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Vespaio

1610 S. Congress
Austin, 78704
512/441-6100
Hours: Tue.-Fri., 5:30-10:30pm; Sat., 5-10:30pm; Sun.-Mon., 5:30-10pm
The comfy bar, great service, and dazzling display of antipasti near the front door lure us in, and the pasta and heirloom tomatoes do the rest. And if gluten-free pasta is what you're after, you'll find plenty of it here.

Articles

Culinary Evolution

Vespaio has always been good -- now, it's better.

Virginia B. Wood, Jan. 16, 2003

Best of Austin Awards

First Plates Awards

Restaurant Poll Awards

  • 2012: Readers Italian
  • 2012: Readers Favorites
  • 2012: Critics Best Oldie but Goodies
  • 2011: Readers Favorites
  • 2010: Readers Italian
  • 2010: Readers Favorites
  • 2009: Readers Italian
  • 2009: Readers Favorites
  • 2008: Readers Italian
  • 2008: Readers Favorites
  • 2007: Readers Desserts
  • 2007: Readers Italian
  • 2007: Readers Favorites
  • 2006: Readers Italian
  • 2006: Readers Favorites
  • 2006: Critics Best House-Cured Meats
  • 2006: Critics Best New Margarita
  • 2006: Critics Best New Italian Market and Cafe, South
  • 2005: Critics Best Waitpeople
  • 2005: Critics Restaurants Where Waitstaff Really Knows the Wines
  • 2005: Readers Favorites
  • 2005: Readers Italian
  • 2005: Readers Romantic
  • 2005: Critics Best Bartender
  • 2005: Critics Unsung Kitchen Hero
  • 2004: Readers Italian
  • 2004: Critics Appetizer
  • 2004: Critics Soup
  • 2004: Critics Salad/Dressing
  • 2004: Critics Italian
  • 2004: Readers Favorites
  • 2003: Critics Salad/Dressing
  • 2003: Critics Italian
  • 2003: Critics Chefs to Watch
  • 2003: Readers Favorites
  • 2003: Readers Italian
  • 2003: Critics Appetizer
  • 2003: Critics Soup
  • 2002: Critics Salad/Dressing
  • 2002: Critics Appetizer
  • 2002: Readers Italian
  • 2002: Critics Where Critics Will Spend Their Own Money
  • 2002: Critics Italian
  • 2002: Critics Original Recipe
  • 2002: Readers Favorites
  • 2002: Critics Unsung Heroes
  • 2001: Readers Italian
  • 2001: Readers Other Restaurant Worth Noting
  • 2001: Readers Favorites
  • 2000: Critics Seafood Dish
  • 2000: Readers Favorites
  • 2000: Critics Original Recipe
  • 2000: Readers Italian
  • 1998: Critics Best Appetizers
  • 1998: Critics Best Italian Potential

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