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Siena: Osteria le Logge

Via del Porrione, 33 , Phone: 0577.48013
www.giannibrunelli.it
Closing day: Sunday

Reviewed by: Dog_Mother from NY, review #2167

When: 2006

Nicely prepared and served food at a restaurant with a good reputation. I would consider this a fine dining establishment rather than an osteria.

Directions: Just off the Campo on via del Porrione

Price of meal for two: 99 Included in the price: bottle Gianni Brunelli 2004 Rosso di Montalcino (19), bottle of water, one antipasto, two primi piatti, two secondi piatti. No cover charge and no service charge added.

We split the antipasto (9) which was "Ravaggiolo con insalata profumata alla menta", which was a plate of greens with 6 daubs of the fluffiest, white, whipped fresh cheese. It was very light, cool, and refreshing.

We split two primi (9.50 each). One was "ravioli di ricotta con pomodori San Marzano", five round ravioli filled with ricotta with a light tomato sauce. The second was "tagliatelle con asparagi bianchi e verdi e ricotta infornata", a small to medium-sized heap of flat 1/4" wide noodles mixed with ricotta cheese and bits of white and green asparagus. Both were excellent!

My husband had for his secondo (22) "filleto di manzo con porcini grigliati", a beef filet with grilled porcini mushrooms with lots of au jus. He said it was extremely tender and tasty. I had (16) "petto di anatra confit con fruitti di bosco", duck breast grilled with a small portion of mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and a teeny round red berry I've never seen before). It was so-so. I would not order it again.

We ordered a bottle of Gianni Brunelli 2004 Rosso di Montalcino, which went with both secondi perfectly. Gianni Brunelli is the owner of Le Logge and also a producer of wine.

Our dinner lasted a wonderful 2+ hours. Personal Thoughts: My expectations had been built up for this restaurant for over 3-4 years and were a bit overblown. Our meal at Le Logge was good. Was it worth 96 to me/us? It wasn't overpriced. But I can't help but feel that it was not quite worth what we paid. (When our credit card bill arrived, I learned this meal really cost us $124. Darn that lousy exchange rate!) I probably will not return. Glad I went once, but a second time is not necessary for me.


Reviewed by: Rachel from TN, review #405

When: 2002

Food was not good, neither was the service.

We ate here on our last trip into Siena - lunch. The building is lovely. We were upstairs because we had not made a reservation. There were no outside tables because of the weather. We found the food to be less pleasing than any we had anywhere else during the month we were travelling. The menu read better than the food was. We also felt that the service, while not terrible, was not very friendly as is usual in Italy. I had insisted that we try this restaurant because of the reviews I had read but the five of us found it rather disappointing.


Reviewed by: Karen from PA, review #72

When: 2001

Wonderful for both lunch and dinner.

Directions: off Il Campo

Mirko, who seems to be the maitre-d, helps you to choose courses and wine. Try the salad with celery, pears and pecorino, and fresh tagliolini with truffles.


Reviewed by: Pauline from NM (moderator), review #71

When: 2000

Very good, expensive, well known restaurant just off Il Campo. We have had wonderful meals there.

Directions: off Il Campo

Open for lunch and dinner.

We love this restaurant! We ate here twice in September 1996, but when we came back in June 1997, it was closed for the whole month, and somehow we didn't make it here for dinner in 1999 (we didn't have access to a phone and you have to book ahead), but we managed a fabulous lunch on our June 2000 trip! This is a very good, and well known, restaurant. It is always fully booked for dinner, so you need to make reservations at least the day before. They set up tables outside on the alley off Il Campo. Or you can eat in the beautiful inside room. They have a cookbook out, but I have only seen it in Italy. See pictures of our lunch here in June 2000 and a translated copy of their menu for that day.

Photos of meal at www.slowtrav.com/italy/food/restaurant_photos01.htm

Copy of menu at www.slowtrav.com/italy/food/restaurant_menu2.htm

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