You’re sitting at the table in a restaurant in Montepulciano and you’re eager to enjoy a good meal, just like the ones you saw on italian cuisine tv shows. You have been in Italy for a few days, now, and you want to taste everything. Well, here’s some golden rules to fully enjoy the local food, just like an italian – or better, a poliziano, that’s the name of the citizens of Montepulciano – would do.

  1. Never ask for a cappuccino for lunch or dinner. Cappuccino is part of the typical breakfast, usually along with a nice warm croissant: pairing it with a cold cuts serving doesn’t work!
  2. Talking about cold cuts and salame: in Montepulciano and all around Tuscany they’re usually very savory and they go along wounderfully with a nice glass of red wine.
  3. If you come to Montepulciano wine is a must, especially the Rosso and the Nobile di Montepulciano, not to be confused with the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, which is typical, as the name says, of the Abruzzo region. You would never ask for a typical dish of Chicago while in New Orleans.
  4. Tagliata is supposed to be eaten slightly underdone, not overcooked! If you wish, the chef will adjust the cooking to your preference, but he won’t be happy. Absolutely don’t top it with ketchup.
  5. Your meal is almost over, and here we need to debunk a myth: you shouldn’t dip cantucci in your Vinsanto. The Vinsanto di Montepulciano is supposed to be a sweet ‘meditation wine’, not a dessert.