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Chiusi: Ristorante Kantharos

Via Porsenna, 37-39 , Phone: 0578.21936

Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Kevin Clark from Italy, review #2405

When: 2007

A very nice, light lunch with some of the friendliest service imaginable.

Directions: Two blocks from the Etruscan museum

We staggered in here after a very bad experience at another place down the street which left us in a state of shock (see my review of La Solita Zuppa). It's a simple place with a small menu, but the owner and the rest of the staff made this one of the restaurants we will remember from this trip for a very long time.

Our meal was fairly simple, as we knew we were going out in the evening for a big dinner (and GTG). I had zuppa di farro, Kim and Mom had garganelle con pesto e pecorino, and Dad had cappelini con pesto e pomodorini. All of these were excellent; the soup was rich and incredibly filling and the pasta was fresh and homemade. Kim was the only one who managed a second course, a nice arista di maiale. With house wine, water and coffee lunch cost around 45 euros.

What really made this meal, though, was the friendly service. We spent the entire meal talking and joking with the owner, her daughter, and another server who were all delightful. The funniest part came when Dad was defending his now-empty pasta plate from the server who was trying to clear, so he could mop up the remaining sauce with his bread. Whenever she would try to clear it, he would grab it and make it clear that he wasn't done, and everyone had a good laugh. The last laugh was on him, though, when they snuck up behind him with a second half-sized portion of the pasta as a gift, since he had obviously enjoyed it so much! We all rolled on the floor, laughing. By the end of the meal, we had closed the place and stood out front in the street with the staff joking and taking photos and feeling almost like family. It was truly a memorable meal.

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