Saturday, June 11, 2016

68 Degrees - Restaurant Review

68 Degrees is a new Italian restaurant on Lake Austin Blvd in Deep Eddy. It's owned by Marion Gillcrist of La Traviata, my favorite Italian restaurant in Austin. The name is taken from the temperature of nearby Deep Eddy pool.

The atmosphere is clean, crisp, and calm. The service is attentive. The restaurant is a more casual version of La Traviata, but with comparable prices - there is no complimentary bread and olive oil, and when you request pepper it is brought to your table in a shaker (not freshly-ground). We were a little disappointed.

We ordered the Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2012, Campania, Italy, which was $36 a bottle. It was more acidic than most Aglianicos that I've had. It is moderately rich with medium acidity and firm tannins, and contains 13.5% alcohol. Food friendly - went well with my tuna.

I love a good Caesar Salad. 68 Degrees serves theirs with anchovy oil dressing (but no actual anchovies), fresh egg yolk, parmesan and garlic croutons for $7.75. It was a really nice version of a Caesar, even though it's not super traditional.

There were several items on the menu that I really wanted to try, but I stuck to pasta because I thought that it would be house-made.

I ordered the Linguine Puttanesca with Yellowfin Tuna, capers, olives, anchovies, and tomato. It was slightly too salty and the noodles did not taste house-made (such a bummer). The delicious tuna was cooked until just pink inside, and there was more than enough pasta and fish leftover to take some home for lunch tomorrow.

Hubby thoroughly enjoyed (and finished!) his Spaghetti Bolognese (pasta with veal, pork and beef meat sauce, spinach and parmesan - $17). Again, the noodles were not made in-house. However, he really enjoyed the dish, and especially the sauce.

For a bottle of wine, 2 salads, and 2 pasta dishes, our total came to $96 before tip.

We will definitely be returning, and next time I'll try a non-pasta entrée.

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