The owner is a Sacramento-area native, so I took an immediate liking to him and the place, but this was top quality!
Fashioned into an old wooden interior room, the walls were a dark grey, with orange-hued movie posters placed throughout. The floor was tiled, black and white. On the wall, projected over their namesake “due forni” (two ovens) was an old Lauren Bacall movie, silenced but creating the most beautiful black and white moving art piece.
After hearing the beautiful dissertation of the menu by both our waiter and the owner, we didn’t have to think twice about ordering the Mozzarella Bar. (Like I ever think twice about ordering the cheese board.) We ordered the Stracciatella with roasted red peppers.
And wine was a necessary accompaniment.
Terredorra, Campania, Aglianico ’11 for me: It was a cabernet like- full bodied red, with a heavy aftertaste of fruit.
Keegan ordered the Beni di Batasiolo, Piedmont, Dolcetto d’Alba: a peppery Malbec tasting red.
After our delicious board of bread, cheese, and peppers, we moved along to what we thought to be the strangest thing on the menu.
Polipo: Mediterranean Octopus braised in wine and served over a bed of greens, with olives and peppers.
This was recommended to us by our excellent waiter, and I am so glad we tried it!
We had every intention of ordering a pizza as well, but were much too full. I suppose we’ll just have to go back!
After lunch, Erika met us and we walked through a small neighborhood of historic homes-turned-law offices.
Solid first day of exploring! If any of you have been to Austin, I’d love suggestions for what to do next time!