CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Il Palio by The Siena Hotel, Chapel Hill’s only Italian AAA-rated Four Diamond restaurant, has reopened its doors after its first major renovation in two decades. Reconnecting customers with the roots of rustic Italian dining, the transformed restaurant features an open kitchen, a chef’s table, a custom-designed wood-fired grill and a fresh menu by Chef Teddy Diggs, Il Palio’s executive chef.
The renovations began with an architectural redesign by New City Design Group. The open kitchen and chef’s table encourage interaction, a celebrated quality of Italian dining. Il Palio’s new wood-fired grill, custom-designed by Aztec Grill, is one of the only in the state. It allows Chef Diggs to offer a bistecchiera section of the menu, incorporating flavors indigenous to Italian cooking, such as “smoke” and “wood” imbued from the grilling process.
“We now have the ideal backdrop for providing regional Italian cooking with modern comforts and the hallmark hospitality our guests have come to expect,” said Anthony Carey, general manager, The Siena Hotel.
Inspired by his recent research trip to Italy, Chef Diggs’ new menu is designed to highlight the rustic roots of Italian cooking. It consists of simply prepared, thoughtfully sourced dishes such as traditional salt cod mantecato and hand-crafted acorn fazzoletti, accompanied by Chef Diggs’ widely acclaimed sea salt and rosemary focaccia bread. With one of the largest Italian wine cellars in the region, Il Palio complements its menu with more than 400 rare wines from all 20 regions in Italy.
“My approach to Italian cooking is simple: incorporate fresh ingredients and let the flavors stand on their own,” said Chef Diggs. “True Italian cuisine is balanced and rustic, and my role is to provide a time and a place to showcase the ingredients.”
Il Palio is an award-winning Italian dining destination in Chapel Hill, N.C. and the premiere restaurant of The Siena Hotel Autograph Collection. Consistently awarded Four Diamonds by AAA, Il Palio marries the traditional flavors of Italy with a casual elegance that showcases the culinary roots of rustic Italian cooking. Il Palio features wine from Italy’s 20 regions and vintifications produced in every corner of the Italian Peninsula, a selection that earned Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. Executive Chef Teddy Diggs brings robust training from the Culinary Institute of America along with rich national experience, including appointments in the Washington D.C. dining spotlight and tenure at Martha’s Vineyard. Il Palio offers breakfast daily and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.ilpalio.com or call 800-223-7379. Connect with Il Palio at www.facebook.com/IlPalioRestaurant, www.twitter.com/Il_Palio or on Instagram at @Il_Palio.
Inspired by the beauty of Italy and located in Chapel Hill, N.C., The Siena offers an elegant European escape with 79 luxury rooms, 4,000 square feet of special event space and unparalleled onsite dining at renowned Il Palio restaurant. Legendary hospitality and elegant European architecture coupled with innovative services has earned The Siena the Hotel of the Year Award for the Autograph Collection in the Americas by Marriott International. The Siena Hotel is nestled just 1.5 miles from the heart of Chapel Hill with a convenient 15-minute drive to RDU International Airport, Duke University and the Research Triangle Park. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.sienahotel.com or call 800-223-7379. Connect with The Siena Hotel at www.facebook.com/TheSienaHotel, www.twitter.com/SienaHotel or on Instagram at @TheSienaHotel.