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“Very Nice, Somewhat Pricey”

Antica Osteria da Divo
Ranked #15 of 584 Restaurants in Siena
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had lunch here after visiting the Duomo nearby. We arrived close to opening time without a reservation and were lucky to have gotten a table. The dining room eventually became very busy. The architecture was especially interesting, as the building is quite old and evidence of this has been allowed to show in the walls of the dining areas. I found this to be an interesting juxtaposition to the table settings that were slightly formal. In fact, there was a sense of formality about the service. All of the various persons that attended our table were obviously well-trained; helpful and friendly, though formal. The atmosphere felt somewhat “stuffy” compared to many other restaurants where we dined in Italy. Well, the main thing is the food, and we found the dishes we ordered were very tasty and beautifully presented. We shared a squash blossom appetizer that was excellent. The light ricotta filling and crunchy tempura exterior were enhanced by the delicacy of the flower. Very nice. We also ordered risotto with black truffles. The creamy rice was perfectly cooked. The attendant grated a generous serving of black truffles over the top when it was presented at the table. Sublime. The pappardelle in wild boar ragu was also nicely presented and very tasty. Overall, we found the food to be very enjoyable, though the prices were a bit higher than one might find in less fancy restaurants. It was a nice dining experience.

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Thank michaelmartman
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Reviewed 1 November 2018

We were originally going to another restaurant, but we had the good fortune of being invited into one of the locals homes and it is there that we were told that Divo was the place to go. It is beautiful and my husband enjoyed his rack of lamb immensely. I unfortunately went with the tuna because I thought it would be a nice alternative to all the meat that I was eating, plus we got there around 3 pm and the kitchen was about to close so I went with the tuna at the recommendation of our waitress. I should have kept it when it first came out but it was fairly raw and I was concerned about the bacteria levels. It was a bad choice on my part because when it was returned, it was overcooked and thoroughly unenjoyable. Being that this is considered the premiere restaurant among the locals and that the atmosphere is so beautiful, I think I just ordered the wrong meal. I did see a family with a young child who sat across from us pull their order because they were waiting for over an hour for their food, which I agree is ridiculous. I also think they could have handled it differently being that we just got their and they were aggressive with taking our order. This is a very pricey menu and it was a lot of money to pay for a meal that was not enjoyed.

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Reviewed 29 October 2018

Of course the food here was very good. The service was impeccable. However, the wine was really expensive. If I were more into the fine dining thing, I would have rated it excellent. But for me, hearty authentic Italian food along with a draft beer is a better dining experience. This place was very ostentatious.

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Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

Fabulous restaurant in central Siena - recommended by a friend & boy did it surpass expectations - the staff were so knowledgable & friendly - restaurant was extremely busy because it was a ‘Palio’ weekend - we tried to book for the next evening ( we wanted to try other things on the menu) but it was fully booked!
We will definitely come back.

Thank Dorothy B
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Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

Service was good but food was mediocre and expensive. Nice setting but had polenta which was chunky (not the least bit creamy) and steak which was under seasoned. Potatoes were cold and needed salt. For the price it should have been much better. Expensive truffle shavings did not save the food.

Thank TOLisaJ
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