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Restaurant Review: La Prosciutteria | Siena, Italy

By September 18, 2014 eat, europe, italy, travel

Sadly I haven’t really had enough time to do very many restaurant posts on my campervan trip. Aside from the fact that we haven’t really been eating at very many glamorous places, we have also been moving around so quickly. I’ve been trying to share top places to visit in each country I visit but I haven’t been able to get into more detail than that unfortunately.

However. After dining at La Prosciutteria in Siena, I knew I had to write a post especially. As much to show you the adorable Tuscan decor as the delicious food and tasty wine.

We spent a few nights in Siena to explore the Chianti region (more on this in this post – goes live 20 Sept) and fell in love from the moment we arrived. The town has a romantic medieval vibe and you could get happily lost wandering the windy streets and looking up at the beautiful, ancient buildings.

The town church is among one of the most beautiful I have seen in Europe.

My favourite time to explore was at dusk, when the brightness of the sun starts to fade under the twinkling lights of the night.

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I told you she was pretty.

But back to the restaurant. La Proscuitteria is a deli-come-restaurant-come-wine-shop tucked into one of Siena’s back streets. They have other restaurants in Florence and Massa but this baby has only been open a month. It’s a bit hard to find so look for this sign.

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When you walk in you’ll see hams hanging from the roof and wine lining the walls.

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Upon arrival we were greeted by part owner and manager Leonardo. He was very friendly and proceeded to tell us what they offer. Basically they serve a variety of wooden platters loaded with top quality cold cut meets, dips, fresh and char grilled vegetables and artisanal cheeses. At just 5 euros a head for appetizer or 10 euros a head for a main meal, it offers exceptional value.

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If you don’t want a platter, you can just choose from the items on the menu or in the cabinets.

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Even if you are having the platters, if you see something you like, be sure to ask to have it put on your board. We are not fussy eaters so we left it to him to decide while we scoured the walls for a bottle to match our dinner.

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They have an excellent selection of local wine ranging from budget to bottles for special occasions. We settled for a local Chianti Classico and ducked off down stairs to snag a seat in their cellar.

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While we waited for our boards, I took the opportunity to explore the venue. I loved how there were hidden corners stuffed with antique goods and wine bottles.

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In a matter of moments our board arrived and it was jam packed with some of the best meats I have ever tasted and the cheese wasn’t far off either. I absolutely love a meal made up of appetizers!

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One of my favourites was this bread slathered with a truffle pesto. I could have eaten a whole loaf of that!

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Before leaving we were sure to leave them a thank you in their tourist book – having opened just 25 days ago they really rely on tourist feedback on Trip Advisor so be sure to write them a review there too 🙂

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I absolutely love finding hidden gems and sharing them with you – it’s not a fancy restaurant by any means but if you’re looking for a delicious meal of local produce and local wine for a very affordable price, look no further than La Prosciutteria.

After dinner be sure to walk around town – it’s just as beautiful (if not more) at night.

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Before I sign off I have a bit of a funny story for you. A few days after this dinner, we managed to accidently lock the keys inside our campervan. Of course we did this when we were deliriously hungry and also on a tight schedule. After an hour of frantic research it was looking like our only option was to tow the car at a cost of 300 euro in the hope that the garage where it was towed could open it. Such luck!

Desperate and tired we thought we’d try our luck and go see Leonardo about what other options we might have. After 30 minutes of googling and gruff phone calls he told us he had organized a guy to meet us that afternoon. We were in the car by sundown and on to our next destination. I can’t thank Leonardo enough for being so helpful and expedient – I know there are loads of genuinely nice people in this world, but you don’t come across them often so it’s mighty nice when you do. And if you do end up going to La Prosciutteria – you must buy Leonardo a drink for us!

 

Don’t forget to hashtag #travelwiththemacadames on your travel pictures – We’d love to see where you’re exploring!

Anisa – The Macadames. xx

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2 Comments

  • Reply Leonardo October 21, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Wonderful picts of my hometown!
    Greetings from Costa del Sol, España – Leonardo

    • Reply Anisa October 21, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Thanks Leonardo – glad to be able to share these photos of your beautiful home town. Greetings from Canberra, Australia. xx

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