E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Signior Montanto. A master of fence rather than a soldier; a tongue-doughty knight. It is a word of fence, and hence Ben Jonson says, Your punto, your reverso, your stoccata, your imbrocata, your passada, your montanto. (Every Man in his Humour.)