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April 2, 2020 | Rome, Italy
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Taverna Il Grappolo Blu

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Via Moglio, 1
Montalcino, IT-SI 53024 Italy

Cozy restaurant in terracotta dues serves stalwart Tuscan cuisine. Start with hearty peasant soups or pinci, (eggless pasta). Anchovies in pesto made with basil and parsley. Ravioli stuffed with fresh pecorino, mint, and potatoes had some zip. Guinea hen with lemon, butter and a dash of cognac. Wild boar in white wine and herb sauce is served with polenta, or try beef guanciale served in Brunello wine sauce. Even plain boiled fennel, carrots, and potatoes were fresh and flavorful. Try the crostata con crema di limone e pinoli, better than the usual cream filling. Order a different Brunello by the glass with each course (we had 1999 La Torre and Campogiovanni), or live it up with a bottle of 1993 Biondi Santi. If you prefer, friendly Luciano, a transplanted Roman, will steer you toward other wines, Italian or foreign. Good mix of locals and tourists. Main course range between €8 and 10.

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