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Where to eat in Siena on a budget

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In Italy, in any place you choose to go, you will have a certainty: good food. Tuscany is one of the Italian regions that boasts a highly respected culinary curriculum. Siena is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region, where visitors go not only to discover the artistic and historical beauties, but also to the wide culinary variety.

Try to think of a lunch or dinner based liver or mushroom croutons, mixed bruschetta accompanied by Tuscan cold cuts (perhaps from Cinta Senese) followed by first courses with a choice of acquacotta, pici with game ragout or pappardelle with wild boar .. a real treat!

These are just some of the specialties that you can taste in Siena, to discover them all you just have to visit the city, perhaps following our list of trattorias, taverns and street food places where you can eat well and spend little.



Index

  1. Milkone's Kiosko
  2. Il Mangione
  3. The Vinaio di Bobbe and Davide
  4. Greedy Tuscany
  5. The Bargello
  6. Osteria da Trombicche
  7. The Little Ciaccineria
  8. Whistles for Fiaschi
  9. Osteria The Skyscraper
  10. Gino Cacino of Angelo
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Milkone's Kiosko

It is a must of Sienese street food, a kiosk on four wheels which, as well as with genuine specialties, welcomes customers with sympathy and warmth. The menu includes Tuscan salami, finocchiona but also porchetta, Tuscan and Sardinian cheeses, hamburgers, sausage, tripe alla senese and much more. The filling is abundant, to try the Sienese kebab, that is a rolled piadina stuffed with wood-fired porchetta, cut into strips and sautéed on the plate, melted edam, salad, spicy sauce and yogurt sauce.



  • Contact us: Via Massetana Romana - Tel. 393 948 3162
  • Tripadvisor statistics: 5 stars out of 18 reviews
  • Specialty of the house: Sienese kebab
  • Average price per person: € 7,00
  • FB page: https://www.facebook.com/KioscodiMilkone/

2 - Il Mangione

Near Piazza Indipendenza, a few steps from Piazza del Campo, this restaurant is located, where you spend very little but you eat well. With a rustic style, the restaurant is very welcoming, family run. The menu includes typically Tuscan and Sienese specialties, prepared using genuine and high quality raw materials.

  • Contact us: Via Della Galluzza 3 - Tel. 0577 274717
  • Tripadvisor statistics: 4,5 stars out of 221 reviews
  • Specialty of the house: cutting board with croutons and bruschetta, tagliatelle with white rabbit ragout, tomato soup
  • Average price per person: € 15,00
  • FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ilmangionesiena/

3 - Bobbe and Davide's Vinaio

The venue is a landmark for the Sienese gastronomy, chosen daily by both citizens and tourists, attracted by the gluttony and genuineness of the proposals but also by the very affordable costs. The offer of cold cuts is to be reported, the house specialty is in fact the classic sandwich with PDO Tuscan ham, but there is no lack of finocchiona, sausages, soppressata, buristo and Mortadella Bologna PGI. Do not miss the proposals of the week, which are included roast liver (Tuesday), le Sandrina snails (Wednesday), Sienese tripe (Thursday) and cod (Friday).



  • Contact us: Via Camollia, 167 - Tel. 0577 49615
  • Tripadvisor statistics: 4,5 stars out of 772 reviews
  • Specialty of the house: sandwich with PDO Tuscan ham and mixed croutons
  • Average price per person: € 12,00
  • FB page: https://www.facebook.com/osteria.ilvinaio/

4 - Toscana Golosa

If you think a salami and cheese plate is something exclusive for an aperitif, you're wrong! In this place the cutting board is the real dish of the house, but there is no lack of it excellent stuffed sandwiches, bruschetta and mixed croutons.

