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Montone: Taverna del Verziere

Via Ospedale 25 , Phone: 075-930-6512

Reviewed by: Gene8499 from VA, review #3589

When: 2010

Simple, traditional place in a tucked away corner in beautiful Montone; very accommodating staff

My wife and I stayed in the countryside near Montone for a week and so got to eat in several places in and around Montone, which is an absoultely gorgeous hill-town just off the E45. On our first day, a Sunday, we went to this cute, tucked away spot for lunch. Since it was Sunday, most of the town was buttoned up, except for people going to Church or playing cards in the main piazza.

We stumbled across the Taverna by accident and walked in at about 12:15, which, as you know, is sort of early for Italians to start il pranzo. The door was open, however, and several guys were cleaning up and setting up a beautiful terrazza overlooking the slopes of the hill that Montone is perched on. They graciously set up a table for us, inquired whether the temps were too "freddo" for us, and apologized for the dampish floor that they had just cleaned. All-in-all, they could not have been more accommodating. The meal itself and the rest of the service were just as fine and good as our introduction.

We had a bruschetta that was a big slab of guanciale from a local variety of pig and some other crostini of the region - very good. We went with pasta as our next course. My wife had a ravioli like dish, called mezzaluna with black truffles - absolutley delicious - it was served in a white sauce. I had a tagliatelle with a tomato and pork salsicce sauce - also great. We drank the vino rosso della casa - very simple but very food friendly. And finally, we had a very dense, compressed and flavorful tiramisu, something that we don't ordinarily do in Italy, because it seems so stereotypically American Italian. But it was great and not stereotypical at all.

At the end, we had an unexpectedly good time at a place we simply stumbled across.

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