An enoteca in Italy refers to anything from a wine store to a wine bar to a restaurant with a special focus on wine. Unlike in the US, wine in Italy practically requires a food accompaniment, so these wine bars will always have something available to eat (even a wine tasting during a winery visit will often come with a plate of salumi and bread). Also unlike the US, where wine bars can seem like serious and studied (and expensive) temples to fermented grape juice, Italian enotecas are casual places often serving a limited selection of the local rustic specialties.
They can be the ideal choice for the traveler who doesn’t want to tackle a full-course Italian meal at midday, but wants something more than pizza-by-the-yard or a panini. Our favorite Italian enoteca is Bengodi (Bengodi is the mythical culinary paradise with a Parmigiano mountain). Casual, friendly owner, good food and wine. And inexpensive.Via della Società Operaia, 11 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga, Siena, Tuscany Italy +39 0577 355116 Enoteca Bengodi’s Website Enoteca Bengodi on Facebook