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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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…. Read more »

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… Read more »

Jan. 23, 2018

Lake Garda borders Veneto and Lombardy.  On the southern shore is Lugana, a wine region that crosses over so in the eastern half, we have a corvina rose from Veneto and, on the western half, we have Trebbiano di Lugana from Lombardy.  This is a rare occurrence in Italy but shouldn’t be surprising for a… Read more »

Jan. 19, 2018

Since the beginning of July ’17, we’ve spent about six weeks focusing on different regions of Italy.  We are moving on to Lombardy this weekend and I realized when talking to two customers last night what I love about this project.  It’s as much about us as it is about you. I’ve been tasting wine… Read more »

Jan. 15, 2018

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! While not a typical restaurant holiday in that we don’t spend alot of time working on our MLK pasta menu or promoting specials inspired by Dr. King’s many speeches.  This is a day to reflect why we’re in business and whether there is a social justice component to our… Read more »

Jan. 12, 2018

Tasting through some of Lombardy’s wines in preparation for the next region that we’ll be exploring.  We load the menu and the wine list with items inspired by Lombardy and then offer a daily changing tasting menu and wine flight to highlight some of our finds and creations. This week, I’ve tasted a handful of… Read more »

Jan. 10, 2018

Morning started letting everyone know that L’Oca d’Oro had been included in Eater’s Essential 38 for the first time.  We are proud to be on this list with some other great restaurants and institutions.  We are proud to be the only Italian restaurant on the list.  Next stop was a policy meeting with Councilman Greg… Read more »