Siena is, both for those who live there and for those who visit as tourists, an art city that fears no comparison with other destinations, even more celebrated, by virtue of its secular charm that modernity has not affected.
The other reason why Siena is in great demand by tourists is its enogastronomical excellence, which, with the rest of Tuscany, makes it a must for those who want to taste good food and fine wines.
On other occasions we recommended the typical Sienese dishes, desserts that represent an important element of tradition and the 5 DOCG wines that make up the pride of Siena and the province (Chianti Classico, Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano and Vernaccia di Gimignano).
To enjoy the best speciies, however, it’s useful to know which are the restaurants that offer traditional menus, so we have compiled a list of 5 places where to eat out in Siena.
Of course this is only a short guide, it’s easy to find other places that offer delicious dishes according to local recipes, but in these 5 restaurants you will be sure to taste the best of Sienese gastronomy.
CCelebrate your holiday in Siena in a place where local cuisine becomes gourmet. Porri-One is close to Piazza del Campo, in via del Porrione 28, and is also provided with outdoor seats.
All the dishes of the restaurant are prepared with locally-sourced ingredients and we recommend you to try the duck breast with cinnamon, the pigeon with hazelnut sauce and blackberries, and finally the desserts. The restaurant is closed on Wednesdays.
Il Boccon del Prete
This osteria features speciies such as crispelle with cod and more classics pici (handmade pasta) with black cabbage, to name just two of the many appetizing proposals of the chef, who revisits the traditional Tuscan dishes with great imagination.
The Osteria Boccon del Prete is in Via San Pietro 17, a short walk from the Duomo, is on two levels, very spacious and comfortable, ideal if you are on holiday with family or group of friends.
As for the desserts, we suggest the semifreddo with Panforte and caramel, a brilliant creation that allows you to taste the most famous sweet of Siena in a new shape. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.
Please note that the restaurant is about to change management and information on opening days may not be updated.
Located in vicolo Pier Pettinaio 7, in the heart of the historical center, the restaurant Guido is recommended for homemade pasta with truffles or mushrooms, for steaks and cheek of Chianina meat dishes.
In the cellar of the restaurant there are 500 labels of wines, especially Tuscan, perfect to get along with pici con ragù di ossobuco or the beef tenderloin with Brunello wine sauce.
Taverna di San Giuseppe
Have you ever been in a restaurant carved into the stone? The Taverna di San Giuseppe offers this chance: here you can enjoy dishes like ribollita, Florentine Chianina beef and toast with the best wines available in the enoteca.
La Taverna, situated in Via Dupré 32, has tables in solid wood and is one of the most suggestive venues in the town by virtue of its origins and attention to seasonal products.
At Trattoria Da Dino, in via Casato di Sopra 71, the highlight is the kindness of the owners, because it is a family restaurant. From appetizers to desserts, here you will find all the most popular dishes of the Senese tradition: if you prefer the simplicity combined with the delicacy of food, this is the place to try in Siena.
These 5 restaurants are an invitation to discover the best of Senese cuisine, a good starting point for those who enjoy high quality proposals especially on vacation.