Restaurants & Bars 6

Charleston: Sienna & EVO

danna | Apr 7, 200808:54 AM

Although I picked Sienna because it gets such great reviews here (and elsewhere), Friday night before the Bridge Run, I was patting myself on the back for picking something that didn't involved driving back into downtown from IOP. Sienna is a beautiful space and one of the best meals I've had in Charleston.

I started off w/ the tuna 4 ways, 2 very good, 1 so good I'm going to try to reproduce...sweet and hot vinaigrette w/ shredded fennel...and 1 overpowered by sesame oil. My friend had a cheese plate w/ a memorable parmesan vecchio. We made the mistake of ordering 3 ceasar salads for the 3 of us. One would have sufficed, as they were huge, and also not very interesting, and drowned in dressing.

The bread was spectacular, delicious ciabatta, along with a cheesy cracker, and accompanied by a bowl of marinated tomatos, olives and fresh mozz. in olive oil. I could have eaten that all day. The wine list was moderately priced and we enjoyed a tasty, if not particularly adventuresome choice of King Estate Pinot Gris for $40.

Each of us had a pasta: a broccoli cavatelli w/ pinenuts , a gnudi w/ mushrooms and guanciale, and a tagliolini w/ clams and marsala reduction. Each very delicious.

We shared a selection of sorbets served in a cool sorbet merry -go-round, but the sorbets themselves were not particularly memorable. My charming hosts had coffee, and claimed the King Bean Smoky Mountain Blend was fantastic...even in decaf.

EVO was another choice made with the help of Chowhound and geography. ON my way home (Greenville) from IOP, I stopped in for an app and pizza to go. The bruschetta w/ garlic ricotta, arugula and honey pistachio sausage was divine. The pizzas, which were devoured partially on the way home were good...very good...but not fantastic. The crust was a tiny bit "bready" and the cheeses on my multi cheese pistachio pesto pizza didn't just sing to me. The maple smoked bacon I ordered on my husband's pizza WAS something I would repeat. EVO had a great energy and I liked the idea of the draft beer flights...i was driving , alas. I tried the house-made chocolates and liked the jalepeno-lime very much, the strawberry balsamic less.

So...I burned around 600 calories in my miserable 49:17 run...how many do you think I took in?

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