aRoma Brings Neighborhood Italian to AustinBy Megan Giller
June 24, 2014
Do you find yourself gazing longingly at photos of spaghetti and meatballs? Have you recently dreamed about that first bite of margherita pizza? Are you suffering from a lack of chocolate meringue cookies? You don't have to live like that any longer.
Welcome the just-opened aRoma. Sure, we have upscale places (Vespaio, Olive & June), but Austin's always lacked homestyle Italian. ARoma chef Jason Garcia hails from places like Le Reve and Dough in San Antonio, and he pairs his extensive knowledge with high-quality ingredients to turn out excellent dishes like fettuccine gamberetto (with shrimp, cherry tomatoes, arugula and smoked tomato cream) as well as red wine-braised short ribs with mascarpone potatoes and wilted spinach.
We also liked the arugula and prosciutto pizza with truffle oil (pictured below).
Five years ago this pizza would have blown us away, but so many outstanding Neopolitan pizza places (Bufalina, Pieous) live here now that we've been spoiled. That said, aRoma delivers a solid meal in a comfortable atmosphere, and will quickly become a city favorite. The apricot thumbprint cookies and chocolate meringues are just the biscotti on the espresso.