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Another Italian Restaurant Heads to Austin With Risotto and Chocolate

Intero comes into the mix

Intero rendering
Rendering of Intero
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Austin’s Italian boom continues at a steadfast pace with newcomer Intero. The restaurant will focus on contemporary Italian fare and chocolates. The name is Italian for “complete” — its goal is to waste nothing, from using whole animals to every part of the seasonal produce. This’ll mean dishes like smoked ricotta, spiced goat, eggplant zeppole, chestnut pappardelle, along with a lot of risottos such as artichoke, tomato, pumpkin, pork, and more.

Intero will be run by chef Ian Thurwachter and Krystal Craig, who have been involved in the city’s culinary scene for quite some time. Thurwachter worked at both Vespaio and Enoteca Vespaio, as well as McGuire Moorman Hospitality Lamberts, Josephine House, and Jeffrey's. Craig currently runs Crave Artisan Chocolate.

Because of Craig’s cocoa background, Intero will include a chocolate counter. Truffles are on deck along with other take-home chocolates. Desserts-wise, there will be plated sweets like mascarpone semifreddo, chocolate torte, and chocolate shots.

Intero’s pork risotto
Intero’s pork risotto

Intero was listed as one of the restaurants (soon to be) available on reservations app Resy, as noted during a recent launch party. No location is known at this point, but last year, former Chronicle editor Virginia B. Wood reported that it will be found somewhere in South Austin.

Thurwachter and Craig have previewed the restaurant’s fare with a series of pop-up dinners at Supper Friends last year.