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Siena: Antica Trattoria L'Aquila

Casato di Sotto 58 , Phone: 0577.283061

Reviewed by: JayJ from CA, review #2892

When: 2008

While in Siena, we were delighted to have found Antica Trattoria L’Aquila, a recently opened restaurant in a quieter area of Siena. Delicious food.

While spending four wonderful nights in Siena in May 2008, we were delighted to have found Antica Trattoria L’Aquila, a recently opened restaurant in a quieter area of Siena, yet still just steps from the Campo.

An intriguing hand-written menu, very fair prices, a simple décor, and great smells drew us in. This is not a fancy restaurant and during our two visits it seemed to be filled with locals. L’Aquila offers memorably delicious, simple, regional food, extremely friendly and accommodating service (English was spoken but our practicing of Italian was encouraged and appreciated), a very comfortable and simple atmosphere, and to us what seemed an authentic slice of daily life in Siena.

We loved the food – the flavors were amazing – and we returned to enjoy two of our four Siena dinners at L’Aquila.

At each meal the two of us shared an antipasto, one primo, one secondo, two contorno, bottled water, wine by the glass (and a whole new concept to me – a small but generous taste of wine called a gottino for half a euro) and a dolce of vin santo and cantucci (Italian cookies which you dip into the sweet wine.) This was plenty of food for us, with a tab of about 35 euro.

Between these two dinners we enjoyed zuppa di pane (vegetable soup with bread) and zuppa di ceci (a creamy chickpea soup), crostini neri (a dark and flavorful liver pate’ which you see all over Tuscany); pici al cinghiale (thick spaghetti with a wild boar sauce); and grilled salciccia (pork sausage - moist and cooked perfectly). For contorni, we tried the cannellini (white kidney beans) in olio d’oliva and were amazed at how something so simple could be so incredibly delicious. We also had grilled vegetables, super thinly sliced zucchini and melanzane (eggplant), cooked perfectly and seasoned with just a little olive oil and salt.

For those seeking a delicious, fairly priced meal, in an environment that lets you know you’re in Italy, you may want to seek out this new trattoria.

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