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“Great place with authentic feel.”

Agriturismo Ristorante La Fonte
Ranked #4 of 56 Restaurants in Pienza
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Steakhouse, Gastropub
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Good for: Scenic view, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Aalter, Belgium
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great place with authentic feel.”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

This agriturismo has a nice selection of local food, and they take pride that all ingredients are sourced within a certain perimeter around Pienza. They claim that even the water comes from the local source (La Fonte). The welcome and dining hall made us feel comfortable. The menu sported a good selection of antipasti, primi piatti, secondos and dessert. As the secundo piattis were all non-vegetarian, we had to opt for antipasti, primi, contorni (vegetables) and dessert to celebrate our last night in the area with a good meal. Unfortunately, the friendly lady of the house did not understand that we wanted primi served at the same time as contorni, so a plate of spinach was the first thing edible we got. She quickly understood, however, and from then on, everything went smooth. The only thing I have to note is that their home-made pasta (pici) was good but not the very best I had (Del Falco and Buca della fate were preferred). We enjoyed all courses while our Teutonic neighbours tried to swallow the yearly meat consumption of an average Somalian. The meal, with some wine for me, set us back not more than 50 euro for 2 persons. Recommended, but maybe more in summer when you can dine outside in a very, very nice setting.

  • Visited April 2013
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Cleveland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“How Good it is!”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Imagine walking into this charming restaurant/home/estate/agriturismo where, as you enter, you are enveloped by the mouth-watering aroma of real Italian food being cooked with ingredients that were grown on-site. This is only a tease as to how wonderful your evening is going to be. We loved the food and experience so much at La Fonte that we ate here 2 out of the 4 nights we were in the area (actually staying next door at Fonte Bertusi, which is equally amazing, but we would have driven any distance necessary for the meals at La Fonte!) The food is amazing! From the appetizer of black truffle soufflé, the homemade bread, the wild boar pasta, soups, grilled meat, and a fabulous house wine for only $7 euros, each course was world-class and as locally sourced as a walk out the back door. Oh, be sure to save room for dessert. Order all you want, for this exceptional food is also very affordable, a nice surprise after a five star meal. Go. Go. Go!

  • Visited September 2012
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Sewell, New Jersey
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71 reviews
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“Great Food and Views”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

I can't believe I actually found this place while travelling to Montepulciano! I had read about it on TA and was going to stop in if we passed and it was right on the road we traveled outside of Pienza. It's right near a very sharp basically 360 degree turn, easy to spot when driving. Very quiet, outside seating, scenic area. All fresh ingredients, the pasta I ate was very good, but the peace and quiet and the atmosphere is what stands out to me. House wine in this area is all good, don't hesitate ordering it. Good service, great location, good food, isn't that what matters most? We were there for lunch and all enjoyed a slow relaxing time there. Worth the visit.

  • Visited September 2012
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Hong Kong, China
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15 reviews
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“Absolutely the best ingredients...”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Fresh, In season, local. It doesn't get any better than this. Menu changes based on what's in the vegetable garden and what's available from local farms.

Typical, delicious Tuscan food in a lovely setting, outside or inside, served by friendly locals (perhaps family?). We had home made Pappardelle (€7) and a Wild Boar Stew (€10) washed down with a Vino Nobile. That was followed by Pecorino from Pienza, just a few kilometres up the road. It was all melt in the mouth delicious and very obviously from the best ingredients.

It's 3km out of Pienza and definitely worth the drive. Don't miss it.

  • Visited September 2012
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Cork, Ireland
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“Wonderful food and very affordable”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

My husband and I have just returned from a week staying at La Fonte Agriturismo in Pienza. We ate in the restaurant three times in the course of a week! We decided to eat there on our first night for convenience and it was so good we returned a further two times. The food was fresh, the service was pleasant and the seating (both indoors and outdoors) was charming. We ate a variety of items from the menu, but our favourites were the pici in ragu sauce for primi and the wild boar with olives for secondi. The meat was perfectly cooked and just melted in the mouth. The potato sides were fantastic, especially the one cooked in the oven with sun dried tomatoes. I am salivating even thinking about it! The pici was absolutely perfectly cooked, with just a hint of a bite, it was just delicious. There is also an extensive wine list with a nice selection of affordable options. I would say the restaurant is very competitively priced for the quality of food, for 2 primi, 2 secondi, 2 sides, a bottle of wine and water, we were paying on average €50. They also offer 10% discount for guests staying in the agriturismo which was a bonus for us.

I would say the only things on the menu we didn’t enjoy were the pannacotta and jam tart for dessert, neither were too our taste. Although, we found it hard to get good desserts while we were in Italy.

Overall though, we loved the food at La Fonte. It seems to be getting quite a good reputation as there were many customers who we noticed returning for a second evening and it gets an impressive number of drive up customers considering it is 3km’s outside Pienza. We would heartily recommend, we both agreed that it was the best food we ate in our two weeks in Italy.

  • Visited September 2012
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