Now, when I say cheese I mean literally and figuratively. You’ll see.
In my opinion, Central Austin has suffered from a lack of quality Italian options. Seems like in the last year or so, lots of my favorite restaurant groups and chefs have taken note of this, and now everything’s coming up pizza and pasta! One of the openings I’ve been most excited about is Italic – it’s the newest concept from the ELM Group (Easy Tiger, 24 Diner, Arro) so obv it has to be good.
I missed their opening week so when I was due for a post-vacation happy hour with my friend Natalie (read her Italic opening write-up here) I suggested we swing by Italic for HH. It was a good idea.
Literally: we ate a lot of cheese.
Figuratively: well, since this is my first post since my vacation, I’m just going to stick this in here – Rob and I got engaged* while we were in St. Thomas! I have SO much more to write about St. Thomas, St. John, and BVI but those are going to be mondo travel posts so I’m procrastinating on them. Anyway, I got to be cheesy and gush about our tropical paradise proposal and get girly about relationships for a little bit and even got a ringstagram shout-out, ha. (Is ringstagram a portmanteau that wedding-y people use? Maybe it should be.)
* I promise this won’t turn into a wedding blog.
Anyway, back to the LITERAL cheese. Italic has a nice little happy hour menu of nuts, olives, baked ricotta, and prosciutto. Plus $1 off drafts, $4 house wine glasses or $16 carafes, and $8 negronis. (Their negronis are on tap, I’m a sucker for a tap cocktail.) Oh, and FREE focaccia sandwiches! That’s right, free. I sampled these bad boys at Citygram‘s One by One event back in February and I was so glad they returned to my life.
Even though we said we were only stopping in for happy hour, thanks to the influence of a carafe of wine and the sights of all the delicious food everyone else was ordering… you might see where this is going… yeah, we stayed a lot longer and ate a lot more. Go figure. We continued our journey with a lovely cheese plate then moved on to the main course(s): soppressata pizza with fontina, honey, red chili flakes & basil and gnocchi with butternut squash, gorgonzola dolce, lemon zest, and arugula.
Both of these were SO good. I always like gnocchi, especially paired with butternut squash, and Italic’s version was no exception. I’m a bit pickier about my pizza, and this one totally exceeded my expectations/standards. The honey just took everything to the next level. Trust.
While the food is the star of the show, the ambiance, decor, and service were all impressive. While obviously a very bustling and cool place to be, everything managed to be warm and welcoming at the same time. My favorite combination.
Italic’s happy hour runs Monday-Friday from 4:30-6:30pm. But… if you’re anything like me you’ll probably end up just staying for dinner anyway. Find them at 123 W. 6th St. (Basically 6th & Colorado, next to McGarrah Jessee. If you’re not looking for Italic, you might miss it. I walked right by the entrance at first like a real dummy. Learn from my mistakes.)