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Vespaio Is Still Buzzin' After All These Years
SoCo mainstay celebrates 15th anniversary tonight
DAILY Food  October 2, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The near South Austin neighborhood along the Avenue is now known as the very hip SoCo and the broad thoroughfare with plenty of foot traffic and back-in parking is anything but sleepy. The overwhelming success of Vespaio Ristorante (1610 S..."

Culinary Evolution
Vespaio has always been good -- now, it's better.
Food Story  January 17, 2003, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Vespaio 1610 S. Congress, 441-6100 Tuesday-Sunday, 5-10pm (bar opens at 5pm, dinner at 5:30pm)..."

Believe the Buzz
Food Story  February 18, 1999, by Rebecca Chastenet dé Gery
"...Vespaio 1610 S. Congress, 441-6100 Tue-Sun, 5:30-10pm..."

The 2002 Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll
Readers Poll
Food Story  May 24, 2002
"...Runners-upJean-Luc's French Bistro, Vespaio, Aquarelle..."

At the Table
Our panel of service experts
Food Story  March 31, 2006
"...Tom Upthegrove, Vespaio bartender: His cheerful, efficient handling of the chaos in Vespaio's very busy bar earned Upthegrove recognition in our Critic's Restaurant Poll last year. The now semiretired musician came to Austin 12 years ago with San Diego roots rockers the Forbidden Pigs, and he's played his share of Continental Club gigs..."

The 2002 Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll
Critics Picks
Food Story  May 24, 2002
"...AppetizersAntipasto case at VespaioBarbecueThe country-style pork ribs at Artz Rib HouseHamburgerCasino El Camino; BurgerTex on the DragSteakAustin Land & Cattle Co.Chicken-Fried SteakHoover's Cooking, R.O.'s OutpostFrench FriesWaterloo Ice House on SixthSoupNew England Clam Chowder at Whole Foods; Lobster Bisque at Emilia's; Tom Kah Kai at Madam Mam's; Gumbo at Quality SeafoodSaladsSpinach salad at Vespaio; Thai Beef Salad at Madam Mam's; Salade Lyonnaise at Chez Nous; Field Greens with Eggplant Croutons at AstiOriginal RecipesEmilia's, VespaioPub GrubB.D. Riley's, Mother Egan's Irish PubBagelsHot Jumbo BagelSushiUmi Sushi, OrigamiBowl of PhoTâm Deli & CafeAlternative to a Bowl of PhoRice Flour Crepes at SunflowerBreakfastJuan in a MillionMigasPolvo's, Las ManitasSandwichesOyster Po'Boys at Quality Seafood; Sloppy Joe at NeWorlDeli; Chicken with Parsley Vinaigrette at Jo's; AzulHonorary Ed Ward Chicken Sandwich AwardPhoenicia Bakery & DeliDessertLemon Meringue Cup at Wink; pies at R.O.'s Outpost; Chocolate Hazlenut Ganache at Lambert'sIce CreamDolce Vita (best scoop shop); Binasco (best retail pints)Coffee ShopJo's Hot Coffee, Cafe MundiPizzaReale's Pizza & Cafe, Saccone's PizzaEnchiladasEvita's Botanitas, Maudie's CafeVegetable DishHoover's Jalapeño Creamed SpinachChicken DishRoast Chicken at Lambert's; Chicken-Fried Chicken at Hoover's; Fried Chicken at Top NotchWild Game DishSika Deer at Kenichi; Wild Boar at SienaBargain DishSandwiches at Ba Le; Salvadoran Sampler at Chumikal'sVeggie BurgerHyde Park Bar & GrillTofu Dish888 CafeItalianVespaio, Siena Ristorante ToscanaChineseT & S Seafood, Din Ho Chinese BBQThaiMadam Mam'sOther AsianBistro 88, Java GrillAmerican BistroNorth by Northwest Restaurant & BreweryEveryday VegetarianMadras PavillionUpscale VegetarianDegustation menu at AquarelleVietnameseSunflower RestaurantFrench BistroChez NousCajun/CreoleMs..."

Readers Poll
Food Story  May 25, 2001
"...AppetizersSaba Blue Water CafeRUNNERS-UPVespaio, Z'Tejas, Malaga..."

Tracing Austin's Italian Food Boom
How a red sauce town boiled over
Food Story  January 19, 2017, by Dan Gentile
"...For years, Austinites complained about the lack of Italian options beyond red sauce mainstays like Reale's. But Vespaio was always the exception..."

Readers Poll
Food Story  May 12, 2000
"...BEST ITALIANVespaioRUNNERS-UPCarmelo's, Mezzaluna..."

