The Osteria le Logge is a stone’s throw from the Campo, the great tourist attraction at the heart of Siena, but it is a million miles from being a tourist restaurant. ‘Osteria’ usually implies a small, simple family-run eating place and this is how it was when it was founded in an old grocery store some 30 years ago. With the passing years has come sophistication – but with no loss of authenticity. The lunch-time menu was a hand-written affair – if you needed translation or further explanation, the staff were very willing to help, but don’t look here for pizza. The ingredients are local; the speciality pasta is home-made, and many of the dishes present unusual and interesting combinations. I had to drive the car later in the day so a single glass of wine was sufficient, but there was a good choice ‘by the glass’ and the 2005 Brunello de Montalcino was excellent. The fact that the wine came from the restaurateur’s own vineyards added an extra dimension. We had a splendid meal, served in a friendly and efficient manner, and the ambience is one of old-world charm. There is nothing old-world about the kitchen, however, and the chefs produce imaginative and delightfully presented dishes. If you are looking for a special meal that is truly authentic (and, naturally, that does not come cheap) then I can strongly recommend the Osteria le Logge – but be sure to reserve a table, even at lunch-time.
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