We’ll be revealing details about Al Fico, its new chef, its menu, and opening date shortly.
1700 E 2nd St. Austin, TX 78702 (cross street: Chalmers)
Owners: Jeff Courington and Kelly Bell (founders and owners at Vino Vino)
Food: Authentic and creative Italian cuisine inspired by osteria cooking; traditional dishes and contemporary interpretations of classics; Roman-style wood-fired pizza; 100 percent Italian wine list featuring iconic estates as well as avant-garde winemakers.
Décor: Old-school Italian osteria with tiled floors, white tablecloths, and chandeliers; photographs of Italy and Italians, shot on and printed from analog film by Austin artist Nils Juul-hansen, line the walls.
The name “Al Fico” means literally “by the fig tree.” In the era after WWII, Italian cheese mongers and salumi producers would set up stand in the shade of trees along the road so that they could sell their wares to passing travelers. As Italy rebuilt and the economic outlook improved, many of them opened restaurants in the shadow of those same trees. The name of Jeff Courington and Kelly Bell’s Al Fico is inspired by that tradition and their love of all things Italian.
The Al Fico build-out is nearing completion.
Plumbing has been completed and electric is going in this week.
Once all the wiring is done, the builders can begin to add the finishing touches.
We’re still looking at a late summer 2013 launch.
Stay tuned! And thanks for your support.
We are thrilled to share the news that Al Fico has FINALLY obtained its building permit from the City of Austin. Demolition and construction has officially begun!
The building at the corner of East 2nd and Chalmers was originally built as a chapel and later became a soup kitchen after World War II.
Until recently, it’s been an office complex.
We’ll be documenting our build-out here on the Al Fico blog as we transform this historic Austin building into the authentic Italian trattoria of our dreams!
We hope to be open by June 2013…