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Dining out in Siena

For the traveler abroad finding the right place to eat can often be a real challenge, and Italy is no exception.

While the food is generally very good in Siena it pays to do do your homework. Our personal favorites:

Boccon del Prete - The service is friendly, the food creative and delicious and like the house wines reasonably priced as well. 17 Via S. Pietro, ph & fax 0577 280388, closed on Sunday. (February & March, 2005, October 2005, April 2009)

Osteria Castelvecchio - Reportedly located on the original part of the city (hence the "old castle" name I suppose) this is another favorite spot. Wonderful service outmatched only by delicious food. 65 Via Castelvecchio. Oh, and very nicely priced as well. Just around the corner from Boccon del Prete. (October 2005, April 2009)

Ristorante Nello La Taverna - The food is exceptionally well-prepared and a nice blend of local Tuscan and Senese cuisine with an experimental flair. The prices were very reasonable as well. Wine list is modest but to the point and like the menu reflects good value. 28 Via del Porrione, ph. 0577 289043. (1998, 1999, October 2005)

Antica Osteria da Divo - The atmosphere is unique, the food wonderful and the chef, “Pino” eager to show his creative talents. This is also a very nice spot for an afternoon meal as well and is located in one of the more quiet areas yet still very close to the Duomo and Piazza del Campo. 29 Via Franciosa, ph. 0577 284-381, open daily. (1999, February & March 2005)

Ristorante Enzo - Traditional Tuscan cuisine. Their wine list is extensive and and their pricing is extremely reasonable (except for their Brunellos). 49 Via Camollia, ph. 0577 281277. (March 2005)

Osteria delle Logge - Just across from Nello Taverna, with indoor and outdoor seating, and occasionally family style seating as well so you could be eating dinner with just about anybody. All the dishes were very creative and well prepared. And if you're just walking by stop and watch them cook from the street! 33 Via del Porrione, ph. 0577 48013. (1999, October 2005)

Il Cavaliere Errante - For pizza and basic pasta dishes this place cannot be beat. A favorite with the locals they also serve a great antipasto buffet for pranzo (lunchtime). Delicious house wines (try the bianco frizzante) served mainly by the 1/4, 1/2 or full liter. Located in the Piazza Provenzano, ph. 0577 222496. (November 2005)