Restaurant guide for Siena Province
Updated June 2017. This list is our personal recommendation for eating well. The restaurants where you should make reservations are noted with *. During the summer call at least one day in advance for dinner (cena) reservations (pre-notazione). Kitchen is typically open for lunch from 12:30 to about 2:00 pm, for dinner: 7:30 – 9:30 pm, and later on weekends.
In restaurants, pizza is served at dinner only. During the day, buy pizza by the slice from the snack-bars in towns. House wine is always good. If you’re a couple, ask for mezzo litro di rosso = half a litre of red in a carafe, works out to 4 servings. Most restaurants now only have bottled wines. Craft beer is now available and made by small local breweries. No smoking inside, but at outside tables, please ask your waiter if okay to fumare, then ask for the porta cenere = the ashtray. Some restaurants still don’t take credit cards so bring enough cash. Buon appetito!
Vorrei prenotare per la cena domani sera, due persone, il nome: Smith = I would like to make a reservation for dinner tomorrow evening, 2 people, name: Smith.
Vorrei prenotare per il pranzo oggi, quatro persone, il nome: Jones = I would like to make a reservation for lunch today, 4 people, name: Jones.
Preferisco una tavola fuori = I prefer a table outside, dentro = inside
$ = moderate, $$ = mid-range, $$$ = costly
Acquaviva di Montepulciano
Ristorante l’Angolo, serves classic Tuscan cuisine in a pleasant restaurant with good service. Go for lunch while touring the Vino Nobile vineyards. They now have 2 sides to this place, the established restaurant and at the adjacent refurbished room is a modern fusion style new restaurant. Have a look at the different menus, share an antipasto plate, and taste the home made long pasta called “pici”. The bottle of high quality/low price red wine from a local canteen was served with passion for hospitality by the owner. Closed Mondays. Via Via Galileo Galilei 18, 53045 Acquaviva di Montepulciano, behind the main church, 3 blocks from the main street, center of town (our last visit was years ago, but I hear it’s still excellent). (+39) 0578-767-216. ($$)*
Amiata mountain, village of Pescina
Ristorante Silene, fine dining at Mt Amiata, well worth a detour to this famous restaurant and country Inn. Refined cooking and local specialties (truffles, mushrooms, game), also vegetarian selection. Enjoy delicious hand-made pasta and the baked chocolate desert. Extensive wine list, professional staff, well furnished dining room. Closed Mondays & during November. At cross-roads, center of village, short drive from Seggiano. 0564-950-805. ($$)*
Locanda Amordivino, dine at the best restaurant in town, very nicely done large outdoor area in the back where you can see the chef grill steaks at a huge BBQ. Excellent pasta as well, also good starters, so we eat well here. Last visit in June 2016. Closed Tuesdays. Corso Matteotti, 126/128, 53041 Asciano, at the end of main street. Tel: 0577-165 660. ($$)
il Loggiato is our current favorite here, it’s more of a tavern than a restaurant, tables outside and inside downstairs 2 dining rooms with rustic brick walls and cozy atmosphere, very informal menu of bruschettas, cheese plates and other light meals and snacks, but also soups and meat dishes at reasonable prices. Newly opened just below the bookstore, attentive service. Open for lunch and dinner, closed Thursdays. Tel 0577-888-973. www.illoggiato.com ($$)
Osteria La Parata, Osteria del Leone, and La Terrazza have all been there for many years and are well known restaurants. Usually you can get a table even during the summer. But on holiday weekends they get very busy and both service and food quality suffer. We’ve had many good meals and a few bad ones too. This is a tourist hot-spot where the food scene is constantly changing and also the staff and management have high turnover. There are also 3 cafes along the main walk serving snacks and light meals, so you have more choice.
