After having had a hearty breakfast and a pair of sandwiches for lunch (Falorni’s Prosciutto di Cinta and Salame con Chinghiale that I am still missing!) I was in the mood for something a little lighter. A salad, pizza and a beer sounded just about perfect.
La Cantina is a fairly bustling place, doing a brisk business in carry out pizza, but with a lovely, full service dining room ready for visitors. Once again though, I opted to sit outside and enjoy these last (almost) warm evenings of the year. Service here was attentive and the portions huge by Italian standards. My salad of lettuce, arugula, Gorgonzola, anchovies and olives could easily have been split between two people, and made a fine starter.
The pizza, a Quattro stagione which includes olives, artichokes, ham and mushrooms, was equally large. It hung perilously over the plate though its crisp, and virtually paperthin, crust offering plenty of support. While ample, the pizza was only partially satisfying. The crust was simply too thin and too crisp, lacking the chewy texture that makes the best pizzas standout.
All in all, La Cantina offers good value with it’s fairly priced, and amply proportioned dishes, but I would not return for the pizza. The pizza was so large that I could not finish it. I did however finish my beer, or two, and headed out for an evening stroll around town. Like most Italian towns, things were very quiet once I moved off the main Piazza. I strolled around the back of the Santa Croce church and watched the rhythm of small town life in Italy pass by as I listened to water cascading from the embrace of a nearby sculpture.
Satisfied and soothed I contemplated my next move, to Montepulciano, and the wonders of their Vino Nobile. I realized how busy my day was going to be , and knew my time would be better spent resting up, so back to the Albergo I went. Greve in Chianti is a lovely town, and I didn’t even hit some of their most famous restaurants. That will have to wait for another day, which I am already looking forward to.
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Part One: Arrival and Montalcino
Part Three: Tasting Chianti in Chianti
Part Four: The Hilltop Village of Montepulciano
Part Five: The Wines of Montepulciano
Part Six: Driving and Dining in Umbria
Part Seven: The Sagrantino of Montefalco - Adanti
Part Eight: Orvieto