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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