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Nannini bakery (Siena, Italy)

Ricciarelli al Cioccolato - chocolate cookie

Ricciarelli - vanilla cookie

Chocolate and vanilla cookies

Parade (Siena, Italy)

Parade (Siena, Italy)

Kathryn says: After our unforgettable lunch at Nona Gina’s, we wandered the small, hilly streets of Siena and window shopped. We happened upon a festive street parade. The young Italian man next to me tried to explain what they were celebrating, but the language barrier had me just nodding and smiling after awhile.

Once the parade passed us, J and I went shopping and found some cute purses at Carpisa.

Then we started walking to meet our parents to catch the bus, but two trays of cookies caught my eye in the window of Nannini bakery. I ran in to buy a couple of the sugar-dusted sweets for later. Once we found our parents, I couldn’t wait to pull the treats out to share. The cookies’ moist, soft insides and sweet, powdery outsides made for a savory couple of bites in our last few moments in Siena.

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Coffee, mint chocolate chip, and Bocci gelato

Jamie says:  We stopped at a gelateria called Gelateria Brivido (Via Pellegrini 1), right off Piazza del Campo in the medieval town of Siena. We agreed upon coffee, mint chocolate chip, and Bocci gelato.  Again K and I had our favorites and found them delicious!  I’d definitely recommend the place!

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Nonna's handwritten menu

Bread and Pellegrino

Gnocchi in secret sauce

Greasy, garlicky chicken and roasted veggies

Sausage (Siena, Italy)

After meal liquors

Osteria Nonna Gina

Jamie says:  I navigated our way to Osteria Nonna Gina (Piano dei Mantellini 2;  by Hotel Duomo; tel. 0577-287-247;) in Siena using our Rick Steves guidebook.  Oh, lunch at Nonna’s.  It was a favorite, if not “the” favorite, meal of the trip for sure.  The gnocchi, pillows of soft goodness in a secret sauce (the only hint we got was that it was vegetarian) was to die for.  The greasy, garlicky chicken with veggies was just like my Grandma’s, meaning it was amazing. K enjoyed some of her sausage, but it was “very, very salty.”  With the bill came-surprise- two large bottles of liqueur and four little shot glasses.  We poured ourselves some amaretto and grappa, . Thank you Rick Steves’ Italy guidebook for the restaurant recommendation.

According to one of our waitresses during the trip, the word “osteria” means “one of those restaurants where the woman is working in the kitchen” (I took this to mean a family restaurant with good home-cookin’).  Nonna means Grandmother in Italian.  Since my cousin Ashley is pregnant and the first one to be having a baby among my first cousins, we started to think that maybe we would call my Grandmother “Nonna.”

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