Italic

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Five of us met up for Easter brunch at Italic, located at 123 W 6th Street.  Here are my four dining companions…

They created a special menu for Easter brunch…

We started off by ordering these drink specials…

One daughter got a Mimosa and the other daughter and I went with a Bloody Mary.  Both were tasty and were good-sized drinks with a generous amount of alcohol for only $3.00.

The five us then ordered four different entrees.  Two of us went with the…

French Toast with Easy Tiger Italian Bread, Candied Hazelnut Butter, Whipped Mascarpone and Cherry Preserves 

The two had differing opinions of the french toast.  One thought it was good, but my niece didn’t care for it because the predominant flavor seemed to be hazelnut and she’s not really a fan.

She did though like the side dish she ordered…

Rustic Potatoes with parmesan cheese and herbs

This was a huge portion, especially for only $5.  She had plenty to take home as leftovers.

One of my daughters chose this for her entree…

Tuscan Breakfast – Two eggs any style (she chose poached), rustic potatoes, toast, choice of crispy pork belly or wild boar sausage (she chose the sausage)

And another view…

She said this was good.  Even better though was the soup that she also ordered…

Butternut squash soup with candied pecans, diced apple, and chives

My other daughter chose this…

Duck Ragu with poached eggs, soft polenta, and herbed breadcrumbs

And another view…

She said this was very good.

And that just leaves me.  First I ordered this for us all to share…

ProsciuttoPizza with salsa verde, eggs (over easy), parmesan cheese, and arugula

Moving in a little closer…

And even closer…

This wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.  We couldn’t taste or see the salsa verde that was listed as an ingredient on the menu.  Plus it had way too much arugula on top.

Then for my entree I chose the…

Frittata with asparagus, mushrooms, parmesan cheese, and served with toast

A closer view…

And a look under the greens…

Once I located my frittata that had been buried under an abundance of arugula I found this to be very good.

Also good was the side dish I ordered…

Crispy Polenta with parmesan cheese and herbs

Though this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting (very different than the fried polenta that my mother and grandmother had made), it was good.  There was parmesan cheese (and herbs) inside of the crispy polenta sticks, as well as a generous helping of it on top.

So overall we gave our Easter brunch at Italic a rating of 4 stars, which is the same as given to Italic by Yelp reviewers.  Trip Advisor reviewers though rated Italic slightly higher with 4 1/2 stars and ranked them #101 best Austin restaurant.  Italic’s ranking on Yelp was a little lower, at #180.  

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