Feeling Foxy at La Volpe

Here’s a truth: I tell my wife she’s a total fox all the time. Somehow, though, I’ve never said it in Italian. Why? I have no idea, it just sounds so much better that way.

La Volpe is a brand new restaraunt on Brazos Street in downtown Austin. We arrived on a beautiful Fall evening, the first of it’s kind this season, and had a lovely stroll over to this lovely restaraunt. It was so nice that we we’re actually able to eat dinner outside, another first for my time in Austin.

As we we’re later told by Heather, one of the owners, she wanted this place to feel comfortable and full of character, and that’s exactly how it feels, from the mood-lit lounge to the glowing purple bar with shelves that reached to the ceiling, or the comfortable outside patio with beautiful plating lighting that created true focus on your food as it’s placed in front of you (and made for joyful photo taking even at night.) Sitting here was easy from the moment we walked in.

Here’s what La Volpe says about themsleves:

Italian fare with a Southern touch in downtown Austin.

Honestly, that’s the only description I could find on their site or any of their social about who they are. I guess they just let the food speak for itself (and that it does.)

THE FOOD, SPEAKING FOR ITSELF

The menu is small but strong, with a selection of Italian eats ranging from bites to full meals.

We sampled a beautiful selection of different items throughout the evening and, though we skipped it, there was a wine pairing for each of them, which is always a solid touch.

Here is what we had:

Fried Baby Artichoke

limoncello crema, shaved fennel, herb salad

Charred Okra

Boggy Creek Farms smoked tomato, mustard green puree, black garlic, grilled polenta cake

Caprese

heirloom tomato, house made mozzarella, balsamic pearls, micro basil

Blue Crab Risotto

jumbo lump crab, butter leeks, fresh garden pea, fumet, parmesan

 

Rack of Lamb

Texas lamb, rosemary rub, balsamic demi, maldon

And for dessert:

Charred Corn Panna Cotta

burnt honey caramel, cinnamon cornbread croutons, thyme brown butter gelato, dehydrated corn

And of course, to drink:

Smoked Paloma

Del Maguey Vida mezcal, Z blanco, lime, grapefruit, jalapeno, soda

Blueberry Celeste

Belvedere, Deep Eddy Lemon, house infused blueberry vodka, mint, blueberry, lemon

Standout dishes includes the truly tasty fried risotto and damn that blue crab risotto was unbelievable. I could have eaten it forever.

ANYTHING ELSE?

With the flavor and the atmosphere comes the price. This is not a casual dining type spot, entries range about $20 to $30 a plate and as you see above, they come without sides, so know that for the quality, you will spend the money.

However, if you are feeling foxy and want a taste of both Italy and Texas in a really comfortable spot, I can’t recommenced this place more. Enjoy!

Mangia, y’all.

La Volpe is located at 201 Brazos St . Find more info at www.lavolpeaustin.com

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