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“Child-friendly, spectacular views”
Review of Podere Il Casale

Podere Il Casale
Ranked #29 of 56 Restaurants in Pienza
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 10 August 2014

This place is deep in the country and not particularly easy to find. We had chosen it on the recommendation of a friend as particularly good for young children. Things did not start well. We had booked for 11 but had not specified the make-up of the party - 6 adults and five children, one of twelve the others four and under. We were shown two tables - one set for five, the other for six. I said that having booked for 11 we had expected to be seated together and that it was impractical to sit in two groups - to do so would negate the purpose of the outing - to celebrate one of the adults birthday. We were told that it was impossible to be seated at one table and that two tables could not be put together. We started to demonstrate that they could and at last got a more positive response. The views from the terrace are absolutely spectacular and there were plenty of things to amuse and distract the children - there was a succession of animals, including a young piglet - a cross with a wild boar - that wandered around the courtyard and under the table. The Podere makes much of the fact that all their food and drinks are organic - very laudable - but it did mean that the children's requests for a coke or an ice-cream could not be met The food was fine but by no means exceptional. The wines, especially the red, made from their own Sangiovese grapes was very good. .

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Reviewed 1 August 2014

Tuscan Escape Tours took a group of three to visit this incredible farm for lunch during a day trip to Pienza and Montepulciano, what a wonderful experience.
With tables outside under shade and overlooking a stunning view of the surrounding plains, Pienza, Monte Amiata and the Val d'Orcia, we experienced real home grown cuisine.
All of the items put on the table were produced on the family farm including the flowers in the vase and the garnish, the salads, the pasta and sauces, superb olive oil, red and white wines and the most fantastic sheep and goat cheeses. All herbs used in flavouring are grown on site and are even used in reputable restaurants by chefs who seek advice from the talented young woman who served us. She is well versed in the use and flavours of locally grown herbs. The farm also provides sites for camping whether families, couples or groups, cooking classes and an outlet for purchasing the pasta, sauces, spices, wines, olive oil and cheese. A great experience , no one wanted to leave , we could have so easily just sat there for the rest of the day absorbing the natural delights of the surroundings.

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Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

My family and I really enjoyed this quaint family run restaurant. We started out with a tour of the farm and learning how the cheese is made then sampled their beautiful wine and olive oil while dining on fresh produce and delicious meats and cheeses. The view is also stunning. This is a must do in Tuscany and well worth the money!

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Reviewed 6 June 2014

We had lunch here on a day trip to Tuscany. The food was fresh and delicious!! The view from our table was absolutely gorgeous. The wait staff and owners were very friendly and attentive. It was the best farm to table experience/ meal we had on our trip. A little off the beaten path, but we'll worth the trip. We will never forget this place and we hope to come back. It was great!

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We were in Pienza at a gelato shop run by Nicola Sgarbi, a former London chef. The homemade gelato was extraordinary (Buon Gusto). We asked for a restaurant recommendation and he sent us to Podere il Casale, the best farm to table experience that we have ever had!

You visit the actual farm and the vines and virtually all of the offerings are homemade. The food is delicious. Michael, the host, is gracious and very knowledgeable about both the food and his wines. We sat outside and the view was spectacular. It was our best meal in Tuscany and that is saying something!

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Thank Hayekapostle
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