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Restaurants in Siena

Antica Osteria da Divo  


Cave dining...

When you see petto d'anatra al vin santo con patate allo zafferano, you can safely assume you're nouvelle Italian country. Truth be told, the duck breast of previous centuries might also have had some vin santo and saffron. But that's quibbling. This 21st century remake merges ancient stone and jazz tracks and slots tables into romantic nooks. The kitchen puts a spin on Tuscan basics, turning gnocchi into gnochetti di patate con erbe cipollina e pecorino di fossa (chives, oniongrass, melted pecorino). The main courses (including crossovers such as chicken and blueberry) come with a side dish, which isn't common in Italy. It all works out charmingly. — Katrina Maiano

Visa/Mastercard  
Via Franciosa, 25, Siena, IT-SI Map
Tel. 0577.284.381
Open Daily


Antica Trattoria Papei  


Ignore the stop sign...

Papei is quite serious about its bistecche, so if succulent sirloin suits you (bistecca alla Fiorentina) write this down. Located on Palazzo Pubblico, site of the city's fish market (and too much parking), this is hardly a Renaissance vision. But the kitchen moots annoyance. The pappardelle al sugo di cinghiale (thick, strip-pasta in boar sauce) and pici alla cardinale (pepperoncino and bacon) are both piquant. The coniglio all'arabbiata (rabbit with white wine, rosemary, and sage pepperoncino) also packs heat. Sienese marzipan is a delight for dessert. Book ahead, and in summer get an outside table. Indoors does't have much going for it — Cristina Polli

Major Credit Cards  
Piazza del Mercato, Siena, IT-SI Map
Tel. 0577.280.894
Closed Mondays


Da Trombicche  


Merry brothers.

A popular and lively taverna/enoteca opened near Piazza del Campo in the early 1990s, Da Trombicche and its co-managers Bobbe and Davide Porciatti do their job by delivering an array of simple local cuisine. The surroundings match the food: Chairs, long tables, and benches. For vegetarians, the verdure sott'olio (marinated veggies) does the trick. There are also many frittate, quiche-omelette based dishes. Meateaters try brasato al brunello or yield to one of many sausage and salami platters. House red is excellent but the vinaio is well-stocked. — Katrina Maiano

Cash Only  
Via delle Terme, 66, Siena, IT-SI Map
Tel. 0577.288.089
http://www.trombicche.it
Closed Sundays


Hosteria il Carroccio  


Quaint Caroccio.

One of my favorites — tiny, a great menu, a fresh light interior, and friendly staff. I usually order the pici, a thick, chewy spaghetti typical of the region and served with a rich sauce. I also like the pecorino cheese served in a salad with honey and black pepper. They have a great tasting menu for two! If you are alone, adopt another single traveler and enjoy a really special meal. Closed in winter. — Judy Witts

Visa/Mastercard  
Via Casato di Sotto, 32, Siena, IT-SI Map
Tel. 0577.41165
Closed Wednesdays


Le Logge  


Le Logge maintains its reputation.

A stone's throw from Piazza del Campo, La Logge has always risked tourist sullying — an progressive ailment that induces a restaurant to relinquish quality in favor of the two Ls: location and laurels. But winemaker-owner Gianni Brunelli resists. The malfatti (filled spinach and ricotta pasta) served here in 1990 is prepared with the same care nearly two decades later. Ravioli ripieni di pecorino e menta (ravioli stuffed with pecorino and flavored in mint and port) is delicious. Secondi include pig, veal and beef steak, swordfish (also try the petto di anatra confit con fruitti di bosco, duck breast with mountain berries.) Both inside and out, the restaurant has a typical no-nonsense trattoria feel. It is no longer cheap by any means, but certainly affordable (€30-40), depending on wine. Wonderful isn’t the way to describe it: Rock solid is better. (They also publish their own cookbook, which is sold here.) Closed for three weeks in January. — Katrina Maiano

Major Credit Cards  
Via del Porrione, 33, Siena, IT-SI Map
Tel. 0577.48013
Closed Sundays


Osteria Castelvecchio  


Bargain eats...

Good news: Strong, hearty cuisine, and you can still get away with €20-25 a head (including a carafe of house Chianti). You can thank the local clientele (which makes quite a lunchtime racket) for keeping the prices in check. Add to that the fact that it's hands-on family run (husband-and-wife team of Simone Romi and Sabrina Fabi eat what they make). No mystery here, just local staples (risotto, bocconcni, pici in rabbit sauce) and a menu that changes its specials daily (there’s also a tasting menu). Near the Duomo. — Katrina Maiano

Major Credit Cards  
Via Castelvecchio, 65, Siena, IT-SI Map
Tel. 0577.49586
Closed Tuesdays


Osteria del Coro  


Chesnut tagliatelle.

Stefano Azzi is the restaurant. The chef and owner knows his territory, and the awareness emerges in the dishes. Consider Tagliatelle di castagne con fagiano al chianti (chesnut tagliatelle), pappardelle di farro con ragu di carni bianche e zafferano (pappardelle with white ragů and saffron), insalata di Arista di cinta senese all'aceto balsamico (essentially a salad of greens, thinly rolled pig slices, in balsamic), and medaglioni di coniglio, verza e lonzino di Cinta Senese su radicchi di campo (rabbit medallions with thin slices of cinta senese, ham and chicory). Azzi, who opened the place in 1997, prizes local produce and features it. So, while all this might sound vaguely pretentious, it's the opposite. Down-home is a better description. The wine list is also handled with TLC. A meal here can cost up to €50 minus wine, but it's well worth it. Oh, and this is about food, not the trappings of fine dining, so service can be spotty. — Katrina Maiano

Cash Only  
Via Pantaneto, 85, Siena, IT-SI Map
Tel. 0577.222.482
http://www.osteriadelcoro.it
Closed Mondays


Tullio ai Tre Cristi  


Pici al porcino.

The contrada la giraffe is considered upscale, even monarchic (Vittorio Emanuele made it "imperial" in the 1930s). But a meal in this popular, pro-giraffe setting makes you imagine a 200-year-old sports bar. There's plenty of giraffe paraphernalia and a musty feel. Tullio isn't in the least romantic, but reliable instead. >Penne alla carrettiera has a Sicilian feel, juiced with pepperoncino. Pappardelle alla lepere (the gaminess jumps out) is a meal by itself. Otherwise, try the veal medallions medaglione in green butter are recommended. Antipasto Tre Cristi includes pici al porcino (homemade fat spaghetti with porcini mushroom sauce) and prosciutto rolls. Not a place for fish. — Cristina Polli

Visa/Mastercard  
Vicolo di Provenzano, 1, Siena, IT-SI Map
Tel. 0577.280.608
Closed Wednesdays



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