During our Tuscan road trip, we were in the hill town of Montepulciano, Italy, on Valentine's Day. We didn't make any restaurant plans ahead of time (good going E!), so we relied on TripAdvisor.com for recommendations. After a quick search, we found Borgobuio. The dinner was a blast! The owners are a married couple, Piers and Elda. Elda is the chef and Piers runs the front of the house. While waiting for the wine to breathe, Piers brought over a leather bound book which showed Borgobuio ranked in the top 100 restaurants in Tuscany and had me read the entry aloud for all the guests -- he was VERY proud! Piers gave us the best wine service either of us have ever received.
The atmosphere is intimate and comfortable. The food was arguably the best meal I have ever had. I loved dining in a former cellar. The architecture was so interesting. Also interesting was the flat screen TVs playing concert DVDs during the meal. That element prompted some bad reviews on TripAdvisor. I feel like seeing "Cool and the Gang" in concert was just the quirky touch that really revealed Piers sense of humor. As soon as we walked in the front door, we knew this was going to be a special night!
We had a very special Valentine's Day together. What is your favorite romantic evening? I'd love to hear about your special night stories!