Lauded Neapolitan pizzeria and wine restaurant Bufalina is reopening in East Austin this year. The restaurant, which had closed its original location last year, will open at 2215 East Cesar Chavez Street in the Holly neighborhood at some point during this summer.
Joining the Bufalina team is chef Grae Nonas, recently known for his Italian restaurant-turned-pop-up Le Cowboy. “I’ve long admired Grae’s cooking and feel that it’s very much in line with what we’ve always done at Bufalina,” says owner Steven Dilley. It’s fair to expect handmade pastas and breads.
Nonas started Le Cowboy as a temporary restaurant on the forthcoming Mexican seafood restaurant Este property (formerly Eastside Cafe) for seven months from 2020 into 2021. Since then, he’s operated as a pop-up.
Lastly, wine director Rania Zayyat is now a partner in Bufalina, but she will still oversee the restaurant’s superb wine program and wine club. In the meantime, Bufalina’s other location up in Brentwood, Bufalina Due, has stayed open during this time.
The new Bufalina address on East Cesar Chavez had formerly been laundromat Frank’s Coin Laundry, which closed sometime in 2018.