New Italian in Pasadena
Went to dinner at the new Tuscan influenced Siena in Pasadena. The Pasadena Weekly gave Robert Humphreys rave reviews, but this Friday night they were clearly not prepared for the dinner crowd. Although there was immediate seating at 7:30, we waited 10 minutes before a server got our drink order to us. I had read about some scrumptious bread with a dipping sauce of olive oil with hits of balsamic vinegar, rosemary and parmesan but that too was absent until I asked for it. The food however was very good; the duck prosciutto and fig salad was dynamite, and the squid ink linguine with clams,mussels, calimari and crab in a light cream sauce was delectable.
There are many other original ideas here, my advice is to wait until they have their kitchen and wait staff under control.
We ate there last night. Yes, it is where the old Greco's and many other failed establishments have been... The food was excellent as was the wine, but there are a few, apparently reoccurring, issues with this place.
1. The service, while polite, was inexcusably slow. There were only 3 other tables all night long and it took about 20 minutes to take the order, another 20 to bring the wine and on and on...
2. The tables/chairs are very uncomfortable and really belong in a "Soup Plantation" environment, not a cozy Italian bistro. The floor is slick, so the chairs and table are continually sliding around. Rugs would be a huge help...
They really need more marketing as no one seems to know anything about them. I did walk in one afternoon a few weeks ago to check it out for a potential lunch with a client, but at 1:30, there were 3-4 dirty tables, only one table still seated, and about 3 waiters clumped at the hostess stand (far from the front door, another issue) that never bothered to invite us in or acknowledge us.
Hope the owner reads this and addresses the issues as we really need this place to make it in Pasadena!