Above: Almond-crusted halibut, roasted heirloom tomatoes, haricot verts, basil-infused extra-virgin olive oil and grilled squash paired with Ruffino Orvieto Classico.
Chef Harvey outdid himself once again with a SPECTACULAR menu at last night’s Ruffino dinner.
We’ll be announcing details for our September wine pairing dinner shortly.
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Come check out Siena’s new expanded Happy Hour menu!
In addition to all of your favorites, Chef Harvey has added three new appetizers:
Grilled Tuscan flatbread with artichokes, roasted garlic, lemon zest, extra-virgin olive oil and smoked provolone.
Chicken liver pâté with Vin Santo roasted onions.
Grilled homemade bruschetta with vine ripe tomato-basil salsa and Grana Padano.
The beautiful medieval city of Siena in Tuscany is what inspired the cuisine and design of Siena Ristorante Toscano.
And that’s why we follow the Palio of Siena horse race each year with great anticipation.
They’ll be “running the Palio” this Saturday, August 16, in the Piazza del Campo, Siena’s main square, as they do every year.
The August 16 Palio is known as the “Palio dell’Assunta” or the “Palio of the Assumption” because it comes the day after the “feast day” that marks the commemoration of the Assumption of Mary.
It also comes the day after Ferragosto, the “August Vacation” day, a national holiday in Italy when nearly everyone takes time off (often for two entire weeks).
The July Palio is just as spectacular. But because Siena is already teeming with tourists and visitors in August, the Palio dell’Assunta is especially exciting.
We’ll be following along and will post about the winner next week.
Here’s a link to our recent post on “online resources to follow the Palio.”
Image via Janus Kinase’s Flickr.
We’ll be posting details and reservation info for the next event (August 21) in the ongoing Italian Wine Dinner series at Siena shortly.
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Here are some highlights from our sold-out Antinori dinner in July.
Some of our guests have noted the colorful banners that Chef Harvey has displayed throughout the restaurant. They are the seventeen flags of the seventeen “wards” of the city of Siena (see below).
Here at Siena Ristorante Toscana, we look forward each year to the running of the Palio in Siena, the famous horse race held each year in the town’s main square, the Piazza del Campo.
For those who have never heard of the Palio, it’s an ancient horse race that originated in the Middle Ages.
Each year, on July 2 and August 16 (in two separate races), ten of Siena’s seventeen contrade (wards or neighborhood) compete. They are selected by lottery.
The intense and deep-seated rivalries are as much part of the spectacle as the colorful feasts and parades.
The race is an “anything goes” affair and the ten competing wards will do nearly anything to put their rivals at a disadvantage.
Even an excluded ward (not chosen in the lottery) will rejoice when an adversary loses. The celebrations over a vanquished rival are as colorful as those held for an outright victory.
To read more about the Palio, its history, and legacy, check out this well-written entry on Wikipedia.
And to get a sense of the excitement on race day, watch the video (below) of last year’s August race, which was won by the Onda or ward of the Wave.
We’ll be following the events that lead up to this year’s August Palio and we’ll be posting on the race as the event draws closer and the excitement mounts.
We regret that next week’s wine dinner is CURRENTLY SOLD OUT.
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Our wine dinners are so much fun: the guest speaker is always fascinating, the wines are compelling, and Chef Harvey always outdoes himself when it comes to the menu.
The slide show below is from our last dinner in June.
We hope to see you soon! Thank you for your continued support!
A friend of the restaurant shared the above photo of the Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy, the city’s main square.
Here at Siena Ristorante Toscana in Austin, Texas, we continue to be inspired by the many-layered beauty of Siena (the city).
And you’ll find that inspiration in everything we do, from the way we plate our dishes to their delicious flavor.
We hope to see you soon!
And thanks for your continued support of Siena Ristorante Toscana.