Oreade - Monteverdi (near the town of Sarteano)
You want romance? I give you romance. Oreade is a restaurant named after the mythological mountain nymphs. The setting is truly another world, another time. In the most beautiful part of Tuscany, picture an isolated, miniscule mountaintop with a 12th-century castle and hamlet (population: 11) called Castiglioncello del Trinoro. The views are breathtaking, the silence deafening. Among the dozen stone houses is an eight-table restaurant in an ancient wine cellar carved out of the mountain. The décor is minimalist yet sophisticated. In summer, you can dine outside under a pergola.
Chef Giancarla Bodoni’s cooking is superb based on farm-to-table freshness, intelligence, and imagination. The crispy octopus with bean-pure lemon and paprika emulsion, followed by venison ravioli in porcini sauce, followed by slow-braised wild boar ribs over celery root pure with crispy spinach, accompanied by a fine wine chosen from a meticulously chosen wine list of the region, will prepare you for a romantic moonlight stroll. And your monastically elegant room will be just steps away. You’ll fall madly in love with life.