Outside the walls of Badia a Coltibuono is the abbey's pleasant restaurant, with seating on a terrace or in soft-yellow rooms divided by ancient brick arches. The pappardelle con sugo di cinghiale, uvetta, pinoli e fave di cacao (pasta with braised wild boar sauce, raisins, pine nuts, and cocoa beans) is as delicious as it is unusual; the costata di manzo nostrano (locally raised T-bone steak) for two, is particularly flavorful. It all pairs marvelously with
the abbey's own wines.
Apr 20, 2007
We had the pleasure of lunch at Badia a Coltibuono. We found the food and wine to be excellent. A selection of Badia a Coltibuono's library wines is offered and we had a 1985 Chianti that went well with our entrees. We've noticed that we don't often go wrong with restaurants at wineries - perhaps becaquse they have more to lose than a one time customer if they get it wrong. Try Castello Banfi's restaurants (south of Montalcino) for other excellent
Jan 18, 2002
Badia a Coltibuono, where we had an absolutely TERRIBLE dinner in 2000. So bad that I had to send the entrees back, as they were inedible, and there was nothing else appealing on the menu. I did email the chef, who said he was out that night, etc., but I felt that a restaurant of this reknown should have had better food. I can't recommend that anyone go here. The restaurant itself was lovely, and they did deduct what I sent back from the bill.
The menu which they post on the web is nothing like what you find when you get to the restaurant. Don't be deceived by all the Lorenza di Medici hype. Eat somewhere else. There are lots of better places nearby.