Asti Trattoria

★★★★☆
  • 408c E 43rd St

    Austin, TX 78751

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  • 512-451-1218

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Sat: 5pm-11pm, Mon-Thu: 11pm-5pm, 5pm-10pm, 4pm-6pm, Fri: 11pm-5pm, 5pm-11pm, 4pm-6pm

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This is my favorite restaurant in Austin. Great for any occasion, and they do not charge a cork fee, which is really nice. Also a great restaurant to go to before Bass Concert Hall or Frank Erwin show!

3
★★★★★

This is my favorite restaurant in Austin. Great for any occasion, and they do not charge a cork fee, which is really nice. Also a great restaurant to go to before Bass Concert Hall or Frank Erwin show!

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One bite of house-made pasta will give you a serious soft spot for this Hyde Park bistro. Splurge on dessert- their ricotta brulee with brandied cherries is the best creme brulee in the city!

3
★★★★★

One bite of house-made pasta will give you a serious soft spot for this Hyde Park bistro. Splurge on dessert- their ricotta brulee with brandied cherries is the best creme brulee in the city!

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Nice atmosphere, great pizza and wine. Highly recommended neighborhood restaurant.

3
★★★★★

Nice atmosphere, great pizza and wine. Highly recommended neighborhood restaurant.

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My wife and I discovered ASTI about two months ago. It was pleasant, the food was unique and somewhat reasonable. The first time we dined with her mother the bill was $128, which is about the maximum I'd want to pay for 3 dinners (that

3
★★★★★

My wife and I discovered ASTI about two months ago. It was pleasant, the food was unique and somewhat reasonable. The first time we dined with her mother the bill was $128, which is about the maximum I'd want to pay for 3 dinners (that

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1) Sorry for standing in the doorway as I wait for my table. Oh that's right, there is nowhere else to stand.

2) Rib-eye was about as thick as my finger. $21 "A la Cart"

3) Food Quality, about par with Chili's. Price for table of three $170.

4) Can I have some Potatoes with that Parmesan. Heavy hand on the flavors. No need to overkill.

5) The only wine they carry is from Italy. No where else. What country are we in again?

6) No Ac/ and when you order water, it comes half filled with little ice. Not to mention the 15 min refill time.

7) Great Reviews, Bad food. Calamari was like rubber. What happened to this place?

8) If you are going to have a limited menu with only one option per meat, try to make it good.

9) Waiter with an attitude from the start. " I think he thought we were going to be cheap because we had our own wine" What he didn't know was the wine was over $100 a bottle. Retail.

10) It appears they write their own reviews.

Before today, I had not written an on line review. Normally I brush a bad experience as "maybe they were just busy". This was different. The place has an ego, and it has gone to their head.

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By the way, do not use the Restaurant.co m gift certificate here. As soon as you give it to them. It all goes down hill. Way to get repeat business from first time customers. Other reviews on here say the same thing. The bad thing is, the server gets an auto tip off of the original bill. Our server made a $25 dollar tip on a 3 top.

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★☆☆☆☆

1) Sorry for standing in the doorway as I wait for my table. Oh that's right, there is nowhere else to stand.

2) Rib-eye was about as thick as my finger. $21 "A la Cart"

3) Food Quality, about par with Chili's. Price for table of three $170.

4) Can I have some Potatoes with that Parmesan. Heavy hand on the flavors. No need to overkill.

5) The only wine they carry is from Italy. No where else. What country are we in again?

6) No Ac/ and when you order water, it comes half filled with little ice. Not to mention the 15 min refill time.

7) Great Reviews, Bad food. Calamari was like rubber. What happened to this place?

8) If you are going to have a limited menu with only one option per meat, try to make it good.

9) Waiter with an attitude from the start. " I think he thought we were going to be cheap because we had our own wine" What he didn't know was the wine was over $100 a bottle. Retail.

10) It appears they write their own reviews.

Before today, I had not written an on line review. Normally I brush a bad experience as "maybe they were just busy". This was different. The place has an ego, and it has gone to their head.

Important-
By the way, do not use the Restaurant.co m gift certificate here. As soon as you give it to them. It all goes down hill. Way to get repeat business from first time customers. Other reviews on here say the same thing. The bad thing is, the server gets an auto tip off of the original bill. Our server made a $25 dollar tip on a 3 top.

Pros: central locaton.

Cons: See the 10 above

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i am very picky about my italian food (cuz its my fav kind of food) but this place did an excellent job

3
★★★☆☆

i am very picky about my italian food (cuz its my fav kind of food) but this place did an excellent job

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This is not your average Italian restaurant. It, however, is only for special occasions in my book because of the higher price

4
★★★★☆

This is not your average Italian restaurant. It, however, is only for special occasions in my book because of the higher price

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this is the place where my sweetheart and i go when we want to have a special date night.

we keep returning because of the ambiance, the excellent food, and the wonderful wine. we have never been disappointed in three years of going there. our waitress even followed us out of the restaurant the last time to say goodbye!

usually we indulge in at least three courses here, and, depending on the season, we try different entrees and desserts. we always start with the antipasto sampler for two.

the staff is incredibly knowledgeable about the wine selections and pairing with the different courses. the dessert is always divine.

i can't wait to return this hyde park gem, our favorite restaurant tucked away in our favorite neighborhood.

