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Osteria delle Catene
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Ranked #15 of 130 Restaurants in San Gimignano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $54
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Cornwall, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2012

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.

  • Visited September 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
305 reviews
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“Top Quality Rustic Fare”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

I remembered having a wonderful meal in Osteria delle Catene when I first visited 3 years ago and it was one of the first places I headed to when I returned to San Gimignano this August. It hasn't changed a bit! Same quaint interior, same friendly service and, most of all, same top quality rustic fare. The wild boar and the hare are especially good. It's a perfect spot to sample the more traditional local cuisine.

  • Visited August 2012
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Killinchy, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
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“Worth a second visit if you are in the area a few days! - that good!”
Reviewed June 25, 2012

Our DK Top Ten guide recommended this restaurant and we had a fabulous meal. Lots of game and unusual local dishes. We sampled papperadelle with wild boar, pici pasta with bacon onion and red wine for primi, and duck with black cabbage and roe deer in honey for secondo. Lovely staff who were looking after everyone well and spoke several languages! Go twice!

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Level 6 Contributor
160 reviews
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“Good honest Tuscan food and hospitality”
Reviewed May 22, 2012

I was suprised by some of the reviews on this restaurant - we found it to be very good indeed, with excellent food and a warmth of service from the owners that is sometimes hard to find. It's not trying to be anything it's not - it uses the space well with simple decor and furnishings and provides delicious dishes without fuss - and that's often exactly what you're looking for on holiday.

We ate here on a busy Sunday lunchtime and had a delicious meal that was good value too. I started with the selection of wild boar salami which, for someone who loves this meat, was heaven! My wife had mixed Tuscan cheeses and was very happy with it. My main was a hearty dish of local suasages with beans, garlic and sage and it was excellent. My wife had ribollita which was delicious - and one of the owners was very particular about ensuring she drizzled some good quality extra virgin olive oil over the top to make it even more irresistible. This was all accompanied by a local Chianti which was the perfect match for these dishes.

Osteria delle Catene is a perfect spot for a lunch when you're wandering around a town like San Gimignano. You're assured of a warm welcome and lovely food and drink that you can take your time enjoying.

  • Visited April 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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“Great service, average food”
Reviewed April 2, 2012

San Gimignano is so crowded with restaurants that is hard to choose one.
We randomly got into this (also because the one across the street was already closed at 9.15pm!!!) and overall we had a pleasant dinner.

The strong point of this restaurant is the SERVICE -the waiter and the owner were extremely kind, helpful, available to any request and even funny, but without being intrusive.

On the other hand FOOD was not as good as expected -the appetizer (sort of tartare of beef with ginger) was original but the taste was nothing special, my main dish (pici with Chianti wine sauce, onions and bacon) was good but ways too salty and my fiancee's main dish (roasted pork with some sauce) was average.

I must say that WINE, who was suggested by the owner, was extremely good!

The VENUE itself was nice, seemingly new but with the old style look., although it looked a bit fake -for sure it's not an old, traditional, local restaurant.

PRICE was a bit above the average but you must take that into account if you eat in San Gimignano city centre.

Overall a nice experience for a dinner by chance, but average under many points of view -I wouldn't go there for a special occasion.

  • Visited March 2012
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