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“Go for the experience”
Review of Osteria Acquacheta

Osteria Acquacheta
Ranked #11 of 101 Restaurants in Montepulciano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $47
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Osteria ACQUACHETA, open for over 25 years, has retained the characteristics of the old Tuscan taverns. The kitchen, sharing tables, one glass for water and wine, and not least an authentic welcome and true, typically Tuscan, make it a local flavor ... you feel at home ... Managers, CHIARA and GIULIO, have maintained intact over the years the tradition of pasta, bread, cakes and homemade preserves to which are added succulent steaks cooked Florentine embers of wood. Local, small and very popular, is located in the upper part of the old town, a few steps from the main square.
Reviewed October 26, 2012

That said, this has been our one and only bistecca alla fiorentina, so we do not know how to compare. My experience with Italian grilled steaks is nicely salted at the finish, and add a drizzle of great olive oil. Voila', can be accomplished at home, more or less.

As the previous poster mentioned, this is for the atmosphere and the vignette of seeing the huge hunk of chianina sitting on the farmhouse table, with the glowing embers behind it. Also, our experience was enhanced by the conversation with the Australian couple sitting beside us. This place is simple and cozy, and worth one trip. The first course of pasta was also enjoyable, as were the roasted green beans as a side to the T-bone steak (1.78, quite large). As this is two separate seatings of 7:30 and 9:30, reservations are a must, and you will be hastened out the door for the second seating. I imagine that it's packed in the summer-ish months. The night we dined it was miserably rainy/gusty and it was still quite full.

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

We recently dined at Aquacheta during our stay in Montepulciano. Overall, it was great theater during dinner, but the meal was mediocre. It struck us as a restaurant that one was a great place to eat -- but it forgot what made it great and is now going through the motions and not treating guests as they should. The restaurant is a cute, thin room dominated by two long, communal tables placed end-to-end where most diners sit. At the end of the room is an elevated butcher area and open oven where steaks are cut, weighed, and cooked over the open fire in the oven. A great scene. We were the second couple in the door when the restaurant opened, and asked to sit at seats close to the action by the oven. We were told NO, and were apparently seated in a "tourist" section in the middle of the tables. We thought that, perhaps, the end seats we wanted were reserved. But, it just seemed that locals were seated there, and tourists pushed to the middle and back. They offer house wine by the glass, quarter-liter half-liter, and liter, as well as overpriced bottles. Diners ONLY get a separate wine glass if they order a bottle. Drinkers of their house wine get one glass to split between water and wine -- we chose to use one of our glasses for water and one for wine. Waiters took our meat and other orders, then the combo butcher/chef comes to the table to make sure what you ordered is what you want. This was to be our first "bistecca della Fiorentina", so we did not order antipasti, and ordered the largest steak they offered, a T-Bone for our meal. The Chef said it was too big for us and recommended we get the sirloin instead. Later, the Chef came by with the cut raw steak, and showed it to us along with telling us the weight, 1.37 kg, to make sure that is what we wanted. The cooked steak WAS good -- but it was at least 1/3 or more bone. The edible meat portion cut from the bone was less than the steaks we typically have at home, so we could have easily eaten the larger steak. We tried to cut more meat from our bone, but there was not much left to cut off. After we were finished, the chef came to our table, and used a pen to calculate the price of our meal by writing it on the paper tablecloth. After paying, he brought our change to the table. Again, great theater, except he short-changed us a Euro, and we did not catch it until after he walked away, when it would be hard to prove. All in all, we are glad we dined here once for the theater ... but, we will not go back. There areb too many other excellent restaurants to eat here again.

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Thank LarryandBettyM
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Excellent Florentine steak, but do not go without a reservation. This restaurant is fully booked for lunch and dinner, and walk-in seating is almost impossible.

There is little other dishes available if you don't like steaks. The butcher would cut the meat and show you before they grill it, and generally the portions are massive.

We shared our table with an Italian family, and they taught us to add a little bit of olive oil to the steak. Surprisingly, it works really well.

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Thank HongKongTai_Tai
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

wonderful food and service, always good to talk to other people from other countries, not a 5 star place but one you have to try when you are within a 20k radius of Montipuliciano. To hear the cleaver drop thru the bone and onto the wood butcher board to cut the meat you are going to eat is to be remembered. We got filets but thought the regular t-bone would have been more interesting. Everything was very good - pasta's, salad, wine, company, service, etc. We loved the place and will be back!

Thank foodisfun69
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Let's start from the bottom line - we felt so lucky to make it with no reservations at the first night, that we modified our trip plans to make sure we get there for the second time with reservations.
Don't try to get there with no reservations. They are fully booked sometimes few nights ahead. This is a noisy family style restaurant with a very unique and authentic feeling to it. You will remember the people who serve you there...
To summarize the two meals we had: Everything was AMAZING. Bruschetta with tomatos - Perfect. Bruschetta with liver pate - Perfect. Pasta with tomato sauce - perfect. Pasta with meat sauce - Perfect. T-Bone - Great. Fillet - here is the big mistake of our trip...we got only 500 grams of this perfect steak. What a huge mistake!! It is not on the menu...ask if they have. Peach pie - Perfect. Chocolate cake - very good.
Perfect Italian meal. Authentic place. And the price - you cannot beat it... unbelievable value for the money. If anything, this restaurant is a reason to come back to Montepulciano (which is one of our favorite Italian cities). did we say Don't miss it???

Thank Shoham1
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