The restaurant Le Tre Terrazze is the only public business in the small hilltop village Monteggiori. We stayed in this village for 7 nights during our 9-day trip to Tuscany. Our family hotel is just 20 metres away from the restaurant. We figured out that if we wanted to taste some local wines without driving, we could choose there.
We did not expect that the restaurant was fully booked out the day. So we booked a table for the next evening. On the website, it says the opening time is 19:30, but it actually starts around 20:00. When we entered the restaurant the next day, we were right away attracted by the view from the terrace.
The restaurant was founded by the aunt of the current owner, Viviana Viviani. She was known as “la mamma”, that’s how the locals called her. For decades “Le Tre Terrazze” offers good home-style food while enjoying its great time. The restaurant frequently hosted some of the Versilian characters between the 70s and 80s. The established culinary tradition still lives on today.
The views from the terraces
Le Tre Terrazze has a fantastic location. It has altogether three terraces, which is Le Tre Terrazze in Italian. Each of them has marvelous views over the flat land and the sea. While we were waiting for the food, we watched the sunset view. As the sun went down the colour of the sky changed. The surrounding area was peaceful. We had a wonderful dinner accompanied by the unforgettable sunset views.
The interior design
The interior design was done by an Italian-Austrian. We heard he was talking with other guests about his designing idea. One of the guests was an Austrian. He spoke fluent German with her. The other one is a French. They used English to communicate with each other. The design is in a rustic style with lots of hearty decorations.
The homemade food from Le Tre Terrazze
So what do they offer then? They offer a selection of homemade dishes with the family’s secret recipes. For starters we tried two dishes:
- Cold cuts, which is a plate of different salamis
- Cheese selections with honey and jam
We tried following dishes as the first course (Primi Piatti):
- Homemade pasta with asparagus and bacon
- Homemade pasta with wild boar sauce
The menu didn’t sound so special, but the food was very delicious. We liked the food so much that the next time we ordered the same dishes again.
As the second course (Secondi Piatti) we ordered a dish called the Grilled chicken with potatoes in English. But according to the Italian menu, this is a type of a male chicken or cock. It was quite small and stuffed up with rosemary. Maybe there were other herbs used as well. That remained as secret to us. The skin was crispy, and its meat was slightly salty. Because the chicken was small, its meat was thoroughly seasoned by all the ingredients. It was so delicious that I would like to order the second one. But there wasn’t any to order. Because the whole preparation took time, the restaurant only prepared a small amount based on the daily reservations.
There were several guests from other nations as well. The waiters can only speak basic English. Nevertheless, we got what we ordered. We were very happy with the service as well as the quality of the food. There are many good reviews about this restaurant as well.
The business goes on and on through the midnight. The small parking lot next to the village’s graveyard was completely full between 20:00 and 22:00, every day. If you happen to be in the area, Le Tre Terrazze is a restaurant definitely worth to try.