South Lamar neighborhood restaurant Flour & Vine is no longer; in its place is a new Italian restaurant, Barile. The switcheroo on 300 South Lamar Boulevard took place on Friday, May 11 under chef and recent owner Vangjel A. Bylyku.
Barile’s new menu focuses on southern Italian coastal fare, which means seafood (clams casino, grilled octopus with squid ink tagliatelle, scallop risotto), flatbread pizza, pastas, and heartier entrees with chicken breasts, steaks, and pork shanks. desserts are typical Italian: Nutella crepes, tiramisu, and gelato, where the latter is served in an orange brûlée cup.
However, weekend brunch doesn’t stick to the Italian theme, instead opting to serve comforting dishes like chicken and waffles, hot brown sandwiches, and steak and eggs.
Barile has a long wine list, along with mezcal pours, beers in bottles/cans/drafts, and cocktails, under bar manager Jacob Hinojosa.
Flour and Vine opened on South Lamar in March 2013. The restaurant underwent a small change in September 2017 with renovations, and more Italian dishes under then-new chef Bylyku.
Barile’s hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Brunch is served on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This is just the latest Italian restaurant and/or Italian switcheroo to land on South Lamar. The owner of now-shuttered It’s Italian Market and Cafe expanded to South Lamar with It’s Italian Cucina, which opened in September 2017. Further south, Italian restaurant Aroma closed in November 2017 to make way for a new Italian restaurant, ManinPasta, which opened that December.