It is not easy to find a “light” dinner in Siena if you want to sit at a restaurant (rather than grabbing a piece of pizza and sitting on the Campo – something I intend to do very soon) but that is exactly what I needed after my first full morning of cooking and feasting. Luckily, my new cooking buddy and I stumbled upon Enoteca I Terzi. We knew we were in the right place when the tables outside and in were buzzing with Italians, most of whom were clearly regulars, judging by the plentiful kisses being exchanged around the room. The owner has a deep, husky voice that truly sounds like dry gravel and it travels around the restaurant as he greets and sits with his guests. They have a wine book with an overwhelming array of choices, and luckily, they also have a much shorter list of wines by the glass, primarily from Tuscany. The brick arched ceiling and wooden bookcases brimming with wine bottles create an atmosphere that encourages lingering over just one more glass of delicious wine. And at 5 euro a glass, why not do just that?
The food was also very good – simple and fresh. We shared a salad to start and the balsamic vinegar they gave us on the side turned out to be a highlight – I did not realize this but Modena, where the bottle on our table was from, is a famous home of balsamic – the taste was a memorable mix of sweet and tart with a thicker and more enjoyable consistency than the harsher liquid I typically have at home. Next I had a hearty bean and chicory soup – zuppa di favette secche e cicoria – that was flavorful and wholesome without being too rich. And of course, there was wine to wash it all down. First a Rosso di Montalcino, followed by a Nobile de Montepulciano, both from nearby wine towns. Certainly a lovely way to spend an evening.Enoteca I Terzi
Via dei Termini, 7