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Vagliagli: La Taverna Di Vagliagli

Via del Sergente 4 , Phone: 0577.322532

Reviewed by: Sam from NJ, review #1787

When: 2005

Wonderful atmosphere, great service, great food for good prices.

We had a reception there for 55 people and it was beyond our expectations.

They told us they had to close down the restaurant and so had to charge a minimum per head. It was 25 a person buffet all inclusive, including their own red and white house wine (their name was on the label.) They prepared a menu for us and it looked fantastic so we agreed. When we arrived they served a fruit punch prosecco aperitif. Everything was set up on the closed in porch. Perfect space for 55 people.

Set up on the buffet table was this beautiful butterfly dessert. They had told us a fruit torte for dessert but they gave us this gorgeous fruit butterfly cake, it was a true piece of art.

They served the food in three courses buffet style. The first course was zucchini, crostini senesi, bruschette pomodoro, typical fennel salami, rustic salad with caprino, olives. The second course was hot: a spicy tomato pasta, a rabbit salad, grilled vegetables, tripe, meatballs. The final course was dessert with the butterfly and peschine alla crema - which was actually creme filled cookies rolled in colored sugar so it looked like a real peach.

The staff was wonderful and even gave some coffee out at the end for those who wanted it. They also accommodated some people who requested a not spicy pasta, after it had been served. I thank them for taking care of that. We went back for a few dinners. I would definately eat there again when we return to Siena.

Reviewed by: Earline from TN, review #1121

When: 2004

Small town, but really upscale restaurant.

We walked in the door and we were greeted by the sight of the chef in front of a blazing brick grill. Looked wonderful. Everybody -- ciao! ciao! It was not a huge restaurant, but it had separate rooms. We were seated in an area with about 6 tables.

I have several food allergies, so I asked the waiter if he spoke English. He said "a little". So I figured with my "little" Italian, we should be OK. When I asked about a certain dish, he would tell me if I could eat it or not (with my allergies).

We had vino della casa bianco, mixed greens salad with goat cheese and raw artichoke hearts. I chose the lamb chops, which were OK. S-I-L had cauliflower mould with anchovies -- delicious. White bean soup with bread, spinach and carrots and main course of duck. Daughter (who doesn't eat much beef) ordered sliced beef with rosemary and garlic. It was RARE. I thought, "she's not gonna eat this!". However, after one taste, she scarfed it down. Said it was absolutely the best beef she had ever eaten. I am not a beef eater (because of all the growth hormones and antibiotics that the US beef industry feeds to its cattle), but the next night I had it and it was outstanding. Desserts were: S-I-L: espresso and apple crisp; Daughter: Misto della casa - a trio of apple crisp, chocolate cake and pine nut and custard cake; Me (food allergies so ... ) Grand Marnier. All were delicious.

The next night we returned -- got our same table, the waiter said, "Oh, allergic to tomatoes and eggs, vino della casa bianco." Perfetto! However, they were out of Grand Marnier so I had to have Vin Santo.

We would have eaten there every night, but they were on vacation and didn't open up again until 2 days before we left.

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