Opened nearly four decades ago, Osteria Le Logge occupies a 12th century Sienese building that, no doubt, has seen many transformations. Prior to its life as a restaurant, it was an old druggist shop; the new owners did a splendid job designing their main dining room, restoring the old druggist cabinets and putting them to a new use. Today, the fine wood cabinets are filled with wine bottles and old books, giving the dining room a most handsome, old-world appearance.
There is dining upstairs and outdoors in season - the tables graced with fresh flowers and attractively set with hand-painted ceramic dishes designed by an award-winning local artist, whose works include the design of the Palio itself. Word of mouth has attributed to the rapid growth in popularity of this establishment. Those words undoubtedly include praise for three things – although I would have difficulty putting them in order - the friendly, attentive staff, the imaginative cuisine, the WINE!
Le Logge has one of the most impressive wine lists in the city – over 750 labels - featuring their own vintages from the Gianni Brunelli winery in Montalcino, Super Tuscans, and an endless selection from every region in Italy, as well as Europe and beyond. Select according to your tastes, but don’t leave without trying their Brunello di Montalcino.
The modern kitchen is in plain view and one can watch through glass windows the magic unfold. Submit to the artistry of their chef, Nico Atrigna, who makes ordinary ingredients into something extraordinary. Dishes are traditional, yet innovative and much of what Nico concocts comes from a moment’s inspiration and may not be on the menu. Following an orchestra of antipasti, Nico combined cacio e pepe with a delicately flavored meat sauce, coating our spaghetti in a melt-in-you-mouth-goodness. Equally pleasing was the tender cut of beef, sottospalla di manzo with a dusting of five different cracked peppers.
Our waiter thoughtfully asked if we had any food allergies and Le Logge willingly fulfills requests for vegetarian dishes. Any way you choose to sample the cuisine and the wines of this remarkable restaurant will have you telling others to dine at Osteria Le Logge when in Siena.