Local Restaurants Curing Their Own
By Mick Vann, Fri., April 10, 2009
Vespaio and Enoteca Vespaio (1610 S. Congress, 441-6100, 441-7672, www.austinvespaio.com): Ryan Samson buys whole local hogs to make guanciale, fresh sausages, bacon, pancetta, lardo, scrapple for brunch, galantines, pâtés, and mousses.
Olivia (2043 S. Lamar, 804-2700, www.olivia-austin.com): James Holmes and Morgan Angelone are producing house-cured bacon, sausages, charcuterie (mortadella, capacolla, prosciutto), pancetta, headcheese, and guanciale.
Taste Select Wines (202 W. Cesar Chavez, 478-2783, www.tasteselectwines.com): Bill McGrory receives praise for his house-cured bacon, wild-boar sausage, ham, guanciale, and headcheese.
Cipollina (1213 West Lynn, 477-5211, www.cipollina-austin.com): Parker White is doing house-cured bacon and ham and a number of different sausages.
Uchi (801 S. Lamar, 916-4808, www.uchiaustin.com): Tyson Cole consistently offers house-cured pork belly and bacon.
Roy's (340 E. Second, 391-1500, www.roysrestaurant.com): Larry Kocurek cures guanciale, pork brasaola, prosciutto, and salami.
ASTI (408-C E. 43rd, 451-1218, www.astiaustin.com): Chef Johnny Bates is making pancetta, brined hams, lardo, and rillettes.
FINO (2905 San Gabriel, 474-2905, www.astiaustin.com/fino): Jason Donoho is curing pancetta, ham, and bacon.
parkside (301 E. Sixth, 474-9898, www.parkside-austin.com): Shawn Cirkiel ambitiously produces house-cured bacon, cotto salami, capacolla, linguica, chorizo, rillettes, pâté, headcheese, and pancetta.
Hudson's on the Bend (3509 RR 620 N., 266-1369, www.hudsonsonthebend.com): Jeff Blank and Robert Rhoades always have house-cured smoked pork belly and wild-boar sausages.
Cissi's Market (1400 S. Congress, 225-0521, www.cissismarket.com): The SoCo grocer serves house-cured bacon and homemade sausages.
Jeffrey's (1204 West Lynn, 477-5584, www.jeffreysofaustin.com): Deegan McClung is making house-cured bacon and guanciale and will begin making andouille and several charcuterie items within a couple of weeks.
TRIO at the Four Seasons (98 San Jacinto, 685-8300, www.fourseasons.com/austin/dining.html): Chef de cuisine Todd Duplechan has big plans for a local pig fattened on local pecans, following in the tradition of Spain's pata de negro jamón ibérico de Jabugo. He'll be inserting ham, headcheese, bacon, and a wealth of assorted charcuterie into the menu over the next month or more.