1 km from the Val di Chiana A1 exit:
Betulia, classic Tuscan cooking, standard pastas and grilled meats. Closed Saturdays. Established small restaurant with constantly good meals. Via Vittorio Veneto 21, just inside the town from intersection to Sinalunga. Tel: 0577-624-131.($)
La Via di Mezzo, good place for lunch and dinner in center of old town, very good local seasonal fare including home-made pasta, daily specials, big salads. Inside lots of room for even big groups, outside a few tables. Closed Tuesdays. Last visit in July 2016. Friendly service and English spoken. Via Soccini 53. On the main street, center of old town. Tel: 0577-806-320.($$) www.osterialaviadimezzo.com
Camarlegno, is a very good trattoria on the central piazza of the village. Serves the local menu at reasonable prices, see all the specials for this summer. Many tables on the piazza and more in a charming dining room upstairs, walk past the bar and the B&B reception desk to get there. The roof-top of the tower has a spectacular open dining area seating 4 to 12 people, (if you can climb up the steps!) special booking for groups. Last visited May 2017. Closed Mondays. 0577-665-373. ($$)
Trattoria della Filiera, is a new eatery in town, located under the large parking area facing Montisi in a light and bright building with an entire wall of arches filled with windows. The charming Daniella runs the dining room while her brother is the chef, cooking traditional items such as the excellent lasagne I had, and also familiar treats for tourists, like hamburgers. This is a great place for groups, because there’s a lot of space indoors, plus 2 long picnic tables with umbrellas outside. It may not be fancy, but a very welcoming and relaxed place to have a good meal. Last visit July 2016. Via Del Lecceto, Castelmuzio, Italy. 0577-665-153 ($)
Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Sant’Antimo monastery
Osteria del Bassomondo, excellent local food, best home made pastas, try the tagliatelle with mushroom sauce. Closed Mondays. Best place for lunch when visiting the monastery. 0577-835-619. ($) www.antimo.it schedule of services w/ Gregorian Chant
Locanda Sant’Antimo, good home style cooking. Closed Wednesdays. The other trattoria near Sant’Antimo, with large outdoor terrace. 0577-835-546. ($)
8 km up from town, well worth the scenic drive, you arrive at Ristorante I Lecci. Currently (May 2017) the best value (quality/price) restaurant in the Orcia Valley and Amiata areas of southern Tuscany. You reach sublime heights of culinary nirvana with Chef Rita’s fresh melt-in-your-mouth pasta with delicious sauce of truffle-walnut cream or porcini mushrooms, to-die-for! Tortelli can be had with the best ragu. My choice is the little gnocchetti verdi al gorgonzola. In warm weather we have leisurely lunches under shade on the wide panoramic terrace with platters of antipasti, and in the late fall dinners by the fireplace inside the well furnished large restaurant. Game is also on the menu, and their tender steaks of Chianina beef are cooked over hot coals, but leave some room for dessert too (sharing is okay). Your charming host, Andrea, takes good care of you while Rita is an amazing chef. The prices are lower than one would expect and the atmosphere is most welcoming.
From Pienza in the Orcia valley take the route SS2, the Via Cassia, just south of Bango Vignoni, drive up to Castiglion d’Orcia and keeping to the main road, drive past town and continue another 4 km along route SS323, at fork turn left toward Vivo d’Orcia (route SP18). Take this road driving thru the forest and in 4 km you see on your right a 2-story roadhouse with a large parking area. Tel: 0577-887-287, reservations not needed during the week. address: Localita Lecci – Vivo D’Orcia, 53023 Castiglione D’Orcia, Italy. Tel: 0577-887-287, reservations not needed during the week. ($$)
Celle sul Rigo
il Poggio is a farm-stay and horse-riding destination with an excellent large restaurant, with well spaced tables and covered outside seating too. Charming staff serve delicious local food and the classics, so it’s sure to please. Last visit August 2016. Open every day, look for the signs, on a hilltop next to town ($$). 0578-53748.
