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“Good - but not as stellar as other places”
Review of Il Leccio

Il Leccio
Ranked #10 of 76 Restaurants in Montalcino
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed November 28, 2013

We ended up following the recommendations from a NY times article on Tuscany, and Il Leccio was one of the places on the list. The article made this place seem like a real dream, so we drove 45 minutes each way to come here for dinner. And, it was definitely a nice dinner, but I'd say nowhere near as great as other meals (our dinner at Osteria La Porta in Monticchiello and our lunch at Ristorante Numero Unico in Siena were definitely better). I'd say Il Leccio is a bit more old fashioned, and while the food was very good, it wasn't as creative or interesting as the two places I listed above.

I do have a soft spot for Il Leccio, though, because it was our first time ever trying Brunelo - and we fell in love (ended up buying a couple bottles from them to take home with us). They have an amazing wine list, but when we asked for a recommendation the waitress was a bit dumbfounded (which I found quite odd in a place that's supposed to be a winemaker's dream). What we ended up picking ourselves was amazing - but some guidance would have been nice.

It was only half-full the night we were there (a Friday), which was a bit surprising to me considering the reputation this place has.

If I was nearby I would definitely go back, but I wouldn't say this restaurant met my expectation of being destination-worthy.

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Reviewed November 11, 2013

It was a full day of winery visits when we happened upon this little jewel. We were actually heading for another restaurant when two sets of friends stopped us and told us to eat there. We were not sorry!! Beautiful stone walls and Tuscan ambiance for this place, amazing food, and very attentive wait staff make it a great stop. We even lost power in the middle of lunch due to a nasty storm blowing in and the chef was still able to get out a set of appetizers and a main course. Would love, love, love to eat there again!!

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Have you ever had deep fried vegetables? If not this should be a must here. Want to get your kids to eat vegetables just have them fixed like this. But if you want steak well it's here. Enough for 4 adults and you will be amazed at the quality and quantity. Service is great and the wine selection is too.

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

After many winding roads we found the restaurant recommended by a staff member in Banfi. Without reservations we couldn't have lunch at the Winery. We were very pleased with IL Leccio. The service and food was wonderful. If you are lucky enough to get there have the Bruschetta and then the Veal with Pinole nuts and Figs drizzled with honey. It was one of the best lunches in Tuscany.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

As a mid break in a day tour of Tuscany, we stopped here for a "lunch" . Our host explained that we would be sampling Tuscan style foods. We were presented with appetizers. Several typical first course dishes were presented. Each was remarkable. The eggplant was incredible.
All of this was followed by the pasta course-lasagna, and the second course- roasted chicken and grilled vegetables. And, then dessert.
Wow.
The wine was local, progressing from the Rosso to the Brunellos. This meal was wonderful and a great way to understand and enjoy a true Tuscan dining experience. The outside table were full and fun.

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