My partner and I have visited San Gimignano previously and always wanted to pay a visit to Osteria delle Catene but it has always been fully booked in the past.
Much to our luck today, we arrived to find free tables so we quickly located ourselves in prime position outside in the sunshine to join them for a spot of rustic Italian lunch.
We were greeted by a very friendly, hospitable elderly gentleman, who I assume was the owner. His English was much better than our Italian and he very helpfully guided us through the specials and recommend a lovely local San Gimignano white wine when asked.
We commenced lunch with Osteria's Hor d'oeurve's for two which consisted of a mixture of local delicacys such as fennel salami, prosciutto, wild boar pate and some beautifully strong tasting pecorino cheese. We followed this feast for the senses with a rich, tasty ragu / stew of wild boar and a plate of the house special penne with wonderfully smoked onions and cheese.
We both commented on how it made such a delightful change to visit a restaurant that specialised in local dishes rather than simply just sticking with the usual Italian (tourist?) staples of Gorgonzola gnocchi and bruschetta.
Everything about the place is breathes Italy and its definitely worth fighting past all the other tourist traps and venturing down this peaceful side street at the furthest side of San Gimignano to give this lovely little eatery a go.
A very enjoyable experience and we very much look forward to visiting again very soon.
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