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Pienza: Latte di LunaVia S. Carlo, 2-4 , Phone: 0578.748.606
Closing day: Tuesday
Reviewed by: Jim B from USA, review #3597
This family eatery is one of the best value meals in south-central Tuscany.
My wife and I enjoyed one of our best meals in Tuscany at Latte di Luna in Pienza. It’s a family restaurant, not a romantic getaway with soft lighting and strings. But the food makes up for it all. Apparently others think likewise: it was a packed house on a weeknight in the off-season.
We shared a bruchetta antipasti topped with olive oil, garlic and fresh tomatoes that was delicious. Then two soups. Mine was a mélange of mushrooms in a rich broth with a hint of spicy heat, topped with crostini – I added grated pecorino cheese. Jess enjoyed a vegetable blend with canelli beans. Both were outstanding, and the vegetable soup was one of the best that either of us has ever enjoyed in a restaurant.
Jess had a simple but tasty primo of fresh pici and tomato ragu; I had the secondo of rabbit in rosemary and white wine that was fall-off-the-bone tender and eye-rollingly good. We shared a side of what we thought was going to be plain mixed vegetables, but turned out to be a zucchini & broccoli soufflé. Moans of pleasure all around.
For dessert we swapped plates of tiramisu and hazelnut semifreddo. Both were just fantastic. Our neighbor let us taste from her mix (mista) of semifreddo, including orange and coffee; we were hard pressed to pick a favorite. And this was our third tiramisu in three days, including the one we made in cooking class at Podere il Casale. A nice touch: the tiramisu was topped with top-quality grated dark chocolate instead of the traditional cocoa powder.
The one disappointment: we gambled and ordered the house red wine; it was unimpressive and didn’t pair well with anything. In hindsight, we should have ordered a half-bottle of white.
The service was friendly: prompt, without the feeling of being pushed out for the second seating. For 50 euros, our dinner at Latte di Luna has been our best value meal in Tuscany to date.
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