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★★★★★

this is the place where my sweetheart and i go when we want to have a special date night.

we keep returning because of the ambiance, the excellent food, and the wonderful wine. we have never been disappointed in three years of going there. our waitress even followed us out of the restaurant the last time to say goodbye!

usually we indulge in at least three courses here, and, depending on the season, we try different entrees and desserts. we always start with the antipasto sampler for two.

the staff is incredibly knowledgeable about the wine selections and pairing with the different courses. the dessert is always divine.

i can't wait to return this hyde park gem, our favorite restaurant tucked away in our favorite neighborhood.

Pros: wine, food, excellent service

Cons: none

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My wife and I went to Asti for our 8th wedding anniversary. I mentioned it over the phone when setting up the reservation and they took it from there. Their Chef's Tasting was offered, which we accepted, and they provided a special table with printed menus. The service was incredible. Michelle kept it light, fun, and she was perfectly attentive. When we had questions, she was there to answer. The food was AMAZING! Prosciutto wrapped fried oysters, lamb chops, ricotta stuffed ravioli, each paired with their own wines.... HEAVEN! Though I highly recommend trying this experience at least once in your life, I also recommend going there for a lunch or everyday dinner. I've never been disappointed with the food or the service. In fact, they have always exceeded my expectations.

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★★★★★

My wife and I went to Asti for our 8th wedding anniversary. I mentioned it over the phone when setting up the reservation and they took it from there. Their Chef's Tasting was offered, which we accepted, and they provided a special table with printed menus. The service was incredible. Michelle kept it light, fun, and she was perfectly attentive. When we had questions, she was there to answer. The food was AMAZING! Prosciutto wrapped fried oysters, lamb chops, ricotta stuffed ravioli, each paired with their own wines.... HEAVEN! Though I highly recommend trying this experience at least once in your life, I also recommend going there for a lunch or everyday dinner. I've never been disappointed with the food or the service. In fact, they have always exceeded my expectations.

Pros: food, service, ambiance...

Cons: can get crowded on the weekend

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My boyfriend and I went here for dinner last night and we were both really pleased with the experience. We didn't call ahead, so the wait was 45 minutes for a table, but we were able to get seats at the counter right away - which worked just fine for us. We started off with the breadsticks (although, if you are there for lunch, you must have the garlic fries), and then moved on to our entrees. He had the ravioli primavera which was AMAZING and I had the cappellini which was also quite good. We finished with the tiramisu - everything was delicious. Portion size was just right for us, and price was pretty good after our gift certificate. Our waitress was kind, knowledgeable, and food came out SUPER fast. We never felt like we were being watched or harassed to get up and the service was all perfect. They would take our plates away and literally one minute later, dessert would appear. It was fantastic. I wish more restaurants operated like this!

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I went here for dinner last night and we were both really pleased with the experience. We didn't call ahead, so the wait was 45 minutes for a table, but we were able to get seats at the counter right away - which worked just fine for us. We started off with the breadsticks (although, if you are there for lunch, you must have the garlic fries), and then moved on to our entrees. He had the ravioli primavera which was AMAZING and I had the cappellini which was also quite good. We finished with the tiramisu - everything was delicious. Portion size was just right for us, and price was pretty good after our gift certificate. Our waitress was kind, knowledgeable, and food came out SUPER fast. We never felt like we were being watched or harassed to get up and the service was all perfect. They would take our plates away and literally one minute later, dessert would appear. It was fantastic. I wish more restaurants operated like this!

Pros: Quick and friendly service, fresh food, delicious

Cons: none - maybe a little cramped?

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Loved this place... service was great and I can't say enough about the food. Reasonably priced bottles of wine and entrees for every budget. Try their sister rest FINO, also very good!

2
★★★★☆

Loved this place... service was great and I can't say enough about the food. Reasonably priced bottles of wine and entrees for every budget. Try their sister rest FINO, also very good!

Pros: Fresh pasta, great service

Cons: none

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I have eaten in this Hyde Park treasure several times since moving to Austin. The fine food and attentive, informed waitstaff do not disappoint. The highlights of my visits have been: white Tuscan bean spread, strachiatella soup, feather-like ricotta gnocci and the most meltingly delicious homemade tagliatelli with braised beef ragout I've had this side of Venice. Some stand out deserts include: warm panattone bread pudding with vanilla bean gelato and pomagranate sorbetto with match-stick apple slices and topped tableside with prosecco. The caveats are few: parking can be a problem, the restaurant is small so the noise level can be a bit much at times and hope you don't mind sitting pretty close to your fellow diners. That aside, the wine list is extensive and the waitstaff are tuned in to your every need with out hovering. My sincere thanks to Chef and his staff for preparing interesting, well thought dishes.

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★★★★★

I have eaten in this Hyde Park treasure several times since moving to Austin. The fine food and attentive, informed waitstaff do not disappoint. The highlights of my visits have been: white Tuscan bean spread, strachiatella soup, feather-like ricotta gnocci and the most meltingly delicious homemade tagliatelli with braised beef ragout I've had this side of Venice. Some stand out deserts include: warm panattone bread pudding with vanilla bean gelato and pomagranate sorbetto with match-stick apple slices and topped tableside with prosecco. The caveats are few: parking can be a problem, the restaurant is small so the noise level can be a bit much at times and hope you don't mind sitting pretty close to your fellow diners. That aside, the wine list is extensive and the waitstaff are tuned in to your every need with out hovering. My sincere thanks to Chef and his staff for preparing interesting, well thought dishes.

