In Austin, new types of cuisine tend to arrive in distinct waves, as if savvy restaurateurs all had the same great idea at once. Ramen, fusion tacos, or New American small plates all had their predictable moment, but our city's recent saturation of Italian restaurants was less expected, quickly changing the landscape for local diners. Yelp Austin's...

Russo's Restaurants, the family of dining concepts that includes Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, announced today plans to significantly enhance the brands' footprint in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, all of which have a current Russo's presence. Evidencing the excitement around both brands, Russo's kicked off 2014...

Following a nation-wide search Granduca Hotels is pleased to announce the hiring of Joseph Violi as general manager of Hotel Granduca Austin, which is slated to open October 2015 in the Westlake area.   Bringing extensive luxury hotel and resort experience to Granduca Austin, Violi will be overseeing the property's opening later this fall. A...

Hailing from Italy's red hot Puglia region, and hot on the heels of their Fall '15 US debut concerts, Kalàscima announces a pair of showcase appearances at the annual SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. The Salento-based 6-piece band's innovative mix of Electronic Music and Southern Italian Folk has made them a festival favorite for the past fifteen...

As Milan, Italy's music industry capital, readies to showcase itself to the world in May, the Italian music industry descends on Austin, TX this March to show off its current scene at SXSW 2015.   IT@LY SXSW is an unprecedented national effort by the county at SXSW, the world's leading music industry event, and a multi-faceted initiative fea...

di Alessandro Frau   Sono le 8 di mattina, ad Austin, in Texas. Davanti allo schermo del mio computer ci sono due ragazzi, Andrea Baldereschi e Andrea Bulgarelli. Hanno la faccia assonnata, tipica di chi ancora non ha smaltito il jet lag. Sono arrivati in America solo da qualche giorno e non hanno mai smesso di lavorare al loro prodotto. &n...

When the first heat waves of summer begin to role into town, Republic Square Park will keep you cool with a creamy dessert competition. The Gelato World Tour, a globe-hopping extravaganza of sweetness, has announced that Austin will be the only North American stop on its international tour.   From May 9-11, Austinites are invited to the even...

by Matthew Odam   Chicago-based BDG Hospitality opens Sophia's at 500 W. Sixth St. in the former Bess Bistro space Friday night. The group, which owns two lounges and nightclubs in Chicago, calls the restaurant a "modern take on a classic Italian-American supper club" in a "sexy and sophisticated environment."   The kitchen is le...

The new owner of the empty lot at 1502 S. First has reconsidered and is leasing space to food trucks again, but this time with a definite Italian flavor. Fresh pasta favorite Regal Ravioli will be the lot's first tenant.   Company founder Zach Adams told us this morning the greater visibility of the South First lot was the "catalyst for the...

Austin's culinary scene has significantly matured since Alex Taylor received his master's degree from The University of Texas McCombs Business School a dozen years ago. Taylor's hospitality career took him to Las Vegas, where he flourished while working for various casino companies and famed chefs, such as Tom Colicchio, Michael White, Alain Ducas...