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“A real gem in the heart of Tuscany” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ristorante alla Pieve Enoteca

Ristorante alla Pieve Enoteca
Via dei lavatoi, 4, 53031 Pievescola, Italy
0039-0577961028
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Ranked #1 of 1 restaurants in Pievescola
Price range: $6 - $32
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian, International
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Denver, Colorado
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A real gem in the heart of Tuscany”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

This small restaurant is in sharp contrast to the local rural village. Along with superb, friendly service they have a cellar with an extremely wide selection of wines of all levels. The food is excellent. The more formal menu has smaller portions but can be supplimented with side dishes. The owner is considered a wine expert and will graciously find the right wine for your meal. if you like. They have two menus, one for light dining either for lunch or supper, and a more extensive menu for dinner dining in a dining room with an open, panoramic view of the Tuscan countryside. I highly recommend that you stop here while in the vicinity of Sienna. The town of Pievescole is just a few kilometers off the main highway and the sign for the restaurant turn is well marked.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“It's a must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

We went to alla Pieve last year and it was so good the first time we went back later in the week. We've now been there four times and it has never disappointed. It is a little more expensive than other restaurants in the area, but the food is worth it. Different than "normal" Tuscan cuisine but the combinations work

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Do not miss this one!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

My husband and I stayed at La Survera in Pievescola to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We asked the hotel staff to recommend somewhere we could have a "cooking experience" and they recommended lessons with Paula at Rerstorante Alla Pieve. My husband, who does not cook, was a bit reluctant. The restaurant is less than a mile from La Survera. We were met by Paula who took us on a tour of the restaurant, her garden, and her husband's wine cellar.

The restaurant was a charming surprise. It had a courtyard, and two dining rooms. One dining room is where the "rustica" menu is served and the other is where Paul serves her fine dining menu. The restaurant and kitchen was impeccably clean, bright, and well decorated, with lithographs of Tuscan towns and humorous prints by a German artist.

Paul had aprons waiting for us (which we got to keep). We spent 4 hours cooking with Paula, who is a warm and talented chef who speaks 5 languages fluently. We made pasta, ravioli, and two different sauces. We learned what olive oil is supposed to taste like. She had prepared recipes for us to take with us and was willing to make anything we wanted to learn how to cook. After cooking class we were escorted to the courtyard where her husband has laid a table and had glasses of cold proseco waiting. We were served the food we had prepared and others that Paula thought we would enjoy. We had a eggplant and tomato gazpacho, spinach and ricotta ravioli with a rustic tomato basil sauce, penne and a Parmesan cream sauce, and spaghetti with wild boar meat sauce. The meal was so perfect that we made reservations to return the next night for dinner.

Dinner was wonderful. Paula's husband knows wine! We asked him to recommend wine for each course we ordered. He started with champagne, who knew Italians made champagne? We dined on puff pastry and pate, brochette, lobster ravioli, and tenderloin. Each course was matched with wines that were simply spectacular.

Paul came out to greet us twice during the meal, what a lovely woman! Do not miss this restaurant if you are in the area and if you are there for a couple of days, do take lessons with Paula, it was great fun.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“One of the best meals I've ever had”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

My partner and I went here after people we met in a restaurant in Siena recommended it. It was simply sublime. My mum is a chef and I have been to many a Michelin star restaurant in Italy but this was simply perfect in the way the food was balanced and flavoured. The menu had an amazing scope from very basic and rustic dishes - very cheap - to the more gastronomical - in my opinion still very good value for money. The wine (passopisciaro, 2006 I believe) was recommended by the sommelier Villiam and was quite simply perfect. We both left happy, completely satisfied, and determined to fly back to Italy next year, if only so we could have another culinary experience like this.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Paisley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Top Quality but - Over Priced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2011

Having looked at the reviews for this restaurant prior to travelling we thought it was a must.
I wouldn’t say I was disappointed, just expected more. We were the first to arrive and initially the service was as you would expect. We didn’t have a starter just went straight for the fillet steak in a bed of spinach at 34 Euros. The quality was as good as you will get. The steak just melted in your mouth. Not a meal for those who like a large plate with a few spuds etc (that’s me!) The bottle of Chianti came at 35 Euros (Sip it dear!!!) After the main course it became obvious why the (owner / order taker/ wine expert) was wearing training shoes!!! It became too busy for the staff to a point the chef (chef /owner/ wife) brought out some meals and took some orders in the restaurant. At some point between ending the main course and eventually getting our desert a number of people were getting turned away even though the restaurant was less than half full. I don’t know if this was an isolated event or if they carry on like this each evening. What spoiled it for us was the time taken to serve.
You could see the owner / order taker/ wine expert was aware of the need for service and although we didn’t ask we could hear him giving advice and options on wines which is rarely given in restaurants in the UK
The cook is an expert and 5 star
The prices and the quality are on a par with the Relais La Suvera but lack the ambience and lacks the service only because they are short of a couple of waitresses
A couple of waitresses would allow the owner time to do what he does well and fill those empty seats.
Humble advice ,drop your main course prices by approx 5 Euros , employ a couple of waitresses, use your talent / knowledge visiting all the tables in your restaurant to increase your wine sales and with your wife’s meals which are second to none you will fill your restaurant .
Best Regards BC.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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