Typical Food and Wine in Siena

Being so close to the Chianti region results in many cuts of meat – beef or even wild boar – being braised or slowly stewed in red wine to produce Stracotto or Brasato al Chianti. A variation of this stew adds a head of garlic and a generous amount of pepper to produce Peposo. To accompany main courses popular side seasonal dishes feature Porcini mushrooms amassed by jealous collectors or Carciofi, the flexible artichoke that may be marinated, fried or stuffed.

To finish on a high, Tiramisù, literally a ‘pick me up’, is the ubiquitous cold coffee-flavoured dessert consisting of coffee-drenched ladyfingers layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar and mascarpone cheese flavoured with cocoa. No wonder it’s the dessert of choice.

Market Days close to Siena, Tuscany

MONDAYS – Casole d’Elsa (1st & 3rd), Radicondoli (2nd & 4th)

TUESDAYS – Empoli, Poggibonsi, San Miniato, Gambassi Terme, Montespertoli

WEDNESDAYS – Barberino Val d’Elsa, Certaldo

THURSDAYS – Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, Empoli

FRIDAYS – Colle di Val d’Elsa, Montaione

SATURDAYS – Castelfiorentino, Certaldo, Staggia, Montespertoli

Good Restaurants close to Siena

Osteria Casolani– Casole d’Elsa, Tel: +39 0577 948733

La Pergola– Radicondoli, Tel: +39 0577 790717

Il Granaio – Radicondoli, Tel: +39 0577 550791 or 393 1033287

Bar dell’Orso – Monteriggioni, Tel: +39 0577 305074

Osteria Antico Travaglio – Monteriggioni, Tel: +39 0577 1651764

Ristorante Arnolfo – Colle di Val d’Elsa, Tel: +39 0577 920549

L’Antica Trattoria – Colle di Val d’Elsa, Tel: +39 0577 923747

Le Vecchie Mura – San Gimignano, Tel: +39 0577 940270

Osteria del Vicario – Certaldo Alto, Tel: 0571 667809

La Mangiatoia – San Gimignano, Tel: +39 0577 941094

C’era una Volta – Lucardo, Montespertoli, Tel: +39 0571 669578