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This summer, Austin's fancier restaurants are getting their freeze on with a dessert called semifreddo (translation from Italian: half cold). Semifreddo is a frozen mousse-like dessert, usually made with whipped egg yolks, sugar, and cream (plus fruit or other flavorings). It can be molded into any shape or sliced and served. Here are 7 spots where you can have your own personal dolce vita moment this summer.
—Claire Canavan

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Olivia

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2043 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

Taff Mayberry is once again manning the dessert station at Olivia. Mayberry makes Texas peaches the star of a dessert that includes peach semifreddo wrapped in a roasted white chocolate crust. He serves it with malted milk candy, grapes, and graham crackers. Mayberry praised the semifreddo to Eater as being both "super rich and refreshing" and promised that it "tastes like the best ice cream in the world."

2. Olive & June

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3411 Glenview Ave
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 467-9899
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Pastry chef Steven Cak whips up one of the most classic Italian semifreddos in town. Last week he offered a chocolate semifreddo topped with cherries and chocolate lace, while this week he's switched to a frozen pecan crema with cherries and plums (almost the same as a semifreddo, but with the addition of gelatin).

3. Lenoir

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1807 S. 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704

On this week's menu at hyper-seasonal Lenoir, Jessica Maher used a pistachio semifreddo as a cool accompaniment to her caramelized lime cake with hibiscus peaches.

4. Congress

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200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 827-2760
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Erica Waksmunski of Congress is offering a white chocolate semifreddo with pickled cherries and a white peach sorbet. She tells Eater that the semifreddo is perfect for summer because "it's cool and creamy," and though it's got heavy cream, "it tastes light."

5. Uchi

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801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4808
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Phillip Speer's peanut butter semifreddo with apple-miso sorbet is an Uchi menu staple. Though the flavors don't necessarily scream "summer," they most certainly do scream "yummy."

6. FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar

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2905 San Gabriel Ste. 200
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 474-3027
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Finish a lazy summer meal on Fino's patio with pastry chef Erin Echternach's honey semifreddo plated with lemon curd, pistachio shortbread, and candied lemon peel.

7. Sway Thai

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1417 S. 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704

Creative desserts like miso-white chocolate semifreddo with coconut sticky rice and mango sorbet are the reason pastry chef Laura Sawicki has gotten so many accolades.

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1. Olivia

2043 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Taff Mayberry is once again manning the dessert station at Olivia. Mayberry makes Texas peaches the star of a dessert that includes peach semifreddo wrapped in a roasted white chocolate crust. He serves it with malted milk candy, grapes, and graham crackers. Mayberry praised the semifreddo to Eater as being both "super rich and refreshing" and promised that it "tastes like the best ice cream in the world."

2043 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

2. Olive & June

3411 Glenview Ave, Austin, TX 78703

Pastry chef Steven Cak whips up one of the most classic Italian semifreddos in town. Last week he offered a chocolate semifreddo topped with cherries and chocolate lace, while this week he's switched to a frozen pecan crema with cherries and plums (almost the same as a semifreddo, but with the addition of gelatin).

3411 Glenview Ave
Austin, TX 78703

3. Lenoir

1807 S. 1st St., Austin, TX 78704

On this week's menu at hyper-seasonal Lenoir, Jessica Maher used a pistachio semifreddo as a cool accompaniment to her caramelized lime cake with hibiscus peaches.

1807 S. 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704

4. Congress

200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Erica Waksmunski of Congress is offering a white chocolate semifreddo with pickled cherries and a white peach sorbet. She tells Eater that the semifreddo is perfect for summer because "it's cool and creamy," and though it's got heavy cream, "it tastes light."

200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

5. Uchi

801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Phillip Speer's peanut butter semifreddo with apple-miso sorbet is an Uchi menu staple. Though the flavors don't necessarily scream "summer," they most certainly do scream "yummy."

801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

6. FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar

2905 San Gabriel Ste. 200, Austin, TX 78705

Finish a lazy summer meal on Fino's patio with pastry chef Erin Echternach's honey semifreddo plated with lemon curd, pistachio shortbread, and candied lemon peel.

2905 San Gabriel Ste. 200
Austin, TX 78705

7. Sway Thai

1417 S. 1st St., Austin, TX 78704

Creative desserts like miso-white chocolate semifreddo with coconut sticky rice and mango sorbet are the reason pastry chef Laura Sawicki has gotten so many accolades.

1417 S. 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704

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