Montepulciano, Italy, is renowned for its fine Tuscan cuisine. The regional food is led by the idea of simplicity, but that doesn’t mean every dish isn’t bursting with flavor. Pair any of the first-rate traditional dishes with a glass of Montepulciano’s own Vino Nobile for an extraordinary dining experience. Here are the top ten restaurants in this magical city and the valley surrounding it.
This spot, located in Montepulciano’s historic center, is a popular destination for tourists and a much-loved restaurant for locals. The menu changes weekly, but the special dish ‘bistecca alla fiorentina’, or char-grilled T-bone steak, is always up for grabs. The flavorful meat is perfectly seared and served in huge portions. Just look at this picture if you need convincing. The meals are made as fresh as can be with seasonal and local ingredients. The restaurant owners suggest guests bring their own bottle of Montepulciano wine to enjoy with their steak.
Rather than serve the obvious classic dishes, the brother and sister team at La Grotta blend traditional Tuscan ingredients and recipes with modern, innovative presentations. The contemporary creativity injects fun into each dish and the use of local ingredients make every visit to the restaurant a surprise. The restaurant’s interior is classic and cozy with a brick ceiling and cream-colored walls, and on sunny days guests can sit out in the garden.
The bread, pasta, and sauces at this wonderful trattoria are all made in-house, and every dish takes advantage of the wealth of ingredients available locally. Enjoy the bright and pleasant décor inside, or take a seat on the terrace for beautiful views of the green Tuscan countryside while you enjoy a fresh pasta dish or Tuscan soup. This restaurant is located a short drive outside of the city center in Valiano. Guests rave about the extraordinarily prepared dishes, which are brought out without any frills or over-the-top presentations, just a simple, great flavor.
This atmospheric eatery is set in the center of Montepulciano’s old town center. Le Logge del Vignola has two beautiful, romantic rooms where an updated classical Tuscan menu is served. Order a glass of fine, locally made wine while taste testing as much of the menu as you can fit on your table and in your stomach. The owner warmly welcomes every guest into the restaurant, which is decorated to feel like a home. Try the delicious porcini mushroom risotto or a roast suckling pig and follow up with crisp, homemade biscotti and coffee.
Enjoy an effortless meal of Tuscan cuisine on the terrace of this lovely local restaurant. The fresh pasta, desserts, breads, jams, biscuits and some liquor are all homemade with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The traditional regional fare is sprinkled with some eccentric, non-Tuscan options and an array of seafood dishes. Order a fresh-cooked pizza after an appetizer of antipasti for two, which comes with a selection of bruschetta, cheeses, pate, prosciutto, and more. Enjoy a glass of wine while you let your waistband out a couple notches.
This classy restaurant made its debut in 2016 and is located in an old farmhouse 4 km outside of Montepulciano. Sit outside in the garden area for the most relaxing lunch or dinner set against a panoramic view of the Tuscan countryside. Stressing simplicity over excessive presentations, Ristorante Villa Nottola gives its guests a true taste of Italy. Each dish is full of flavor and personality. Try the delicious truffle ravioli or the roast duck with a glass of the villa’s own wine. The villa is also available for accommodation, and it is a perfect distance away from Montepulciano to enjoy the countryside while still being close to the shops and restaurants of the city.
Restaurant, Wine Bar, Wine, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
This cozy restaurant seats guests in brick arched rooms reminiscent of a dimly lit wine cellar creating a romantic atmosphere. Colorful chairs and place mats brighten the otherwise rustic setting. The fare is simple Tuscan cuisine with a wine list that boasts more than 300 wines, which you can buy by the glass or (more wisely) by the bottle. Choose a dish like gnocchi with Chianina ragù for your first course and follow with a fantastic steak, slow-cooked Tuscan rabbit, or stuffed pigeon.
Located in a valley full of olive trees just outside of Montepulciano, this vineyard provides a fantastic venue for a special dinner or an afternoon of wine tasting. The restaurant sits on a gently sloping hill with a view of the green vineyards and breathtaking surrounding countryside. Try the hand-cut salami, local cheese, or one of the homemade pasta dishes like pici, maltagliati, pappardelle, or gnocchi (all dishes that, conveniently, pair perfectly with a glass of wine). Reservations are recommended because this restaurant is a local favorite.
This beautiful restaurant has a cozy, rustic atmosphere with arched brick ceilings and dark wooden tables. Established in 2005, the small but popular restaurant serves traditional Tuscan soups, salami, prosciutto, bruschetta, and more. The restaurant’s specialty is the ‘Sette D.O.C.G. Capitali’, a hamburger of Chianina beef served with sesame bread, mayo, and ketchup. The bruschetta is a favorite among visitors who have yet to taste the exciting flavors of real Italian bruschetta, which come with sweet or savory toppings. Grab a glass of wine from the extensive wine menu, sit back, and relax.
Located on one of Montepulciano’s main streets, this mother-and-son-run restaurant offers excellent examples of Sienese cuisine. The menu changes seasonally to accommodate the freshest local ingredients, including truffles and mushrooms from Montepulciano and homemade pecorino cheese. Try any of the dishes with the popular Nobile di Montepulciano wine. The restaurant’s décor is warm and cozy while still elegant, making it a perfect setting for a romantic dinner.