I've lived in Montalcino, Toscana for almost 20 years. It takes me a little more than a 1 hour drive from Montalcino to Aquapendente to eat at Francesco and Mara's restaurant and I do so as often as I can. I had the pleasure of taking two dear friends there a few days ago for lunch thinking that they had never been there before but Dan (Daniele) and his wife Janice (Giovanna) from the USA reminded me that I'd taken them to Pugnalone once before, a couple of years ago, when they last visited me in Montalcino. Nothing had changed they said, fabulous inventive dishes by Francesco, the warm welcome and attention by his wife Mara, extensive wine list and very reasonable prices for such fine food. It's well worth a detour no matter where you are going, make sure you stop here!