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“Wonderful Caffe”
Review of Caffe Poliziano

Caffe Poliziano
Ranked #25 of 101 Restaurants in Montepulciano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$29 - US$43
Cuisines: Italian, Soups
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, 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 2 August 2014

We stopped by for coffee and dessert late one night after dinner. We sat at the table on the balcony, under a full moon... an enjoyable evening.

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1  Thank CaribbeanGirl11
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

Went there for coffee and cake only.

The caffe is magnificently decorated in Art Nouveau style dinner so well that you might be sitting at one of the better cafes of Vienna or Prague. Views from the balconies are superb but seating is limited there.

I thought that the service was great, prompt and attentive and meticulous to detail, for what we had, which was simple. The Tira Misu that I had was well presented and tasty.

1  Thank Bob S
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Unfortunately we were hungry and tired and lured by the panoramic views, our hearts got better of us and we decided to have lunch there. Bad decision for the following reasons:
1. The couple who arrived and ordered later than us received their starters first.
2. We were served our pasta dishes first even though we ordered starters. We sent the order back. No word of apology.
3. When our mixed salad was served, we had to wait several minutes for the oil and vinegar. None of the waitresses cared one single bit.
4. My husband's Pici pasta with ragout was completely bland and we are not big salt eaters. Mine with tomato sauce was lovely though.
5. I ordered a Tiramisu, expecting the classic version with coffee and alcohol but it was served all white. I suspected it was something else and tasted it. Boy was it awful: a sickly sweet banana Tiramisu!!!!! We called another waiter who was apologetic and replaced it with the right one, free of charge. The elderly waitress who took my initial order did not even react.
Does a banana Tiramisu ever exist in the Italian cuisine? What a tourist trap!

Avoid this place at all costs!!! The view is nice but not outstanding. You can get better views free-of-charge at Cartona.

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2  Thank emilyhwp
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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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2  Thank ItaloInglese
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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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