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“Best Meal/Experience Ever”

Il Barrino - l'Ombelico del Mondo
Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Montisi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed April 22, 2014

Thank you Gianluca and Gianluca's wife & mother! My husband and I just got back from our two week trip in Italy and we have decided this was our favorite restaurant. We had many meals here but my favorite was the Pici in the Pecorino cheese sauce with the ravioli with fresh pears coming in a close second. The cheesecake was the best i've ever had. Great experience! Yes, dinner took a few hours, but that's the Italian way, just enjoy it! Be sure to make a reservation.

Gianluca- if you read this- Please thank Christy for that amazing cheesecake she made us!!

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Reviewed April 22, 2014

The meal was one of the best we had in Tuscany. Definitely try the ravioli with blue cheese - absolutely delicious. Just trust the owner - he won't disappoint!

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Thank Lindsay R
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

A new restaurant in Montisi this year is “Il Barrino”. Walking by one day, we were intrigued with the open door view inside the restaurant. Beautifully decorated now, it is actually a cave they discovered many years ago. The city was above and this was the underground storage where a shoot would pour grain down into. The manager, Alessandro, offered to show us the modern furnished wine tasting room in the back. A large tasting table with chairs in the center was surrounded by their extensive wine racks. In one corner was an antique meat slicer and in the other an antique bottle corker. We decided to stay for lunch and Alesandro, who speaks excellent English told us about their menu. The salad greens were picked a few hours earlier from a nearby farm. The potato cake was potatoes similar to our mashed on the bottom, then ham and cheese and then another layer of potatoes all baked in the oven. The eggplant Parmesan was also delicious. We didn’t have time to try out the other new restaurants that make Montisi a good place for travelers to visit.

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Reviewed November 19, 2013

We ran into a couple from Switzerland who was staying at our hotel and they recommended this place. There is no menu, but be sure to try the pear with pecorino cheese. To die for!!!. The owner is charming, and very gracious. His mother's food is amazing, we tried 4 entrees and he divided each into 4 servings so we could share. Each course exceeded the previous one and then came dessert. It is a good thing I live 4000 miles away or I would really gain weight as I would eat there every week.
We had many good meals in our travels but this one just amazed us. We continue to talk about it and wish we could visit again. Montisi is a wonderful town and we really enjoyed every bit of our time there.

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Thank Pauline K
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Staying locally in Montisi we went to Il Barrino after reading TA reviews and we are so glad we did! The owner; Gianluca was a extremely friendly man, who serves like he would his family, not customers. There is no menu, so we let him explain the options to us and chose and antipasti plate and three different filled pastas, which he paired with local wines. You must have the pear and pecorino ravioli with truffle mascarpone; it will be the best thing you eat in Italy. Dessert is a must with a glass of Moscato D'asti to follow. To top it all off the meal with aperitif, starters, mains, wines, desserts and sweet wines all came to Eur 58; we would have paid twice this for the quality and service. Do not hesitate to make a detour and eat here; it will be worth it!

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Thank ARA1990
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