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#1 tsquare

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Posted 21 September 2004 - 10:07 AM

I will be walking to Montepulciano next month - anything you need from Seattle? Sorry, fresh salmon or crab wouldn't be by the time I get there!

What one stop in the area is your can't miss? This can be food related - anywhere from Siena to Montepulciano.

#2 pamela in tuscany

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Posted 21 September 2004 - 11:50 AM

I will be walking to Montepulciano next month - anything you need from Seattle? Sorry, fresh salmon or crab wouldn't be by the time I get there!

What one stop in the area is your can't miss? This can be food related - anywhere from Siena to Montepulciano.

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Just one stop?
Here are some recommendations I made in another thread:
Will you have a car? If so, you absolutely should go to La Porta in Monticchiello, also Latte di Luna in Pienza. And in Montepulciano...La Grotta is worth every penny. for true 'locals' food, go to Ristorante Cittino - Marcella makes the pici pasta by hand. Dive e Maceo is good. Stop in the Caffe Poliziano for coffee and the view. For pizza, don't miss Saloon (yes, funny name) in nearby Sant' Albino.
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#3 docsconz

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Posted 21 September 2004 - 12:35 PM

How does the pizza at Saloon compare to Neapolitan Pizze? What are some of the differences in style? Similarities? Technique?

La Grotta was perhaps the best meal I had when I spent two weeks in Tuscany back in 1998 and that is saying a lot :biggrin:
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#4 pamela in tuscany

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Posted 21 September 2004 - 11:16 PM

Gaetano Cannetiello is from Naples! If you ask him, he will make you a classic DOP Neapolitan pizza, the Margherita with bufalo mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil or the Marinara with tomato, oregano, and garlic.
Locally, people prefer the pizza crust to be a little thinner, not as thin as Rome, but still not as cushiony and sumptuous as Naples. The neapolitan pizza is all about the crust. In my book, I say that neapolitan pizzas are 'scantily dressed,' instead of loading up with toppings that distract from the crust. The major factor about the naples crust (which Gaetano does here, too) is the low yeast, high salt proportion and the slooooow rise (12 hours+).

I love La Grotta, too. Next time you come, I'll take you to La Porta!

Edited by pamela in tuscany, 21 September 2004 - 11:18 PM.

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#5 docsconz

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Posted 22 September 2004 - 03:09 AM

Sounds good on both counts!
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#6 tsquare

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Posted 24 September 2004 - 10:03 AM

Thank you - I'll be in Pienza too.
No car - walking!
I'll look for your recommendations.

#7 pamela in tuscany

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Posted 24 September 2004 - 09:44 PM

In Pienza, try to get into Latte di Luna, roast suckling pig and the duck are wonderful. Buon viaggio!
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