Trattoria La Pace, good home-style cooking (mamma in the kitchen), enjoy excellent hand-made “pici” at this friendly family restaurant. Besides the pici and the meats cooked “ai buglione”, the menu also offers specialties like tagliolini all’ortica (= ribbon pasta with nettle sauce), spinach and ricotta ravioli and pasta with wild boar ragu. Everything is home made from traditional recipes of grandma Amelia. is Lucia the cook, with Moreno, the husband, serving the food. Open every day during summer, closed Thursdays rest of the year. Covered terrace in summer is very pleasant, last visit May 2015. In the center of old town, Via Teatro 5. ($) 0578-53716, cell: 339 858 7794
Osteria Vecchia di Nilo has moved away from the narrow alley to a much better location at the end of the main Piazza Garibaldi #33. Osteria Vecchia is now simply known as “da Nilo” (at Nilo’s), after the owner himself. This is still the same beloved local favorite. Menu has fresh seasonal and regional dishes, superb homemade pastas, delicious food and great value for money. We last had lunch there in June 2016, the ravioli and the lamb chops just delicious, and the pici aglione had the more intense garlic flavor that I crave for! Closed Tuesdays in low season only. Seating outside on the terrace to the right of the main entry (best place for views over the piazza), and more tables al fresco around at the back of the restaurant. Inside is a classy dining room. Highly recommended restaurant, can get very busy so reservation is a must especially for the terrace in the summer evenings. Tel: 0578-239-040 www.iltigliodipiazza.it/ristorante-da-nilo.aspx ($$)*
Osteria del Merlo, is a superb restaurant and serious competition to the above Osteria da Nilo. It opened just 2 years ago, and has already carved out a reputation amongst the Italian foodies. Located at the south-east corner of Piazza Garibaldi, just dozen steps to the left from Nilo’s and around the corner from the cafe, you see a large stone tower with covered outdoor seating at the front deck, and inside you take a few steps down to a spacious high vaulted dining room at the base of the tower. A/c inside was welcome for our first lunch there in the hot days of August 2015. Professional waiters offer smooth service and excellent wine list (also by the glass), but the star here is the Chef Elisa in the kitchen! She beautifully prepared seasonal foods with sublime flavors, everything we had was delicious. Can’t wait to go back! Closed Mondays. Via Sobborgo, 1, Cetona. Tel: 0578-238-299, www.osteriadelmerlo.it ($$)
Mondo X, Ristorante La Frateria, at Convento di St. Francesco, supreme culinary feast in one of the most elegant and historical settings, pris fix tasting menus and a’ la carte, near 100 euro per person. Best for intimate fine dining. Closed Tuesdays. Beautiful setting in historical convent, outside terrace too. Located just north of Cetona. 0578-238-261. ($$$)*
Cortona – Camucia
when your travels take you to Cortona, in the valley below is Canta Napoli, a superb seafood restaurant just north of the town of Camucia. Gary and I had a memorable lunch here on 18 June 2014. It’s rare to have excellent seafood this far inland, so this restaurant owned by 2 Neapolitan brothers should get every seafood lover’s attention. The shellfish was superb, featured firstly on the antipasto platter that we shared as a starter. It had fresh cold octopus salad and several types of cured fish and as soon we finished it, out came the surprise 2nd part; a bowl of steaming clams and mussels! The pasta course was predetermined since we are dedicated to spaghetti alle vongole, and sure enough, sweet and delicious clams piled high on top of hot pasta was a treat to all senses. We even had the main course which was perhaps a bit too much food at lunch, but could not resist tasting their grilled and lightly fried mixed seafood platters, to further explore the menu. House white wine was perfect and inexpensive, and the whole meal with mineral water and coffees came to about 45 euros a head. Really good value for such high quality food. Service was friendly and efficient, menu has English translation, the setting was most pleasant in one of their two well furnished dining rooms. There’s parking up front and down the side street. Located at a roadside hamlet just north of Camucia see signs on the main road, the SS 71. www.cantanapoli.net Loc. Le Piagge, 33/A – Camucia di Cortona (AR), tel: 0575-62996. GPS 43.272727, 11.972061.
