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“Superb food, worth travelling for”

Osteria delle Crete
Cuisines: Delicatessen
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 10 August 2014

We stumbled across this restaurant at lunchtime by chance on one of our day trips from Montalcino, after visiting the Abbey of Monte Oliveto. We'd eaten a lot of good Tuscan food during the previous 10 days, but this was definitely the best, and so we made two evening trips here from Montalcino, including for our last meal. There is a creativity and a clarity about the chef's cooking which is superb. We were surprised in such a modest looking establishment to receive a delightful mis-en-bouche at the start of each meal. Our favourite starter was "Il nido del bosco della ragnaia" - a chick pea flour crepe with green beans and goat's cheese mousse: may not sound much but was light, delicious and a perfect combination. The pasta dishes were tasty, and the main courses superb. I particularly enjoyed the "tagliata di manzo con zucchini a' scapec" - the zucchini were exquisite, and a perfect combination with the beef. My wife enjoyed the tenderloin pork with balsamic vinegar and pistachios served with gratin tomatoes. And also their outstanding Mediterranean salad. Our favourite dessert was the superb peach and amaretti cake.

We were astonished that the restaurant wasn't more full. Yes, it's a bit off the beaten track, but well worth travelling for. Not the place for a great view, or impressive surroundings (and the outside tables are right next to the street, so we sat inside), but definitely the place to sample some of the best of Tuscan cuisine. And appropriately restful music, unlike some of the places we visited. So highly recommended.

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

So far we've been here twice in 3 days and we're going back again tomorrow night for my birthday dinner. Tartufo desgustazione appetizer is superb, fresh pappardelle with wild boar ragu fantastic, fresh pici with tomato and garlic full of flavor, sliced pork with balsamic and crushed pistachio moist and perfect, peach cake, biscotti and vin santo...all excellent down to the last mouthful. Lovely people and they were even great to our young and active sons (1 and 3). Simple exterior but best restaurant we went to in all of Tuscany. The town of San Giovanni d'asso is small and out of the way but the food is here is worth the drive. Picturesque views as well from tables outside!

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

We almost didn't go in because of the exterior but were very glad we did. Lovely restaurant, good service and delicious food - interesting starter of crepe, green beans, goats cheese mousse and soft boiled quails eggs, followed by excellent fillet of beef with roast potatoes and then light and tasty iced chocolate mousse. The little appetiser of caponata was a lovely touch too. Three courses and a bottle of wine for €60 - great value.

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Thank Gill S
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Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

Sweet spot in a hidden corner of Tuscany. Great meal, imaginative menu in a tiny city that is the truffle capital of Tuscany. We passed on the truffles and didn't miss them at all

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Reviewed 9 June 2014

This place should not be missed if you are anywhere in the area. As others have said-don't make the mistake of not going in because of the exterior which we almost did.
The inside is charming and the food is exceptional. Have the wild boar crostini which is the world's best sloppy joe!
The Pici is wonderful no matter how prepared. In fact all was good enough to return a second time and it was equally as good.
Service was efficient and friendly.
Go there.

Thank Vern B
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