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The Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners, where Chef Harvey honed his skills all those years ago

The Siena blogger recently had the opportunity to visit the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners in the northwestern Italian region of Piedmont.

Piedmont is home to some of Italy’s greatest chefs and foods, like white Alba truffles and porcini mushrooms, some of the best beef in Europe, Italy’s most famous aged cheeses, and, of course, Barolo and Barbaresco, its two greatest wines.

It’s also home to the school where Chef Harvey first honed his skills as a world-class Italian chef all those years ago.

It’s a top-flight center for gastronomic learning and one of the most celebrated cooking schools in the world.

We highly recommend taking a look at its website to get a sense of how it trains culinary professionals like Chef Harvey to then go out into the world and share the joy and magic of Italian food.

Bravo, Chef Harvey!

New Year’s Eve at Siena! Reservations are OPEN… Book your table now.

Please call (512) 349-7667 to reserve.
(please book now to ensure availability)

Please note that a credit card is required to reserve.
Cancellations must be received 2 calendar days before December 31.
Failure to cancel will result in a $50 per person fee.


Nothing like Italian comfort food to warm you up on a chilly Austin evening!

In Italy, they don’t call it comfort food. They just call it food…

Come see what Chef Harvey is cooking up in his kitchen tonight.

Nothing like a little Italian comfort food to warm up on a chilly Austin evening!

Please call (512) 349-7667 to reserve now.

One of North Austin’s “Best Happy Hours” according to Yelp users

We hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Siena will re-open this evening for dinner and we will be open, regular hours, all weekend.

Please note that we will be closed for lunch today, Friday, November 23.

Did you know that Siena has one of the best happy hours in North Austin?

If you don’t believe us, ask Yelp users: They regularly list us as one of the best happy hour spots.

In case you’re looking for a break from holiday weekend festivities, we’ll be here! We hope to see you soon… Happy holidays, everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving! (Holiday Hours at Siena)

Siena Ristorante Toscana will be closed Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

We will re-open on Friday for dinner at 5 p.m. (closed for lunch service).

We wish you and your families a happy holiday from all the families at Siena!

And we thank you for your continued support and for making Siena one of Austin’s favorite destinations for great Italian food and wine.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Nextdoor users name Siena one of their top 10 restaurants!

Above: Siena Ristorante Toscana executive chef Harvey Harris.

We are thrilled to share the news that users of Nextdoor, the community social network, have named Siena Ristorante Toscana as one of their top 10 restaurants!

See the winners here (you have to be a Nextdoor member and you have to be registered in our neighborhood).

Siena and chef Harvey have won so many awards and have been honored with so many accolades over the years. But this one is special: A restaurant is only as good as the community it serves and we couldn’t be more proud of our neighborhood and the people who live and work here.

Thank you, Austin, for making us one of your favorite places to eat great Italian food and to enjoy the best in Italian wine!

Siena was honored to host our Veterans on Sunday!

As we do every year on Veterans Day, Siena treated Veterans who visited us on Veterans Day (yesterday, November 11) to an entree on the house.

Siena was honored to host our Veterans on Sunday and thank them for their service!

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