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Siena Recommendations Wanted

Sid Cundiff | Jan 24, 2010 06:21 AM

This coming Palm Sunday evening, my train arriving c.1830hrs from Rome, until Holy Wednesday early morning I’ll be in Siena. I welcome Chowhounders’ judgements and recommendations for dining.

My emphasis, in order of decreasing importance:

i. first and foremost: the cuisine of Siena and her environs
ii the wine of the same (or the wine of Orvieto)
iii. one or two fine dining places
iv. several places less expensive yet still Chowhound quality
v. at least one place where the emphasis is on the wine but also serves a meal
vi. at least one place on the campo
vii. within walking distance, my hotel in the middle of the city; yet if a place is really worth it, and a taxi will take me there, I’ll consider it.

I’ll need five recommendations, two recommendations for “dinner” (“lunch” to you Yankees), and three recommendations for supper. And because the hotel might charge too much for breakfast, any place for a simple breakfast of cappuccino and cornetto.

I’ve done my homework! Below is the result of my searching Chowhounders on Siena in the past two years. And because our own M Fant doesn’t have a book out on Siena (as far as I know), I’ve consulted Plotkin _Italy For the Gourmet Traveler_ (hereafter P), the Michelin _Italia 2009_ (M), and the latest _Blue Guide Tuscany_ (B)

Here’s the Chowhounder list, alphabetical:

1. Buca, La
2. Cane e Gatto
3. Canto, Il
4. Caroccio, Il
5. Castelvecchio, Osteria (also recommended by P )
6. Chiacchera, Osteria la
7. Divo, Antica Osteria da
8. Logge, Osteria le, also M P B
9. Morbidi
10. Mugolene, Ristorante M P
11. Nonna Gina, Osteria
12. Papei, Al, aka "Trattoria Papei", M
13. Tamburino, Osteria Il
14. Terzi, Enoteca i
15. Torre, Trattoria La (A thorough report from tupac17616) B

P also recommends:

16. L’ Osteria (also B)
17. La Vecchia Tarverna del Bacco
18 Grotta di Santa Caterina da Bagoga
19. Enoteca Italiana di Siena (does it serve meals or it just wine?)

B also recommends:

20. Tre Cristi (also M)
21. Le Campane

And M also recommends:

22. Al Mangia (appears to be right on the Campo)
23. Enzo
24. La Taverna di San Giuseppe
25. Nello “La Taverna”

Your updates, confirmations, additions, subtractions, praise, and blame, all are most welcome. Thanks beforehand, and I’ll reciprocate with a long report upon my return.

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