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Take a Look Inside Italian Sandwich Haven La Matta

Crusty bread and decorated cappuccinos

La Matta’s culinary offerings
La Matta’s culinary offerings
Courtney Pierce

East side Italian sandwich shop La Matta opened today at 501 Comal Street. The newest member of the New Waterloo family (which includes Sway and Le Politique), La Matta is a precursor to another forthcoming Italian restaurant, Il Brutto, coming in early 2018.

La Matta (which means “The Joker” in Italian card games) serves panini, salads, charcuterie, beer, and wine in a brightly colored 1,600 square foot shop at the bottom of The Arnold. Chef Erind Halilaj was previously involved with Obicà Mozzarella Bar in New York, so the cheese plates should be solid. The restaurant also has a small patio and a few games to play, including La Scopa, the Italian national card game.

Eater photographer Courtney Pierce took a tour through the colorful shop and snapped a few of the signature culinary offerings from chef Halilaj (who will oversee Il Brutto as well). La Matta is open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily, and kicked off the first day of business by offering free sandwiches through delivery app Favor.

The entrance to La Matta
The entrance to La Matta
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La Matta
The colorful interior of La Matta
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The space has lots of light
The space has lots of light
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Where the sandwich magic happens
Where the sandwich magic happens
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Games and wine
Games and wine
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Coffee from La Matta
Coffee from La Matta
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Counter seating at La Matta
Counter seating at La Matta
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Charcuterie plate from La Matta
Charcuterie plate from La Matta
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A sandwich from La Matta
A sandwich from La Matta
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The door says “see you soon” in Italian
The door says “see you soon” in Italian
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La Matta

501 Comal Street, , TX 78702 (512) 580-8772 Visit Website

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