  • Contact us: Via della Sapienza, 35 - Tel. 0577 045887
  • Tripadvisor statistics: 4,5 stars out of 452 reviews
  • Specialty of the house: platters of Tuscan cold cuts and cheeses
  • Average price per person: € 8,00
  • FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Toscana-Golosa

5 - The Bargello

A stone's throw from Piazza del Campo stands this place, a little bar and a little tavern that will leave you pleasantly surprised. The average cost per person is very low, compared to an excellent quality of the various courses, among which the fresh pasta and second courses of meat. The place is small and always full.

  • Contact us: Via di città, 55 - Tel. 0577 045649
  • Tripadvisor statistics: 4,5 stars out of 709 reviews
  • Specialty of the house: pici with meat sauce
  • Average price per person: € 10,00
  • FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ilbargello55/

6 - Osteria da Trombicche

This tavern is also located in the center and it is a historic place in Siena, which has been able to maintain high quality and low prices. The atmosphere is cheerful and informal, which is why the tavern is a staple for the Sienese and a place with a folkloric charm that attracts tourists. In addition to the specialty of cutting boards, soups such as ribollita, onion soup and tomato soup.



  • Contact us: Via delle Terme, 66 - Tel. 0577 288089
  • Tripadvisor statistics: 4 stars out of 119 reviews
  • Specialty of the house: platter of cold cuts and pecorino cheese
  • Average price per person: € 15,00
  • FB page: https://www.facebook.com/osteriadatrombicche/

7 - The Little Ciaccineria

With only € 6,00 it is possible to win 3 pieces of "ciaccino", a term that indicates the stuffed Sienese focaccia. In this place they are used locally sourced raw materials to prepare pizzas and ciaccini, in fact. Pay attention to the daily special, which varies according to the time of year and the pizza chef's imagination!

  • Contact us: Via San Pietro, 52 - Tel. 0577 151 3263
  • Tripadvisor statistics: 4,5 stars out of 323 reviews
  • Specialty of the house: ciaccino with Tuscan salami
  • Average price per person: € 7,00
  • FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Piccolaciaccineria

8 - Whistles for Flasks

It is located a few kilometers from the historic center of Siena and presents itself with a cordial and rustic atmosphere, which makes the atmosphere quiet and relaxed. The main dishes of the tavern are the second meat, to be accompanied with a good wine chosen from the well-stocked cellar.

  • Contact us: Via San Marco, 43 - Tel. 0577 280971
  • Tripadvisor statistics: 4,5 stars out of 103 reviews
  • Specialty of the house: Siena-style tripe
  • Average price per person: € 18,00
  • FB page: https://www.facebook.com/FischiXFiaschi/

9 - Osteria Il Grattacielo

We talk about the true Sienese street food, made up of generous portions, genuine flavors and little formality. At the Osteria Il Skyscraper simplicity and goodness are the masters, whatever your choice: meats, cheeses, pici, second meat and side dishes based on seasonal vegetables. The atmosphere is convivial, as you sit at the table in sharing with other customers.

  • Contact us: Via Pontani, 8 - Tel. 334 631 1458
  • Tripadvisor statistics: 4,5 stars out of 670 reviews
  • Specialty of the house: pici with cinta senese sauce
  • Average price per person: € 20,00
  • FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Osteria-Il-Grattacielo

10 - Gino Cacino di Angelo

A 'ancient shop that every Sienese knows and has visited at least once, demonstrating that the citizens love street food. The combination of food and wine is the master, specifically we are talking about sandwiches, cheeses, meat and vegetables, paired with a glass of Tuscan wine. To give two examples, here you can eat the sandwich with pork elixir (a secret recipe that includes pork lard and spices) and anchovies in pesto with Sienese tarragon. Gino Cacino is located in Piazza Mercato 31, a short distance from Piazza del Campo.

  • Contact us: Piazza del Mercato, 31 - Tel. 0577 223076
  • Tripadvisor statistics: 4,5 stars out of 1.757 reviews
  • Specialty of the house: sandwich with pork elixir (secret recipe with pork lard and spices), anchovies in pesto with Sienese tarragon
  • Average price per person: € 12,00
  • FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ginocacinodiangelo/
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