Our hotel recommended this restaurant as the best in Sienna, so expectations were high.
We were talked into buying an extremely expensive bottle of Chianti and thought the meal would match its quality. We were going on to the Opera and had allowed ample time for 2 courses.
My cheese souffle starter was acceptable but lukewarm.
The pigeon from the special truffle menu was a disaster. Presented unattractively and far too salty to eat. Staff agreed the dish was poor and did suggest an alternative.
Service was slow, somewhat due to complaints from other tables that had to be addressed, eg a very expensive wine decanted into a cracked decanter.
The offer of an alternative main was never delivered before our Opera cut-off because the restaurant kitchen could not cope on the night. I could not drink the expensive Chianti on a largely empty stomach, and went to the Opera hungry.
When we reported our poor experience to the hotel owner, she said that there was no need to pay for expensive wine in Tuscany, and would speak to the staff member who had misguided us. She would ensure guests would be given better recommendations for the future.
Yes, the restaurant discounted the pigeon dish. But I left feeling ripped off for buying expensive wine I could not drink without food.
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