Pros: Innovatlve modern Italian cuisine

Cons: small parking area, noise level can be a bit high

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My boss took me and my co-workers here for our christmas party dinner, we started off with the mussels and a plate of calamari and let me say the mussels were FANTASTIC. They are steamed in a garlic tomato and white wine broth, which is so good you can't help but dip all your bread in it. I then had the mixed green salad with pear and a shallot vinagrette with gorganzola cheese topped crostini, so good. Then the highlight of my meal, I had the lam shank which was so temder and falling off the bone. The prices are reasonable for how good and fresh the food is, and their wine prices are affordable for such a nice restaurant. I HIGHLY reccomend this place.

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★★★★★

My boss took me and my co-workers here for our christmas party dinner, we started off with the mussels and a plate of calamari and let me say the mussels were FANTASTIC. They are steamed in a garlic tomato and white wine broth, which is so good you can't help but dip all your bread in it. I then had the mixed green salad with pear and a shallot vinagrette with gorganzola cheese topped crostini, so good. Then the highlight of my meal, I had the lam shank which was so temder and falling off the bone. The prices are reasonable for how good and fresh the food is, and their wine prices are affordable for such a nice restaurant. I HIGHLY reccomend this place.

Pros: Wonderful food, great service, Just great!!!

Cons: slippery floors

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I love this place. I have been loving it for years. The food is awesome and the wine is great. I adore the beef carpaccio. My favorite meal so far was a pan seared striped sea bass with french fingerling potatoes with a truffle mayonnaise and fresh local herbs. This dish melted in my mouth. I always sit at the bar and watch the cooks and have always been amazed with my experience. I look forward to eating there again in the near future!!!

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★★★★★

I love this place. I have been loving it for years. The food is awesome and the wine is great. I adore the beef carpaccio. My favorite meal so far was a pan seared striped sea bass with french fingerling potatoes with a truffle mayonnaise and fresh local herbs. This dish melted in my mouth. I always sit at the bar and watch the cooks and have always been amazed with my experience. I look forward to eating there again in the near future!!!

Pros: everything.

Cons: nothing at all.

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I'm not a big fish or meat eater, so I was pleasantly surprised by the number of appealing choices on the menu. Wine list was reasonable, and food was quite good. Our waiter was outstanding & the atmosphere is sophisticated casual, sort of reminded me of New York. Only negative - parking was a challenge.

2
★★★★★

I'm not a big fish or meat eater, so I was pleasantly surprised by the number of appealing choices on the menu. Wine list was reasonable, and food was quite good. Our waiter was outstanding & the atmosphere is sophisticated casual, sort of reminded me of New York. Only negative - parking was a challenge.

Pros: food, service, atmosphere

Cons: parking, small

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Beautiful restaurant. Flavorful food. That's the good part.
Now...EXPENSIVE for what you get. Dining frequently in NYC, I am accustomed to small portions, but PLEASE. I ordered the pan seared scallops. For my $19.00 I got three (3) average size scallops on a small bed of white bean puree. That's it. THREE scallops. $19.00! Not good.
I went home and cooked dinner. After what amounted to a modest appetizer, I was starved.
If you have any kind of decent appetite, this is NOT the place for you.

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★★★☆☆

Beautiful restaurant. Flavorful food. That's the good part.
Now...EXPENSIVE for what you get. Dining frequently in NYC, I am accustomed to small portions, but PLEASE. I ordered the pan seared scallops. For my $19.00 I got three (3) average size scallops on a small bed of white bean puree. That's it. THREE scallops. $19.00! Not good.
I went home and cooked dinner. After what amounted to a modest appetizer, I was starved.
If you have any kind of decent appetite, this is NOT the place for you.

Pros: Flavor

Cons: Average service, High prices, SMALL portions

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I'm a picky New Yorker who is generally disappointed by the quality of pizza and pasta in Austin and I love Asti. I've had the angel hair with shrimp, several risotto specials, and various pizzas. I've been consistently impressed with the food and gotten good service. The pasta is done perfectly--not soggy or mushy as it is many places. I've enjoyed various pasta specials and never been disappointed although I keep returning to the angel hair. I also quite like their stuffed mushrooms. The pizza is excellent gourmet pizza. The risotto is wonderful. I know another diner panned it, but really, whose opinion do you want on that--the New Yorker who grew up eating it in excellent restaurants and the homes of real live Italians, or somebody who admittedly had never tried it before? I was also bemused by some reviews, because Asti isn't remotely 50s diner. I assume it must have been redone before I moved here in mid-2005. It's romantic and nicely decorated without being stuffy. In general, for Friday or Saturday nights, I'd advise a reservation, but if you didn't make one and live close by it's worth checking in to see if you can get a table. I've been seated without a reservation during prime dining hours a few times when I've had a sudden desire for Italian.