Osteria Etrusca. With all this good food around, sometimes only one thing can make a restaurant stand out. Now I’m talking about hospitality. Our recent meal (May 2015) in Chiusi was in the center of the old town, at Osteria Etrusca. Hospitality here is like magic; the charm, warmth and kindness of the owners, father and daughter, is beyond comparison. They both speak English. We sat at a covered outside table watching the street scene at the end of the day, and agreed that this is why we love Italy! The food is classic local fare, our group of 6 ordered pizzas, pastas, steak and salads … all delicious and very affordably priced. Here you’re not just a tourist. Closed Mondays. Via Porsenna, 53043 Chiusi , tel: 0578-222-243
Osteria La Solita Zuppa, creative take on Tuscan cooking, good food but small portions. Closed Tuesdays. Friendly service, cozy restaurant. Via Porcenna 21, in middle of the old town with the famous Etruscan museum. Tel: 0578-21-006. ($$)* www.lasolitazuppa.it
the best deal in 2017 is at Ristorante La Terrazza Chiusure (on Facebook) same as Osteria Pizzeria Delle Piazze (on Tripadvisor) , serving classic meals on the north side of the village, with big portions and it’s inexpensive so bring everyone! 4 people can eat for 50 euros total, and the pizza is superb. I always ‘splurge’ and order the Antipasto Goloso and the Pizza Pazza. Tell the charming ladies, Giovanna and Adriana, that Zak sent you! The covered terrace has panoramic views over Tuscany, you see the huge Monte Oliveto Abbey illuminated down the valley in the evenings. Tel: 0577 707103 for reservation. Via delle Piazze, 3, Chiusure , 53041 Asciano SI ($)*
Locanda il Paradiso (on Facebook, Google) has been here in Chiusure (10 km to Asciano and Buonconvento) for decades located on the edge of the village and offers a simple menu of summertime food with cold starters, hot soups and pastas at fair prices. The Paradiso has a wide covered terrace up front and a great view down to the Monte Oliveto abbey. This humble local cafe has become a favorite place of bicycle groups and motorbike tours, so be sure to call ahead to make a reservation during the summer. Tel: 0577 707016 . Via Porta Senese, 25, Chiusure, 53041 Asciano SI ($)*
Colle Val d’Elsa
Ristorante Arnolfo, the very best cuisine in Siena Province, with Michelin stars well earner by the Trovato brothers, Chef and Maitre d’. For the fabulous tasting menus of 6 or more small courses, expect to pay over 100 euros per person, and you can also order a’ la carte. Excellent wine list. Stop here when driving to San Gimignano or Volterra. Food is elevated to a fine art, service is professional, dining room is comfortable and smart casual dressing would be appropriate. Closed every Tuesday and Wednesday. Via XX Settembre 50, center of the upper old town. 0577-920-549 www.arnolfo.com/ ($$$)*
Ristorante Dopolavoro has now re-opened, newly remodeled as a spacious open barn-like restaurant and highly recommended stop while touring the Val d’Orcia region. Located near the famous villa and gardens, come here for lunch before taking the guided garden tour on Wednesday afternoon at La Foce (tours start at 3, 4, 5 and 6pm). We had lunch there last in July of 2013, fresh and tasty food in a relaxing covered outdoor setting, with friendly service and English spoken. Strada della Vittoria, 90, La Foce (SI) – Tel: 0578-754-025 www.dopolavorolafoce.it
Valserena is a local trattoria halfway between Siena and Buonconvento at Lucignano d’Arbia. Valserena is a neighborhood restaurant with a basic traditional menu, but it’s definitely the best simple eatery in this valley and visited by the locals for their grilled meats. Great atmosphere, loud conversations, and everybody seems to know everybody. Come here for a good evening with absolutely authentic and really inexpensive food, drinkable house wine, and very friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We have feasted on their delicious spare ribs and gnocchi with pesto. Pizza is also cooked in the evenings. Don’t miss this experience! Open for lunch and dinner, closed on Wednesdays. The restaurant is perched on a hill west of the Via Cassia, about 9 km north from Buonconvento, and 1 km south of Lucignano d’Arbia. Via Cassia Sud, 2858, 53014, Monteroni d’Arbia. Tel: 0577-374-545. www.lavalserena.com
