#FoodieFriday: Taste The Italian Coast At Hotel Granduca’s Summer Sardinian Long Table

by Gracie Watt on August 5, 2022 in Food+Drink,

Tuscany meets Texas at Hotel Granduca, and this summer you can experience their long table events at their restaurant, Visconti Ristorante.

At the Sardinian Long Table, Visconti Ristorante at Austin’s Hotel Granduca presented creative dishes inspired by the Italian coast of the island Sardinia, with seasonal and local specialties for every palate. 

Gather around the long table family style to meet new people and pass around decadent choices by Visconti Ristorante’s chef. Photo Gracie Watt.

Whether celebrating a special occasion, catching up with friends, or meeting business associates, Visconti Ristorante is a great place to enjoy a fabulous meal. While the restaurant is undergoing enhancements until September, the lush courtyard venue is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Sardinian Dinner offered choices to entice every palate such as pan fried scallops, risotto, lamb chops, seasonal potato hash, grilled asparagus and roasted summer vegetables– all with their own wine pairing. Photo Gracie Watt.

At Hotel Granduca, guests can discover the Italian side of Austin, just minutes away from downtown. The long table events are a great way to get to know new people, learn more about Italian cuisine from the chef and learn about the wine pairings from a wine expert.

Vegetarian accommodations can be made upon prior request, such as this lovely Sardinian risotto topped with sprouts. Photo Gracie Watt.

The multi-course dining experience features bright and fresh dishes with carefully curated wine pairings for a magical evening that will leave you feeling like you’re on a holiday abroad. Tickets are $95 a person which includes the full multi-course meal and live music plus additional wine pairings for purchase. 

Some of the finest Sardinian wine was paired with each course, some were from Italy and some beyond. A sommelier was there to take you through each carefully selected pairing. Photo Gracie Watt.

Courses such as the pan-fried scallops and lamb chops are served to all guests while sides are passed around the table family-style. They even had vegetarian substitutions such as grilled cauliflower, which was delicious. 

Soft, delicious lamb chops were served with a savory sauce. Roasted summer vegetables were passed around the table as sides to this course. Photo Gracie Watt.

The next long table event is the Steak & Bourbon Long Table Dinner on August 18. This event will include Treaty Oak bourbon that can hold up to the bold flavor of a Texas steak. You don’t want to miss this long table dinner event. This event will also include live music and treaty oak crafted cocktails.

Visconti Ristorante hosts these long tables to bring new flavors and cultures to guests. This Sardinian long table brought the food and history of Italy to Texas, Visconti’s specialty. Photo Gracie Watt.

Aside from long table events, the hotel hosts many more activities such as Saturday Dolce Night, Sparkling Friday, Saturday & Sunday Brunch, Live Music and much more

Dessert was a sweet tiramisu with berries and caramel. A dessert port was paired with this. We suggested taking a designated driver, ubering, or touring the beautiful hotel before heading home at one of these long table events. Photo Gracie Watt.

Visconti Ristorante & Bar: 320 South Capital of Texas Highway #Bldg. B, Austin, TX 78746


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Cover photo Jane Yun

Gracie Watt is the Editorial Assistant at Texas Lifestyle Magazine and a graduate of St. Edward’s University in Austin, with a degree in Journalism. Watt is also a Lifestyle Producer at NBC-affiliate KXAN’s Studio 512. When she’s not writing, Watt enjoys singing, playing the guitar and doing volunteer work.