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“If you eat in one place in Siena then this is the one;Simply good local food and wine in an authentic Osteria,”

Osteria Il Grattacielo
Ranked #35 of 542 Restaurants in Siena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$18
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Tipical Toscana's Osteria, very Small and very cheep the oldest in Siena since 1840.
Reviewed 15 August 2016

We ate here three times in two weeks after stumbling upon it on our fourth night and we've stayed longer we would have been back.
This Osteria claims to be the oldest in Siena and there is an article from the Times on the wall mentioning it pre-eurozone.
Don't go here if you want a menu or an extensive wine list; they don't have either of these.
Do go here if you want an authentic experience, good honest local food and wine. The choices are limited; a plate of assorted cold meats, cheeses and vegetables for starters followed by a pasta dish, normally spaghetti or papparedelle with a choice of three sauces. The house wines come out of five gallon flagons and are exceptional value and taste just as good as 25 euro bottles we had in other restaurants.
Do be prepared to share a table especially of you sit inside. There are three tables seating around twenty. There are more tables outside but if you sit outside you miss the authentic atmosphere.
And the price; where we were averaging 80 euros for an evening meal in other restaurants in Siena here we were never charged more than 40 euros. Embarrassingly cheap for the quality of the food and wine.
There are a lot of good restaurants in Siena but none that rival this for price or authenticity, if I were a local this would be a regular haunt.

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1  Thank ian1232015
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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Very popular with local people. Went in a group of 7 and they looked after us really well. They did us a mix of meat, cheese, veg and pasta and it was fantastic.

Thank Colin G
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Reviewed 7 July 2016

Went to this Osteria for lunch as we had walked past it a couple of times and the antipasto plates had looked good.

When we arrived the tables inside, of which there are not many, were full and there were three separate tables outside that each seated 6 people that were also full. Staff were also setting up another table with long benches outside that sat about 12, though this was obviously reserved.

We hung around as the people at each of the tables outside were nearly finished and the waiter asked us to wait for about 5 minutes. As we waited it became aparent that there were no menus and you basically walked up to the counter inside and either ordered or pointed to what you wanted. Cost was from Euro 8 + depending upon what you ordered.

Once seated we were given a paper place mat, cutlery and a glass. We were about to get up and go inside to order, which wasn't an issue for us, when one of the waiters said he would bring us a selection of food. Fine with us.

When it eventually arrived about 20 minutes later there were small separate bowls of penne, a zucchini/eggplant/tomato/capsicum mix and artichokes together with a large platter containing prosciutto, pancetta, several different sausages and cheeses and some melon. Basically this had been what attracted us in the first place.

During our wait for lunch, the other 2 tables that seated 6 people each had been vacated and several other groups of people had arrived and were told to wait by one of the men serving. After about 5 minutes of waiting, during which time the other 2 tables had not been cleared, one of the groups with young children (who had been next in line outside) started to clear one of the tables by taking the dirty plates and dishes inside. One of the staff watched on and also assisted this process. When it was finished they sat down and it was about this time that the main man (owner?), who until this time had been behind the counter dishing out food, arrived outside and he was talking on the phone. When he finished talking he turned to the group who had just cleared the table and sat down that it was reserved and rudely told them to go. When they asked about the other table that still hadn't been cleared he told them no it was also reserved. He then told the other group still waiting that they would have to wait for our table or go. Politeness didn't enter into the equation. After the groups had left one of the other staff put the 2 tables together and about 5 minutes later a group of men arrived and occupied the table.

I have no issues with looking after the locals who no doubt are his bread and butter during non-peak tourist times, however there are better ways of doing this than what we witnessed.

Service apart from this was just slow, even to get water and wine, which was no doubt due to priority being given to people who just went up to the counter.

There are better places around.

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Thank westy54
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

This is a very small, cosy restaurant, with limited food options. However, the options you have are just amazing. This is where locals choose to eat so it is a great atmosphere to get the taste of Italy.

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1  Thank Mehmet B
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Reviewed 27 May 2016

Small, local place with a soul. We were the only foreigners that night. Enjoyed a lot Italian character of the place. Nice service and great food, too. As Osteria, not sophisticated, but as for the type, great. Started with a plate of local meat (salami, prosciutto, sausage, and cheeses, including permesan and some localities). For the 2nd course, we took pasta: local Tuscany pomodoro&bacon plus cheese&pepper. Sound simple, they are, but the more we ate, the more we enjoyed them. And despite huge portions, we ate them all! This is how good it was.
Great vino de la casa (red), too.
Very friendly and caring service.
Will come back for sure.

Thank Tomasz B
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