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Congratulations to Lupa, winner of the 2018 August Palio!

Congratulations to Lupa, the contrada (ward or neighborhood) that won the August Palio yesterday in Siena!

Some of our guests/readers may remember that Lupa won the Palio twice in 2016.

Here at Siena Ristorante Toscana, we never get tired of following and watching the Palio of Siena!

Here’s the YouTube of the race:

Watch the Palio live tomorrow! Here’s the link to stream the event…

Click here to register for Siena’s Piedmont Wine Dinner, Monday, September 17!

Every year, the Palio di Siena — Siena’s legendary horse race — is run on July 2 and August 16.

As we gear up for the August race, here’s the best link to view the race live.

The event actually begins early in the morning tomorrow. But the race begins at 7 p.m local time (noon in Texas where we are on Central Standard Time).

If you click through to the link and press the play button, you can already see some of the preparations. And the coverage will include the parade and all the pageantry that takes place on the day of the race (tomorrow).

And in the meantime, here’s a link to watch videos of the many events leading up to the race.

We’ll be following along and will post about the winner on Friday! Stay tuned…

Image via Janus Kinase’s Flickr (Creative Commons).

MENU for our Piedmont wine dinner Monday, September 17!

Above: Barbaresco from the famed Castello di Neive winery is just one of the great wines we will be pairing with Chef Harvey’s tasting menu on Monday, September 17.

PIEDMONT WINE DINNER
featuring a tasting menu
created especially by
Executive Chef Harvey Harris
with wine expert Andrea Pace

5 courses – 5 wines
including Barbaresco by
Castello di Neive

Monday, September 17
6:30 p.m.
$85 per person
not including tax & gratuity

Please call (512) 349-7667 to reserve.
LIMITED SEATING!

Please note that there will be limited seating at this event. A credit card is required in order to reserve. These events sell out quickly so please be sure to reserve at your earliest convenience in order to ensure availability. The food and wine pairing menu is available only to registered guests. Reservations may be cancelled up to one week prior to the event.

Top image via the Castello di Neive winery website.

Piedmont Food and Wine Pairing Event Mon. Sept. 17!

As part of Siena’s ongoing Italian Food and Wine Pairing Events, executive chef Harvey Harris will be hosting a Piedmont-themed wine dinner on Monday, September 17.

As Italian food and wine lovers already know, Piedmont is the land of Italy’s most coveted and collected wines, Barolo and Barbaresco made from the noble Nebbiolo grape.

It’s also the land of Italy’s most famous cheeses, white Alba truffles, and some of the best beef in the world (one the region’s most celebrated dishes is its battuto or steak tartare).

Chef Harvey is currently working on the menu and the wine pairings. And we’ll be sharing it here and on our social media as soon as its ready.

In the meantime, please save the date: Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the flavors of Piedmont, Italy on Monday, September 17 at Siena Ristorante Toscana!

CLICK HERE FOR PREVIOUS MENUS FROM OUR FOOD AND WINE PAIRING EVENTS.

Please note that there will be limited seating at this event. A credit card is required in order to reserve. These events sell out quickly so please be sure to reserve at your earliest convenience in order to ensure availability. The food and wine pairing menu is available only to registered guests. Reservations may be cancelled up to one week prior to the event.

Burrata, Puglia’s unmistakable take on mozzarella

There are still a few spots available for our Amalfi Coast Food and Wine Pairing Event (this coming Monday, August 6). Click here for menu and reservation details!

Burrata is one of Italy’s most unique cheeses. It’s made by taking classic mozzarella and then stuffing it with cream, butter, and small chunks of mozzarella. The unmistakable creamy texture and rich flavor make it one of Italy’s greatest delicacies.

That’s Chef Harvey’s Burrata appetizer above: He serves it with pork belly, fig mostarda, shishito peppers, and pickled onions.

Click here for our current menus.

And please call (512) 349-7667 to reserve.

Scialatielli: Housemade Neapolitan pasta with seafood for our Amalfi Coast dinner!

That’s scialatielli pasta from the Amalfi Coast. It’s pronounced SHAH-lah-TEE’EHL-lee. The name comes from Neapolitan dialect: scialare (enjoy) tiella (the pan).

In other words, its the perfect pasta to absorb all the flavors of the sauce.

On Monday, August 6, Chef Harvey will be serving housemade scialatelli with frutti di mare (a seafood medley, “the fruits of the sea”) as part of his Amalfi Coast Food and Wine Pairing event.

Click here for menu and reservation details.

And please call (512) 349-7667 to reserve.

Spots are filling up fast!

Siena wins Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 3rd time!

For a 3rd consecutive year, Siena and its wine director Rina De Guzman have won the coveted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

“The Award of Excellence,” write the editors of Wine Spectator magazine, “recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Ranging in size from 90 selections to several hundred, these lists are well-focused and tend to emphasize discovery.”

Congratulations to Siena and to Rina for this much deserved and prestigious award!

Click here for the Siena entry on the Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards website.

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