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“A relaxed and pleasant meal.”

Osteria delle Catene
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Ranked #25 of 135 Restaurants in San Gimignano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$17 - US$53
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We came to San Gimignano on market day, so the main streets were heaving. We therefore looked for a restauarant in one of the side streets, and were happy to sit outside and enjoy the late September sunshine. As we were on half booard at out hotel, we only wanted a light meal, so had the pasta dish of the day and a dessert, plus some of the local white wine. it all made for a relaxed and pleasant meal. Service was friendly.

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OdC_12, Proprietario at Osteria delle Catene, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

Dear Guests,

tank for your nice review!

It’s always a great pleasure to hear our guests had the chance to enjoy the authentic Tuscan kitchen in a relaxed atmosphere.

We are very looking forward to having you our welcome guests again.

Best Wishes,

Gino & Virgilio

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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

A busy ancient town so it was nice to find a tucked away restaurant .
A family run small place .
Special of the day good value and tasty. Attentive service from the owners ! Outdoor seating !

Thank Travelqueen241
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OdC_12, Proprietario at Osteria delle Catene, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Dear Guests,

thanks for your feedback!

You perfectly got the way we run our small Osteria, we are glad to hear you enjoyed the quiet atmosphere and the very typical Tuscan food.

We are very looking forward to seeing you again.

Best Wishes,

Gino and Virgilio

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Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

We ate dinner here in early August, and I'm still thinking about the meal. We split an appetizer, then had pasta and a main course each. It was delicious and a lot of quality food. The cingale was particularly tasty, as was the sausage and beans. The service was terrific - we were waited on by both owners, who were solicitous without interfering. I loved this whole evening!

Thank Melissa J
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OdC_12, Proprietario at Osteria delle Catene, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2017

Dear Guests,

your words are making us melt for joy!

You are most welcome and we are looking forwared to having you as our welcome guests again.

Best Wishes,

Gino and Virgilio

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Reviewed 28 August 2017

We have been here twice now- the first time 5 years ago when we followed the waiter's recommendations and enjoyed a meal rich in local meat and wine.
This time we came back and received a warm welcome. We sat on one of the few tables outside which are somewhat on a slant much like many places in San Gim but nevertheless this is not a high end restaurant and we enjoyed the humour of our angle!
We had a delicious meal and once again enjoyed the wild boar stew mopped up with some chunks of bread and washed down with a nice Chianti.
The position of the restaurant in our opinion is great as it is off the main stretch and the lighting is really rather lovely for relaxed chat.

If you are expecting your food to be Insta-worthy then this is not the place for you as it is hearty home cooking but if you enjoy rich flavours then go here!

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OdC_12, Proprietario at Osteria delle Catene, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2017

Dear Guests,

thanks for your nice review!

You perfectly resumed the philosophy behind the management of our little restaurant: food is to be enjoyed, not photographed.

We really appreciate when our guests talk to each other, or listen to the owners’ suggestions, and really enjoy their meal, because this is the way food is conceived in Tuscany and in Italy in general: a way to meet together with the people you love, and have a great time with them sharing good food, ideas and stories.
You are always very welcome, we really appreciated your visits!

Best Wishes,

Gino and Virgilio

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

The staff was friendly but the food was bad. The Brushetta was composed of tasteless bread with some olive oil and tomatoe slices that covered the pieces or bread. Worse, only two of the four pieces of bread had tomatoes slices on them. 0 efforts and taste.

The pasta was OK at best but again very little effort. The tomatoes in mine were cut into quarters. Not all the herbs stated in the menu were on my plate. Very simple dishes that took over 45 minutes to serve.

Finally when we got our bill there was a 2.50 X2 charge for having the table set (utensils and napkin). When I asked the server about this ridiculous charge he showed me the menu where it was clearly stated. I joked, "do I get to at least keep it?" He was not amused.

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OdC_12, Proprietario at Osteria delle Catene, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Dear Guests,

thanks for taking the time to write your feedback, we were actually expecting your review.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the long waiting. Just for you to be informed, someone from the staff was missing for personal, unexpected reasons, we were therefore facing a hard time that day and still trying to do our best. What we had to do – and maybe missed to – is making this clear at your arrival. We apologize for having being so late and we are really sorry if that affected your whole meal.

We never discuss tastes, and we accept critics, because these help us get better and better, and because food is such a personal thing, that we cannot always meet everyone’s expectations. But in this case, we are really convinced your long waiting badly affected your impression on the whole meal.

Tuscan bread is typically made without salt, this belongs to the local tradition, as people usually have bread together with very tasty foods, and this is why bread is unsalted. The reason why you had tomatoes on 2 slices out of 4 is that Bruschetta is traditionally made with roast bread, oil, salt and garlic ONLY. Tomato comes on a later version. This dates back to the past, when families were very poor and could barely afford a piece of bread. What we propose is a “mixed bruschetta” with both versions. No worries, then, the chef was late, but didn’t forget anything on your dish.

Maybe you haven’t eaten in many places in Italy, as the “coperto” is a charge existing everywhere, maybe not so high as in San Gimignano, but we can grant the charge at Le Catene is on average.

Wishing you a good time in Italy, we remain

Sincerely,

Gino and Virgilio

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