Sienna’s finds a new home in the Bay

All in the family at Sienna’s: Mum Anna Lauricella, daughters Angelica and Marcella and son Andrea.
All in the family at Sienna’s: Mum Anna Lauricella, daughters Angelica and Marcella and son Andrea.

 

AFTER more than a decade of serving up a little piece of Italy to Port Stephens diners, the Lauricella family has settled on its final and permanent location.

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Mum Anna Lauricella and her three children – son Andrea, a qualified chef, plus daughters Marcella Hill and Angelica – have opened a revitalised version of Sienna’s in Magnus Street [at the site of the former Depz Restaurant].

“My parents came to Australia in the 1960s, settled in Horsham (Victoria) and opened a pizza shop,” the family matriarch said.

“We moved to Port Stephens in 2000 and decided to open Sienna’s seven years ago, first at the Bay Breeze, and now in Magnus Street.

“We have only been in this location a month and we love it. This is our final stop.”

The restaurant and café is open seven days for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Chef Andrea said that fresh ingredients were a feature of the Mediterranean-based menu where homemade pasta ruled.

“The veal boscaiola is a specialty with diners often coming from miles away to get a taste,” he said.

“Other popular meals include the pasta marinara with crab, mussels, calamari and prawns; Sienna’s chicken made in a creamy white wine sauce; Arancini (rice balls) and of course the pizzas.”

When asked what made them so special, sister Marcella is quick to respond: “Because they are made with love and passion the Italian way”.

The coffee comes from Victoria and a large portion of the cakes are home made.

The family originates from seven little islands off the southern coast of Sicily called the Aeolian Islands, where the fine food is only matched by the hospitality and good old fashioned service.

It’s Anna’s job to keep clients entertained with her happy disposition and service with a smile.

Diners are welcome to eat indoors or out and the restaurant will do take-aways.

For bookings telephone 4984 4900.

 

By Charlie ELIAS

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