Where to Eat in Austin Right Now
The gist: Chef Nic Yanes takes classics from Northern Italy and sprinkles them with farm-to-fork Central Texas flare alongside a wine list starring the best of Tuscany and Piedmont. Swoon.
The food: Inside this date night dream, every component is arranged with an artist’s touch, from fluffy potato fingers accompanied by a dollop of dijon cream to the Little Lettuce Insalate's parcel of leaves tucked beneath honey-shallot vinaigrette. For bigger plates, the pan-roasted scallops and sunchoke velouté and chicken saltimbocca won’t let you down, and for dessert, try the delicately whipped panna cotta dusted with zesty blood orange granita. Bellissimo. They also offer a range of tasting menus for those looking to sample through the hits.
The cost: Antipasti and insalate $9 - $40, primi and secondi $19 - $48, dolci $7 - $9, cocktails $9 - $18, wine by the glass $11 - $15, tasting menu and prix-fixe costs vary.