Osteria la Chiacchera

Costa di San Antonio, 4
Siena, Italia


At this tiny and rustic osteria in Siena, I experienced what was one of the most delicious meals of my life, and proof that simple, quality ingredients make the most satisfying dishes.  Just around the corner from the lovely Albergo Bernini – which I also highly recommend – the osteria is perched a steep side street with a couple little tables outside and menus written on brown paper.  Inside, “peasant food” is served at large wooden family style tables, encouraging you to make friends with your fellow diners, which we did, with a lovely couple from Melbourne, Australia.  The waiter seemed enamored with me when I chose two “primi” dishes instead of the customary primi of pasta and secondi of meat or fish.  The ribollita, a Tuscan bread soup, was heavenly and I’ve dreamed of it often since leaving Siena.  My second primo course was a fresh papardelle pasta and both were around 5 to 6 Euro per dish.  Amazing food at a great value, this osteria is a must in Siena.

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