Siena is an ideal destination for tasting the region’s many specialties, sipping its rich wines and enjoying the picturesque landscape of rolling green hills, stunning vineyards and stonewall cascinas. Here are ten of the best restaurants in Siena.
For a quick but filling snack, visitors should make their way to La Bottega dei Sapori Antichi. This small eatery offers irresistible paninis prepared with Tuscan bread and a large selection of traditional, mouth-watering cold cuts, cheeses and oil-preserved vegetables. Among the best are the paninis with either boar prosciutto or finocchiona, a typically Tuscan pork sausage flavoured with fennel seeds. La Bottega also offers a selection of local wines to pair with the panini, as well as Siena’s best-known sweets: the panforte and almond cookies called cantucci. La Bottega dei Sapori Antichi is conveniently located close to the sloping Piazza del Campo, the large, central square which is home to Siena’s annual horse race.
Via delle Terme, Siena, Italy, +39 0577 2855001
Historic tuff-stone vaults crisscross above the heads of customers at Osteria Da Divo, a homely and unique inn. The inn’s ambience is strongly connected to the city’s past: tuff was widely used by the population that inhabited Tuscany in ancient times, the Etruscans. Da Divo’s owners have even adapted a few niches in the walls as smaller, more intimate spaces for customers to enjoy their meal in unrivaled privacy. The menu presents typical dishes from Tuscany’s gastronomy, prepared with quality local produce and changed seasonally to make use of the freshest ingredients. Mushroom fans will be surprised by a special menu which offers a range of dishes with a common ingredient, a typical Italian (although not typically Tuscan) delicacy, the white truffle.
Via Franciosa 25, Siena, Italy, +39 0577 286054