Austin Eats – La Traviata
This past Friday Alex and I met up with our newly engaged friends Rosemary and John for date night. I picked our favorite Italian restaurant in all of Austin, the one that we compare all others to, La Traviata!
Alex discovered this place a little over a year ago on 360.com and we hadn’t been back since. We would try new Italian place after new Italian place and at the end of each meal say, “eh, I still don’t like it as much as La Traviata!”
So now we vow to not waste our time with any other Italian restaurants in Austin that vow to be authentic and “the real thing.” Because in Austin…La Traviata is the closest you’re going to get to the real thing!
We started off the meal with a beef carpaccio salad that featured fried radicchio, pine nuts, and arugula. The bottle of wine that was chosen was amazing (one of my favorite merlots to date) and paired well with my spicy rigatoni with lamb meatballs. I’m usually one to be picky about lamb, but there were no complaints with this dish. Alex played it safe with his regular favorite of Pasta Bolognese.
For dessert we all shared profiteroles stuffed with chocolate mousse gelato!
I can’t wait until we make our next trip back. I’m always thrilled with the food and the atmosphere is awesome. It’s tucked into a small space on Congress Avenue and always attracts a lively crowd!