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“Far too pretentious and expensive”
Review of La Chiusa

La Chiusa
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $142
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: The pleasure of Tuscany Fifteen elegant rooms and a gourmet restaurant made out an ancient oil-mill: that is La Chiusa, a characteristic and intimate place to stay in Montefollonico, a countryside guest house immersed into the Sienna province hills. We are in Tuscany , between Pienza and Montepulciano, on the ridge which divides Val D'Orcia and Crete Senesi. In the early 70's we pioneered to dedicate our lives to host in this part of the Tuscan countryside. We attended, several years later, the opening of the very firsts local guests houses and the rising of the Tuscan holidays as a must. Unconsciousness, determination or just by chance? We do not know exactly what led us up here. Without any doubt a common and unconditioned passion for scents and aromas, for the tasteful extra virgin olive oil, for Sangiovese wines, salami and cheese of our Siennese land together with the devotion for the ancient culinary learning handed down from mother to daughter as the old land cultivation techniques passed on from father to son. But what mainly spurred us on stepping forward was the confidence that people would soon or later certainly get back to appreciate simplicity and what our definition of hospitality is. Almost forty years later we are proud to say that we were right. Hospitality at La Chiusa not only means to open our house's doors to the guests, but to share with them our passion through the knowledge of our country.
Reviewed December 12, 2011

We have gone a couple of times over the years to the nicely located restaurant, but each time was a disappointment. The food is not bad at all but you pay as if it is the best place in the country (and it certainly is not).

4  Thank AloysiusTrequanda
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

Owner chef - what could be better
Outstanding quality in a restored mill house in Tuscany
ps... with a cooking school.... "Tuscan women who cook" i believe is the website
you will not be dissapointed
did i mention the hotel as part of the property....

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3  Thank LPK1
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

This is a spectacular restaurant in a great Tuscan setting. The food, while pricey, is excellent and impressive. The experience is made more memorable by the charm and warmth of La Chiusa's owner Umberto who puts most gregarious hosts to shame. He is a world-class schmoozer. In fact, he is probably the most charming and over the top restauranteur we have ever encountered. That said, he is passionate about his food and the guests' experience and thus you cannot help but have a memorable night.

You might get a little lost finding the place but don't worry - Umberto will send out a search party and it will be worth the wait.

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2  Thank NYSojourner
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

It was difficult to find, but definitely it's worthy. Mr.Umberto is a great host and invited us to the chicken a few times. Fresh ingredients for a well elaborated typical Tuscan food.
Excellent service, good wine list. It was the most expensive meal of the trip, but it was worthy.

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3  Thank Taralta
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

La Chiusa was a great experience!
The food is just perfect, the service is elegant and the hospitality of the owner, Signori Humberto was amazing! I will never forget that dinner and hope come back many times!

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3  Thank Floflor
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