Dinner at La Grotta, Montepulciano

Heading for dinner at La Grotta, Montepulciano we passed through the avenue of cypresses which leads directly to the Temple of San Biagio. The stylish restaurant La Grotta (the cave) is opposite this sixteenth century masterpiece. If you are looking for a Tuscan dining experience this romantic and elegant restaurant is balance between traditional foods of Tuscany and new gastronomic suggestions.

Early evening the temple of the Madonna di San Biago is beautifully lit up by the setting Tuscan sun. The Renaissance masterpiece is made of travertine so it turns a lightly golden colour.

It is a great place for couple or group shots and you’ll find a neat row of smartly dressed diners by the well.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Photographs Outside A Church.
Photographs outside the temple of the Madonna di San Biagio.

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Couple Photographs.

 

After a bit of posing (a skill I have yet to learn) we head into the cool interior of the restaurant.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Walking Into The Venue.
Walking into La Grotta restaurant.

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Woman Walking Into The Restaurant.

 

It is an authentic sixteenth century Tuscan dining room. Warm and charming. They describe it as ‘politely formal’, which describes it perfectly, I think.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. The Interior.
The warm and charming interior.

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Restaurant Interior.

 

We took a table in the summer garden, which was surrounded by old brick walls with arches, lush climbing ivy and has the dome of San Biagio as a backdrop.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Pouring Wine.
Settling into the summer garden.

We all sensed that we were going to have a good night and there were cheery clinking of wine glasses.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Saying Cheers.
Cheers!!

The wine choices were excellent but rather pricy. Luckily you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a really good bootle here in Tuscany.

The mood was a happy one. We had been enjoying our stay in the Villa Montepulciano and felt relaxed and glad to be together.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Having Fun.
Feeling relaxed and enjoying each others company.

The menu reflects local food heritage but likes to broaden it’s boundaries.

We all made our choices quickly. I went for the divine sounding pheasant ravioli and it was extremely tasty. Soft and buttery with saffron flavours and a fantastic pecorino cheese on top.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Ravioli.
Ravioli stuffed with pheasant and flavoured with saffron and seasoned pecorino cheese.

Andy went for this guinea-fowl ragù, which surprised me because of the dry prune element. He’s never been one for mixing fruits with his dinner! But, the prunes give a subtle sweetness only and the whole dish was deliciously satisfying.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Ragu.
Tagliatelle with guinea-fowl ragù and dry prunes.

We learnt how to make this pasta at our villa on a cookery course. It’s irregular because they don’t use a pasta machine. Spinach and garlic make a great couple and the pepper pops in a lovely sweetness.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano.
Irregular home-made pasta with garlic, olive oil, red pepper and spinach.

All these pasta dishes have been wonderful, you really can’t choose badly!

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Pasta With Fish And Olives.
Hand-rolled pasta with cod fish, olives and cherry tomato.

My darling girl had recently turned 25 and so there were lots of cheers to her, our precious daughter, now a young independent woman.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Celebrating.
Celebrating our darling daughter.

As the laughter, chatter and celebrations carried on our ‘Tuscan beef’ was being sliced off the bone by the table. The smells of juicy charred meat wafted over and it was incredible!

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Carving Of The Steak.
Carving of our ‘Tuscan steak’.

This was turning out to be a night to remember and James can’t resist another cheers (with the red, this time).

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Man Looking At Red Wine In Glass.
Enjoying the red and each other.

The steak was simply served with soft garlicky white beans. When things are this good, there’s no need to fuss.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Tuscan Steak.
Typical Tuscan steak with white beans.

Half the group went for the lamb. I heard the mention of it being ‘the best lamb I’ve ever had’!

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Rack Of Lamb.
Rack of lamb in crust of bread and aromatic herbs with baked vegetable selection.

Dinner at La Grotta, Montepulciano has been so memorable and as the night drifted on the sky turned dark. The garden lights turned on and we enjoyed the hum of other diners and the environment of this relaxing summer garden.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Man Enjoying Dining Out.

 

And as the moon and the stars shone above the dome of the temple, we reflected on our day and what our plans were for tomorrow.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Night Sky In Tuscany.
The moon over the Temple of San Biagio.

We had spent the morning exploring the Medieval Hill Town Of Montepulciano and it was fun to go through the camera seeing the captures of the day.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. A Couple Looking Through Photos.
Remembering the day spent in Montepulciano.

You may have heard (as I can’t resist mentioning this a lot right now) but this loved up couple recently got engaged. So we have been taking loads of photos capturing this very special holiday.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Young Couple Looking Through Camera.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Young Woman Amused.

 

The garden was turning pleasantly cool. Cooler air is very welcome when you have been indulging!

The much anticipated desserts arrived. I have a confession to make. I have been underwhelmed by Tuscan desserts (except their gelato, naturally). Us Brit’s do a really good pud, it has to be said.

Desserts at La Grotta, Montepulciano however were very good. We enjoyed the Bitter chocolate terrine with pistachio ice-cream and especially the divine Mascarpone mousse with coffee ice-cream. 

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Chocolate Terrine.
Bitter chocolate terrine with pistachio ice-cream.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Cherry Tart.
Cherry tart with vanilla cream.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Mousse Dessert.
Mascarpone mousse with coffee ice-cream.

We finished our dinner at La Grotta, Montepulciano with some fabulous dessert wine from a local winery. It had been a night that will stay with us for a very long time.

 

Dinner At La Grotta, Montepulciano. Dessert Wine.
Finishing our meal with a local dessert wine.

 

Dinner at La Grotta, Montepulciano (Siena)
cap 53045 – loc. San Biagio

Tel. +39 0578757479
+39 0578757607

 

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Heading for dinner at La Grotta, Montepulciano we passed through the avenue of cypresses which leads directly to the Temple of San Biagio. The stylish restaurant La Grotta (the cave) is opposite this sixteenth century masterpiece. If you are looking for a Tuscan dining experience this romantic ad elegant restaurant is balance between traditional foods of Tuscany and new gastronomic suggestions.

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  1. Wow!! You’ve captured this place and the mood wonderfully!! I want to go back NOW!!! Love our piccies 😘😘😘

    1. It’s so much fun there isn’t it! I loved exploring the shops and deciding which sloping street or alley to walk down (or up!) x

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