Osteria Acquacheta is a very special place, even among all the good restaurants in Montepulciano.
Why we like this eatery so much
Prices are low for such tasty food, like 6 euros for a plate of fresh pasta al ragu (in 2018). Standard menu and the daily menu are both worth looking thru. Lots of choices but the reason many come here is the big thick steak the owner chops off and brings to show for your approval. Your steak will be cooking on the wood burning BBQ you see ablaze way back in the kitchen. This is a long and narrow space that packs in tables and chairs. Therefore you sometimes need to share the long communal table with other foodies. But it’s fun for us to rub shoulders and get to know fellow travelers while eating the most authentic local food in Montepulciano.
Menu at Osteria Acquacheta
Pici and several other pastas and soup are made with pure homespun goodness, all local stuff. The big Fiorentina steak dominates the long list of mains. This steak is a meat-lover’s dream come true but it’s huge, so share it with 2 or more people. Grilled pigeon, rabbit, pork, sausages … deer, duck, salt-cod, truffles, baked cheese … and the excellent choice of many greens and vegetables. Giulio, the owner is a famously grumpy-looking guy, but has a sense of humor and speaks English. Some customers don’t get it, so reviews can be mixed. But take my word for it, Acquacheta is an excellent place for a hearty and delicious meal that doesn’t break the budget.
Wine tips at the Osteria
The owner offers very decent local red and white wines, but also encourage you to bring your own special bottle. You pay only 1.5 euros per person for corkage. They serve wine in simple short glasses, so don’t look any fancy high-stem goblets here. The same glass is actually used for both water and wine.
How to Find this Osteria in Montepulciano
Our last visit was in August 2018. Walk down just a few minutes from Piazza Grande, past Teatro Poliziano. Address: Via del Teatro, 22 – 53045 Montepulciano (SI), Tel:+39 0578 717086, Fax:+39 0578 717086, call or fax for bookings. Walk-in without a booking and you often find a table right at the start of service, at 12:30 for lunch, and 7:30 pm for dinner.
Open for lunch and dinner 6 days a week, closed on Tuesdays.
This osteria is closed for 3 months in winter.