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Looking forward to the Palio of Siena August 16

palio di siena assunta 2013

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.

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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!

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The beauty of Siena continues to inspire us

siena photo

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.

Gluten free menu at Siena

A note from Chef Harvey…

As any Chef in the restaurant business today will tell you, the request for gluten free menu items comes up everyday.

Unfortunately people don’t really perceive Italian food as being gluten free, But fortunately for us, the cuisine of the Tuscan region is based largely on grilled meats, seafood, many different types of beans, potatoes and fresh vegetables.

Here at Siena our menu, as it stands, is 85% gluten free and 95% of it can be made gluten free upon request. So next time you crave Italian cuisine without the wheat, come see us!

—Chef Harvey

Please click here for Chef Harvey’s current menus.
Each gluten-free dish is annotated as such.


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Antinori Wine Dinner
Wednesday, July 23
6:30 p.m.
with Audrey Herd-Smith
not including tax & gratuity


please call (512) 349-7667‎ to reserve

WINE DINNER: Antinori Part II JULY 23

Antinori Wine Dinner (part II)
Wednesday, July 23
6:30 p.m.
with Audrey Herd-Smith
not including tax & gratuity


please call (512) 349-7667‎ to reserve

audrey herd smith

Audrey Herd-Smith
Antinori National Business Development Manager

Audrey Herd-Smith joined Ste. Michelle Wine Estates in 2007 as the Business Development Manager in Metro New York for the Antinori portfolio. She was intrigued by the opportunity to represent and promote the Antinori family’s nearly 630 years of winemaking history and their incredible portfolio of wines. In 2013, Audrey was promoted to the newly created position of National Business Development Manager, responsible for coordinating, leading and supporting the Antinori market specialists across the U.S. in their role of building the brand portfolio.

Born and raised in Florence, Audrey attended the Hotel School in Lausanne Switzerland where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management and worked in Geneva and Paris at the Hotel Richemond and the Hotel Crillon.

She decided to move to New York inspired by the diversity of the city where she worked at the Mayfair Regent Hotel. She followed her passion for wine and worked for Vineyard Brands where she remained for 17 years developing the New York market.

Audrey is fluent in four languages (Italian, English, French and Spanish). She’s passionate about travel, wine, art and yoga. In fact, she has a certification in yoga training and in life coaching. She lives in Manhattan.

Please click here for printable/PDF version of the menu.



barbaresco torre wine

Above: The Prunotto winery produces some of Italy’s most famous and collected wines in Barolo and Barbaresco.

Chef Harvey is still putting the finishing touches on the menu, but the next wine dinner at Siena (JULY 23) will feature the wines of Prunotto, one of Italy’s greatest and most famous winemakers, producer of Barolo and Barbaresco.

We hope to open up reservations tomorrow, just as soon as Chef Harvey has the menu ready.

But in the meantime, please see the photos below, from the recent Honig Vineyard and Winery dinner with Steven Honig.

It was another sold-out event and it featured one of Chef Harvey’s best menus to date.

STAY TUNED: details for our JULY 23 PRUNOTTO DINNER coming soon!

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