Lucignano, in Val di Chiana (Ar)
Ristorante il Goccino, is known for excellent cooking, it’s creative and fun, one of the best in the region. Set inside the town walls, this is an eatery of high quality, both in food and service. The menu created by Chef Susanna is loaded with seasonal food, including, a surprisingly large selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes! I love the marvelous mixed antipasto platter of tasty treats. From the street the restaurant looks small, but expands side, and in fine weather, ask to be seated out the back on the veranda, as the view across the Tuscan countryside is wonderful. On main street of old town at: Via Matteotti, 90, 52046 Lucignano. 0575.836707 ($$)*
Taverna del Grappolo Blu, our last visit back in 2008 was a pleasure, and I hear that it’s still serving rich and tasty home made pastas on pretty plates, excellent guinea foul, half-bottles of house red at great value. Warm and cozy interior in rustic building, friendly service, English spoken. Located right off the main street (Via Mazzini) near town-hall piazza, a few steps down the side alley Scala di Moglio, look for the signs. Open every day. 0577-847-150 ($$)*
Boccon di Vino and Taverna dei Barbi are 2 well known restaurants, but we stay away, so please let me know if you go and how it was!
Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey
Ristorante San Valentino is part of the Piccolo Hotel San Valentino just 2 miles from the Abbey towards Buonconvento. From the road you drive up and around the back for parking. There’s a covered terrace that’s good for lunch, and inside a large dining room but step thru to the wide open garden patio for dining outside in the warm season. The cook’s name is Gigliola and she’s a pro in preparing the classic Tuscan menu with a very nice touch. In the summer you should try her panzanella and burrata ravioli, with good local wines and of course always ask about the specials! It’s very romantic there on the patio and garden at sunset! Address: SP451, 53041 San Valentino, Asciano SI, Italy, (+39) 0577 707153 ($$)
Ristorante La Torre at the Abbey serves good food outside on the large covered terrace, but is often busy with tour groups. Closed Tuesdays. Enjoy lunch on the terrace when visiting the famous abbey. 0577-707-022. ($$)*
Up 1 km from the abbey in Chiusure is an excellent pizzeria Ristorante La Terrazza serving classic meals on the north side of the village with panoramic views. The Osteria il Paradiso inside the village offers a classic simple menu of summertime food of cold starters, hot soups and pastas at fair prices. Paradiso also has a wide covered terrace up front and a great view to the abbey.
Al Botteghino, is an established road-house restaurant on the way from Torrita to Pienza, near the town of Montefollonico. Simple but excellent cooking, very popular with locals, one of our favorite Tuscan “truck-stops”. We had lunch there in May 2017 and it was superb. Try the anjovy starter and warm crostinis (can be shared), for pasta course the surprisingly small and light gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce, heavenly! Best meaty pork ribs! Thisrreally is the best place in the area for pork ribs and sausages, mouthwatering and grilled juicy delicious. They also serve pizza which looked very good. Large covered outdoor dining areas. Closed on Tuesdays. Located on the main road at the intersection, address: Localita’ Osteria delle Noci 25, 53049 Torrita di Siena. 0577-668-031. ($)
La Chiusa, another famous restaurant we stay away from. Go instead to La Grotta or Locanda dell’Amorosa or Mondo X La Frateria for good fine dining in this region.
