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Siena: Vecchia Osteria

SR408 Ponte A Bozzone , Phone: 0577.356809


Reviewed by: Nancy L from TX, review #1587

When: 2004

Small osteria with eight tables. Outstanding food, selection of excellent local wines, reasonably priced. Roberta, the wife, speaks English. Reservations

Directions: SR408, the road to Montevarchi, is on the outskirts of Siena, on the east side. If you're driving from Chianti, it will be on your right before Siena, at the ponte Bozzone. Difficult to see from the road. Call for directions.

We loved this family run osteria near Siena, and ate there twice during our week at Villa Strega. Gianluigi cooks, and his wife, Roberta, runs the "front of the house" and speaks English.

Small, varied menu prepared with care, fresh meats (Gianluigi owns the meat market next door)and produce, and the food is wonderful. A moderate selection of local wines. Roberta selected our wine both visits; excellent and reasonable priced. Warm, friendly atmosphere where everything is done well. We had the formaggio misto primi both nights, adding salame misto the second visit - excellent. Beef Florentine, veal, and pasta surpassed our expectations. Food quality rivals that found in more expensive places.

The osteria fronts the SR408 but is easily missed. Call for directions and reservations (and ask for Roberta).

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