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“A complete ripoff”
Review of Caffe Poliziano

Caffe Poliziano
Ranked #26 of 101 Restaurants in Montepulciano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$29 - US$43
Cuisines: Italian, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Caffè Poliziano Historical Place of Italy.This spacious and elegant Caffè in the historical centre of Montepulciano is a fine example of Art Nouveau design. For generations visitors and local residents have been able to enjoi a glorious view of of the Valdichiana from the balcony. Distinguished guests have included Carducci, Pirandello, Prezzolini, Malaparte, Mario del Monaco, Giulietta Masina,Ornella Muti,, Mario monicelli, Marina Doria di Savoia, Enrico Rava, Mauro Bolognini, Giorgio Battistelli, Licia Colò.... In 1992 the Caffè was lovingly restored to its former glory. Federico Fellini, who visited the "Poliziano" soon after, considered the atmosphere and style to be worthy of a great Central European city such as Vienna or Prague.
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Classic Italian ripoff. Sit down at a table, order 2 cappuccinos (average should be ~1.3 EUR each) and get slapped in the face with a 7 EUR bill. Yes the view and the atmosphere are nice, but this is just another demonstration of Italian's approach to business: as soon the opportunity presents itself let's screw them as hard as we can - poor stupid tourist doesn't know any better does he? Of course in the short term this works, but after a while (and through forums such as this one) people realize and start avoiding. This may explain why Italy's ratings as a tourist destination have dropped dramatically in recent years compared to other countries (to 5th overall most visited destination). So, unless 3.50 EUR for a cappuccino is normal in your books, stay away from this stinking tourist trap and go look at the view from somewhere else (no shortage of these in Montepulciano).

Un Italiano indignato (an affronted Italian)

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

We had breakfast here on a Sunday morning (and we have eaten lunch here on an earlier trip). The views from the back of the restaurant are lovely, and the establishment itself is very nice. However, the wait staff is snobby, and they act as if they would prefer you NOT be there. My recommendation is to place your order and then setback and enjoy the atmosphere of the restaurant.

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1  Thank pinkisin2009
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

A glorious setting looking out from a terrace over stunning Tuscan hills and valleys. With time on my hands I was delighted not to be rushed along by over attentive waiters. Fantastic wine and decent Panatellera (?) followed by a delicious tiramisu. Charming olde worlde building and a chance to relax.

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Reviewed 18 July 2014

My plate of pici pasta with tomato sauce was bland. My friend had a different pici which was too rich. The people at the next table had the same experience and really slow service. Saving this was the great view. Sitting on the downstairs terrace where you feel like you are sitting outside of the city walls looking out is beautiful. Just wish the food and service was better.

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Thank Bigolejetair
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

We had lunch on the balcony below the cafe, despite only half the tables was occupied it took them a good 15 minutes to attend to us. When the drinks arrived the wine was wrong red instead of the white wines ordered. The food was average at least one of the pasta dishes was lukewarm. Don't go here to eat, the coffee in the cafe itself is about what they can deliver. And the view is fantastic.

Thank Finn K
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