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Siena: Too good not to Notice

 

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Siena Restaurant is a thriving contemporary Italian restaurant in the hamlet of Snyder. Locals and regulars rave about the food and the service. From the street it isn’t overly impressive, and parking is sometimes a challenge, but not as hard as the crowded lot would indicate. Inside you’ll find a lovely interior decorated in warm colors with wine bottle displays, white paper table tops, and cooper finish here and there. They don’t take reservations for parties smaller than eight, so you might plan to have a pre-dinner drink in their cheerful bar space.

Seems to me that Siena gets left out of the “premier” restaurant discussion here in WNY.  Maybe it’s a little casual, maybe it’s a little clubby, maybe it’s too much of a neighborhood joint. Whatever the reason I’d say some western New Yorkers are missing out, although based on the regular crowds maybe not many.

Siena was one of the first in the north towns to add a wood-fired brick oven. Regulars love the pizza. They have several to choose from, and they do look delicious- $15.95 on site, $10.95 take out. Sadly we didn’t have room, but I have every intention on returning for lunch soon.

We began our evening with the complimentary olive and reggiano parmesan cheese plate. The cheese is carved from the massive wheels on display in the back of the room. They also have a roving bread guy who offers an assortment of different breads.  Nice start.

For our appetizers we ordered:

  • The Parsnip and Arugula salad  – dried cherries, crispy onions and Gorgonzola with the rosemary vinaigrette $9.95. Great flavor, the parsnip are sweet, almost like a pear.
  • The special gnocchi, a ricotta not potato gnocchi, with caramelized onion, bacon and tomato $11.95. Yes, this was as good as it sounds. The gnocchi was light with a slightly browned exterior and the sauce was deep and rich. Although this would be great as an entree it was still light enough for a starter.

For an entree I ordered the Marinated flank steak wood grilled finished with the horseradish cream, arugula and truffle Parmesan ribbons $29.95. I loved the horseradish cream sauce and the ribbons (chips) were crispy and mouth watering.

My companion ordered the Chicken Mileanese that comes smothered in arugula with some red onion and chunks of parmesan ($24.95). The cutlet was crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside.

Some other attractive specials:

  • Sienna Bistro Steak – garlicky spinach salsa Verde and balsamic glazed pearl onions $29.95
  • Coldwater Lobster Tail – pan roasted with muscles and Barley that tomato seafood broth $39.95
  • Swordfish ($34.95) hearth roasted with choice of:

Agnumi- citrus, thyme, Chilies and EVOO ; Olivida – sun-dried tomato, Kalamata olives, red wine vinegar and oregano; Selmoriglio – parsley, oregano, lemon and EVOL; Acqua Pazzo – pepperoncini, baby tomatoes, capers and white wine $34.95.

 Some other great looking items on the regular menu:

  • Alumiprosciutto Di Parma – served with seasonal farmers market melon • 8.95
  • Antipasti – parma prosciutto, fennel and calabrese salumi, housemade mozzarella, imported olives and reggiano parmesan – small (serves 2) • 15.95 / large (serves 4) • 29.95
  • Antipastifried Calamari Three Ways – cajun flour, marinara sauce, sweet chili garlic and lemon basil aioli • 12.95
  • Wood Roasted Mussels – prosciutto, fresh orange, sambuca • 13.25
  • Eggplant Stack – fresh mozzarella, tomato, arugula and aged balsamic • 13.95
  • Charred Romaine – greens, pears, dried cherries, gorgonzola, granola and maple/balsamic • 9.95
  • Meatball Salad – romaine, tomato, red onion, cucumber and tomato sauce vinaigrette • 9.95

Pasta

  • Pappardelle Ala Pomodoro – san marzano, anisette, basil and housemade mozzarella • 23.00
  • Orrecchiette – braised veal shank, san marzano, lemon, marsala & reggiano parmesan • 29.95
  • Mezza Rigatoni -Italian sausage & rapini in a spicy tomato broth • 23.95

Entrees

  • Chicken Piccata – bell & evans organic french cut chicken breast piccata style with artichokes • 24.00
  • Tomahawk Ribeye Steak – sea salt, balsamic arugula and lemon • 46.00
  • Osso Buco – braised veal shank served with gremolata and risotto • 39.95
  • Salmon Wood Grilled – spinach / sundried tomato crust, citrus tomato beurre blanc • 32.00
  • Lamb Chops Wood Oven Roasted – artichoke/goat cheese purée, lemon oil • 36.00

 

In addition to outstanding eats Siena is noted for first rate service. I can tell you that our waiter (Brad) was no exception. He was deeply knowledgeable about everything Siena, from the menu items to the flavor combinations to the weight of the cheese wheel to which wine we would prefer. Bravo!

I liked everything about Siena- the ambiance, the food, the style and the service. I can almost guarantee you will too.

 

Details:

SOB LISTING

4516 Main St. Amherst NY 14221

(716) 839-3108

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