RESTAURANTS & SHOPPING IN MONTONE
Let us start out by stating emphatically that all of the restaurants in Montone are well worth testing. To varying degrees they offer la cucina tipica, examples of the local cuisine.
Within Montone's town walls are:
L'Antica Osteria (located in Piazza Fortebraccio) offering marvellous food with peasant origins, with prices for a full meal commecing at around 20 euros a head. With panoramic views to the mountains to the east, L'Antica Osteria is a great place for lunch.
Ristorante Erba Luna (between il Parco delle Rimembranza and Via delle Cerche) a wonderful new restaurant, at the top of town and under the village walls (the stables until the 19th century), which serves high-quality French-Italian food at very reasonable prices.
La Locanda del Capitano (30 metres from Piazza Fortebraccio, in Via Roma) offering high-quality food and experience at around 60 euros a head.
Taverna del Verziere (60 metres from Piazza Fortebraccio, at the end of Via dell'Ospedale) with good, wholesome mainly Sardinian food with medium prices around 25 to 28 euros.
Outside the walls is Le Fonti (just below Porta del Verziere) which does a very passable pizza at a very reasonable price.
Montone's sole dedicated pizzeria is il Condottiero, 20 metres from Piazza Fortebraccio. The pizzas, which can be made to order in eight to 10 minutes in whatever size you want, are delicious and very reasonably-priced.
Montone has one year-round cafe in Piazza Fortebraccio: Aries Cafe. Bar Erba Luna, at the top of the village, operates during the warmer months.
Macelleria Naticchi, just off Piazza Fortebraccio, sells, among other stuff, meat, bread, fruit, vegetables, baguettes, jams, condiments, wine, beer, soft drinks and bottled water. Guido the delightfully-exuberant proprietor and his wife Loriana open their shop Monday to Saturday from 7.30 am to 1.00 pm and Monday to saturday (except Thursday) from 4.30 to 7.00 pm.
Frutta e Verdura outside the walls is a small supermarket with a reasonable range of goods.
Other shops in Piazza Fortebraccio include a newsagency, Il Giullare, a hair-dressers and an interesting tessuteria (manchester shop) owned and run by the very engaging Carla Bei.
If you can't find it in Montone, you're sure to be able to find it in Umbertide, just eight kilometres from Montone.