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"We wanted an escape from the group-tour crowds invading Siena. Decided to take drive to Valdichiana Outlets while seeing the countryside. First stop, 'Parco Valdichiana' (next to Penny Market) was NOT shopping mall. Nearly all vacant storefronts in a newer open-air building. Drove another km and fou..."nd HUGE mall with plenty of parking.
Ok, enough about getting there. We were hungry and, after passing the cafeteria style restaurants at the entrance, discovered a sit-down restaurant further in the mall on the upper level.
We were greeted by the manager, seated immediately, offered suggestions on the menu and help from the wine manager (who shared his impressive opera voice with the customers today!).
The food was truly regional authentic, fresh and FILLING! Wine prices were best values (we shared a bottle).
After this meal, we didn't care about shopping -- the day trip was an unexpected surprise because of a great lunch and we will definitely return.
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