Austin Originals: Primizie Osteria

Austin, Texas, is well known for its exceptional restaurants, catering to all tastes, budgets and timeframes. If you're looking for some specific culinary treat at any given time, odds are, you'll find it here. The reputation is well earned, and new establishments tend to thrive in this colorful, varied city well, new establishments worth their salt, that is. One of these new hotspots that has recently come on to the Austin scene (and come on strong) is Primizie Osteria, a catering company and restaurant that's taken up a cozy little home on East 11th Street, just East of Austin's bustling downtown.

Primizie Osteria is the brainchild of chef and co-owner Mark Spedale. After an extensive, high profile culinary career that began at the Art Institute of Houston and took wound its way through California and New York, Spedale finally made his way to Austin. Soon after, the idea for Primizie Osteria took root, as Spedale began to realize the abundance of opportunity for restaurants like his, featuring high quality food and the freshest ingredients available. With delectable offerings like a cheese plate, featuring local artisan cheeses and locally-produced honey, Spedale has crafted a menu that is both highly sophisticated, and dazzling in its simplicity.

Primizie Osteria specializes in regional Italian specialties near and dear to Spedale's heart (yes, he's Italian), and their exotic rotating specials are always a treat. Another major component of the Primizie Osteria experience is the wine the staff takes great care in hand selecting wines of both quality and value, offering patrons a wide range of options (both culinary, and budgetary).

The menu features Italian classics like pastas (the gnocchi is particularly noteworthy, as is their incredible lasagna), salads, and panini. Their wood-fired pizzas are creative and delicious (like the Caprino e Balsamico, with fresh goat cheese, caramelized balsamic glazed onions and fresh greens; or the Pollo Arrosto Avocado e Pancetta, featuring roast chicken, pancetta, avocado, basil, and pecan-smoked scamorza cheese). Likewise their entrees and specials are always impressive, with offerings like wild boar, trout, and pork regularly gracing the menu.

And of course, dessert. The lemon cheesecake is light, fluffy and flavorful a decadent masterpiece. Primizie Osteria also offers homemade cookies and other traditional Italian treats daily (as well as Italian espresso, naturally).

Beyond the delicious food, patrons of Primizie Osteria enjoy a modern, yet comfortable atmosphere. Casual, yet sophisticated, the mid-sized restaurant's open, airy floor plan, long wooden bar, and pleasant outdoor seating offer something for everyone. From private parties, birthdays, rehearsal dinners and engagement parties to romantic dates over a bottle of wine and a cheese plate, Primize Osteria offers Austin a unique East side haven for delicious Italian fare. But its East side location isn't stopping Austinites from across the city from flocking to this wonderful new addition to the city's culinary culture.

And for those culinary needs that extend beyond a small group dinner, Primizie Osteria offers professional catering, allowing people throughout the city to enjoy the sumptuous menu for almost any occasion, and any number of guests.

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