Openings

aRoma Brings Neighborhood Italian to Austin

By 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 (VespaioOlive & 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).

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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.