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“Hidden Treasures”

Cantina L'Ottava Rima
Ranked #6 of 32 Restaurants in Sorano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $28 - $39
Cuisines: Italian, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: 📰HOME inglese Welcome to Sorano , an ancient village in the Tuscan Maremma which along with Pitigliano and Sovana forms part of the three” Cities of Tufo” . This volcanic area, rich in nature , archaeological sites , caves , gorges and ravines has been witness to centuries of civilizations such as Etruscan, Roman , Byzantine and Lombard and noble families such as the Aldobrandesca and Ursinea . The ubiquitous element tufo has been constantly used to build extraordinary architectural works, including the “VIE CAVE” , still viable after centuries of use .. Looking at the environment we can observe the perfect harmony between the surrounding nature , generous dispenser of this malleable "raw material" and to which man has added his finishing touch. Within this striking context , also in a secular environment in which the ages have come and gone and visibly stratified , was born Cantina ,”The OttavaRima” . The short supply chain is the basis of our philosophy and our task is to select with meticulous care and passion that distinguishes us, the best of local food and wine . We personally know the owners of the companies with which we cooperate and we believe that it is of paramount importance both to better understand the product to present it in the best way . The raw materials of our dishes , such as the” picciola pear “, cured meats , unpasteurised and vegetable rennet cheeses are all produced by small family farms , carpaccio of Maremmana * , as well as the bottarga of Orbetello* (cured Bonito roe )and ,Tuscan sea Bonito* , are part of the traditional products that you can taste here , perhaps combined with local wines ( with a focus on organic and biodynamic ) or real ales from Arcidosso , Talamone and Alberese. And to close , the sweets of the territory such as "Sfratto of Goym" * or Island of Giglio “Panficato” and mutch more.rappa , herb liqueurs of Monte Amiata. * These are the Slow Food Presidia of the province of Grosseto.
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“Hidden Treasures”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

While walking among the many little streets of Sorano, we saw a small sign on the side of stairwell...what a wonderful surprise! We found this gem of a restaurant and were delighted by the atmosphere, the food, the wine, the beer. The bean salad was so good, I would have licked the plate! Service was wonderful and the owners were attentive and helpful in picking out our wine and beer to go with the amazing food we had. So happy that we decided to follow those stairs down and find out where it was.

  • Visited July 2013
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“Not recommended for families”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

I have to give compliments first of all to the location of this EnOsteria and I believe the intentions of wines and food are noble.
Maybe a bit too noble - in fact, it seems like the owner wants to please the Italian Slow Food guide more than he actually tries to please the eater. Everything on the menu is cold and that's fine because it's an Osteria without a kitchen and so of course no primi or secondi. So the choice is cold cuts from the sea or from the countryside and then cheeses.
We ask for a wine to accompany the food, and the owner brings us of his own initiative a wine that however stinks of horse and is undrinkable to us. The second wine he brings along is oxidized - with, of course, the excuse of being "natural".
We have to wait about an hour for the dishes to arrive and we are just about dying of hunger. The food is good, but there's nothing on the menu that the kids will eat because all of it is stuff which is way too sophisticated for their palates.
So all in all, wouldn't recommend the place for families and I would recommend the owner to get some more enjoyable wines - not just difficult wines "with an attitude".

  • Visited August 2012
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