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★★★★★

I'm a picky New Yorker who is generally disappointed by the quality of pizza and pasta in Austin and I love Asti. I've had the angel hair with shrimp, several risotto specials, and various pizzas. I've been consistently impressed with the food and gotten good service. The pasta is done perfectly--not soggy or mushy as it is many places. I've enjoyed various pasta specials and never been disappointed although I keep returning to the angel hair. I also quite like their stuffed mushrooms. The pizza is excellent gourmet pizza. The risotto is wonderful. I know another diner panned it, but really, whose opinion do you want on that--the New Yorker who grew up eating it in excellent restaurants and the homes of real live Italians, or somebody who admittedly had never tried it before? I was also bemused by some reviews, because Asti isn't remotely 50s diner. I assume it must have been redone before I moved here in mid-2005. It's romantic and nicely decorated without being stuffy. In general, for Friday or Saturday nights, I'd advise a reservation, but if you didn't make one and live close by it's worth checking in to see if you can get a table. I've been seated without a reservation during prime dining hours a few times when I've had a sudden desire for Italian.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Usually need a reservation for Friday and Saturday nights

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This restaurant has a very modern atmosphere. We really enjoyed the food and watching the chefs at work. The only negatives were the seating and expensive price. The tables are super close together so much so that I felt like I was sitting on the man next to me. I think it is possible to eat some cheaper meals but the majority of their meals/wine are on the middle to higher end of the price scale. It is still definitely worth the visit!

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★★★★☆

This restaurant has a very modern atmosphere. We really enjoyed the food and watching the chefs at work. The only negatives were the seating and expensive price. The tables are super close together so much so that I felt like I was sitting on the man next to me. I think it is possible to eat some cheaper meals but the majority of their meals/wine are on the middle to higher end of the price scale. It is still definitely worth the visit!

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We started off with what looked like a promising evening. Two of us in the group ordered the mushroom rissotto, after being assured that it could be made without meat. Halfway through the meal, we found out that they had served us the dish with meat. This is deeply disturbing- considering that I have been a vegetarian all my life - until last night.

Yes, the wait staff and the owner apologized for the error. Sure, they sounded sincere. Yes, they did not charge us for the 2 dishes out of 10 that were questionable. Disturbing, none the less.

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★☆☆☆☆

We started off with what looked like a promising evening. Two of us in the group ordered the mushroom rissotto, after being assured that it could be made without meat. Halfway through the meal, we found out that they had served us the dish with meat. This is deeply disturbing- considering that I have been a vegetarian all my life - until last night.

Yes, the wait staff and the owner apologized for the error. Sure, they sounded sincere. Yes, they did not charge us for the 2 dishes out of 10 that were questionable. Disturbing, none the less.

Pros: Nice atmosphere

Cons: No attention to detail

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A dear friend took me to lunch at Asti today and it was quite a treat for both of us. I had the grilled portabello mushroom & eggplant polenta bowl (something I generally would not order, but the menu inspired me to try something different) and I found the dish to be an interesting combination of tastes and textures, but also, simply, delicious. The portion was rather generous and I was unable to finish it. My friend had the special, which included freshly made pasta, to which she made several adjustments and changes (basically creating her own unique dish). Both the server and the chef accommodated her on all her choices and she enjoyed the meal immensely. She felt the service could have been more attentive (she had hot tea, but no refills were forthcoming), plus she ordered bread which was only so-so. Overall, though, the server was knowledgeable about the intricacies of all the dishes, the prices were reasonable and the food--delicious. If we had more time we definitely would have stayed for dessert.

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★★★★☆

A dear friend took me to lunch at Asti today and it was quite a treat for both of us. I had the grilled portabello mushroom & eggplant polenta bowl (something I generally would not order, but the menu inspired me to try something different) and I found the dish to be an interesting combination of tastes and textures, but also, simply, delicious. The portion was rather generous and I was unable to finish it. My friend had the special, which included freshly made pasta, to which she made several adjustments and changes (basically creating her own unique dish). Both the server and the chef accommodated her on all her choices and she enjoyed the meal immensely. She felt the service could have been more attentive (she had hot tea, but no refills were forthcoming), plus she ordered bread which was only so-so. Overall, though, the server was knowledgeable about the intricacies of all the dishes, the prices were reasonable and the food--delicious. If we had more time we definitely would have stayed for dessert.

Pros: Food was excellent & we were seated immediately (it was 12:30 on a Monday)

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Stopped in for lunch after checking them out here. I went in at 11:00 am as they were just opening so I'd have time to talk with my waiter. This guy knew his stuff, he was well versed in the dishes offered, and even told me he could serve off the dinner menu instead (one of my questions) but may need to sub the starch or something. He brought to the table the 2 lunch specials, steaming, for me to view. They both looked good but I was hung on two menu items. At his urging I got the rigatoni. Outstanding dish! I ordered adding the house sausage. This was one of the best pasta dishes I've had ever. The sauce and sausage was very mild but flavorfull. What made it special was the sliced roasted garlic, and the choice of cheese shaved into it. Most would have used a parm regg, not here. The cheese added a tang and almost bite to it that provided a contrast in flavor. While I didn't take the time to dissect it, it had a great tangy/smoky/fresh appeal.

Being a pretty darn cook myself I judge a fine dining establishment on how I can improve the dish. If I think it needs major improvement I'm disappointed in them. I told my waiter that I really didn't think I could improve this dish. Great place, will be going back as often as I can. BTW, my secret is to go early and beat the crowds. You can't ALWAYS expect top notch service if the place is a mad house during the peak service hours.

