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“Excellent food and service in a charming courtyard”

Ristorante La Grotta
Ranked #5 of 101 Restaurants in Montepulciano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$52 - US$79
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Opened till 1966, tuscan food, garden for summer time, romantic dinner.
Reviewed 30 August 2014

On the recommendation of our hostess, the redoubtable Stefania, we booked for Friday night dinner at La Grotta, which we walked to from Montorio where we stayed, in five minutes.
We booked in person two days before and we're warmly greeted and asked if we wanted to eat in the courtyard if the weather was fine. We said yes, it was and we did!
We were pleasantly greeted and shown to our table and welcomed with a glass of white wine on the house. We ate the local version of beef tartare, which was excellent and served with a fine Dijon style mustard. We both then had the Tuscan tomato soup... which was also excellent... and interestingly seemed to be the choice of several of the locals eating that night.
For main course, I had the grilled lamb, which was four crusted beautifully cooked lamb cutlets served with fried sliced capsicums. My wife has the boneless quail, which, though not entirely boneless was highly flavoursome and easy to dissect. It was served with excellent green beans.
For dessert, we had a chocolate mousse cake and a trio of sorbets respectively. Again, nothing to fault.
The wine list was smallish but of good quality and contained wines from several regions of Italy. We chose the local Vin Nobile of Montepulciano Riserva 2007, which turned out to be a limited vintage (1500) bottles only, of one of the best recent years in the region. It bore the Romeo label and was called Riserva dei Mandorli. It was the best of the local reds that we have tasted on this trip, and at 43 euros, was fairly priced.
As a bonus, there were four dessert wine choices; we went with a glass of the late picked white with the gelati...good but not outstanding... and a wonderful local red dessert wine called something like Aleaorto... sorry for the lack of precision here...with the chocolate cake. It was fantastic, the closest comparison within my experience was that it was like a Pedro Ximenes from Spain in some of its flavours. This wine was recommended by the wine waitress and she was spot on!
This was a very high class and somewhat expensive restaurant, but frankly, the experience was so great, I did not even bother to read the total, I signed the bill with a smile.

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Thank ChrisB1949
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

We enjoyed a lovely meal with great service on our 9th anniversary. The staff was very pleasant. The food was excellent and we both felt that we had a range of local flavours in the 5 courses. The prices are a little high but truly reflect the quality. We will return on our next visit to Montepulciano!

Thank Barry H
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

We ate a month's worth of great dinners across five countries, and my girlfriend and I agree this was our absolute #1. Make sure they can seat you in the back terrace, which is beautiful and so quaint. Every item we got was of superb quality. Don't think you can go wrong with anything but the vegetable tagliatelle and rabbit salad were amazing.

Please eat here.

Thank Michael D
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Let me start by saying that my "star rating" is very strict when it comes to places to eat in the Montepulciano area as each place was excellent. In order to get 5 starts from a reviewer like me you have to have been a truly memorable, fantastically delicious establishment that made our dining experience extremely enjoyable and unforgettable. La Grotta was extremely good as the staff was professional and served well. The food was really tasty and a perfect glimpse of what to expect throughout our days in Tuscany. The price was a little high for our liking but we were on vacation...I have attached pictures of our meals. The inside is immaculate and a nice place for a special occasion.

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Thank DRsMama
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Food might be good but the lack of kindness and sensibility of the staff makes this place a remarkable example of rudeness! Avoid it if you are looking for a friendly atmosphere and if you believe in human kindness!!

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4  Thank Giulia N
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