After a very long day of driving from Florence to Montalcino, getting lost for hours and thinking we'd never find the way to our destination, we finally arrived and got settled into our B&B. We shared the story of a great day gone bad with our host who told us he had the remedy for what ailed us ... and he was right! He suggested we have dinner at Taverna del Grappolo Blu, for which we are and always will be grateful. We began with an amazing and flavorful appetizer of prunes wrapped in pig's cheek bacon ... how many ways can you say yum? ... shared the porcini and tagliatelle pasta and ordered the rabbit and wild boar entrees. The rabbit was a bit salty for my taste but otherwise very flavorful and the wild boar was equally delicious, however a bit dry. We ordered a bottle of Brunello wine to accompany our selections and finished with a fabulous lemon tart, which by the way is served warm and proved to be the perfect finale. We left the restaurant content and delighted we'd listened to our host's suggestion. In fact, we enjoyed our dining experience at Taverna del Grappolo Blu so much, we ate there two of the three nights we stayed in Montalcino and would do so again. The staff was courteous and attentive but not overbearing and prices were in line with what we'd expected. If you want an authentic Tuscan dining experience in the beautiful village of Montalcino, I recommend Taverna del Grappolo Blu.
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