Voices Of Impact 1.15.19

  http://www.voicesofimpact.com/adam-orman/ It feels appropriate to post this on the day that Congress introduced the Raise the Wage Act 2019.  It would eliminate the tipped minimum wage and slowly raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hr over the next five years.  While I don’t think it will pass in that incarnation, we will be travelling […]

Yelp’s Criteria for Proper Criticism

Yelp today declined to take down a comment about L’Oca d’Oro  that used inappropriate language.  After complaining about undercooked pasta, the user wrote “fucking noodles man.”  This was Yelp’s reasoning: “We’ve decided not to remove the review after carefully assessing it against our Content Guidelines, but thank you for bringing it to our attention. We […]

9/7/18 – Good Work Austin

I wrote previously about the group of businesses who had helped craft the Paid Sick Leave ordinance and our commitment to creating a new kind of business association, one who’s members were dedicated to their community and their employees.  We have come a long way towards formalizing this group and we are now called, Good […]

Listening at the Hearing – 6/28/18

We spent the first two days of this week in court.  Usually that’s not a good thing but this was educational.  L’Oca d’Oro were set to be witnesses for the defense in the TX Association of Businesses attempt to get an injunction placed on the city’s Paid Sick Leave ordinance that was passed 7-2 in […]

05.03.18 – Yonder Way Farm

Jason picked the egg up off the ground and handed it to me.  I was not going to let Matt, our CDC, be the only one to eat a raw egg yolk straight from the warm grass.  I cracked it with his knife, let the white ooze through my hand and popped the yolk in […]

SXSW Cocktails

I am so impressed with where our cocktail program has gone and how whimsical it has become.  Eva Suter, our drinks guru, along with Elena Korsun, bartender of some repute, are just finishing up a slate of Olympics themed beverages inspired by curling and ski jumping arcana. Cocktails with torched orange and smoke elements to […]

2/15/18 – Item 49!

City Council passed Texas’ first paid sick leave mandate last night 9-2.  While there were a great many restaurants and small businesses that testified in favor of the bill, there was some notable opposition to supplying employees with 6-8 paid sick days depending on the size of your business.  Frankly, I can’t believe this was […]

2.6.18 – The Story of a Noodle

Food as homage has a deep tradition and the Italians, while not on the level of the French when it comes to naming every sauce, condiment or even vegetable cut after someone, are certainly not going to shy away from honoring Queen Margherita with a pizza or or restaurateur Alfredo di Lelio with a certain […]

1.30.18 – Valentine’s Choices

I received an email last night letting me know that a customer thought our choice of The Carpenters as an inspiration for a meal, given Karen Carpenter’s lifelong struggle with Anorexia was possibly offensive and definitely unappetizing.  I don’t disagree and it’s something that we talked about in the restaurant and, for me, at home. […]

1.29.18 – A Finite Bowl of Pasta

Pasta Tasting Debut Starting on Friday, we dove into Lombardy in a slightly different way than we’ve done with our past regions.  We have a flight that includes a rich, yeasty example of Franciacorta and two Groppellos from the shores of Lake Garda, a dry, funky rosato blend and an ashy, cassis-drivne rosso. The menu […]

Hospitality Charges

20% Pre-Tax service charge

is added to all checks to ensure our employees a thriving base wage, provide paid sick leave and health benefits.  Additional gratuity is not required but is appreciated and is distributed to the entire staff.

2.85% Credit Card Convenience

We charge 2.85% on credit cards to help offset processing costs.  This amount is not more than what we pay in fees.  We do not surcharge on debit cards, gift cards or cash payments.

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