Tuesday, September 25

Man Cannot Live on Tacos Alone: Primizie Osteria Cafe

Bucatini All'Amatriciana

For our second installment of Man Cannot Live on Tacos Alone (MCLOTA), Cornbiter and myself ventured to a new Italian joint near the office. I knew about Primizie catering previously and I was excited to hear that they were opening up a restaurant near my office called Primizie Osteria Cafe. Other than Vespaio and La Traviatta, I have found no other good Italian food in my fair city and I was very excited to see the restaurant finally open. The space is really nice with comfortable tables, great lighting and a very friendly staff. They only offer counter service for the time being, but informed us that they will be starting full table service next week.

The menu has a few options: appetizers, salads, pizzas, paninis and pasta. We started off with the soup of the day which was a cannelloni bean puree topped with a herb oil. It was a really good soup with a great texture and very nice flavor. And from there I tried the most amazing pasta dish I have ever had in Austin and it was only $10! It was the Bucatini All'Amatriciana. The dish was simple, full of flavor and the sauce is otherworldly with fresh herbs, caramelized garlic and guanciale. The bucatini (long hollow spaghetti noodles) was a great choice for the dish and was cooked al dente. Since we went for lunch we didn't get coffee or dessert, but they are all homemade and look really good.

Primizie is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and I can't wait to sample more of their menu. We just sat there thinking "Oh my god, there is finally some decent, reasonably priced Italian food in Austin." If they keep up the good work and keep pumping out this level of food, this place is gonna blow up.

Primizie Osteria Cafe - 5 stars - jarod
1000 E. 11th Street
Austin, TX 78702

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hmmm...i love traviatta and vespaio too, but i thought the bolognese sauce at primizie tasted like hot dog chili sauce from a can...YUCK! i think the food could be WAY better. as far as atmosphere, it is a really cute place and the wine selection was nice. also, andiamo up north is excellent. north in the domain is good and asti is excellent.