Downtown Austin gets a new Italian restaurant this week: Numero 28 Pizzeria And Vineria is now soft open at 452 W. 2nd Street. The restaurant is a collaboration between co-owner Bernardo Nolfo and the New York based mini-chain Numero 28. The New York City restaurants focus primarily on Neapolitan pizza, but the Austin location serves a full menu of antipastis, salads, and entrees. Pizza will be added in the coming weeks; the restuarant's wood-fired oven suffered setbacks from contractor woes.
Numero 28 is an Italian-run restaurant group, and Nolfo tells Eater the five Italian members of his staff ensure the restaurant has "soul." He plans on adding a gelato and espresso counter with a walk-up window, as well as a large outdoor patio. The restaurant is open for dinner only at the moment, and lunch service could start as early as next week.