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“Excellent restaurant - real italian food”

Trattoria di Fontenuova
Ranked #118 of 523 Restaurants in Siena
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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“Excellent restaurant - real italian food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

We arrived in Siena just after the lunchtime rush, with the children getting hungry. We fell on this restaurant more by accident (it was the first one we found closest to the parking). What a great discovery!

The owner takes the orders himself - a really nice man who listened to what we wanted and made some recommendations. His wife looks after the kitchen. We ate really well - meat dishes for my wife and the 2 kids, I had the local pasta (pici - a kind of noodles) with truffles. All excellent.

Really nice atmosphere. We had a long conversation afterwards with the owner and his wife. They were also very friendly with our young kids, and made sure their dishes were brought as soon as they were ready.

There is another review on here which was not very positive about the restaurant, saying they felt they were being pushed into ordering something without seeing the menu or knowing the prices. Perhaps they had a bad experience, or there was some communication problem (we both speak italian which makes it a bit easier). I can only suggest that this is how real italian restaurants are - they don't just push a menu in your face and wait for you to choose. They take pride in their food and will often recommend what is currently fresh on the menu or a special of the day. Don't be put off by this - let them be your guide!

Definitely recommended.

  • Visited September 2012
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“Siena's best kept culinaric secret!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

This restaurant was recommended by our landlord from Il Canto Del Sole. He warned us that the staff did not speak English, and that you only had two choices - fish or meat. We settled for fish and what a feast! Small miracles kept coming. The wine he suggested was good as well. A most go to place if you want a local experience and an owner who just loves what he does.

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“Smarmy service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2012

We were recommended this restaurant, but we would not go there again.
At the beginning the waiter (probably the owner) was really smarmy, trying to give us what he wanted.
In fact we could not get the menu but were asked to choose only among two pasta dishes and one meat dish (without knowing the prices, btw). We chose two pasta dishes, served after half an hour or even more (food itself was good, nevertheless).
At the end we were repeatedly asked to get desserts with "maraskeeno" (whatsoever it is), but we were really annoyed with lack of choices and poor service and directly asked the bill; the waiter (owner?) then suggested us to go to McDonald's next time, no comment...
Moreover the bathroom (only one for men and women) is small, not very clean and the door cannot be locked.

P.S.: other restaurants in Siena we found are excellent instead!

  • Visited April 2012
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