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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.
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.