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Eating & Drinking

  • Eating & Drinking

    Monteriggioni is made for hearty eating, helped by its closeness to both the Chianti and San Gimignano. As a result, the area abounds in homely inns, even if only a few are within the walls, and the rest dotted around neighbouring hamlets. For fine dining or greater sophistication, be prepared to drive just north to Colle di Val d’Elsa. The Monteriggioni borgo is best seen first thing in the morning, when you can enjoy a coffee on the main square before the coach parties arrive. The local cooking is a familiar interpretation of classic Tuscan cooking, with borrowings from nearby Siena and the Chianti. Look out for ribollita, a thick bean soup, or pasta dishes including such stalwarts as pappardelle di lepre (pasta ribbons in hare sauce) or the same pasta with wild boar (cinghiale). As for wine, the Chianti Colli Senesi is the biggest Chianti zone, embracing this area, San Gimignano, Colle di Val d'Elsa and Siena. This fresh young red wine goes well with cured meats, such as cinta senese, as well as with bruschetta, soups, mushroom sauces, game, grilled and roast meats, plus most cheeses and cured meats.

  • Osteria Antico Travaglio

    Set on the charming main square, in a converted blacksmith’s forge, this mellow, multifaceted spot acts as an inn, bar and ice cream parlour. Come for an aperitivo, bruschetta and cured meats or tuck into a Tuscan feast, ranging from pappardelle or Sienese-style pici pasta with mushrooms or game, followed by grilled meats or a T-bone steak. Locals swear by the delicious ice creams in the gelateria.

    Address: Piazza Roma 6a
    Tel: 0577 304718

  • Bar dell’Orso

    Just outside Monteriggioni, this affordable bar and inn serves Tuscan staples, such as stews and home-made pasta dishes but can also do a quick stuffed panino or an afternoon snack of cured meats.

    Address: Via Cassia Nord 23
    La Colonna di Monteriggioni
    Tel: 0577 305074

  • Ristorante Arnolfo

    Set in an airy mansion, this pricey two-Michelin-starred restaurant is made for special occasions. Gorgeously presented Tuscan-inspired dishes are interpreted in creative, gourmet-style fashion. Typical dishes include: quail’s egg in meat broth; saffron risotto with country herbs; cinta senese suckling pig served on a bed of lentils and prune; and cappelletti pasta in a rich Chianti sauce. Expect creative menus (including vegetarian options) from chef Gaetano Trovato in a price range varying from €120-€160 without wine.

    Address: Via XX Settembre
    Colle di Val d’Elsa
    Tel: 0577 920549

  • Molino al Moro

    This romantic, old-world restaurant occupies an old mill just north of town. As well as Tuscan classics, such as cured meats, the inn delivers more sophisticated, lighter, seasonal dishes, all mid-priced.  Favourites include the truffle dishes and the home-made ice creams. Equally delicious are the following dishes: Parmesan flan with truffle cream sauce; risotto made with a pungent Pecorino di Fossa cheese and Chianti wine; and the tagliatelle pasta with artichokes and a saffron sauce. The presentation is as elegant and enticing as the vaulted stone setting, with views through glass of the running river below the mill.

    Address: Via della Ruota 2
    Colle di Val d'Elsa
    Tel: 0577 920862

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