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★★★★★

Stopped in for lunch after checking them out here. I went in at 11:00 am as they were just opening so I'd have time to talk with my waiter. This guy knew his stuff, he was well versed in the dishes offered, and even told me he could serve off the dinner menu instead (one of my questions) but may need to sub the starch or something. He brought to the table the 2 lunch specials, steaming, for me to view. They both looked good but I was hung on two menu items. At his urging I got the rigatoni. Outstanding dish! I ordered adding the house sausage. This was one of the best pasta dishes I've had ever. The sauce and sausage was very mild but flavorfull. What made it special was the sliced roasted garlic, and the choice of cheese shaved into it. Most would have used a parm regg, not here. The cheese added a tang and almost bite to it that provided a contrast in flavor. While I didn't take the time to dissect it, it had a great tangy/smoky/fresh appeal.

Being a pretty darn cook myself I judge a fine dining establishment on how I can improve the dish. If I think it needs major improvement I'm disappointed in them. I told my waiter that I really didn't think I could improve this dish. Great place, will be going back as often as I can. BTW, my secret is to go early and beat the crowds. You can't ALWAYS expect top notch service if the place is a mad house during the peak service hours.

Pros: Great food and service

Cons: none if you beat the crowds

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I have a mixed review on Asti. The food was very good. I had the salmon with taragon cream sauce and quinoa salad with mandarin orange slices. Perfectly cooked fish, and what a wonderful combination- the fresh taragon made the dish! The Marscapone Cheesecake was worth a trip unto itself- a more sophisticated interpretation of the typical sugary cheesecake! However, the atmosphere could be improved. The tables were so close together that the couple behind us had to move to allow me room to sit at the table (and I'm considered thin!) The waiter was friendly, even letting us taste two wines before ordering a glass, however he hovered over us, and even at one point said "I noticed you hadn't taken a bite in a few minutes... are you done with that?" The place was empty--- why the rush to get us out of there?! So, overall--- go for the food, but don't expect much from the ambiance.

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★★★★☆

I have a mixed review on Asti. The food was very good. I had the salmon with taragon cream sauce and quinoa salad with mandarin orange slices. Perfectly cooked fish, and what a wonderful combination- the fresh taragon made the dish! The Marscapone Cheesecake was worth a trip unto itself- a more sophisticated interpretation of the typical sugary cheesecake! However, the atmosphere could be improved. The tables were so close together that the couple behind us had to move to allow me room to sit at the table (and I'm considered thin!) The waiter was friendly, even letting us taste two wines before ordering a glass, however he hovered over us, and even at one point said "I noticed you hadn't taken a bite in a few minutes... are you done with that?" The place was empty--- why the rush to get us out of there?! So, overall--- go for the food, but don't expect much from the ambiance.

Pros: Great use of fresh ingredients, amazing cheesecake

Cons: Claustrophobic- close tables and hovering waitstaff

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We've been twice now in less than 2 months. Both times very enjoyable.

You walk in and it's a very nice feel that you get. Not pretenTious at all. Asti has the feel of a quaint bistro. (NOT a 50s diner, as someone else mentions. Red barstools alone do not a diner make.)

The small tables for two are nice. Ask for the one around the corner from the door. None of the other tables offer any sense of privacy, but it's still a nice feel.

The first time there I had the risotto. I find it humorous that another reviewer, having never had risotto, still proferred that it was bad. If you don't know what it is, maybe it's best not to order it. It was only something they did not like; it is not bad at all. It is very good. I suggest asking to add their sausage. It was great. Classic risotto is supposed to take about 20 minutes to take, so I wondered how they would make it work in less time. I didn't have to wonder too long, though. It really was good.

Our service was excellent. Our waitress was fun and made excellent suggestions.

The second time we went was after watching a softball game, so we weren't exactly dressed for it. But still, in shorts and flip-flops, we were seated promptly and were given good service. Our waiter, though, was not nearly as vibrant as our previous server. I think this had more to do with the length of his shift than our dress.

This time I had the salmon. It was very good. Not dry, but nice and moist. The sauce was excellent.

The wine list is very good. We had a nice Pinot Gris that matched up well with the food; but, remember, when it comes to wine order what you like. The color of the food (red or white) doesn't have to dictate the color of the wine.

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★★★★☆

We've been twice now in less than 2 months. Both times very enjoyable.

You walk in and it's a very nice feel that you get. Not pretenTious at all. Asti has the feel of a quaint bistro. (NOT a 50s diner, as someone else mentions. Red barstools alone do not a diner make.)

The small tables for two are nice. Ask for the one around the corner from the door. None of the other tables offer any sense of privacy, but it's still a nice feel.

The first time there I had the risotto. I find it humorous that another reviewer, having never had risotto, still proferred that it was bad. If you don't know what it is, maybe it's best not to order it. It was only something they did not like; it is not bad at all. It is very good. I suggest asking to add their sausage. It was great. Classic risotto is supposed to take about 20 minutes to take, so I wondered how they would make it work in less time. I didn't have to wonder too long, though. It really was good.

Our service was excellent. Our waitress was fun and made excellent suggestions.

The second time we went was after watching a softball game, so we weren't exactly dressed for it. But still, in shorts and flip-flops, we were seated promptly and were given good service. Our waiter, though, was not nearly as vibrant as our previous server. I think this had more to do with the length of his shift than our dress.

This time I had the salmon. It was very good. Not dry, but nice and moist. The sauce was excellent.

The wine list is very good. We had a nice Pinot Gris that matched up well with the food; but, remember, when it comes to wine order what you like. The color of the food (red or white) doesn't have to dictate the color of the wine.

