The second location of Drake-approved Italian restaurant North Italia opens in downtown Austin today. Located at 500 West 2nd Street, the chain from Fox Restaurant Concepts is right next to sister restaurant Flower Child along the up-and-coming 2nd Street culinary corridor.
The first Austin location of North Italia is in the Domain (in fact, it was one of the original restaurants when the shopping center opened in 2007). The menus are fairly similar, featuring pizza, pasta, and other Italian dishes in a contemporary setting. Both locations of North boast of ample patio space, and the downtown location also has a notable mural by local artist Roshi K covering one wall.
North is particularly known for its happy hour, which features a bottle of wine and a pizza or chef’s board for $20. The downtown location also features six hours of brunch on the weekends (something the Domain location does not offer), from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The restaurant chain is fairly popular, judging by the number of Yelp reviews and Instagram posts for the Domain location.
North Italia’s hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Second Street has turned into quite a food destination in the last year. Flower Child opened in December, French restaurant Le Politique and sweet shop Yummi Joy both opened in September, and ATX Cocina (which is co-owned by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles) opened in April. The street also includes two other Italian restaurants: Numero 28 across the street from North Italia, and Taverna.