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Sample Menu from Osteria le Logge

Siena: Osteria le Logge, Via del Porrione, 33, off Il Campo, tel: 0577-48013. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday.

This example menu shown below is from Osteria le Logge in Siena. The menu is handwritten and difficult to read. We took a picture of the menu and then cut out each section to display here. Steve provided translations of the dishes. This is the menu for a Saturday lunch, June 2000. Prices are in Lire and will have changed to the euro now, but it is still a good example menu.

This menu is titled "Oggi Si Mangia" - Today one eats

Appetizers (Antipasti)

- small warm seafood salad with julienne vegetables

- prosciutto from the Sienese Cinta breed of pig and melon

- mixed little toast: porcini mushrooms, tomato and a word we can't read

- thin slivers of marinated zucchini

- small salad of organic white beans and "bottarga" (dried fish roe sac, of gray mullet, better more expensive, or tuna)

- terrine of ricotta cheese with baby vegetables and extra virgin olive oil

- herbed eggplant

First Courses (Primi Piatti)

- cold zucchini and octopus soup

- spinach and ricotta cheese ravioli with turbot and swiss chard

- house cheese and spinach gnocchi (misshapen kind)

- handmade short thin pasta (pici) with Tuscan ragu (meat sauce)

- fettuccine with porcini mushrooms

- corkscrew pasta (fusilli) with raw tomato

- risotto with small vegetables

Second Courses (Secondi Piatti)

- peach marinated sea bass with basil emulsion (sauce)

- sea hen (a type of mullet fish) cooked in salt water

- guinea hen in wine and thyme sauce with green string beans

- grilled fresh porcini mushrooms

- roasted herb-flavored lamb with potatoes

- roast beef with tarragon and baked vegetables

- thin beefsteak (usually rare) with arugula

- large t-bone steak

- prized Tuscan beef fillet (filetto di Chianina) with porcini mushrooms

- salad consisting of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil and olive oil (this is a main course salad)

Side Dishes (Contorni)

- roasted or baked mixed vegetables

- roasted potatoes

- tomatoes au gratin

- organic white beans in oil

- salad of pear, pecorino cheese, radish with apple dressing

- mixed salad, green salad, tomato salad

- Coperto 2000 lire - the cover charge (about $1.00).

Desserts (Dolci)

- lemon cake with strawberry sauce

- plain dry cake (often with pine nuts) in vin santo (sweet dessert wine) custard

- chocolate "millefeuille"

- thickened cream dessert (like creme brulee or flan) with chocolate or strawberry

- wild strawberries in warm cream

- strawberries with lemon

- fresh wild berries

- lemon

- vanilla ice cream (gelato)

What did we have? See our photos of the meal.

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