Friday, March 27, 2015

Siena - Federal Hill on Atwells Ave - Providence Rhode Island

Siena is a restaurant located at 238 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903 in Federal Hill. You can find it in the center of a row of shops and restaurants, with parking along the street or in some back-lots or via valet.

After suffering from a less-than-optimal experience at a local Guatemalan restaurant for lunch, I was excited to receive this above-par recommendation from one of our vendors for this fine dining establishment. Friday early evening and Siena was packed, luckily our vendor was a frequent visitor - our wait was about 45 minutes. The interior is nicely furnished and a bit classy for my regular t-shirt-and-shorts, but in this instance I was lucky to be dressed slightly above that level in business casual due to the earlier meeting.
The restaurant is low lit so please excuse my rather dark and grainy photos - a short stint at the bar while waiting allowed me to sip on a rather good Harpoon IPA - this ended up being my go-to beer while visiting Rhode Island.

The service was particularly good with frequent stops due to the length of time to get the food to the table - it wasn't excessive once you adjust for the crowd and wait. Seating was a bit tight - once again due to the crowd, with standing-room-only at the bar (where we waited until seated).

Caprese Salad - this was atypical with arugula, tomato, fresh mozzarella cheese and crumbled cheese, drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Arugula Salad - something a bit simpler than the caprese and very good. Served with a large dollop of fresh cheese.

Scaloppine di Vitello Porcini - this very nice, classic veal scaloppine came finished with porcini mushrooms.

Filet Mignon Dinner Special -  This very nice filet was covered in a compote of veggies and served with haricots vert and a wedge of polenta - this is what I had and it was divine.

Frutti di Mare - Shrimp, clams, scallops and fish sauteed in red clam sauce on linguine. I was especially jealous of this dish (started to order it but someone at the table already had and against my gluttonous desires, demurred). 

Involtini di Melanzane -  Pan-fried eggplant rolled with Prosciutto di Parma & herbed ricotta cheese, baked with marinara sauce. For our vegetarian, Sid.

In all a delightful experience that I hope to one day repeat. It also ended up being some of the best food I had while visiting Providence.

Good eating!

-- John

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