Pros: Unpretentious atmosphere, wine list, good food

Cons: Not too romantic

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After we finished dessert, we were informed by the waitress that we would need to leave soon because our table was reserved for another party in 15 minutes. This was after we had been there 2 hours, ordered appetizer, drinks, dinner, dessert -- racked up a pricy bill. We were prepared to leave as soon as we received the bill (which we had not yet received when we were asked to leave). We asked to speak to the manager, who, instead of making things right with us, said he had to stand behind his policy and really didn't even apologize. I have never been told that I would need to leave soon to make room for another party! I've been politely nudged ("Can I get you anything else?" etc.), but never told flat out that I need to leave because the next party is coming in 15 minutes.

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★☆☆☆☆

After we finished dessert, we were informed by the waitress that we would need to leave soon because our table was reserved for another party in 15 minutes. This was after we had been there 2 hours, ordered appetizer, drinks, dinner, dessert -- racked up a pricy bill. We were prepared to leave as soon as we received the bill (which we had not yet received when we were asked to leave). We asked to speak to the manager, who, instead of making things right with us, said he had to stand behind his policy and really didn't even apologize. I have never been told that I would need to leave soon to make room for another party! I've been politely nudged ("Can I get you anything else?" etc.), but never told flat out that I need to leave because the next party is coming in 15 minutes.

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My boyfriend and I came here for a casual on a Saturday evening. The hostess asked if we had a reservation, and when we said no, informed us that although she could seat us, that table was reserved for an hour later. Although this seemed like not our problem, we said we could finish by then. Our server was curt and uninterested. My salad was yellowed and wilting. The remaining meal was good, but our server returned only once, and could spare about 4 words for us, while being very attentive to the next table, which was about a foot from us. Perhaps our casual dress was the reason for the pretentious service, but thats not good enough for us to return.
The tables are very close together, and the kitchen is too close to the diners for my liking, making it feel very crowded. Ok for takeout, bad service.

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★★★☆☆

My boyfriend and I came here for a casual on a Saturday evening. The hostess asked if we had a reservation, and when we said no, informed us that although she could seat us, that table was reserved for an hour later. Although this seemed like not our problem, we said we could finish by then. Our server was curt and uninterested. My salad was yellowed and wilting. The remaining meal was good, but our server returned only once, and could spare about 4 words for us, while being very attentive to the next table, which was about a foot from us. Perhaps our casual dress was the reason for the pretentious service, but thats not good enough for us to return.
The tables are very close together, and the kitchen is too close to the diners for my liking, making it feel very crowded. Ok for takeout, bad service.

Pros: food

Cons: service, ambiance, prices

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Last night, my wife and I decided to catch a relaxing dinner out and made way to Asti. From greeting to farewell, the crew was professional and attentive. The ambiance has the feel of a small local's trattoria, filled with smiles and jovial conversations about the hopes of keeping Austin wierd. The food was outstanding - especially the entre of sea scallops - wonderfully presented and packed with a blend of flavors from land and sea. We had an espresso and gelato for desert. The gelato (vanilla swirled with balsamic syrup and chocolate) was explosive with flavor. But the pinnacle of the evening for me was the espresso. I have been living in Austin now for a year and have yet to find anyone master an espresso recipe like Asti. Congratulations! All around this was a great meal, delivered in a wonderfully comfortable ambiance at a very reasonable price.

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★★★★★

Last night, my wife and I decided to catch a relaxing dinner out and made way to Asti. From greeting to farewell, the crew was professional and attentive. The ambiance has the feel of a small local's trattoria, filled with smiles and jovial conversations about the hopes of keeping Austin wierd. The food was outstanding - especially the entre of sea scallops - wonderfully presented and packed with a blend of flavors from land and sea. We had an espresso and gelato for desert. The gelato (vanilla swirled with balsamic syrup and chocolate) was explosive with flavor. But the pinnacle of the evening for me was the espresso. I have been living in Austin now for a year and have yet to find anyone master an espresso recipe like Asti. Congratulations! All around this was a great meal, delivered in a wonderfully comfortable ambiance at a very reasonable price.

Pros: Great food, Great service, Great value

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I've been to Asti a handful of times in the past year and have been pleased every time. The food is delicious and unique, and there is always a wonderful special. The waitstaff is always very patient and helpful, and the wine is always definately a hit.
On a sidenote-the current chef could be one of the nicest men around. My mom has special dietary needs because of health issues, and he is ALWAYS super nice and helpful in making something that she can eat-whether it is on the menu or not. That type of kindness does not go unnoticed, and it is evident through the entire dining experience.

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★★★★★

I've been to Asti a handful of times in the past year and have been pleased every time. The food is delicious and unique, and there is always a wonderful special. The waitstaff is always very patient and helpful, and the wine is always definately a hit.
On a sidenote-the current chef could be one of the nicest men around. My mom has special dietary needs because of health issues, and he is ALWAYS super nice and helpful in making something that she can eat-whether it is on the menu or not. That type of kindness does not go unnoticed, and it is evident through the entire dining experience.

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Chocoloate cannoli is EXCELLENT---best dessert in Austin, by far. Lisa Fox, co-owner and pasty chef knows what she is doing!

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★★★★★

Chocoloate cannoli is EXCELLENT---best dessert in Austin, by far. Lisa Fox, co-owner and pasty chef knows what she is doing!

