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“There's A New Chef In Town”

Enolaioteca Da Pina - La taverna della terra di Mezzo
Ranked #15 of 100 Restaurants in Volterra
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $29
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed November 27, 2016

We had an incredible meal at La Taverna Della Terra di Mezzo in Volterra. We saw their menu as we walked around town and it looked really good. The restaurant wasn't in the Rick Steves' book, however, and TripAdvisor reviews were mixed. We decided to take a chance.

The restaurant is across the street from the Museum of Torture. We got a bit nervous as we were taken down the stairs into the rock-walled basement with a suit of armor in the corner and were seated in a small, gated alcove.

Then the food started coming. It turned out that there is a fairly new Executive Chef that previously worked at 2-star and 3-star Michelin restaurants and with Gordon Ramsey. He was brought in to upgrade the restaurant, and this is still a work in progress, so the prices are still very reasonable.

My appetizer was a "13 minute egg" with asparagus, caviar and white truffles. Susan's appetizer was a really great regional vegetable soup. My main dish was wild boar with a parmesan crust and caramelized grapes. Susan had risotto with goat cheese, white truffles and coffee powder. "Chef" came down to the dungeon and checked in with us several times during our meal.

We were full, but were possibly going to share a dessert. "Chef" recommended a sampler of three desserts, however, so who were we to argue? We knew we were in trouble when the server brought a separate table for the desserts.

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Thank Chuck D
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Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful restaurant. Visit the cellar! Had lunch with antipasti and venison, polenta, mushrooms, chestnuts, red cabbage and a gigantic aperol spritz. We loved it!
Please notice: donot order a cappuccino during or after lunch/diner!

Thank Bob082
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Reviewed October 3, 2016

- Location: cozy street, nice terrace, fantastic decorations with the troll outside
- Service: friendly friendly
- Food: the tuna fish fillet with fennel, pineapple, tomatoes in Havana sauce on red potatoes pie was delicious & the deer loin with red cabbage, chestnuts, porcini mushrooms and polenta was very impressive

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Thank Eva D
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Reviewed September 19, 2016

Walking along one evening wanting something a little different, we found it.
The selection of items on the menu were different and that is what we were in the mood for.
OK, we are from the US and maybe we had some mis-communications but pointing to the items on the menu should have been good Right/Wrong. 6 couples and the first ordered wine.. I guess they figured we were done.. we had to call the waitress back 2 more times to get the full drink orders. Then 4 couples ordered the Sirloin and 2 got sirloin and two couples received T-Bone which was 2x the price. I sent back the Gazpacho soup since it was not for my taste buds but they charged us anyway and two orders were forgotten and we had to wait for them to cook.
All in all we smiled and paid our overpriced bill and enjoyed the food we did receive even though it was not what we ordered..

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Thank one1badpirate
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Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

Maybe lunch is different, but dinner here was great. The wait staff was helpful, main course food was much better than we expected for the price, and the panna cotta for desert was spectacularly plated.

We had the venison ravioli, lobster seafood spaghetti, and spaghetti carbonara.

House wine was also pretty good.

Overall zero complaints and a lot better than we expected for the price. Would eat there again. Kid friendly as long as they aren't little savages.

Thank Michael S
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