We stayed 4 nights in Pienza, and on our first night, it was recommended that we take the short drive to Bagno Vignoni. This sweet little hamlet with it's thermal pool dating to Roman times and surrounded by a small square of buildings was the perfect introduction to the Tuscan countryside. There were just a few restaurants to choose from and we chose Ristorante La Parata. Susan who owns it with her husband was wonderful to us. She took the time to talk to us about the wines they offered (she's very knowledgeable and they have an amazing selection from many small vineyards in the area), the menu, the area, etc. She even told us how she ended up in Italy -- she's originally from the UK and her husband is Italian. We enjoyed everything we ordered, but there were 2 stand outs. I had the pecorino cheese appetizer drizzled with truffled honey - the Pienza area is known for their pecorino cheese and it is so good. The other standout -- their ribollita soup. It was full of flavor and absolutely delicious! We ended up eating here 2 nights, but still wish we had been in Tuscany a little longer because they were within days of opening up a pizzeria attached to the restaurant. Guess we'll just have to take a trip back.
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