Monday, April 20, 2015

Italic - Restaurant Review

Austin's newest Italian restaurant opened recently on 6th St. Italic featured wonderful service, good food, and an energetic atmosphere.

The service was friendly from beginning to end. Our server Alex was warm and attentive. The staff seemed to work as a well-oiled team - impressive for such a new restaurant.

The wine and beer selections were plentiful, and I appreciated that all of the wine was from Italy. I ordered a glass of Vietti Tre Vigne Barbera d'Asti 2011 ($8/glass), which complimented my food nicely.

We ordered the Fregola & Shellfish ($18 for the full serving), Cherry Tomato Pizza ($13), and a side of Brussels Sprouts with balsamic and shallots ($6). Fregola is like Israeli couscous, and absorbed the flavors of the clams and mussels in my dish. I actually would have also preferred some other types of shellfish (shrimp, perhaps) to add a bit of texture, but I did enjoy my entree.

My husband ordered the Cherry Tomato Pizza, and it came out half charred (didn't love that). It also had quite a bit of lemon zest on it, which was so overpowering that the pizza tasted mildly like bathroom cleaner. He says that the beer he ordered, the Founders Porter ($5/glass), did not go well with his pizza - if he could do it over he would have ordered an IPA or a pale ale. We took half of the pizza home and it actually tasted pretty good a few nights later after the taste of lemon zest had softened.

We both love roasted Brussels sprouts. These were charred and drenched in balsamic, so much so that they tasted burnt and were not as crispy as we expected. They were ok, but we would have preferred them with less balsamic and a slightly lighter roasting.

This is a nice restaurant with great service, high quality food, an interesting menu, and a lively atmosphere. I look forward to seeing how the restaurant evolves.