Il Brutto is a neighborhood Italian restaurant located in East Austin. Il Brutto offers traditional Italian fare inside a 5,000-square-foot restaurant that features an open kitchen, separate bar and lounge, private dining room, and shaded patio seating surrounding a heritage oak tree.The cuisine has an emphasis on classic, multi-regional Italian dishes. The menu features fresh antipasti, daily fresh-made pastas, pizzas baked in the restaurant’s Neapolitan wood-burning oven, and housemade gelato. The beverage program highlights an extensive selection of Italian wines from an on-site cellar, as well as local beers and simple, handcrafted cocktails. *Photographer: Courtney Pierce
La Matta is an Italian sandwich, salad, wine + espresso shop serving breakfast and lunch in East Austin. Located at the corner of 5th & Comal, the cozy corner shop offers Italian paninis, breakfast panini, salads, mozzarella & salumi boards, coffee + espresso, pastries and beer + wine on tap. The 1,600 sq. ft. space features patio seating, a large screen for optimal soccer viewing, and flexible configuration for private events. La Matta also offers take-away and catering services.
Royal Blue Grocery
Royal Blue Grocery is a compact urban market that opened its doors in in Downtown Austin in 2006. There are currently six locations in Austin and two in Dallas, and one in San Antonio. Each Royal Blue is different from the next, tailored specifically for the neighborhood it serves, and the people who frequent it every day. Royal Blue offers a little bit of everything, from Stumptown coffee and freshly prepared grab-and-go offerings, to conventional grocery and convenience items, and always tons of locally sourced products from a long list of unique brands and producers.