Nestled within the La Borgata shopping center, Sienna's atmosphere evokes a feeling of Tuscany with its warm earth tones, high ceilings, and heavy stone and wood furnishings. Once settled into plush, damask dining chairs, guests may choose from 11 signature cocktails, including refreshing watermelon-basil martinis and sparkling strawberry cocktails made with real fruit. By the light of four glowing fireplaces, eyes scan Asian-infused dinner plates, including starters such as crab wontons served with pineapple marmalade. When ordering entrees, diners may choose from the restaurant's five pizzas, which crisp in the heat of a wood-fired oven, or steer toward specialty dishes such as short ribs braised in house-brewed Sienna ale and accompanied by parmesan potatoes. The spiced pork tenderloin rests amid black cabbage, butternut-squash tortellini, and persimmon jam, and tender soy-ginger-glazed salmon finds a worthy complement in a crunchy pickled ginger-cucumber salad.
The staff at Juice It Up! conducts a symphony of whirring blenders, juice squeezers, and chattering ice in an effort to promote health. The smoothies and juices are colorful canvases whose crimson, emerald, and goldenrod hues are drawn from a palette of nonfat yogurts, sherbets, and acai berries as well as watermelon juice, chai tea, and ginseng. Nutritional supplements add a blast of energy, proteins, echinacea, or vitamins to drinks before a tough workout or a visit to tell a motorcycle gang its loan has not been approved.
Big Spoon Yogurt’s special topping bar complements hot cocoa and frozen yogurt ensembles with more than 75 novel accompaniments. Beverage construction commences at Big Spoon’s topping bar, where steaming chassis of hot cocoa ($1.25–$2.59) don marshmallow tires—in mint, german chocolate, cinnamon, and toasted coconut flavors—and warm-cookie steering wheels in a rousing race to anticipating taste buds. Patrons sweeten metric-system conversions with frozen yogurt by the ounce (price varies by location), available in chocolate, vanilla, and a rotating stock of non-dairy and sugar-free flavors. Seasonal winter flavors provide the taste of frozen eggnog without the hassle of holding company Christmas parties in a polar bear’s living room, and fall flavors scour a farmer’s windowsill for apple pie and pumpkin yogurt—all customizable with the bar’s more than 75 toppings.
It is not just the pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas that keep guests coming back to Pete's Restaurant and Brewhouse—the hand-crafted beers also play a major role, quenching thirsts with flavors ranging from the Uptown blonde’s light layers of honey to the highly hoppy profile of the Skinner’s Horse IPA. Pete’s team keeps meals in balance by offering food-and-beer-paring suggestions, assuring diners that the Midtown ale harmonizes with fish tacos and that the Old Town red—a malty, medium-bodied amber ale—improves coordination for slam-dunking meatballs.
Thanks to their similar height and hair color, close friends Geneva Soulier and Erin Whitely were often mistaken for sisters. So when they decided to start selling Hawaiian shaved ice—Geneva's favorite treat, according to the El Dorado Hills Telegraph—it wasn't hard to pick a name. Dubbed the ShiverSisters, the duo now dispenses soft mounds of shaved ice from a vintage Airstream trailer, earning a visit from Fox 40. Inside, a rainbow of colorful plastic bottles dispense flavors that range from cola and coconut to tiger’s blood, mango, and blue raspberry. Organic cream or a scoop of ice cream adds depth and body to combinations such as creamsicle—a blend of orange and vanilla syrups—or sour tart, which blends sour pink lemon and sour green apple flavors, giving lips ample puckering practice for kissing championships.