For someone who claims be picky about pizza, I sure have been sampling it a lot lately. Hot on the heels of our Unit-D exploration, Rob and I recently attended a preview dinner at Burn, Bridget Dunlap’s new joint specializing in pasta and Roman-style pizza.
Burn is super cozy and is perfect for the Austin’s grey autumn and winter days ahead. It actually reminds me of many bars/pubs in the northwest. Casual, low lighting, TVs if you want to take in a game with your drinks, comfy tables, cool murals. I especially liked the she wolf. Just call me Shakira.
We started with a round of cocktails. I enjoyed the Spritz, made with aperol, grapefruit, agave, and prosecco. As everyone knows, I’m a sucker for bubbly, so this hit the spot. Most of Burn’s cocktails are $8, which is perfectly reasonable, but the most welcome surprise? Their house wine is just $4 a glass! Naturally, I had to know about this, so I moved to the vino after I finished this cocktail, and it was very palatable for the price.
The dinner menu is perfect for sharing. You have appetizers, pizza, pasta, mains, and desserts. We tried two small plates: fried artichoke with lemon aioli and arancini, a sugo-stuffed saffron rice ball with mozzarella and pea puree.
I’m not a huge fan of artichoke (sorry but it’s true) but I think if you are an artichoke lover, you would like Burn’s version. I LOVED the arancini, though. I’m used to smaller arancini and this was one big ol’ ball. It was absolutely stuffed with melty cheese and savory pork ragu, and punctuated with pleasantly salty pea sprouts and puree. Beware: if you’re not super starving, this could be a meal in itself.
If you’re not familiar with Roman-style pizza, it’s known for its crisp, cracker-thin crust. Personally, Neapolitan style is my favorite type of pizza, but I do really appreciate the lightness of Roman. You can eat a few pieces without feeling like you’re super weighed down. It’s almost like a fancy version of crackers and cheese. We sampled an assortment of three pizzas from Burn: The Clive (nduja, fontina, mozzarella, truffle oil, arugula), The Devil (spicy salami, tomato, mozzarella), and Four Cheese.
That’s the Devil. I liked all three pizzas, but the Clive was actually my favorite, as I can never resist pizza topped with arugula and/or anything truffle.
Next up was pasta. Honestly I didn’t need to be eating anything else after the giant arancini and three types of pizza, but… duty calls. Fresh pappardelle (heavy on the egg yolks, which made it so rich and toothsome) with wild boar sausage, rosemary, and plenty of shaved parmesan. This was really, really good.
Finally… dessert. I tried a couple bites of the Birra – Mi – Su (tiramisu with a beer twist; get it?): double brown stout sabayon, house lady fingers, coffee, dark chocolate. A lovely presentation and a sweet & light way to end the night.
As mentioned earlier, Burn has very reasonably priced cocktails and an ultra-affordable wine and beer list. This is going to be my go-to spot when I just need to duck in somewhere for a quick and easy pre-dinner drink or a nightcap on East 6th. Their happy hour is great, too:
Every day from 5-7pm, get $1 off draft beer, house wine, or well liquor, $2 off cocktails, and 25% off all pizzas. That means house wine is $3 a glass and cocktails are $6 a pop. I’ll take it.
All in all, I deem this new Dunlap joint a welcome addition to the neighborhood. So in the words of Usher… let it burn.
And yes, for those of you keeping track, I’ve made both a Shakira and Usher reference in this post. You’re welcome.