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Siena: Ristorante Guidoriccio

Via G, Dupre, 2 , Phone: 0577-44350

Closing day: Sunday

Reviewed by: Kevin Clark from Italy, review #2101

When: 2006

Excellent food right and excellent service off the Campo. Disproves my rule that restaurants in such touristy spots are places to avoid!

Directions: Right on the corner of Via G. Dupre and the Campo.

I was skeptical about Guidoriccio, largely because of its location right on the Campo, but this turned out to be a great place. The dining rooms are below street level, so there's no view, but they are very pleasant. Tables are far enough apart that you don't feel like you're sharing your neighbors' dinner. The menu wasn't extensive but had plenty of good choices. We ended up eating here twice on this trip, once for dinner and then later for lunch, and both were very good.

On our first visit, we started with small complimentary portions of pappa il pomodoro. I then had an excellent vegetable risotto while Kim had baked stuffed vegetables (zucchini & eggplant). We then both had tagliata di manzo (slices of grilled beef), mine served with mixed herbs and hers with rocket and pecorino. The beef was perfectly cooked (rare) and very good. With drinks, dinner was just over € 60.

When we returned for lunch a few days later, we met the owner who hadn't been there on our first visit. He was very friendly and spent quite a while talking with us and telling us about the day's specials. Neither of us could resist the lasagne with asparagus, zucchini, and mushrooms which was out of this world. Kim then had the carpaccio di maiolino, which is a speciality of the house and was very good. I had a torte of mixed greens topped with melted pecorino, which was also very nice. We had a nice bottle of white wine, water, and coffee. Lunch cost €60.

This is definitely a place we will return to. The combination of excellent food, friendly service, and a great location are hard to beat.

Reviewed by: Maureen from MA (moderator), review #1975

When: 2006

A great place for a long lunch, right off the Campo

While discussing where we'd meet for lunch, Cristina (from Slowtrav and Expats) had a few suggestions. But as soon as she mentioned "carpaccio di maiale" I said "Let's go there! I've never met a pork product I don't like!!!". Guidoriccio is also her brother-in-law's restaurant. We were joined by Rita and Kelley, also contributors to both message boards.

Three of us started with the carpaccio, which was delicious. The meat was tender and rich, with a salad of mixed greens, tomatoes and herbs, and a sauce that complimented all of the ingredients.

For a secondo I ordered one of the day's specials, a tortelloni with ragu di carne, which Kelley had ordered, and obviously enjoyed, as a primo. The others ordered tagliatta; Kelley and Rita split a portion. My cheese and spinach tortelloni was delicious, with a flavorful ragu, one of my favorite sauces. The tagliatta, which I tasted, was very good.

We were seated in the little room downstairs. The service was great. Lunch was about 21Euro each, with a tip, 2(!!!!) bottles of wine, 3 of water, and coffee after the meal.

Reviewed by: Dennis from PA, review #1219

When: 2005

Great food and wonderful hosts.

Directions: Right off Piazza del Campo

We had a great table and lots of attention from the owner, Ercole. Between courses (the food was fabulous) Ercole and I discussed wines and he treated me to a tasting of two bottles that “just happened to be open” – a Camigliano Brunello and a Rosso.

While I was a little leery of eating raw pork, we tried a marinated pork carpaccio that was excellent along with many other wonderful dishes. The owner Ercole really made the night.

Reviewed by: Amy from MA (moderator), review #516

When: 2003

Very good food, pleasant staff and atmosphere.

Directions: Via Dupre is just off the Campo, near the Palazzo Pubblico.

This is a newly reopened restaurant just off the Campo. Three adults and three children all enjoyed a lovely lunch in the air conditioned lower dining room. Wonderful pastas and meat dishes, with a nice variety of preparations and ingredients. A carpaccio of maiale (pork briefly "cooked" in vinegar, served with arugula and tomato) was outstanding, as were the pastas and contorni. A vegetable "flan" was unusual and really delicious. The children were very happy with pasta with pomodoro. Friendly staff, fair prices for the quality, and comfortable surroundings.

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