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I moved to Austin from San Francisco, CA and happened to stumble upon ASTI as I was looking for a home in the HYDE PARK area of Austin. Long story short, the food is incredible.... especially my favorite... the rigatoni with sausage! ASTI's salads are clean and appropriately dressed without saturating the salad. This is a great resturant.

2
★★★★★

I moved to Austin from San Francisco, CA and happened to stumble upon ASTI as I was looking for a home in the HYDE PARK area of Austin. Long story short, the food is incredible.... especially my favorite... the rigatoni with sausage! ASTI's salads are clean and appropriately dressed without saturating the salad. This is a great resturant.

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The food was worth nowhere the price.

My seafood risotto was so tiny. This is the first time I've eaten risotto, so I can't really compare, but it tasted like mooshy old corn. The shrimp in the plate were good, but the shell fish were not.

Bread sticks: hard and skinny. Kind of like four long saltless pretzel, but bland.

Our other entre was mixed up. What we got instead was chicken: mediocre. Risotto: agreed - nasty.

Calamari: tender, but the batter wasn't great. It was soggy, however I think we were 10 minutes late and then actually ate it at home five minutes later.

I've also heard of the manager scolding the chefs, and that the place had "bad vibes."

Our meal costed $46.00 I think it should be about the cost of ingredients, however, it's hard to price food you'd never willingly eat again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The food was worth nowhere the price.

My seafood risotto was so tiny. This is the first time I've eaten risotto, so I can't really compare, but it tasted like mooshy old corn. The shrimp in the plate were good, but the shell fish were not.

Bread sticks: hard and skinny. Kind of like four long saltless pretzel, but bland.

Our other entre was mixed up. What we got instead was chicken: mediocre. Risotto: agreed - nasty.

Calamari: tender, but the batter wasn't great. It was soggy, however I think we were 10 minutes late and then actually ate it at home five minutes later.

I've also heard of the manager scolding the chefs, and that the place had "bad vibes."

Our meal costed $46.00 I think it should be about the cost of ingredients, however, it's hard to price food you'd never willingly eat again.

Pros: ~3 tasty shrimp/15.00, side sauce = goo

Cons: price-expensive, nasty/bland risotto, portions-small

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I've had REALLY great plates at Asti, particularly their desserts like the prosecco gelato with peaches. Their sea bass and polenta was top-notch with great balancing of flavors and textures.

There has been a change of chefs and the last 2 times I have visited, have had lacklustre meals. Like Sandeep Bhadra who posted on Yahoo Travel, about a month ago (and on a first date), had the ossobuco: unappetizing. This weekend the salmon with white beans was over-salted and dull.

I considered writing Mr. Fox but after reading various reviews and of apparent heretofore lack of concern, figured my comments would be in vain. So, I lament the degradation of one of few Austin "greats".

The initially disappointing dinner portended the outcome with that particular date, but at least there were 2 great subsequent dates which were altogether much more gratifying. They were good while they lasted.

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★★★☆☆

I've had REALLY great plates at Asti, particularly their desserts like the prosecco gelato with peaches. Their sea bass and polenta was top-notch with great balancing of flavors and textures.

There has been a change of chefs and the last 2 times I have visited, have had lacklustre meals. Like Sandeep Bhadra who posted on Yahoo Travel, about a month ago (and on a first date), had the ossobuco: unappetizing. This weekend the salmon with white beans was over-salted and dull.

I considered writing Mr. Fox but after reading various reviews and of apparent heretofore lack of concern, figured my comments would be in vain. So, I lament the degradation of one of few Austin "greats".

The initially disappointing dinner portended the outcome with that particular date, but at least there were 2 great subsequent dates which were altogether much more gratifying. They were good while they lasted.

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From the prices on the menu I expected nothing but amazing food but was disappointed. They served bread to us which was too salty and cold. The caprese salad was good but too salty. My entree was the homemade gnocchi and my boyfriend had the risotto primavera. Both around $13-14. The gnocchi was good but needed alittle more flavor and the risotto was nothing special. For dessert we had the chocolate torte which was pretty good (minus the mystery gelato on top). All in all, definately not worth the $70 we spent for the whole meal.

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★★☆☆☆

From the prices on the menu I expected nothing but amazing food but was disappointed. They served bread to us which was too salty and cold. The caprese salad was good but too salty. My entree was the homemade gnocchi and my boyfriend had the risotto primavera. Both around $13-14. The gnocchi was good but needed alittle more flavor and the risotto was nothing special. For dessert we had the chocolate torte which was pretty good (minus the mystery gelato on top). All in all, definately not worth the $70 we spent for the whole meal.

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: , salty

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Went on a week night, a thursday I believe, on a date. The experience was all around good, maybe our food took a little too long to get to us, but the ambience was fun and they had a little 3 piece band walking around. That was kind of neat. ASTI seems like a cool neighborhood spot.

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★★★★☆

Went on a week night, a thursday I believe, on a date. The experience was all around good, maybe our food took a little too long to get to us, but the ambience was fun and they had a little 3 piece band walking around. That was kind of neat. ASTI seems like a cool neighborhood spot.

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I was a little surprised at the decor of the restaurant; it's set up like a diner. I expected the chairs and tables to be a little more posh, modern and comfortable. Overall, the ambiance is intimate and cozy.