Lidia's Italy in Austin
Food Story  February 17, 2012, by Claudia Alarcón
"...I have long admired Lidia Bastianich for her authenticity and her passionate quest to preserve and promote the cuisine of Italy, which set her apart from the myriad celebrity chefs of the minute who clog the airwaves. So when she came to Austin last fall to promote her new PBS show and book Lidia's Italy in America, I jumped at the opportunity to chat with her over lunch at Enoteca Vespaio...."

Roots to Riches
What does your restaurant garden grow?
Food Story  October 28, 2011, by Claudia Alarcón
"...The summer was not so kind to the garden at Vespaio. Once the temperatures climbed above 100 degrees, chef Ryan Sampson decided to quit watering and pull everything..."

Restaurant Service: A Discussion
Twelve Austin professionals come to the table in an effort to define, demystify, and defend the most controversial aspect of dining out.
Food Story  March 31, 2006, by MM Pack
"...One topic that immediately emerged is that, quite possibly, great waiters are born and not made. Susan Shields of Vespaio remembers eating out with her parents and having "this weird feeling ever since I was a very little girl that I would be a good waitress." While mastery of the required service skills is essential, the panel made it perfectly clear that if someone doesn't enter the profession with the right personality and work ethic, that someone is not going to succeed...."

Virginia B. Wood breaks out.
Food Column  November 1, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Vespaio & 'The Godfather' My item was incomplete last week when I referred to Brenton Childs as a "chef" in an item about Vespaio's (1610 S. Congress, 441-6100) participation in our Eat, Drink, Watch Movies series..."

Locavore Chef
Jesse Griffiths on fishing, hunting, and 'French encouragement'
Food Story  September 14, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Jesse's most vivid memory of working for the intense and often explosive French chef was an example of what he slyly calls "French encouragement." It seems Salles was yelling at him one day for wasting leek tops, but when Salles said, "When you have your own restaurant one day, you'll understand why this is so important," Griffiths heard the validation embedded in the chef's tirade. After Salles closed Jean-Luc's, Jesse invested in more European travel and then signed on for a four-year stint at Vespaio, where he lauds chef Ryan Samson as another important mentor..."

ACL's Food Court Continues to Expand Its – and Our – Horizons
Take an ACL break Austin-style with local eateries and portable fine dining
Music Story  September 26, 2008, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Party guests (including yours truly) greatly enjoyed Aquarelle's portable fare of Steak n Frit sandwiches with homemade garlic aioli; crawfish rolls dressed with a creamy rémoulade sauce; vegetarian Caprese sandwiches stuffed with fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, and homemade basil pesto; and delightful crispy, nongreasy black-pepper french fries. Stop by for a bite of wow. Vespaio/Enoteca..."

The sustained explosion of South Congress; plus, Garden Parties, farmers' markets, and Sunday Musical Mystery Series
Food Column  April 29, 2005, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Folks who still mourn the passing of the late, great Liberty Pie are very interested in rumors about not one but two new pizza joints headed for that neighborhood, but the prospective owners weren't quite ready to make public announcements at press time. However, Vespaio (1610 S..."

Right Man for the Job
Steve Lawrence has succeeded at just about everything in life – especially importing and distributing European wines in Texas
Food Story  August 13, 2004, by Wes Marshall
"...Another lowballed him on his wines while demanding they be the exclusive store for Terra Verus. After a lot of work, Lawrence finally found three places willing to take a chance on his wines: Wiggy's, Mezzaluna, and Vespaio..."

Virginia B. Wood's view from the "rousing success" of the recent Eat, Drink, Watch Movies series.
Food Column  November 22, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...This caused us to run out of movie before we ran out of food, although the folks sipping El Meson's Mexican hot chocolate during the film credits didn't seem to mind. At nearly three hours, The Godfather offered a much more leisurely dining experience for 125 people, but the Vespaio team worked furiously, keeping the plates warm and the food hot in the lobby on a chilly evening..."

Unsung Heroes
Chefs get the credit; sous chefs get dinner on the table.
Food Story  February 22, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Brenton Childs arrives in the Vespaio kitchen between 6 and 8am, five days a week. The only other person there at that hour is baker Matt Weaver..."

In this week's edition of Food-o-file, Austin Chronicle Food editor Virginia B. Wood tracks local chefs going abroad and gives returning University of Texas students an update on recent restaurant closings and openings.
Food Column  September 3, 1999, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Two of Austin's most popular chefs will spend the first two weeks of September immersing themselves in the culture of other countries. Alan Lazarus, chef/co-owner of Vespaio (1610 S..."

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