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Another play on Fried Oysters: Watercress, lemon-tarragon aioli, smoked paprika-designed by Austin Green…
The following story comes from Chef Harvey’s memoir, “A Texan in Toscana” (for Part 1, click here).
As part of my externship at Ristorante il Pino in San Gimignano, the restaurant provided me with a small room above the kitchen. Each morning as I made my way down the stairs, I would hear the serious whacking of the sous chef’s meat cleaver as he hacked up the wild boar legs and shoulders. The aroma of roasting onions for stock, fresh baked bread, cappuccino brewing, and cantaloupe always accompanied this sound.
As I entered the kitchen and said my buon giornos, my sense of smell locked on to the sweet scent of the fresh cantaloupe. I was immediately overwhelmed by the flood of memories triggered by this familiar aroma. It wasn’t just the melon: it was a combination of aromas coming together in some sort of olfactory symphony. And it was playing my song.
I must have looked dazed as I stood in the kitchen trying to mentally process what was happening. In my mind, I saw my grandmother cutting up the cantaloupe, my grandfather bringing in a large ham from the smoke house. The coffee was percolating and the lid on a pot of beans was starting to dance up and down. I could smell the furniture in the farmhouse and hear the laughter of relatives and the clack of shuffling dominoes in the living room. I was transported back in time. There was a stirring in my heart and the voice in my head was saying, “welcome home.”
Then, for the first time in my culinary career, I actually grasped the true meaning of “cooking from the heart.” And that is what Siena Ristorante Toscano is all about…
The following are some recent reviews we received on our Facebook. If you’ve had a good experience at Siena, please let us know by “liking” us and leaving us a note! Thank you, Austin! We really appreciate your support!
By far the best Italian restaurant in Austin!! I’ve lived in Austin all my life. I was born there. I’ve been to hundreds of restaurants over the years. This is by far my favorite!
Best Italian restaurant anywhere in Central/South Texas. Everything was amazing — the pasta was better than my partner’s Italian Nona used to make! It’s so beautiful inside, especially now that it’s decorated for the holidays. I can’t say enough good things about it. Definitely finish your meal with the Italian version of Milk and Cookies — Biscotti and a milkshake spiked with brandy, rum, and bourbon. Yum!
I love everything about Siena…the perfect Tuscan restaurant – quiet enough for a real conversation…the waiters are helpful and timely but don’t rush you. The wine choice was perfect and the food was fabulous…
Best Italian in the state. Chef Harvey is a gift to Austin. Genuine Tuscan food, beautiful building, great service.