The menu is small, but Asti provides a wide range of choices, from duck to lamb shanks to seafood. We started with the kalamari; I expected the squid to be more tender, but it ended up being very chewy. For our entrees, my boyfriend had the lamb shanks, and I had the duck confit, the special of the night. The entrees were fabulous, and I think the prices are quite reasonable for the quality and amount of food you get.

Our server was a little creepy, he never really said much and had a low voice. But our drinks were constantly refilled, he came by several times to check on us.

2
★★★★★

I was a little surprised at the decor of the restaurant; it's set up like a diner. I expected the chairs and tables to be a little more posh, modern and comfortable. Overall, the ambiance is intimate and cozy.

The menu is small, but Asti provides a wide range of choices, from duck to lamb shanks to seafood. We started with the kalamari; I expected the squid to be more tender, but it ended up being very chewy. For our entrees, my boyfriend had the lamb shanks, and I had the duck confit, the special of the night. The entrees were fabulous, and I think the prices are quite reasonable for the quality and amount of food you get.

Our server was a little creepy, he never really said much and had a low voice. But our drinks were constantly refilled, he came by several times to check on us.

Pros: good food

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I took clients who were new to Austin to Asti for lunch last week. They loved the eclectic atomosphere of Hyde Park and were enchanted with the great food, service, and ambiance Asti provided. Thanks for making me look good!

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★★★★★

I took clients who were new to Austin to Asti for lunch last week. They loved the eclectic atomosphere of Hyde Park and were enchanted with the great food, service, and ambiance Asti provided. Thanks for making me look good!

Pros: great food, great service, good for lunch

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Every expirience at Asti ( to date they have been many) has been wonderful. Great staff, phenominal food, solid wine selection and suggestions and of course the owners Lisa and Emmett Fox making everyone feel like a million dollars. Their pana cotta is evil! Beware! A great find and an important addition to Austin.

2
★★★★★

Every expirience at Asti ( to date they have been many) has been wonderful. Great staff, phenominal food, solid wine selection and suggestions and of course the owners Lisa and Emmett Fox making everyone feel like a million dollars. Their pana cotta is evil! Beware! A great find and an important addition to Austin.

Pros: good parking, resonable prices, great special dishes

Cons: beer/wine only

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My wife and I went here for our anniversary and while we were not overly impressed we felt like it was a good overall experience. Wine was good. Antipasta plate was great. My veal saltimbocca was tasty but the veal was slightly overcooked. My wife's shrimp pizza was delicious. Gelato however was not good. We complained and they gave us a card for a free gelato. Kind of surprised they had that card ready to go. Must get a lot of complaints about the gelato. After dinner go across the street for good dessert next time.

2
★★★★☆

My wife and I went here for our anniversary and while we were not overly impressed we felt like it was a good overall experience. Wine was good. Antipasta plate was great. My veal saltimbocca was tasty but the veal was slightly overcooked. My wife's shrimp pizza was delicious. Gelato however was not good. We complained and they gave us a card for a free gelato. Kind of surprised they had that card ready to go. Must get a lot of complaints about the gelato. After dinner go across the street for good dessert next time.

Pros: Antipasta, Pizza, Service

Cons: Gelato, Gelato, Gelato

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When you walk into Asti, it feels more like a 1950s diner than an upscale Italian restaurant, but don't let that fool you. The food is remarkably good, and they get a lot of things right that other Italian restaurants don't (I've had rubbery calamari enough times to appreciate the VERY tender calamari they serve here). The seafood risotto, in particular, is excellent. And it's surprisingly affordable. Check this place out!

2
★★★★★

When you walk into Asti, it feels more like a 1950s diner than an upscale Italian restaurant, but don't let that fool you. The food is remarkably good, and they get a lot of things right that other Italian restaurants don't (I've had rubbery calamari enough times to appreciate the VERY tender calamari they serve here). The seafood risotto, in particular, is excellent. And it's surprisingly affordable. Check this place out!

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I expected the usual posh furniture, fine fixtures, and amenities. I was surprised to find it's actually a 50's diner setup. Cold decor, picnic tables, school chairs, and loud. The dismay started with the nonexistent service. The food was conveyed but nobody ever saw to it that my coffee stayed filled. I had to watch for and flag someone down if I needed anything. That's time I should be spending talking to my friends. The food was ornately laid out but (what there was of it) didn't taste special. I was told this is the Asti "thing". I guess if you can give very little and get away with charging a lot, you've got a good "thing". I wouldn't bother going back. Another thing, the staffer gave us a hard time when we arrived. He tried to corral us into two tables when we had 3 table's worth coming.

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★☆☆☆☆

I expected the usual posh furniture, fine fixtures, and amenities. I was surprised to find it's actually a 50's diner setup. Cold decor, picnic tables, school chairs, and loud. The dismay started with the nonexistent service. The food was conveyed but nobody ever saw to it that my coffee stayed filled. I had to watch for and flag someone down if I needed anything. That's time I should be spending talking to my friends. The food was ornately laid out but (what there was of it) didn't taste special. I was told this is the Asti "thing". I guess if you can give very little and get away with charging a lot, you've got a good "thing". I wouldn't bother going back. Another thing, the staffer gave us a hard time when we arrived. He tried to corral us into two tables when we had 3 table's worth coming.

Pros: Good looking people, Nice table candles, Unique implementation

Cons: Small portions, Overpriced, Minimal service

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