Has this ever happened to you? You travel to a city or town and you eat at a great restaurant. You don’t exactly remember the name, but you have a vague notion of where it is. You return to said city or town and try to find this restaurant. But, it remains elusive. Then you become obsessed about it and set out on a mission to find this place that you swear still exists. This happened to me in the hill town of Montepulciano in Tuscany, Italy.
I had to find it. The restaurant with the cave where they stored the wine. I had eaten here in spring 2008 with my friend and her husband (then boyfriend). We had been wandering around Montepulciano in the rain, looking for a good restaurant. I spotted the sign down a side street. We walked up the stairs to the terrace and then through the door. We were sold as the menu looked delicious and the wine list fabulous. Plus, it had a great atmosphere – I loved the cave with all the wines stored in it. It didn’t disappoint. We had a splendid meal.
So, 4 years later I’m wandering around Montepulciano again, this time under sunny September skies, but I couldn’t find the place. It was making me crazy! That is until I walked along this terrace and I noticed tables and chairs under some large umbrellas. I looked to my right and there was the sign with the goddess of wine.
“This is it!” I exclaimed to no one. I was thrilled to have found it. I had come about it from a street above (how weird) and walked down some steps to the outdoor seating. So daggone lucky! Since it was too early for lunch (they weren’t open just yet), I walked down to the main street, taking note of the stores by the side street. An hour later I returned to sit outside. It was just as good as the first time, although I did miss the company of my friends. But, there was a friendly crowd on the terrace already diving into their plates of scrumptious Italian food. The Godimento di Vino!