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Pienza: Ristorante Il Rossellino

Piazza di Spagna , Phone: 0578 749064

Reviewed by: LINDA from Scotland, review #1174

When: 2004

Wonderful wee restaurant - worth a visit!

We were lucky to get the last table for 4 in this tiny wee husband and wife run place - there are only about 5 tables which helps create a nice relaxing atmosphere. The husband welcomed us with a glass of prosecco and helped us with the menu, recommending various 'special' dishes and a nice bottle of Sanguineto, Montepulciano di Nobile. The food is really good and the service warm and friendly. We were also entertained by some italians singing opera in the bar across the square - a perfect evening out in Tuscany!

Reviewed by: KenC from MA, review #912

When: 2004

Il Rossellino-a five-table gem in Pienza.

Mrs. KenC and Signora, photo by KenC

We were early for our reservation, however, it was raining outside and the owner asked us to come in as he turned over the CLOSED sign in his window. His wife took our jackets and umbrellas and sat us down at a nice table. There were only five tables in this tiny restaurant and we felt like invited guests at someone’s home.

He then came over and poured two glasses of chilled prosecco—a nice touch. Signora brought over a basket of large fresh mushrooms for us to inspect. They just came in from the garden and she suggested that we try a salad of greens with these luscious mushrooms. We did. What a treat!

We ordered a bottle of Avigonessi Montepulciano Vin Noble 2000. He poured a small amount into a glass, swirled it around, smelled the aroma, and took a taste. He then came to our table and poured some into my glass. The wine was amazing.

We asked for recommendations for antipasti and the woman suggested a soufflé de asparagi. We also ordered raviole ricotta e basilico. Both were fantastic! At this point the restaurant was filling up with guests, a physician and his wife from Canada, a family of four from the UK, two gentlemen from Italy and Spain, and two ladies from the US.

The owner came over and made recommendations for our next course. My wife ordered Pici “Rossellino” and I had filetto de “Chianina”. In each case the gentleman made a gesture as he placed his finger to his cheek and said molto buono. After we tasted our meals I said, Molto, Molto, Molto buono! He knew that we enjoyed his food. You could see and feel the affection in their eyes, their smiles--they emanated warmth and hospitality.

Later, we enjoyed wonderful desserts and did not want to leave. We thanked the owners for their delicious food and hospitality and exchanged hugs before we left. This place was phenomenal. It cost us €111 and worth every penny! Il Rossellino receives my highest recommendation--rare find!

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