter what to drink, his answer is that you expect Safreddi to be good (this is Le Pupile’s very famous "super Tuscan" Morellino) but for a wine for 30 euro... (and at that he made a circle with his thumb and forefinger and extending his three remaining fingers made the gesture of drawing his hand under his nose and inhaling that means "incredible" in Italian). It was. Dinner for 2 with a good bottle of wine around 80 to 100 euro.

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