Where to have lunch, enjoy a quick bite, a snack, and taste local flavors in Siena when on a cruise to the port of Livorno
After traveling from the port of Livorno to Siena, the cruise ship passenger most probably will not want to spend much time in a fine dining venue savoring gourmet cuisine and, the city as very nice restaurants if you wish to do so.
For a nice lunch or a quick snack, there are also many choices. As the cruise traveler will have the opportunity to see, as soon as you enter the Piazza del Campo, the square is literally lined with restaurants offering al fresco sitting.
Nothing could be more enticing. All of these have wonderful views and are the place to sit for people watching and to enjoy the beauty of this magnificent square.
However, these restaurants are not known for the quality of the cuisine. They are great to have a quick bite (and you will pay a price for the view) but far from the best places to enjoy the traditional Sienese cuisine. Below you will find a few possible choices in the city center to have taste excellent and genuine sienese cuisine.
1. Antica Osteria Da Divo
The Antico Osteria Da Divo offers up traditional Sienese dishes with a twist. Cruise ship travelers will enjoy lunch while sitting in the medieval main dining room or in one of the back rooms that were once Etruscan tombs. House specialties include pici al ragout di leper, gnocchetti di patate con erbe cipollina e pecorino di fossa, and pettao d’anatra al vin santo con patate allo zafferano.
Address: Via Franciosa, 25
Phone: 0577 286054
2. Antica Trattoria Papei
(Simple Cuisine )
Right on the Market Square, behind the Piazza del Campo, the Antica Trattoria Papei offers up simple, sumptuous Sienese plates and has been a locals’ place for years despite its poor location- where???. Some of the Trattoria’s specialties are the pappardelle al sugo di cinghiale, pici all cardinal, coniglio all’arrabbiata, anatra all Tolomei, and the pici al cardinal.
Address: Piazza del Mercato, 6
Phone: 0577 280894
3. Enoteca Italiana
(Best Italian Wines)
The Enoteca Italiana is the only state-sponsored enoteca in Italy. Its cellars contain more than 1,500 bottles of wine from over 400 wineries, which can be sampled in the tasting room or enjoyed by the glass at the bar. Enoteca Italiana strives to promote Italian wines by educating visitors about different vintages, so a multi-lingual sommelier is always on hand for questions.
Address: Fortezza Medicea, Via Camollia 72
Phone: 0577 228 811
4. Osteria Le Logge
The Osteria Le Logge is the place where locals go for a special meal on the town. Some of the delicious plates not to miss include the taglierini al tartufo, malfatti all’Osteria, ravioli ripieni di pecorino e menta, bistecche di vitello, and carpaccio di pesce spade affumicato.
Address: Via del Porrione, 33
Phone: 0577 48013
Castelvecchio is a vegetarian-friendly little restaurant with a cozy atmosphere presided over by the highly personable Simone Romi. Mauro Lombardini’s menu, which changes daily, offers up Tuscan cuisine that always has a bit of a creative twist. Some of the house favorites are the bocconcini di pollo alla mediterranea and the spaghetti saporiti con gli aromi.
Where: Via Castelvecchio 65
Phone: 0577 47093