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“A hidden gem in Iano, Montaione Italy”

La Piazzetta del Borgo
Ranked #12 of 32 Restaurants in Montaione
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Rutland, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A hidden gem in Iano, Montaione Italy”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

La Piazzetta del Borgo is a must for people who appreciate creative, well-prepared food. The chef, Andrea Castellacci, from Sicily, does a great job of making local foods as well as dishes from other regions in Italy. Not only is the presentation elegant, the flavors are so carefully executed that the main ingredient is never obscured. We were fortunate staying at Le Podere in Monache, an agriturissmo, across the street. Andrea's wife, Cinzia, was the manger of this property. She was so helpful and personable that at the end of our 2-week stay, we all felt like she and Andrea as well as their beautiful little girl, Sofia, had become our extended family in this amazingly beautiful area of Tuscany. We had the pleasure of attending the restaurants second annual food festival, tasting some amazing foods like: Octopus, tripe, Lampredotto, Panelle, Sfincione, Porchetta, Sicilian Cannoli, Crocante, chestnut torta etc.
In you're anywhere near this tiny village, make it a priority to visit this hidden gem and have some
of the BEST food in Tuscany.

  • Visited June 2014
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Reading, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“La Piazzetta del Borgo, Via Iano”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

We returned from Tuscany this weekend and ate in this restaurant more than anywhere else.
Although the surroundings are not "pretty" - a modern building with outside tables, the food is excellent.

The service is particularly good and the prices are very reasonable. We would highly recommend this.

  • Visited September 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Delicious food and great service”
Reviewed 7 August 2013

We found this delightful restaurant too late to visit more than twice, had we found it sooner we would have definitely eaten there every night!! On arrival at the restaurant, the place looks very unassuming but diners are treated to a wonderful meal.

The very talented chef is Sicilian and the food reflects this whilst his lovely wife charms front of house. If this great couple were to open a restaurant in London it wouldn't take long for them to gain some prestigious accolades.

Visited July 2013
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent meal”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

We decided to have lunch in this restaurant as we were staying in the village. We werent disappointed - it exceeded our expectations. The restuarant doesnt look particularly pretty as it is situated in a modern looking building with the village store next door. But the tables are nicely laid and the chairs are modern looking and comfortable - so a good first impression.
The waitress/owner was very helpful and charming. I cant remember all that we ordered, but I do remember my home made pasta with goats cheese it was delicious - it was supposed to have augergine on it but the waitress whisked it away before the chef got a chance to add it! The omission was admitted by the waitress who had been told off by the chef - they were so sorry they didnt charge us for this dish - but it was lovely anyway! My husband ordered a pizza and my son a slow cooked cut of meat (cant remember what) which he enjoyed very much. Our starter was a taster plate of a selection of the different starters on the menu - the courgette mouse was delicious (sure it wasnt called that on the menu).

I enjoyed a glass of white wine with my meal and my husband and son shared a 75 cl bottle of 'special Italian beer' served in an ice bucket which they really enjoyed. I would love to have returned to this restaurant - especially in preferance to some others we visited but we ran out of holiday.

  • Visited July 2013
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Cinzia C, Proprietario at La Piazzetta del Borgo, responded to this review, 31 July 2013
Thanks so much!
You very kind.
We hope to see you again!
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Denderleeuw, Belgium
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17 reviews
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“A more refined Italian cuisine”
Reviewed 22 June 2013

La Pazzetta offers a more refined Tuscan cuisine. The prizes are a bit higher than in a "normal" Tuscan restaurant, but the food is good. The only disadvantage : you can only sit outside when the weather is very good. Otherwise you have to sit inside where there are only a few tables and you don't have a view, no outside windows. You have to give it a try.

Visited June 2013
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