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Montepulciano: Ristorante Le Logge del Vignola

via delle Erbe, 6 , Phone: 0578.717290

Reviewed by: Colleen from CA (moderator), review #2572

When: 2007

Small elegant restaurant with an interesting menu. Excellent food and service!

Five of us ate here on our first night staying at the nearby Sant' Antonio resort. We were lucky they could squeeze us in on a Saturday night without a reservation!

The atmosphere was quiet and elegant, and the menu was intriguing. We ordered a variety of food, and shared everything around the table. Starters: fondue with fresh vegetables, cheese souffle with onions, farro with red wine and truffle (FAB!), grilled quail. We only had two entrees: pici with ragu, and a grilled white fish - meaty, tender and very fresh tasting.

Service was friendly and helpful, and even though a couple people were dithering over what to order we were never rushed. I wish we'd been able to return sometime during our week to try a few more items on the menu!

With bottled water (a nice touch, it was poured into carafes) and one bottle of mid-priced Chianti, the total bill came to around 120 for the five of us.

Reviewed by: thefrontman from Canada, review #1192

When: 2004

A beautiful, quiet restaurant with friendly, professional, attentive service and amazing, artistic dishes.

A beautiful, quiet restaurant with friendly, professional, attentive service and amazing, artistic dishes. This resturant is at the top of the first climb in the city, just to the right of the fork in the road. It was our best meal of our trip. We ordered the chef's special of the day, which was a or 6 course meal. The waiter came out and "performed" a very professional and complicated way to pour the wine. The meal featured vegetable "art", ricotta and spinach balls, the sweetest steak strips we've ever had (Florentine?), and a strawberry cream dessert. The atmosphere was romantic, subdued and there seemed to be even some loud locals celebrating something but it never took away from the meal. Would definitely recommend this place. We went back the next day to take a picture of the restaurant from the street, and the owner came outside, recognized us and waved to us - what more can I say!

Reviewed by: Jane from CA, review #500

When: 2003

A wonderful dining experience here. It is sophisticated with the quiet elegance that accompanies class. Outstanding chef, wonderful wine list, excellent staff.

Directions: Walk up the hill from the Porta al Prato (main entrance into Montepulicano). At the Logge del Grana, you will need to turn either left or right. Turn right for the ristorante and it will be on your right a couple of doors up.

This is a small ristorante with about 10 tables. Reservations are a must, particularly for dinner. I can not think of a reason not to like it unless you are not into splurging on meals occasionally. We spent around $115 for dinner for two but, of course, that included a bottle or wine so by standards here in US, the cost wasn't extravagant. They do offer a tasting menu but we elected to order independently of that.

The waiter and sommelier were highly polished, providing personal service but not obtrusive or ingratiating. You are served an apertif and small appetizer while perusing the menu. The Le Logge far outshone the legendary La Grotto. Have been in Italy several times, and this meal ranked with our best dining experiences.

Hint: Ask for the table by the window. It's the best table there -- most private and a great place to be seated if the night is nice and the window is open.

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