When L’oca d’Oro opens on June 15, guests will be able to expect a hearty family-style menu full of housemade Italian dishes from pastas, cheese, to liqueurs.
Run by chef Fiore Tedesco and general manager Adam Orman, the long-awaited Italian project began as a musically-themed pop-up dinner series in 2013. Tedesco was inspired by his Italian immigrant grandparents, who "made the most elegant simple food out of very humble ingredients," he said in a statement.
The menu is full of wood-grilled dishes like black drum with fennel and loquat, sharable mangalitsa porchetta and eggplant parmesan, and pastas galore from creamy spallina to black pepper tagliatelle. A special section was created for children with a contest held at next-door neighbor the Thinkery. Look out for zucchini boats from Amelia, and kitty crunch from Flannery. The wine list centers on Mediterranean bottles, plus wine on tap available from glasses to carafes. Cocktails and beer will be available, too.
In Austin, Tedesco worked at Franklin Barbecue and Bufalina, and before that in New York, he spent time at Roberta’s and Gramercy Tavern. The name comes from Tedesco’s daughter’s nickname and translates into "golden goose."
Step inside the Italian restaurant with Eater photographer Robert J. Lerma, who got to tour the bright space, with an open kitchen with a straight-on view of the large wood-burning grill. The vaulted ceilings in the dining room are accented by the light blue and white walls, red banquettes and wooden touches.
Hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. Lunch and brunch are in the works for the fall.