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Siena brings home WINE SPECTATOR AWARD of EXCELLENCE!

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We couldn’t be more proud to share the news that the Siena wine list and our wine director (and general manager) Rina De Guzman have been selected by the editors of Wine Spectator magazine as one of this year’s winners of the WINE SPECTATOR AWARD OF EXCELLENCE.

According to the editors, “Wine Spectator‘s Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.”

“These wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Whether compact or extensive, focused or diverse, these lists deliver sufficient choice to satisfy discerning wine lovers.”

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

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

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NEW SUMMER dishes by Chef Harvey

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Chef Harvey (above) has been changing up his menu, adding a number of new seasonal dishes, including a few inspired by the produce he harvests from the garden that he tends on the grounds of the restaurant.

Come see what Chef Harvey has cooking up in his kitchen!

PLEASE CALL (512) 349-7667 TO RESERVE.

Buon weekend a tutti! Have a great weekend everyone!

Classic Tuscan cuisine at Siena Ristorante Toscana

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You just never know what Chef Harvey and his kitchen team are cooking up.

His staff and he are always experimenting with classic Tuscan recipes, like the “pici” in the photo above, hand-rolled long noodles served with a ragù (meat sauce).

Pici are traditionally served in southern Siena province (Italy) in places like Montalcino, where this humble but delicious dish is often paired with wines like Brunello.

Come see what Chef Harvey’s cooking up in his kitchen!

Please call 512-349-7667 to reserve.

Straight out of Chef Harvey’s garden…

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Did you know that a lot of the produce that Chef Harvey serves his guests comes straight from the fruit and vegetable garden that he tends on the restaurant’s grounds all year round?

These flavorful peppers and delicate Japanese eggplant (one of chef’s favorites) are from his recent harvest.

Come see what Chef Harvey’s got cooking at Siena Ristorante Toscana!

Please call (512) 349-7667 to reserve.

La Lupa (She Wolf) wins the Palio of Siena! Video of the July 2 Palio…

In case you missed it on live streaming, you can watch the Palio of Siena in the YouTube above.

The winner this time around was the Contrada of La Lupa (the Ward of the She Wolf).

It’s in Italian but even if you don’t speak or read Italian, it’s fun to check out the contrada’s website.

The image below was taken last year by our blog master while he was visiting Siena. In it, you can see the Piazza del Campo where the race is run twice a year (July and August).

Look out for updates on the August race coming soon!

Evviva la Lupa! Long live the She Wolf!

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Closed for the Fourth of July

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Palio video streaming on July 2: WATCH THE RACE LIVE!

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The July 2 Palio actually begins early in the morning in Siena when each contrada (city ward) starts preparing for the race, including pre-race flag-throwing and parades in each ward, and the mounting of the jockeys etc.

The actual race begins at 7 p.m. when the Palio — an tapestry that becomes the winner’s trophy — is displayed above the Piazza del Campo where the race is run.

That’ will be 12 p.m. noon in Texas.

If you are as Palio-crazy as we are, check out the live video stream of the race at SienaTV here.

In the meantime, the stream is 100 percent Palio coverage 24/7 wall-to-wall! Even if you don’t speak Italian, it’s fun to watch because they often do “behind-the-scenes” stuff.

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