I used to eat at Sienna a lot. Then I moved to S. Austin & started eating more at Vespaio. I joined a friend at Sienna last Tuesday during the rain before going to a movie at the Arbor.
What a shock!!!! The restaurant is still beautiful especially on a rainy day, but the food is another thing.
We had the salad with tomatoes & fresh(?) mozzarella. The tomatoes were pink & cold!!! The mozzarella had no creaminess to it at all. For the entree, we had 2 different pastas & both were awful. The pasta was tough & there was almost no sauce. Since our 2 courses were so bad, we skipped desert.
I have always had great service at Sienna, but not this time. The waiter bordered on rude. When we left, my partner accidently took the wrong credit card receipt. We had only walked a few steps when the waiter shouted at us accusing us of trying to get away with something. He said, "it didn't work this time." We just stood there kind of dumbfounded especially since we tipped 20% for awful food & questionable service (in college, I used to wait tables, so I always tip at least 20%).
I wish we had just sent our food back, but we were concerned about getting to the movie on time given the pouring rain.
Have others had this experience recently at Sienna? I kept thinking that I hope the next restaurant the goes in that space keeps the building intact & doesn't make it tacky. I can't imagaine that Siena is long for this world.
1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704