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This cozy neighborhood eatery is a well-kept secret among the Austin dining elite. The chef lines up a delectable menu of fine Italian favorites that has kept the whole city talking. The service at Vespaio is pleasant and the experience luxurious. The wine selection is extraordinary with over 30 wines by the glass to choose from. Dessert options include cheesecakes, ice cream, tiramisu and creme brulee; they are well worth the indulgence. The wait for a table has become legendary, but the food more than makes up for it.
With its menu of Italian bistro cuisine and charming interior, Enoteca Vespaio offers a less expensive but still fresh and high-quality alternative to Vespaio, its sister restaurant next door. Enoteca boasts offerings like the mozzarella panino stuffed with housemade mozzarella cheese and roasted tomatoes, flat-crust pizzas, and rich pastas. Fresh ingredients are in abundance. The dessert case at the entrance offers a glimpse at their tarts, cookies and cannoli. Sunday brunch offers a selection of egg dishes and sweet breakfasts like pancakes and freshly made bread. The interior is small but welcoming, and the outdoor patio at Enoteca Vespaio allows diners to gaze at passers-by strolling down South Congress.
The restaurant, nestled in a valley, is housed within an exquisite stone building fashioned after the farmhouses of the Italian countryside. Once inside, the menu is equally inviting, consisting of traditional yet creative Tuscan dishes with a special focus on roasted game. One signature dish is Pappardelle pasta with wild boar sauce. Provincial soups, breads, and desserts are abundant. The selection of Italian wines is especially extensive. Siena Ristorante Toscana is quite a popular destination, and the clientèle generally arrive in business or evening attire appropriate for fine dining.