Because South Congress didn’t have enough going on, it’s home to yet another Austin staple, Vespaio. People have been coming here for everything from anniversaries and birthdays to work dinners for a long time. But there are two ways to do Vespaio. If you’re celebrating or someone’s planning on putting down their boss’s card at the end, definitely go heavy on the pastas and main dishes. They’re expensive, but very worth it, from linguine with clams and cacio e pepe to prosciutto wrapped shrimp and veal saltimbocca. And if you’re you’re craving Italian food but don’t want to spend as much, or you’re dining with your three-year-old who likes to shout “butts” every so often, go to their more casual space next door - Enoteca Vespaio. Come with a few people to split appetizers as well as a pizza or two, and order a few of the pastas that come in half sizes.
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