Monticchiello di Pienza
Tel: 39 0578 755 163
Concierge.com's insider take:
This charming osteria-cum-wine-bar nestles just inside the entrance to the ancient borgo (village) of Monticchiello, with a lovely little terrace overlooking Pienza, the Val d'Orcia, and Monte Amiata (book ahead if you want to be sure of an outside table). Inside, rustic tables with butcher-paper place mats set the casual tone. Unusually for Italy, it's open all day from 9 a.m. to midnight; you can stop for a morning cappuccino, lunch, afternoon tea, an aperitif, or dinner. Sommelier Daria Cappelli stocks 250 labels in her wine cellar, many available by the glass to accompany local pecorino or cold cuts. La Porta also serves delicious renditions of local specialties at lunch and dinner, from pici with roast duck ragù to a fine agnello in porchetta (lamb roasted in the same way as one would normally do porchetta, with garlic, onion, and aromatic herbs). The owners also have a few apartments for rent in the village.
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