Subject: Asciano
Peter wrote - <> Yes it is. La Pievina - We first read about this small osteria in 1993 and it took us 5 years to find it, but it was well worth the wait. Plate after plate of specialties, all based on fish, come streaming from the kitchen like buckets of water in the Sorcerer#s Apprentice. The food itself is delicious and is brought in daily from the Mediterranean and prepared by local women. The portions don#t overwhelm. Fourteen course prix fixe meal with wine for about $40 per person. Expect to spend a minimum of 3 hours plus for a meal. It#s about 8 - 10km west of Asciano on the road to Siena - it#s the only building in town. 0577.718.368 Closed Monday and Tuesday. Our favorite time to eat here is Sunday at lunch -

Also, the drive South from Asciano to the Abbey at Monte Oliveto is one of the most striking in the area.

Bill Sutherland