Osteria Acquacheta, excellent value in touristy Montepulciano and the favorite place of the locals. Simple rustic place with good atmosphere, great selection of vegetables and daily specials. Service can be a bit rough!. Just down from Piazza Grande, past Teatro Poliziano. Via del Teatro 22. 0578-758-443. ($)*
La Grotta, highly recommended classic restaurant with refined cuisine and professional service, and it’s the perfect place to enjoy the splendid Vino Nobile wines. Seasonal specialties include truffles, porcini mushrooms, game, fresh pasta. Large outside dining area. We just had a wonderful dinner there on Friday 23rd of June 2017. Closed on Wednesdays. Next to the San Biagio church, below the town on the west side. Tel: 0578-757-607. ($$$)*
Osteria La Porta, excellent restaurant and wine bar, recently re-done, popular with Italians who come to enjoy the fresh and creative interpretation of local specials, and the spellbinding hilltop village. Ask for a table on the terrace with panoramic views. Last visit in May 2016. Closed on Thursdays. Small restaurant, best to make a reservations. English spoken by Daria, the wonderful owner. Located at the town gate. 0578-755-163. www.osterialaporta.it/osteria.en.php ($$)*
Ristorante il Pozzo, has been a good local restaurant over the years, but changes hands often and is open during the warm months only. If you are renting a villa in the area, look this up first, but if closed, you can walk to the pizzeria down the road for a simple meal.
La Bottega delle Nane, excellent cooking and we like it. Some of the best food in the area, lots of daily and seasonal specials. Two problems are (1) no written menu for the daily specials – they tell you what’s available, the waiter speaks some English. (2) No house wines by the glass, only full bottles – but the local Monte Cetona area wines are not expensive. Closed Thursdays. Via Provinciale 187, town center. Tel: 0578-244-295. ($$)*
Ristorante – Pizzeria La Vigna, good local cooking, outdoor seating in the back. Run by a charming elderly couple, a traditional place where you’ll eat very well. Fresh fish Thursdays and Fridays. Closed Wednesdays. Via Provinciale 163, center of town. Tel: 0578-244-007. ($)
Latte di Luna, excellent local cooking, our favorite place to eat the best homemade pici (= hand-rolled spaghetti, have it with ragu or aglione, the garlic sauce) and superb steaks (filetto), some days also rabbit and duck, best known for their maialino = roasted suckling pig, this is the house specialty. Friendly service by owners Roberto and Enrica, she’s now cooking with her mother in the kitchen. Closed Tuesdays and usually the month of July (this year they go up to the Alps for cooler weather!). Very, very nice outside dining in front, but you need to reserve table well in advance. They take a summer holiday and close for the month of July. Please verify exact dates in 2017. Via San Carlo 2, east end of main street, just inside the gate. 0578-748-606. ($)*
Ristorante del Falco, for a good Tuscan meal, you should try this established local restaurant, we always eat well here. On our last visit in October 2013 we had good homemade pasta, grilled lamb chops, and delicious desserts. Outdoor tables in the front courtyard. This classic local restaurant does not rate highly in Pienza, but it’s because they have not changed their traditional ways just to appeal to the modern tourist trade. Service is quick and friendly, English spoken. If you are tired of the limited fare at the many wine-bars in Pienza, come here for a proper meal. Closed Fridays. Piazza Dante Alighieri 7, on main road next to the park, just outside of the old town. Tel: 0578-748-551. ($)*
San Casciano dei Bagni
Ristorante Daniela, excellent Tuscan cuisine restaurant-style. Highly recommended by our clients. Closed Wednesdays. Piazza Matteotti 7, center of town. 0578-58041. ($$)*
San Quirico d’ Orcia
Trattoria Osenna, our favorite restaurant here, with a wonderful setting for outside dining back in the courtyard under the enormous wisteria sheltering the terrace tables. Lot’s to choose on the menu. The ravioli is some of the best I’ve ever had. Their steaks (tagliata) are aged tender so you can almost cut with a fork, and delicious. Closed Wednesdays. Last visit May 2017. Via Dante Alighieri 42, center of town. Tel: 0577-897-541. www.trattoriaosenna.com/ ($$)
