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Dining Guide

La Matta

Tucked behind the more formal Il Brutto is this spare, light-filled sandwich shop filled with loaves of crispy bread and dreamy Italian-style cheese. The carefully curated menu riffs on variations of dreamy burrata clouds or denser buffalo milk mozzarella, a few slices of salty prosciutto or juniper-flecked speck, and maybe some olives, arugula, or pesto, all happily served in a sandwich or as part of a composed salad or meat-and-cheese board. A Giro d’Italia poster is a clue that this spot intends to be authentic; the handful of sandwiches includes one slathered in spicy nduja, burrata, and (sadly underwhelming) grilled eggplant. A composed plate of burrata with a small pot of pesto and a handful of tomatoes was perfect in proportion and flavor; a lightly dressed arugula salad with fennel and orange supremes and a dome of avocado was perfection. Minimal and spare, the space is a design delight. And La Matta translates to “the Joker: the orders are marked by Italian playing cards.

City: Austin

Cuisine:

Drinks: Beer & wine

Price: $$

Rating: ★★

Address: 501 Comal, Austin, TX, 78702

Hours: L & D 7 days.

Phone: 512-580-8772

Website: https://lamattaaustin.com/

Last updated: May 9, 2018