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“A true Tuscan gem”

Osteria Enoteca Sotto Le Fonti
Ranked #14 of 531 Restaurants in Siena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $56
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Allen, TX
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183 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“A true Tuscan gem”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Dined in July. A short walk outside of the heart of the city, you will find this gem of a restaurant that provides an amazingly delicious meal. Britta, the owner of the restaurant, is from Germany, and her husband runs the kitchen. Britta and the rest of the staff was so incredibly friendly. On our entire two week trip, we never felt that a restaurant owner cared as much about us as Britta did. The restaurant has a great selection of Tuscan wines. All of the food was so fresh and delicious. The flight of Pecorino cheeses will definitely stand out in my mind as one of the best dishes we had all trip. I had no idea that the taste can vary that much depending on the age of the cheese. Every bit of this meal was delicious, and we had a fantastic evening. If you are in Tuscany, you must visit this restaurant! We hope to return in the near future.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank David G
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VolpiinToscana, Proprietario at Osteria Enoteca Sotto Le Fonti, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Dear David! I am sorry it took me a while to answer to your review, but we are - fortunatly - very busy! Thank you for your nice review, the feedback of our clients i s so important for us! And I really appreciate that you loved our cheese selection so much!!!

Take care Britta
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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Friendly and cheerful”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

A bit outside the city centre, but very easy to find and worth visiting. The food is excellent -- good value traditional Tuscan fare. The wine list is good, and service excellent, very friendly and welcoming. The meal we had there was one of the best during our two weeks in Tuscany, and we'll definitely be back the next time we're in Siena.

  • Visited September 2013
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VolpiinToscana, Proprietario at Osteria Enoteca Sotto Le Fonti, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Dear Londoners! We HOPE you will come back one day, we LOVE clients like you, foodies and relaxed enyoying the best part of life: food and wine:-) Hope to see you again! All the best, Britta:-)
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London
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“Incredible, fresh, traditional cooking”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

We absolutely loved our meal here. The previous reviewers sound like idiots anyway, but most importantly: they are wrong! We had tagliatelle with fresh ceps and it was exceptional. Totally fresh, flavoursome, simple cooking, perfectly executed. The fig cake with fresh figs for pudding with a glass of vin santo capped the meal off perfectly. The lady that runs it is so friendly she made us feel like part of the family. And who could complain about a free glass of prosecco to get things started?

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank B B
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VolpiinToscana, Proprietario at Osteria Enoteca Sotto Le Fonti, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
Buon giorno! Thank you SO much for your review, I am very happy you enjoyed everthing!
I know we can not satisfy every client, but unfortunately there are people who should never go in a public place as you mentioned in your comment.... If you like, send me an email and I will forward you the recipe of the fig cake, it's really easy to prepare! All the best, Britta:-)
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Siena, Italy
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“Bit sad!”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Paper placemats, paper serviettes, cheap cutlery and glasses!!!! Music was terrible through very cheap speakers...... No ambience!!!
Florentine steak was ok but that was all
Didn't think much to the children's pictures or the boxes of wine all over the floor

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank Karen D
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VolpiinToscana, Proprietario at Osteria Enoteca Sotto Le Fonti, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Hello! I was a little surprised to read your review, which onestly is a litte weird. People who do not like our little art gallery which we proudly present at the entrance of the Restaurant are very sad people in my eyes, normally the clients also take pictures of the children drawings. We are a family-friendly Restaurant and are proud of it! We are also an Enoteca, I don't know if you know the meaning of Enoteca, we are a Restaurant which offers a huge wine selection (around 100 from all regions of Italy), so what problem do you have with the wine boxes??? Obviously, you don't know either what "Osteria" means; Osteria is a small, mainly family-run Restaurant which serves typical dishes of the area. The setting and furniture is rustic, the tables are hand-made by a local carpentar with oak wood tree. You won't find table linens because that does not fit to the sytle of a classical Osteria. We do have 4 different types of wine glasses, all high quality, same to the cutlery. I don't think we are a sad place, I am convinced it was not the right place for you. Regards, B. Volpe, owner
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“Avoid”
Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

I calles in a reservation at 8:45 and was told to arrive at 9:30. Due to the geography the place is deceptivly difficult to get to. When we arrived there was no one attending the front desk. The waitress that finally greated us was toxic, upset we were impatient having to wait 30 minutes for our table. We were not offered a drink and when our waitress finally seated us she asked if we still wanted to eat here. Food was mediocre not worth the cheap prices

  • Visited September 2013
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4 Thank Mathew S
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VolpiinToscana, Proprietario at Osteria Enoteca Sotto Le Fonti, responded to this review, September 7, 2013
In 12 years since we opened the Restaurant, we never met a rude person like you. You were so rude, that clients sitting to the main entrance (mother tongue english!) were asking me why I did not throw you out. You were behaving like a little spoiled child. Your father (?) were so ashamed of your behaviour that he left € 20 tip. Please AVOID coming to my Restaurant in the future, thank you!
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