Osteria del Cardinale took this spot on the main street few years ago from il Tinaio. This is an excellent restaurant serving high quality Tuscan food, care is taken in presentation, food is both delicious to taste and attractive on the plate. There’s a high-vaulted dining room downstairs but we have always sat at the street-side tables. No inexpensive house wines here, only “fine” wines so the cost of the meal does go up compared to our usual trattoria dinners. ($$$) Via Dante Alighieri n.35/A Tel. 0577-899-945 www.osteriadelcardinale.it
Ristorante il Garibaldi, (Il Garibaldi on Facebook) is one of our favorite road-house truck-stops and after a brief closure has re-opened with new management and remodeling. Still they carry on the excellent Friday & Saturday special fish and seafood menu! Closed on Sundays. Located at the Tamoil Petrol stop on SS2, Via Cassia. Tel. 0577-898-315 ($$) www.ilgaribaldisanquirico.it
Osteria Da Gagliano, good cooking in a classic small Osteria. Closed Tuesdays. Via Roma 5, a few steps from the main piazza in the old town. Best food in Sarteano. 0578-268-022. ($$)*
Saracino, good Tuscan home-style cooking from the rosticceria. Closed Mondays. Via di Fuori 47, on the main road through town. ($)
Osteria Le Logge, excellent Tuscan cuisine at elegant old-world restaurant, best tables on the ground floor, also outside seating. Delicious fresh pasta and desserts! Closed Sundays. Located just off the Campo on Via del Porrione 33. Beware of the small step down just inside the front door! … Reserve table 0577-48013. ($$$)*
Osteria il Grattacielo, little corner Osteria seats few people inside plus outside tables under the high arch of the covered alley. Has very good antipasto platters, salads and sandwiches. Order at the counter. Ask them to prepare a big sharing platter for your group, makes it very easy. Last visit August of 2016. Closed Sundays. Located at corner of Via Pontani (8) and archway from the main drag, turn in at the corner newspaper kiosk. 0577-289-326 ($)
Osteria Nonna Gina, best authentic home-style cooking in Siena. Closed Mondays. Rustic dining room and a few tables outside, friendly service. Located a short 5-minute walk up from the Duomo: Pian dei Mantellini 2. 0577-287-247 ($)*
Siena, north of the city
da Quinto, large modern restaurant with the best local cooking, House wine is served in big bottles, you pay only what you drink. Closed Tuesdays. About 7 km north of Siena along the old Via Cassia at the T-section to Fungaia, Riciano. 0577-593-387. ($)
Osteria Lornano, excellent Tuscan cooking, restaurant style. Very pleasant outdoor seating at the small piazza. Closed Mondays. To Lornano village, take Badesse exit just north of Siena, turn left and follow signs to Lornano. 0578-309-146. ($$)*
Locanda dell’Amorosa, one of the best dining in all of Italy, under brick arches of the converted stables. They can accommodate large groups. Delicious food, professional service, really enjoyed our last visit. Closed on Mondays and also for lunch on Tuesdays. Between Sinalunga and Torrita di Siena. www.amorosa.it 0577-677-211 ($$$)*
Ristorante Santorotto, good Tuscan cooking, modern air-conditioned restaurant at a hotel, favorite for business lunch. Reservations not needed. Closed Sundays. Next to Esso gas station, parking in front, Via Trento 173. ($$)
Pizzeria La Compagnia, their thin-crust Roman style pizza is the best in Tuscany! This is a big claim but honestly, pizza doesn’t get better than this! Excellent full menu with fresh pasta, starters, lots of steaks and vegetables, new menu this season. Friendly service and very good food, outdoor seating, and pizza served in the evenings. Closed Wednesday. Last visit in May 2017. Located on main street Via Romana 23, just south of the town center. 0577-834-265. www.lacompagnia.biz ($)*
Ristorante Conte Matto, one of our all-time favorites, they serve an excellent meal. Enjoy the mixed antipasto, delicious duck liver pate, handmade pastas, tasty lamb chops, and well-aged beef are followed up by mouthwatering desserts. Ask Davido to recommend local wines, he is your charming host and speaks good English. Well worth a detour, parking lot just below school, sunny terrace has panoramic views, attractive décor and a/c inside. South end of town. Closed Tuesdays. Last visit August 2016. www.contematto.it Tel: 0577-662-079. ($$$)*
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